ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy’s 6-under 65 on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship led to a two-stroke victory for the Northern Irishman after beginning the final round six strokes back of 54-hole leader Paul Casey. With the win, McIlroy records his 12th PGA TOUR victory, collects 2,000 FedExCup points and jumps 34 spots to No. 4 in the FedExCup standings with 3,115 points. Heading into this week’s BMW Championship, McIlroy is on the cusp of securing one of the coveted top five spots in the standings at East Lake, which ensures that a win at the TOUR Championship also guarantees the FedExCup title.
The TOUR Championship will welcome the top 30 players on the FedExCup Points List through the BMW Championship back to East Lake Golf Club from September 21-25, 2016 where the season-long race for the FedExCup will conclude with the crowning of the FedExCup champion.
McIlroy will make his third consecutive appearance at the TOUR Championship in three weeksand fourth overall. His best finish at East Lake is a T2 in 2014, which led to a third-place finish in the final FedExCup standings. McIlroy’s best chance to date of winning the FedExCup title came in 2012 after capturing both the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship. A T10 finish at the season finale, however, led to a runner-up finish in the final FedExCup standings behind Brandt Snedeker.
Patrick Reed’s T5 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship helped the 26-year-old retain a 566-point lead in the standings over Jason Day. Reed won the first FedExCup Playoff event at The Barclays to initially move atop the standings, his first win of the 2015-16 season.
Casey was unable to convert the 54-hole lead at TPC Boston, but the Englishman made the biggest jump of the week in the standings – a 49-spot improvement to No. 10 – to secure his spot in the field of 30 at the TOUR Championship for the second time in his career. Casey finished T5 in 2015.
With only one event remaining until the final 30 move on to the season finale at East Lake, Brooks Koepka is the bubble boy at this week’s BMW Championship at No. 30 in the standings. Koepka finished T70 and T57 at the first two Playoff events, respectively, and is looking to make the field at the TOUR Championship for a second consecutive season after finishing T18 in 2015. Here are the five players inside and outside the top 30 ahead of the BMW Championship:
25. Sergio Garcia
26. William McGirt
27. Bubba Watson
28. Matt Kuchar
29. Jhonattan Vegas
30. Brooks Koepka
31. Daniel Berger
32. Fabian Gomez
33. Smylie Kaufman
34. Jason Kokrak
35. Scott Piercy
Jason Day and Dustin Johnson both finished strong on Monday to remain Nos. 2 and 3 in the FedExCup standings, respectively. After being in danger of missing the cut, Day carded rounds of 68-67 on the weekend to salvage a T15 finish, while Johnson overcame a third-round 75 with a 66 in the final round to finish T8.
Adam Scott fell one spot in the standings to No. 5 after McIlroy’s win, but the Aussie has seemingly found his form after a final-round 65, which tied McIlroy for the low round of the day to finish solo fourth.
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