FedEx Cup Report: Rory McIlroy Makes Biggest Move


With the FedEx Cup Report, we highlight the biggest movers in the season long FedEx Cup race. This week 69 of the Top-70 in the FedEx Cup standings are teeing up at the Crooked Stick Golf Club for the BMW Championship.

The Top-30, following the conclusion of this week’s event will head to the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta for the season ending Tour Championship.

Notes from the Deutsche Bank Championship

  • Rory McIlroy silenced his critics in the most emphatic manner, winning his second title at TPC Boston. With his win, McIlroy moved to the 4th spot in the FedEx Cup standings, jumping up 34 spots.
  • Runner-up, Paul Casey moved up 49 spots and now ranks 10th in the standings. This was Casey’s best finish on Tour since his T-4 finish at The Masters earlier this year.
  • Billy Hurley III moved into the Top-70 following his T-8 finish last week. The winner at Congressional this year, Hurley is making his second appearance at the BMW Championship.
  • Canadian David Hearn jumped up 33 spots in the standings, from 92nd to 59. Hearn finished T-8th for only his second Top-10 this season.
  • Hudson Swafford moved up 21 spots in the standings, and now ranks 61st. He is making his first appearance at the BMW Championship.
  • Winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year, Vaughn Taylor somehow scraped through to the BMW Championship with his T-24 finish. Taylor ranks 64th in the standings entering this week.
  • Former Deutsche Bank champion, Chris Kirk finished T-33rd this year and managed to move into the Top-70. Kirk jumped up 9 spots.
  • Marc Leishman comes in as the 70th ranked player in the standings, the final player to make it to the third-leg of the Playoffs.
Who’s Out

As six players moved into the Top-70, six others found themselves moving out and were eliminated from the playoffs.

  • Jerry Kelly (61 to 72)
  • Martin Laird (63 to 77)
  • Colt Knost (65 to 79)
  • Ricky Barnes (68 to 71)
  • Johnson Wagner (69 to 78)
  • Chez Reavie (70 to 81)
Last Year at the BMW Championship, Four Players Jumped into the Top 30
  • Daniel Berger (46 to 9)
  • Scott Piercy (44 to 20)
  • Kevin Na (34 to 27)
  • Harris English (32 to 30)

Players to Watch at the BMW Championship

There are plenty of familiar names who would be vying to earn a spot in the coveted Top-30.

  • Daniel Berger (31)
  • Smylie Kaufman (33)
  • Scott Piercy (35)
  • Charley Hoffman (36)
  • Branden Grace (37)
  • Tony Finau (38)
  • Louis Oosthuizen (40)
  • Charl Schwartzel (43)
  • Graeme McDowell (45)
  • Bill Haas (46)
  • Justin Rose (50)
  • Zach Johnson (56)
  • Luke Donald (60)
  • Billy Horschel (62)
Players to Qualify for the BMW Championship Every Year

Bubba Watson, Charley Hoffman and Phil Mickelson remain the only three players to qualify for the BMW Championship every year since the inception of the FedEx Cup. For the first time in the FedEx Cup era, Jim Furyk failed to qualify for the BMW Championship.

Rookies in the FedEx Cup Playoffs

Six rookies finished the season ranked within the top 125 in the FedEx Cup. Of that, two remain, Emiliano Grillo (No. 8) and Smylie Kaufman (No. 33).



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