With his win at the BMW Championship, Dustin Johnson tied Rory McIlroy for second-most victories on the PGA TOUR since 2008. Only Tiger Woods has more in that time frame.
Dustin Johnson was 15-under par on the 16 par-5s at Crooked Stick GC en route to winning the BMW Championship, tying the third-best par-5 performance by a winner on the PGA TOUR since 1983 (in a four-round event). Johnson’s 15-under was the second best performance this year, following Jordan Spieth who was 16-under at the 2016 Tournament of Champions.
With a T4 finish at The Barclays, solo-fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championship and a T4 at the BMW Championship, Adam Scott, the only player with top-10s in the first three Playoffs events, is seeking to become just the fourth player to finish inside the top 10 in all four FedExCup Playoffs events in a single season: Rory Sabbatini in 2007 (finished No. 4 in FedExCup), Padraig Harrington in 2009 (No. 7) and Dustin Johnson in 2012 (No. 8). No player has ever finished inside the top five in all four Playoffs events in the same season.
At No. 13 in the FedExCup standings, Phil Mickelson will return to the TOUR Championship for the first time since 2013. The two-time TOUR Championship winner has made 17 starts in the event and qualified the first seven years of the FedExCup, but failed to advance in 2014 and 2015.
For just the second time in history of the FedExCup Playoffs, the defending FedExCup champion will return to the TOUR Championship. Prior to 2015 FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth, who enters the TOUR Championship at No. 7 in the FedExCup standings, Brandt Snedeker is the only FedExCup champion to return to East Lake the year after he won the title.
This 10th anniversary season of the FedExCup has seen a record 10 different players hold the lead in the FedExCup standings (Emiliano Grillo, Smylie Kaufman, Justin Thomas, Russell Knox, Kevin Kisner,Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed). Below are the number of different players to hold the lead in the FedExCup standings by season:
PGA TOUR Champions
After a one-week hiatus from tournament play, PGA TOUR Champions returns this week with the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, to be contested at both Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Esteban Toledo, who held off a final-round charge from Tom Watson to win the event’s 2015 edition, returns this week to compete against one of the year’s strongest fields. Players of note include two-time major championship winner John Daly, as well as World Golf Hall of Fame members Watson, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Mark O’Meara.
The unique format of the Nature Valley First Tee Open pairs PGA TOUR Champions players alongside junior golfers from The First Tee chapters around the country. The 81 juniors compete at Pebble Beach and Poppy Hills and learn from many of the game’s greatest players, who will in turn learn about the nine core values that make up The First Tee. Paula Creamer, who played in the inaugural Nature Valley First Tee Open with Dana Quigleyand finished second, has won 10 LPGA titles, including the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont. Scott Langley, a winner in the pro-junior with Quigley in 2006, has been a PGA TOUR member since 2013. The former University of Illinois star was the Big 10 Conference’s Player of the Year and the medalist at the 2010 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship.
Kirk Triplett, who won his fifth PGA TOUR Champions title at the American Family Insurance Championship in June, enters this week’s event at Pebble Beach as one of the tournament favorites. The 54-year-old won the Nature Valley First Tee Open in 2012 and 2013, and added a T6 effort in the event’s 2014 edition. Triplett, who won three times on the PGA TOUR, has six top-10 finishes in his last 11 starts on PGA TOUR Champions, including the win and a T5 showing at last month’s Boeing Classic, where he held a share of the 18-hole lead.
Jeff Sluman will try to make it four wins in nine years at Pebble Beach. Sluman won the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in 2008, 2009 and again in 2011. Should he win in 2016, he’d join Hale Irwin and Jack Nicklaus as one of just three players to win the same event four times. Below is a rundown on Irwin and Nicklaus’ victories:
|Hale Irwin||1997, 2000 Kaanapali Classic; 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 Turtle Bay Championship (no event in 2004)|
|Jack Nicklaus||1990, 1991, 1995, 1996 Tradition|
|Hale Irwin||1996, 1997, 1998, 2004 Senior PGA Championship|
Current Charles Schwab Cup standings:
|1. Bernhard Langer||$2,272,659||Four wins|
|2. Miguel Angel Jimenez||$1,304,362||One win; four runner-ups|
|3. Joe Durant||$1,218,662||One win; eight top-10 finishes|
|4. Gene Sauers||$1,140,379||One win|
|5. Woody Austin||$1,132,764||Three wins; one runner-up|
Bryson DeChambeau secured his 2016-17 PGA TOUR card via a playoff win at the Web.com Tour’s DAP Championship – the first of four tournaments in the season-ending Web.com Tour Finals. The win, which was the first of his professional career, put him at the top of the Web.com Tour Finals money list, where the leading money winner will be exempt from any re-shuffles on TOUR next year, and will secure an exemption into THE PLAYERS Championship.
The DAP Championship marked the first Web.com Tour start of DeChambeau’s career. DeChambeau turned professional in April, and promptly finished fourth in his debut at the RBC Heritage. The $259,000 payday put him on track to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals via the non-member FedExCup points list, which he achieved thanks to four additional made cuts, including a T15 at the U.S. Open in June.
With his playoff loss at the DAP Championship, Andres Gonzales secured a return trip to the PGA TOUR for the 2016-17 season. The 33-year-old was a TOUR member in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 before losing his status with a 154th-place finish in this year’s FedExCup. The Olympia, Wash. native won tournaments on the Web.com Tour in 2012 and 2014, with each win helping to secure his TOUR card for the following season.
The Web.com Tour Finals head to Boise, Idaho this week for the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, which is one of the four original Tour stops dating back to the inaugural 1990 season. This marks the first year of the event’s inclusion in the Finals and the first time since 2012 that the tournament has been contested in the month of September.
Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
The 2016 Mackenzie Tour season concludes this week at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, the final of 12 events on the 2016 schedule, with three events in as many weeks to close out the race to finish in The Five and earn status on the Web.com Tour for 2016. The top 60 players on the Order of Merit through the Niagara Championship make the field and retain exempt status on the Mackenzie Tour for the 2017 season.
This week’s by Freedom 55 Financial Championship is the final chance for players to earn status on the Web.com Tour for next season. Below is a breakdown of the Web.com Tour status available by position on the 2015 Order of Merit.
|No. 1||Exempt on 2017 Web.com Tour|
|Nos. 2-5||Conditional status on 2017 Web.com Tour|
|Nos. 6-10||Exemption into final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School|
|Nos. 11-20||Exemption into second stage of Web.com Tour Q-School|
Thanks to an unprecedented season of four wins and $156,783 in earnings, Syracuse, New York’s Dan McCarthyhas removed all suspense from the chase for the top spot on the Order of Merit. With a $77,508 lead over No. 2Brock Mackenzie heading into this week, the 31-year old is mathematically guaranteed to finish No. 1 on the season-long money list, earning fully exempt status on the Web.com Tour for 2017.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica
Keeping the strong pace of a birdie-birdie-birdie finish, Nathan Lashley of Scottsbluff, Neb. won a four-way playoff to claim the San Luis Championship title in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. In position to make his fifth straight birdie in the second playoff hole, Lashley defeated Andrés Echavarría of Medellin, Colombia, who conceded the victory at the 10th event of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season after missing a putt for bogey.
This week PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, where the Copa Diners Club International is scheduled to start on Thursday. The 11th event of the season will be played at the Quito Tennis & Golf Club.
After securing their PGA TOUR cards for the 2016-17 season a couple of weeks ago, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica graduates Julián Etulain of Argentina and Nicholas Lindheim of Satellite Beach, Fla. got off to a strong start at the Web.com Tour Finals. Both were involved in a four-way playoff for the title of the DAP Championship.
Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series
When the season began, Hong Kong’s Shun Yat Hak—his English name is Jason—had no playing status on PGA TOUR China. Through Monday qualifying and high finishes, including his tie for second last week at the Chongqing Jiangnan NewTown KingRun Open, Hak has moved to No. 15 on the Order of Merit through eight tournaments. The former Georgia Tech golfer has pocketed ￥149,429 this season.
With his win last week, Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul became the sixth player to win multiple times on PGA TOUR China. Charoenkul also won the 2014 Yulongwan Yunnan Open. Zecheng Dou of China is the overall leader, with four wins, followed by three wins each from China’s Haotong Li and New Zealand’s Josh Geary. China’s Xinjun Zhang and Australia’s Bryden Macpherson join Charoenkul with two wins apiece.
American Benjamin Lein missed the first six cuts of the 2016 season, compiling a stroke average of 77.08 in those 12 rounds. In his last two tournaments, Lein has a tie for 12th and a fifth-place finish to his credit. The 24-year-old shot rounds of 67-70-67-73 at the Chongqing Jiangnan NewTown KingRun Open last week to record his first top-five since finishing fourth at the 2014 Hainan Open. Lein’s stroke average for his last eight rounds is 68.38.
The Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series plays its ninth event of the season this week at the Ping An Bank Open in Beijing. The Series will then observe a five-week break, resuming action with four tournaments in four weeks to finish the year—starting at the Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong on November 4-7.