Chris Kirk’s two-spot victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship moved him into the outright lead in the FedEx Cup Playoff standings ahead of Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan, who won the first-leg of the playoffs at The Barclays.
Kirk’s final round 5-under-66 lifted him past Billy Horschel, Geoff Ogilvy and Russell Henley at TPC Boston Monday. The triumph was Kirk’s second of the wrap-around season and his biggest win. He won the PGA Tour stop at the McGladrey Classic back in November. He W moved him up 20 places in the world rankings to No. 25.
The Top 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking was unchanged — McIlroy, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. Jason Day, T-7 at TPC Boston, flipped with Jim Furyk into the 6th position. Matt Kuchar is 8th fololowed by Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson.
Horschel (59th to 45th) and Ogilvy (125th to 76th) enjoyed bumps in the world rankings. Henley, the 54-hole leader by a shot, nearly cracked the Top 50. He is 52nd.
McIlroy was T-5 alongside John Senden but failed to contend in the final round despite being just two back to start the day. He and Kirk both shot 64 in round three to get into position to win.
Other Golf News:
- Paul McGinley made his Captain’s Picks for the European Ryder Cup squad Tuesday selecting Lee Westwood, Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter. He left off former World No. 1 Luke Donald, who has never been on a losing Ryder Cup team and has a record of 10-4-1 including 3-1 in singles. Poulter, injured most of the season, is 12-3 in Ryder Cup play, while Westwood is the most experienced player on the squad with a record of 18-13-6. Gallacher just missed out on qualifying for an automatic spot on points. The 40th Ryder Cup is scheduled for Sept. 26-18 at Gleneagles in Scotland.
- Kirk was a 66-to-1 underdog to win the Deutsche Bank at www.skybet.com heading into the week.
- Hennie Otto climbed into the Top 100 at No. 97 in the world rankings thanks to his victory Sunday on the European Tour at the Italian Open.
- The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs continues this week teeing off Thursday at the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills in Denver. The Top 70 players in the standings are invited to compete in the no-cut event with only the Top 30 at week’s end advancing to the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.