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Woods moves up in World Ranking, Matsuyama wins again

Hideki Matsuyama current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Hideki Matsuyama

Just competing last week at the Hero World Challenge moved Tiger Woods up to 248 places in the Official World Golf Rankings to No. 650.

Woods finished the competition against a top-ranked field in the invitation-only tournament, which carries world ranking points. He ended up 15th in the 18-player field (Justin Rose withdraw after round one). Progress for Woods, who showed signs of his former World No. 1 self in a second-round 65.

Jason Day remains atop the rankings followed by Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson. Sitting at No. 1 year ago, Jordan Spieth rounded the Top 5.

Finishing 18-under for a two-shot win at the Hero World Challenge, Hideki Matsuyama is No. 6 in the world and probably the game’s hottest player. He won twice on the Japan Tour since the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship. He also captured the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and was runner-up at the CIMB Classic.

Other Golf News:

  • Harold Varner III’s win at the Australian PGA Championship moved him up 76 places to No. 108 in the world rankings. The event was co-sanctioned by the European Tour and PGA Tour Australasian.
  • Alex Noren, who ended 2015 at 96th in the world rankings, sits at No. 9 this week. The Swede has four European Tour victories this year including the Scottish Open.

 

Preview: FedEx Cup Playoffs visits TPC Boston for Deutsche Bank Championship

Adam Scott current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Adam Scott

Adam Scott current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Adam Scott

Preview – PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs – Deutsche Bank Championship – TPC Boston – Norton, FedExCupMassachusetts —

The quest for the FedEx Cup title and a spot in the TOUR Championship heats up this week. It’s the second-leg FedEx Cup Playoffs at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The event features a Friday start with a Monday finish on Labor Day in America. TPC Boston hosts the event featuring 100 players with only the Top 70 advancing to the BMW Championship.

Patrick Reed moved himself into position for a FedEx Cup title by winning last week’s opening leg of the playoffs at the The Barclays. Reed, logged his 10th Top 10 of the season and first victory, edged Emiliano Grillo and Sean O’Hair by a shot at Bethpage Black.

TPC Boston features the par-5 18th hole — a unique finishing hole with a pair of bunkers in the center of the fairway. This year’s added twist is a much smaller putting surface at No. 18, which is expected to create more drama. The championship usually comes down to this hole with the possibility of two- and three-shot swings.

The par-71 layout, stretching to 7,207 yards, is suitable for a variety of types of players so long as they fire birdies. The event has Deutsche Bank Championshipproduced strong past champions including Vijay Singh twice including 2004 and 2008, Steve Stricker (2009), Phil Mickelson (2007) and Adam Scott (2003). Charley Hoffman captured the title in 2010. Rory McIlroy won in 2012 edging Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods for the title.

Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank a season ago. He rounded into form last week leading through 54-holes but failed to close out victory in New York.

The winner will need to go low at this Hanse Golf Course Design. Historically, the course provides plenty of birdie opportunities.

2015 Recap:

  • Fowler (15-under) edged Henrik Stenson by a stroke to win his first career FedEx Cup Playoff event. Hoffman was third while greenside picJim Furyk, Reed, Hunter Mahan, O’Hair and Jones finished T-4. Fowler was a 40-to-1 betting pick heading into the week.

FANTASY: Look for a birdie-machine to win it this week – hot off the tee and around the greens. Jim Furyk, three Top 10s in nine starts at TPC Boston, is a threat here. Missing much of the season with injury, Fuyrk needs a strong week to advance in the playoffs. Consider Billy Horschel, who made a run here in 2014. He played well last week to open at Bethpage. Jason Day, who fell just short of the FedEx Cup title a season ago, is in play this week.

BETTING: Day, at 6 ½-1 odds, is the overall betting favorite at Skybet.com. But, consider Matt Kuchar (50-1), who has nine Top 10s this season. He might be the DUE player for a win this week (just like Reed last week). Take a flier on Hoffman (66-1), who won here in 2010 and shot 63 in round two here last year. Take Adam Scott (25-1) who returned to form last week ending up T-4 and two shots back of Reed.

Other Golf News:

Lee Westwood current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Lee Westwood

  • Darren Clarke named his three Captain’s Picks to round out Team Europe for the Ryder Cup, which begins at the end of September. Clarke selected veteran Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters, who won last week on the European Tour. Clarke will have six rookies on his squad when they take on the U.S. team at Hazeltine in Minnesota.
  • The LPGA Tour hosts the Manulife LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada this week. Lydia Ko, Rolex Rankings World No. 1, is the outright betting favorite at 4-1 odds. Suzann Pettersen is the defending champion.
  • Champions TourPGA Tour Champions heads to Calgary, Canada this week for the Shaw Charity Classic with Bernhard Langer headlining. Langer, who won last week on tour in a playoff, is looking for this career 30th Champions Tour victory. He is a 3 ½-1 betting favorite.
  • Masters champion Danny Willett headlines the field at the European Tour’s European Masters. He is a co-favorite to win at 14-1 odds. The field also includes Ryder Cup participants Matthew Fitzpatrick, Westwood, and Andy Sullivan. Marcus Fraser, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Alex Noren are among the players teeing it up.

Reed, Fowler dueling at The Barclays

Rickie Fowler current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Rickie Fowler current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Third Round Update – PGA TOUR– FedEx Cup Playoffs – THE BARCLAYS – Bethpage Black – FedExCup5New York —

Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed are dueling at The Barclays – the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs – tied at 8-under with a handful of holes remaining in the third round.

Reed, the overnight leader, is looking for his first victory of the season after nine Top 10s. Fowler, who competed in the Rio Olympics, is also without a title. Both are looking for a bump in Ryder Cup standings and FedEx Cup points as a win is worth 2,000 points in the FedEx Cup race.

Adam Scott posted 65 earlier Saturday to apply early pressure to the lead pairings. Scott, who was unbeatable for a stretch in February and March with two victories, has been quiet all summer. He entered the week third in the FedEx Cup standings and sits third at Bethpage Black at the moment at 7-under and shot back. He had a lead for a moment Saturday.

Martin Laird is fourth alone at 6-under with a hole to play and a host of players are 5-under including Jason Day, Ryan Moore and Justin Thomas. The group at T-11 and 4-under just four back includes Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

Reed and Fowler were both 40-to-1 underdogs heading into the week at Ladbrokes.comTheBarclays

Other Golf News:

  • Rolex Ranking World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn continues her run at the Race to the CME Globe and perhaps LPGA Tour Player of the Year honors. With four wins this season, she leads the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open midway through the third round at 18-under. She leads by four shots at the moment.
  • Bradley Dredge (12-under) leads a crowded leader board through 54 holes at the European Tour’s Made in Denmark tournament. Dredge, who has a 6th and runner-up in his last two starts at this event, holds a one-shot advantage over a host of Champions Tourplayers including Thomas Pieters, who is among those shooting for a Captain’s Pick for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup.
  • Gene Sauers, fresh off his victory at the U.S. Senior Open two weeks ago, leads the PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic at 9-under during Saturday action. He leads by two shots nearing the turn.

FedEx Cup Playoffs tee off at Barclays

FedExCupPreview — PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs –The Barclays – Bethpage Black – New York –

The FedEx Cup Playoffs arrive this week with 125 players making it through the season-long points race.

The overall goal of the field is to advance throughout the playoffs to reach the TOUR Championship at East Lake. At the TOUR Championship, each will have an individual path way to win the FedEx Cup title.

Jason Day, who has three PGA Tour wins this year and nine Top 10s, leads the

Jason Day current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) Jason Day

Jason Day current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) Jason Day

standings. He nearly won this title a season ago finishing runner-up. The rest of the FedEx Cup standings Top 5 is competing this week includes Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Russell Knox and Jordan Spieth.

The four-tournament series features progressive field cuts with the ultimate prize comes down to an opportunity to be crowned FedEx Cup Champion joining past champions Henrik Stenson, Billy Horschel, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Brandt Snedeker and Day.

Results from this week’s event will determine the 100 players advancing to the Deutsche Bank Championship next week.

Bethpage Black in New York hosts this week.

The morning wave is on the course with Emiliano Grillo and Charley Hoffman leading early on at 4-under through seven holes. Both have wins on the PGA Tour this season.

2015 Recap:

  • Day (19-under) ran away with the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs last year en route to the title. His 63-62 weekend at Plainfield CC in New Jersey sent the message to the competition. Stenson was second at 13-under with Watson, Zach Johnson and Zac Blair rounding out the Top 5.

The Golf Channel has exclusive television coverage Thursday and Friday for the opening rounds of play, and handles early coverage on the weekend with CBS Sports TheBarclaysbringing home the leaders Saturday and Sunday.

FANTASY: Stenson rides a positive wave into the playoffs. The former FedEx Cup champion is now a major champion winning the Open Championship in July. Day is a great fit anyway at this point, but also consider under-the-radar players in great form like Kevin Kisner and Daniel Summerhays, who logged a Top 10 at this event a season ago.

BETTORS: At 7 1/2-to-1 odds at Labrokes.com, Day is the betting favorite. For more value, take a shot with Hideki Matsuyama at 25-1. He contended last week and ranks 12th in the FedEx Cup standings. Patrick Reed (40-1) is trending again. At No. 14 in the world rankings and 7th in the FedEx Cup standings, he is due for a win this season after nine Top 10s.

Other Golf News:

  • Thomas Pieters fired a 9-under-62 to co-lead the European Tour’s Made in Denmark tournament. Pieters is trying to earn one of the three captain’s picks for the Europe Ryder Cup squad. He is probably up against Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer for that pick.
  • The LPGA Tour hosts the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open this week. Lydia Ko, Rolex Ranking World No. 1 and a Silver medal winner at the Rio games, tops the Champions Tourbetting list at 3 1/2-1 odds.
  • The PGA Champions Tour hosts the Boeing Classic beginning Friday with Bernhard Langer as the favorite (3 1/2-1).

Kim leads by 4 at Wyndham Championship

Final Round PreWyndham-Championshipview – PGA TOUR– Wyndham Championship – Sedgefield Country Club – Greensboro North Carolina —

South Korea’s So-Woo Kim (18-under) tees up at 2 p.m. local time in North Carolina protecting a 4-shot advantage through 54 holes at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.

After rounds of 68-60-64, Kim is trying to break through for his maiden tour title.

Jim Furyk current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Jim Furyk

He plays alongside Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who finished 4th last week in the Rio Olympics. Kim, who finished 2015 at 272nd in the Official World Golf Rankings, is currently 115th and already inside the Top 125 to advance into the FedEx Cup Playoffs next week.

A host of proven champions are within striking distance including former World No. 1 Luke Donald, Mr. 58 Jim Furyk and two-time

PGA Tour champion Kevin Na. The trio sits 13-under and four back of Kim, who opened the week as a 125-to-1 long shot at www.skybet.com.

Kim’s four-shot lead could be the difference. The close rate on tour for this type of lead through 54 holes is about 80 percent. Kim should have learned from a near victory a few weeks back when he finished runner-up at the Barbasol Championship – playing opposite of the Open Championship. Kim lost the tournament in a playoff to Aaron Baddeley.

FedExCupDon’t overlook those at 12-under, who will look a low 60s round to challenge for the win. That group includes former FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel, past champion here Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama and former Open champion Graeme McDowell.

Sneds shot 61 here in 2014 en route to a T-4 finish. But, Kim’s led looks strong for a big payout for those with a 125-1 sports ticket. If he slides, Cabrera-Bello was listed at 35-1 and Donald was also a hefty 125-1 selection.

Other Golf News:

  • Inbee Park of Korea reminded the world of golf why she was Rolex Ranking No. 1 for so long and nearly won the Grand Slam. The 7-time major champ ran away with the Rio Olympic Golf Medal winning by five shots at 16-under. Lydia Ko was second at 11-under for the Silver and Shanshan Feng took the Bronze. Park, injured most of 2016, opened the week as a 40-1 betting pick in Rio.
  • American Paul Peterson (15-under) turned some heads winning the European Tour’s C+C Real Czech Masters. He shot 64-67 oneuropeantourlogo15 the weekend to edge defending champion Thomas Pieters by a shot. It marked Peterson’s maiden European Tour title. Ranked 398th in the world, his best finish this season had been a T-25 in Thailand last March.
  • The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs begin next week at the Barclays. The four-tournament playoffs trim the field each week climaxing at the TOUR Championship with just 30 players competing in Atlanta for the title.