Jordan Spieth’s run at World No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking could be short lived.
Spieth, who moved ahead of Rory McIlroy into the top spot with his run at the PGA Championship, tees it up this Thursday at The Barclays in the first-leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs alongside Jason Day and Bubba Watson.
The trio headlines the morning wave teeing off No. 1 at Plainfield Country Club at 8:26 a.m. local time. The playoffs, now in its 9th edition, sets up the groupings based on the standings, where Spieth, Day and Bubba are Nos. 1-2-3.
McIlroy is skipping this week’s event, but he could return to No. 1 if Spieth finishes outside the Top 14 at The Barclays. Spieth has four victories this season.
The afternoon wave at Plainfield features Open champion Zach Johnson, a former FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, who has three straight Top 6 finishes heading into this week.
Other Golf news:
- Only the Top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings after this week advance to play at the Deutsche Bank Championship next week. On the bubble this week needing a solid effort to continue on includes high-profile names like Jason Dufner (103rd), Lee Westwood (110th), Retief Goosen (111th) and Luke Donald (119th).
- At 118th in the standings, Vijay Singh could be factor at Deutsche Bank if he can advance to next week. Singh, the 52-year-old Hall of Fame member, won the Deutsche Bank en route to wining the FedEx Cup seven seasons ago. He also contended at Deutsche Bank in recent years.
- For a dark horse, Matt Kuchar could become a factor. Kuch has yet to win a title this season, but sits 26th in the standings. He has made it to the TOUR Championship five straight times. Only the Top 30 after the third-leg of the playoffs advances to East Lake and the TOUR Championship finale.