Mahan tops FedEx Cup Playoffs list after Barclays victory, Tiger splits with swing coach

Hunter Mahan’s impressive Sunday round and victory at The Barclays moved him atop the FedEx Cup Playoff standings.

Mahan (14-under) edged Jason Day, Cameron Tringale and Stuart Appleby by two shots at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey at the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Mahan, who is the only player to compete in every FedEx Cup Playoff events since its inception in 2007, finally broke through with a victory.

Mahan, a 33-to-1 betting pick at to start the tournament, climbed 23 places in the Official World Golf Ranking from No. 41 to 19th with his efforts. He now leads the race to win the FedEx Cup just ahead of Rory McIlroy.

Day, Tringale, Appleby and Jim Furyk all seemed to have momentum to win the title during Sunday’s final round. But, Mahan, who started out one-shot back of Furyk and Day on the final day, shot 65 including three straight birdies at Nos. 15, 16, and 17.

Day moved up to 7th in the FedEx Cup standings with his T-2 finish and climbed up two places to No. 7 in the world ranking as well. Tringale, looking for first PGA Tour win, used his runner-up effort to jump 43 places to No. 71 in the world ranking. He is now 10th in the FedEx Cup Playoffs standings with a great opportunity to earn a spot in the TOUR Championship in three weeks.

The PGA Tour’s Top 100 in the FedEx Cup Playoffs standings advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship beginning this Friday. The tournament has a Monday finish on Labor Day. Geoff Ogilvy is the last guy in at No. 100 in the standings leaving out Lee Westwood, Retief Goosen and Nick Watney, who just came up short.

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