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  • Fisher's 59 a first for European Tour
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    Oliver Fisher made history Friday, shooting the first round of 59 on the European Tour.

    • The Englishman fired a 12-under in the second round at the Portugal Masters, finishing with an eagle and 10 birdies and a share of the overall lead.

      "It was important to keep reminding myself that I was out there to have some fun, enjoy it, and not get too tentative," Fisher said afterward. "When you've got a good round going, it's easy to do that."

      Fisher very nearly shot a 58, but his birdie putt attempt on No. 18 just barely missed the mark.

      Nineteen times on the European Tour players carded 60 before Fisher's breakthrough. The PGA Tour has seen 10 rounds of 59 (and one 58 by Jim Furyk in 2016.)

      Fisher, ranked 287th, had missed the cut in three of his last four appearances. He has one title, the 2011 Czech Open, to his credit.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tiger eagles 18 to fire 65 at Tour Championship
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Tiger Woods drained a 27-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to card a 5-under-par 65 during the first round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Thursday.

    • Woods' sixth eagle of 2018 vaulted him into a tie for the lead with Rickie Fowler.

      Entering the week needing a win and some help to claim an unprecedented third FedEx Cup title, Woods followed a familiar pattern this year in getting off to a rough start with a bogey on the first hole.

      He got his round into red figures with consecutive lengthy birdie putts on Nos. 5 and 6 and made the turn in 1-under 34. Woods added birdies at Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three consecutive pars.

      He found the fairway on the par-5 18th, and then blistered a 5-wood from 255 yards to just inside 28 feet.

      "Once it reached its peak, I saw it was going through the wind and I just started walking," Woods told the Golf Channel. "I knew it was good."

      It was the same hole he famously eagled during the 2007 Tour Championship -- No. 9 at the time before the nines were flipped.

      Woods faced a tricky left-to-right putt this time around, and managed to slide it into the left side of the cup, eliciting a fist pump as he put a punctuation mark on his first round at the Tour Championship in five years.

      "That putt was taking forever for that grain to take it, and it finally did in the last three to four feet," Woods said.

      How good did it feel to be back at East Lake, competing in the season finale?

      "You're not going to get an exemption into this event, you've got to earn it," Woods said. "You have to be part of the Top 30, you have to be consistent and you've got to be one of the guys who have had a good year.

      "And I've earned my way back. All things considered, it's been a pretty good success."

      --Field Level Media

  • Take 5: Why favorites will/won't win FedEx Cup
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Thirty of the world's best golfers have descended upon East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta for this week's season-ending Tour Championship.

    • However, only five hold their FedEx Cup championship destinies in their own hands, with the other 25 needing a victory in the Tour Championship and some help to claim the $10 million playoff prize.

      Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas know all they need to do is win this week. Take 5 looks at why each will -- or won't -- claim the ultimate PGA Tour bounty.

      5. Justin Thomas

      Thomas will win because: Expectations are tempered after he showed up to East Lake wearing a bandage on his wrist, saying he took last week off after suffering the injury at the BMW Championship. Sometimes the most dangerous athletes are the ones forced to take some pressure off the gas and play within themselves. Perhaps the break from pounding balls last week was just the mental rest Thomas needed after a busy summer.

      Thomas won't win because: No one has successfully defended a FedEx Cup title. In fact, only Tiger Woods has won more than one, and that came nine years ago. Oh, and there's the chance the injury is a very real factor and Thomas will have to make some choices in order to be ready for next week's Ryder Cup.

      4. Dustin Johnson

      Johnson will win because: The FedEx Cup is one of the glaring omissions from his resume. He not only lost his No. 1 ranking two weeks ago -- he dropped to No. 3. The pressure to hold onto the top spot is off, and he can let it rip. Arguably no one has a better all-around game than Johnson, yet somehow he enters this week as a dark horse.

      Johnson won't win because: He tied for 17th at East Lake last year and while he has played solidly at times during the playoffs, D.J. has struggled to put together four solid rounds over the past month. Despite his one U.S. Open title, there are lingering questions about his play down the stretch while in contention on Sundays.

      3. Tony Finau

      Finau will win because: He has finished in the top eight in each of the first three playoff events and few have been as consistent all summer as Finau. East Lake is a Par 70, but a long one at 7,385 yards. He tied for seventh here last year, and a good week with the driver should have the bomber sniffing contention again.

      Finau won't win because: Well, because he hasn't all season. Finau has 11 top-10s on the 2017-18 season, but the 6-foot-4 Salt Lake City native has only one career victory, at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open.

      2. Justin Rose

      Rose will win because: Newly minted as the No. 1 player in the world, Rose admitted he is motivated to hold onto that ranking through the end of the year. He has a victory at the Fort Worth Invitational, top-20s at all four majors and two playoff runner-up finishes in 2018 and finished T10 at last year's Tour Championship.

      Rose won't win because: Nerves. He admitted the thought of claiming No. 1 was on his mind when he bogeyed the 18th hole -- twice -- to finish second at the BMW Championship. Short putting woes have dogged Rose for years in pressure situations, and there's nothing like the No. 1 ranking and $10 million at stake to test your hands standing over a 5-footer on 18.

      1. Bryson DeChambeau

      DeChambeau will win because: He's the hottest golfer on the planet and has already smashed his way into elite status since his win at the Memorial in June. DeChambeau won the first two legs of the playoffs, then admirably tied for 19th at the BMW while playing on fumes. He's a notoriously hard worker, and proved his strong mental game by overcoming some adversity late in the summer to put together the best stretch of golf in his career.

      DeChambeau won't win because: This is all new territory and there's a ton at stake. It's hard to win three tournaments in a year, much less do it over a five-week stretch against a motivated field of the best players in the world trying to close the season out with a bang.

      There's no shame in DeChambeau not winning this week, especially if the consolation is building momentum toward his Ryder Cup debut.

      --Derek Harper, Field Level Media

  • Tiger: I've put together a game from 'nothing'
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Tiger Woods acknowledges it is difficult to place where 2018 ranks in his PGA Tour career.

    • He has yet to win in 17 starts heading into this week's Tour Championship, and would need a victory and some help in order to claim an unprecedented third FedEx Cup title.

      Then again, 12 months ago he was recovering from a fourth back surgery and posting pictures of himself chipping and putting on social media with a very uncertain future in professional golf.

      Woods played in his Hero World Challenge last December, then embarked on a steady 2018 schedule that saw him progress from struggling to make cuts to a string of top 10 finishes and ultimately qualifying for this week's Tour Championship and earning a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team.

      "In the 'W' category, it doesn't compare to some of the years that I've had, where I've won eight or nine times in a year," Woods told reporters at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Wednesday. "But to have come off the last few years of little activity and to have qualified for East Lake and to have been as consistent as I've been.

      "I've put together a game from pretty much nothing ... that's something that I'm very proud of. I don't know if it's going to rank up there as one of my top seasons because I didn't win eight or nine times in a season - two to three majors in a year - but to accomplish what I've accomplished, to get back to this point, it's something I'm very proud of."

      Woods qualified for the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013, and his 18th start this week will mark his second most since turning 30 - he made 19 in 2012. He enters East Lake ranked No. 20 in the FedEx Cup standings, and knows he faces an uphill climb to win the playoffs.

      The lowest-seeded player to win the FedEx Cup was Bill Haas (No. 25) in 2011.

      "The season itself has been amazing," Woods said. "To be able to have played this well after coming off what I came off of. Didn't know how many tournaments I'd play in, and next thing you know, here I am in the Tour Championship. So, there's some guys that can't say that they've accomplished that, that they've gotten into the Tour Championship."

      Woods, 42, has acknowledged that winning is more difficult than it has ever been with the amount of young talent on Tour. He has six top-10s, including two in majors, and a 69.7 scoring average.

      Now, it's about putting all aspects of his game together over a four-day stretch - or even a three-day stretch at next week's Ryder Cup in France.

      "It's always been something," Woods said of what has kept him from winning this year. "I haven't driven it well, I haven't hit my irons well, I haven't chipped it well, I haven't putted well. Just pick one of those things, and it happens to be that particular week.

      "I seem to have gotten most of those things going well, but there's always something missing. It could be any of those facets of the game, and I just haven't putt it all together at the same time.

      "Hopefully that will come together here this week."

      The state of Woods' game - and more important, his back - has allowed him to look into the future in ways that he hasn't been able to in a number of years. He said over the summer that he expects his game to be even better in 2019 as he adjusts to his new equipment and what his body is able to do at 42 and with a fused back.

      Now, Woods is even fielding questions about whether he can envision representing the United States at the Olympics in Tokyo in two years.

      "That would be an accomplishment, to be a part of one of the top American players," he said. "To have worked my way back to that point. Obviously, it's two years from now. To have played that consistently, to have played over that period of time.

      "Put it this way ... I'd like to see that happen, I just need to go out there and do it. I need to keep my game at the level that it is, maybe refine it a bit more, and stay healthy for that long.

      "It's something that I haven't done in a number of years, and this is a good starting point."

      --Field Level Media

  • Thomas heads to Tour Championship nursing sore wrist
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Reigning FedEx Cup champ Justin Thomas plans to play through a right wrist injury in high-profile events the next two weeks.

    • The Tour Championship, which carries a $10 million prize for the season title, starts Thursday at East Lake in Atlanta. The following weekend, Thomas is due to be part of the United States Ryder Cup team that will face the European team in the Paris area.

      Thomas told reporters Tuesday in Atlanta that he "tweaked" his wrist two weeks ago in the final round of the most recent event, the BMW Championship near Philadelphia.

      "I'd never had an injury before, I've never had it happen," he said. "It just kind of popped up, and yeah, I took last week off, I didn't hit a ball. ...

      "Just a little tightness. The two, three weeks coming up, just kind of more precautionary than anything."

      He added of the unexpected time off, "You're better off being mentally fresh than you are, I would say, having my game physically fresh. If I practiced a lot last week and I was grinding not only this week but most importantly next week as well, I could have been kind of run into the ground.

      "Getting that time off and getting some rest and just trying to get this thing healed up and feel good as soon as possible coming into Thursday was important."

      Thomas sits fifth in the FedEx Cup standings, the last of the players who can automatically claim the season prize with a win in Atlanta.

      No player has successfully defended the FedEx Cup since the current format was instituted in 2007. The only player to win the season crown twice in that span was Tiger Woods, the champion in 2007 and 2009.

      "I'm excited to have an opportunity to do something that no one has ever done, which is pretty cool," Thomas said.

      --Field Level Media

  • Spieth resolves scheduling shortfall with PGA
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Jordan Spieth's failure to qualify for this week's Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta will leave him one event shy of the minimum 25 events this season.

    • That leaves him subject to a "major penalty" from the PGA Tour, which would be a fine of at least $20,000 or a suspension.

      PGA chief of operations Andy Pazder said Tuesday that the matter was addressed with Spieth.

      "I have talked to Jordan and we've resolved it," Pazder told reporters. "We have come to a resolution. I'm not going to be able to share the details of that.

      "I will say the result is something that you will see next season. It's resolved in a way that's going to be a win for our tournaments, our fans and golf in general."

      Pazder's comments suggest that Spieth will add more tournaments to make sure he doesn't risk falling short of the minimum for a third straight year. There is a rule that calls for players to add an event that they haven't played in the past four years if they fall below 25.

      England's Ian Poulter also fell short and will finish the year with just 21 events. Poulter played five summer events over in Europe while focusing on qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team.

      Pazder said a resolution with Poulter also has been reached.

      --Field Level Media

  • Golf Glance
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    PGA TOUR

    • LAST WEEK: OFF.

      THIS WEEK: Tour Championship, Sept. 20-23

      East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta (Par 70, 7,385 yards)

      Purse: $9 million (Winner: $1.62M); FedEx Cup champion wins $10M bonus

      Defending champion: Xander Schauffele

      Television: Thursday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-6:30 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, Noon-1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC)

      Any of the top five players in the FedEx Cup standings who win the Tour Championship automatically will win the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. If a player outside of the top five wins, the FedEx Cup champion will be determined by a points formula. The top five entering East Lake are Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas. ... Thomas is seeking to become the first player to successfully defend a FedEx Cup title. ... Tiger Woods (2007, '09) is the only player to win the FedEx Cup twice. He qualified for the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013 and enters the week No. 20 in the standings. The lowest-seeded player to win the FedEx Cup was Bill Haas (No. 25) in 2011. ... 2015 FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth missed the cut for East Lake and is the only member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team not in this week's field. ... The playoffs will be trimmed to three events next year.

      NEXT WEEK: Ryder Cup, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

      LPGA TOUR

      LAST WEEK: The Evian Championship (Angela Stanford)

      THIS WEEK: OFF.

      NEXT WEEK: OFF.

      Champions Tour

      LAST WEEK: The Ally Challenge (Paul Broadhurst)

      THIS WEEK: Sanford International, Sept. 21-23

      Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Par 70, 6,729 yards)

      Purse: $1.8 million (Winner: $270,000)

      Defending Champion: Inaugural event

      Television: Friday, 6-8 p.m. ET (Golf Channel - tape delay); Saturday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 4-6 p.m. (Golf Channel)

      This is the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in South Dakota since the Web.com Tour's Dakota Dunes Open in 2001. ... Steve Stricker, who has two Champions victories this season, will make his first start since June before heading to France to serve as a co-captain for Team USA in next week's Ryder Cup. ... Charles Schwab Cup leader Miguel Angel Jimenez is not in this week's 78-player field. ... Broadhurst leads the tour with three victories this year and has moved up to No. 6 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. All five of his career victories on the Champions tour have been final-round comebacks.

      NEXT WEEK: PURE Insurance Championship, Pebble Beach, Calif.

      --Field Level Media

  • Congressional lands Ryder Cup among 8 major events
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Major tournament golf is returning to Congressional, with the PGA of America announcing the country club in Bethesda, Maryland will play host to eight of its championships over a 15-year span.

    • The marquee event is the 2036 Ryder Cup, which follows seven other top-level events beginning with the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in 2022. The LPGA major will return to Congressional in '27.

      The other events to be held at Congressional are the 2031 PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship (2025, '33), the PGA Professional Championship (2029) and the Junior PGA Championship (Girls and Boys, 2024).

      Tiger Woods brought the AT&T National to Congressional in 2008, and the event was held there seven times. It was most recently won by Billy Hurley III in 2016, but Quicken Loans did not renew with the Tiger Woods Foundation, opting to move its sponsorship to a new tournament in Detroit in 2019.

      Congressional is currently without a regular PGA Tour stop, but it has been the site of numerous major championships.

      Rory McIlroy (2011) won the most recent of three U.S. Opens held at the venue, with Ernie Els (1997) and Ken Venturi (1964) also hoisting the trophy at Congressional. The course was also the site of Dave Stockton's 1976 PGA Championship victory.

      "This partnership with Congressional Country Club and its membership is monumental in scope and stature, and we are excited to showcase the range of championships and events that the PGA of America has to offer," said PGA of America Interim CEO John Easterbrook in a statement. "We're also looking forward to building a lasting relationship with the legions of knowledgeable golf fans from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia and believe they will enjoy their time with us and marvel at the talents we will bring to Congressional in the coming years."

      Congressional's Blue Course was designed by Devereux Emmet in 1925, and has since undergone three renovations. Keith Foster has been tapped to lead a full restoration beginning next year.

      "Congressional Country Club is proud to be partnering with the PGA of America and looks forward to creating future championship history," said Bev Lane, President of Congressional Country Club. "The PGA of America and its nearly 29,000 professionals represent the very best that golf has to offer. We are excited to bring major championship golf back to Congressional and to represent our country and the Nation's Capital as the host of the 2036 Ryder Cup."

      --Field Level Media

  • FedEx Cup overhaul includes $15M to Tour champ
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    The FedEx Cup playoffs are being overhauled for the 2019 season.

    • PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan unveiled a string of changes on Tuesday that go into place next year and are designed to simplify the playoff system, ending with the Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta with the $15 million finale. This season's Tour Championship includes a $10 million prize to the winner.

      Among the noteworthy changes, the PGA Tour will trim the playoffs to three events and cut the field from 125 players to 70 after the Northern Trust and entering the Dell Technologies Championship.

      Monahan also said the PGA is upping the importance of the standings entering the Tour Championship with a strokes-based system that sets the player with the most FedEX Cup points at an opening score of 10-under par. The next golfer in the standings will begin at 8-under, the player in the third spot would be 7-under, and so on.

      "Compared to the current system, the beauty here is in the simplicity," Monahan said Tuesday. "Fans are very familiar with golf leaderboards in relation to par, so they will have a clear understanding of the impact every shot makes during the final run for the FedExCup - ultimately leading to a singular champion without conflicting storylines."

      The FedEx Cup playoffs were created in 2007.

      If the strokes-based system was in place entering this week's Tour Championship, Bryson DeChambeau would begin Thursday's opening round 10-under and Justin Rose would be 8-under, Tony Finau (-7), Dustin Thomas (-6) and Justin Thomas (-5).

      Under the current system, any player within the top five entering this week who wins the Tour Championship will also win the FedEx Cup. If a player outside of the top five wins at East Lake, the FedEx Cup champion will be determined by a points formula.

      --Field Level Media

  • Woods to play at Bahamas invitational
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Tiger Woods announced he will compete in the invitation-only tournament he will host in the Bahamas later this year.

    • The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at Albany Golf Resort in New Providence, Bahamas.

      Only 18 players will take part. Rickie Fowler won the event last year.

      "The Hero World Challenge has evolved into a global event highlighting the world's best golfers year after year," Woods said. "We are very excited to continue growing the Hero World Challenge at Albany."

      Woods finished in a tie for ninth place last year as he began his comeback from spinal fusion surgery.

      This year, Woods has six top-10 PGA Tour finishes, including a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship in August and a sixth-place tie at the British Open in July.

      His last tour victory came in 2013.

      The 72-hole event has a $3.5 million purse and a $1 million first-place prize. Official World Golf Ranking points are awarded in the tournament, which benefits the TGR Foundation, Tavistock Foundation and Bahamas Youth Foundation.

      The tournament will begin just days after Woods' $9 million, winner-take-all match against Phil Mickelson, set for Nov. 23 in Las Vegas.

      --Field Level Media

  • Golf Glance
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    PGA TOUR

    • LAST WEEK: BMW Championship (Keegan Bradley)

      THIS WEEK: OFF

      NEXT WEEK: Tour Championship, East Lake, Atlanta

      LPGA TOUR

      LAST WEEK: OFF

      THIS WEEK: The Evian Championship, Sept. 13-16

      Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France (Par 71, 6,523 yards)

      Purse: $3.85 million (Winner: $577,500)

      Defending Champion: Anna Nordqvist

      Television: Thursday-Friday, 5-8 a.m., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 6-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 4:30-10 a.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-4:30 p.m. (NBC)

      This is the fifth and final major championship on the LPGA Tour in 2018. Last year's event was controversially cut to 54 holes due to inclement weather. The Evian will move to July next year. ... Nordqvist became the first Swede to win The Evian and claimed her second career major title by beating Brittany Altomare on the first playoff hole. ... South Korea's Sung Hyun Park, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, Sweden's Pernilla Lindberg, England's Georgia Hall, and South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Inbee Park enter the week eligible to win the 2018 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award. ... 2016 champion In Gee Chun holds the 36-hole (129), 54-hole (194) and 72-hole (263) tournament scoring records since the event became a major in 2013. ... Jutanugarn leads the Tour in official money ($2.24 million), scoring average (69.337), birdies (368) and top-10 finishes (13). She also leads the Rolex Player of the Year standings (198 points) along with the Race to the CME Globe (3,468) ... The average age of winners on Tour this season is 24.4.

      NEXT WEEK: OFF.

      Champions Tour

      LAST WEEK: OFF

      THIS WEEK: The Ally Challenge, Sept. 14-16

      Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Blanc, Mich. (Par 72, 7,127 yards)

      Purse: $2 million (Winner: $300,500)

      Defending Champion: Inaugural event

      Television: Friday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

      Warwick Hills played host to 51 PGA Tour events from 1958-2009. Sixty-nine of the 74 players in this week's field played in what was known as the Buick Open. Fiji's Vijay Singh was a three-time winner of the PGA Tour stop, while Kenny Perry won it twice. In all, 10 players in this week's event combined to win the Buick Open 13 times. They are vying to become just the 17th players to win a PGA Tour and Champions event on the same course. The last player to accomplish the feat was John Cook at Pebble Beach (2014 PURE Insurance Championship, 1981 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am). ... The field features 27 of the top 30 players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. ... In 42 rounds at Warwick Hills, Singh owns a 68.88 scoring average, best among those in this week's field. ... Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez leads the Charles Schwab Cup money list with $1,746,868, followed by Scott McCarron ($1,647,908) and Jerry Kelly ($1,619,368).

      NEXT WEEK: Sanford International, Sioux Falls, S.D.

      --Field Level Media

  • Finau earns final spot on U.S. Ryder Cup team
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 10, 2018

    Tony Finau's solid overall season and strong finishing kick earned him the final selection to the United States team for the Ryder Cup, U.S. captain Jim Furyk announced Monday.

    • Finau, who turns 29 on Friday, will be playing in his first Ryder Cup when the U.S. and Europe meet in Paris, France, from Sept. 28-30.

      "It's a dream come true for me," Finau said in a press conference. "I got the goosebumps when he told me, and I'm excited to add my skills and talent to the team, a team that's stacked already. Hopefully

      I bring something to the team that can help us bring that Cup back."

      Finau completes Furyk's four captain's picks. He chose Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods on Sept. 4.

      Finau was selected for the final spot over rising star Xander Schauffele.

      "He has an unbelievable body of work this year," Furyk said of Finau in an interview with reporters. "All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the Majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him."

      Finau has registered 11 top-10 finishes this season, including finishing fifth at the U.S. Open, tying for ninth at the Open Championship and tying for 10th at the Masters.

      He feels his unselfish style makes him a good fit for the Ryder Cup team.

      "I'm a great team player, first of all. I grew up playing team sports, and I know what it's like to be on a team, and I also played on two Junior Ryder Cup teams," Finau said. "I'm a great team player -- what I mean by that, there won't be any locker room noise with me. I can play with anyone.

      "I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I'm pretty easy to play with. And I'm playing some good golf, some world-class golf. I've been able to play very confidently and consistently the last month or so to be able to get that pick."

      Rounding out the U.S. team are Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson.

      Furyk likes the potential of his squad, which is gunning to win on European soil for the first time since 1993 in England.

      "We have a lot of guys that are in good form right now," Furyk said. "The world rankings on both sides are really good, and in good form and playing well. Guys are having great seasons. We also have quite a bit of veteran leadership on this team, which is key on the road.

      "It's no secret that it's been 25 years since we won in Europe and the conditions will be tough. I know we'll have some American fans over there, but they'll be outnumbered severely. To be able to weather that storm ... that veteran experience will be key."

      The European team is captained by Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. His captain's picks were Englishman Paul Casey, Spain's Sergio Garcia, England's Ian Poulter and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

      The rest of the roster consists of Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose of England, Francesco Molinari of Italy, Alex Noren of Sweden, Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and Jon Rahm of Spain.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tiger shoots 65 to qualify for Tour Championship
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 10, 2018

    Tiger Woods shot a 5-under-par 65 in the rain-delayed final round of the BMW Championship on Monday to finish the tournament at 17 under and qualify for next week's Tour Championship.

    • Woods began the final round at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. five shots off the lead of England's Justin Rose.

      Woods began his day with a birdie on the first hole and rolled in three more to make his turn in 4-under 31 as he climbed toward the leaders. However, he bogeyed No. 10 before gaining shots at Nos. 11 and 13. Within two of the lead, he put his tee shot in a green-side bunker at the par-3 14th hole and effectively ended his shot at winning when his par put slid right of the hole.

      Woods did make birdie at No. 16 before closing out with a pair of pars. He finished in a tie for sixth, three strokes back of the playoff between Justin Rose and Keegan Bradley, which Bradley won.

      After being tied for the lead with an opening-round 62 on Thursday, Woods shot 70 and 66 over the next two days to put himself behind a deep pack of players atop the leaderboard.

      "I got off to a nice, quick start," he told the Golf Channel shortly after completing his final round. "Didn't do anything in the second round, and kind of hung in there until Monday."

      Woods was moved up five spots to No. 20 in the FedEx Cup standings with Sunday's results. He has yet to win in his latest comeback, but secured his seventh top-10 finish of 2010.

      "I've played a few tournaments where I've come close at the end, and just didn't quite, obviously, get the 'W,'" Woods said. "But at the end of the season here, to say that I've made it back to the Tour Championship after what I've been through is a pretty good accomplishment."

      Woods tweeted on Aug. 30, 2017 that doctors had cleared him to chip and putt, four months after undergoing fusion surgery on his back -- his fourth back procedure in all. A little more than 12 months later, he will be returning to East Lake in Atlanta for the Tour Championship -- which concludes five days before the start of the Ryder Cup, which he will also be competing in after earning a captain's pick from Jim Furyk.

      "Lots of hard work," he said when asked what has gone into this comeback. "Lots of hard work and patience, and just constant feel and understanding of fluidity.

      "The game has changed because the body has changed. The body has changed significantly since I first started, so trying to get used to equipment. And changing equipment because my swing is changing because my body is changing.

      "It's been quite a year."

      --Field Level Media

  • Rain threatens to cut BMW Championship short
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 9, 2018

    Due to overnight rain that carried over into the morning and afternoon, play at the BMW Championship was suspended and the tournament could wind up being called after 54 holes.

    • A threatening forecast for Monday could mean Justin Rose, the leader by one stroke after three rounds at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., would be the winner, if play cannot resume.

      Rose leads by one shot over Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele. Tiger Woods is tied for 11th, five strokes back.

      In anticipation of inclement weather Sunday, final-round tee times were moved up more than five hours and were supposed to begin from 7-8:50 a.m. ET in threesomes off two tees. Tee times kept being pushed back in hopes of playing at least a partial round, but play in the $9 million tournament eventually was called off for the day.

      Slugger White, vice president of rules and competition for the PGA Tour, said the course has seen more than three inches of rain this week.

      "We've got kind of a mess out there,'' he told reporters before play was suspended. "As of right now (Sunday afternoon), the golf course is unplayable. If it stopped raining right now for a couple hours, we might be able to get to play. The greens are fine, the bunkers are going to be fine.

      "We've got teeing grounds that are very marginal, and we've got fairways that are very marginal. We obviously need it to stop right now so we have two to two and a half hours to let it drain down and get the maintenance crew out there to see if we can push some water around.''

      That break in the weather never happened Sunday.

      White said the PGA would not start a round on Monday if officials don't think at least half the players could finish. The tournament will not extend into Tuesday unless half of the 69 players complete their round by Monday.

      The PGA Tour tweeted that a decision would be made and announced later Sunday.

      Ending the tournament as it stands would impact several players who are playing to get into the top 30 in points and move on to the season-ending Tour Championship beginning Sept. 30.

      Among them is Jordan Spieth, who would stand as a major loser if the standings hold. Currently tied for 39th in the tournament, Spieth would land at No. 31 in the FedEx Cup playoff standings and miss the Tour Championship, which is limited to the top 30. He also would face a $20,000 fine and three-tournament suspension for failing to compete in 25 events this season.

      Spieth has competed in 23 events; the Ryder Cup will count as his 24th and the Tour Championship would be his 25th, should he qualify. The policy was implemented a few years back to make sure players were active in supporting the tour.

      Rose said he wasn't sure Saturday if he had played his last golf played this week.

      "It was definitely in the back of your mind," he said. "You could start to feel the weather coming in and getting darker. Kind of had the feel there's some big weather coming. Just had to get through today and we'll have a round of golf to play tomorrow in our minds. I was trying to make the putt on 18 to make sure I was ahead of the field."

      --Field Level Media

  • Rain pushes BMW Championship to Noon ET start
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 8, 2018

    Rain delayed the BMW Championship on Saturday to a scheduled noon ET start time, with groups of three starting at No. 1 and No. 10.

    • Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., took on significant rainfall and more is expected over the weekend.

      After rounds of 63 and 64 to begin the BMW Championship, Xander Schauffele is 13-under par and leads Justin Rose by two strokes.

      Schauffele and Tony Finau are also among the players under consideration for the final captain's pick for the US Ryder Cup squad. Captain Jim Furyk said he will announce his selection Monday morning.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tiger turns to old putter, fires 62 at BMW Championship
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 6, 2018

    Tiger Woods put a trusted old friend back in his bag on Thursday, and the result was a blistering start to the BMW Championship with an 8-under-par round of 62 at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.

    • He will enter Friday's second round tied for the lead with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who posted his own 8-under 62 a few groups behind Woods.

      After struggling with his putting during the first two legs of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Woods returned to the Scotty Cameron putter he used in winning 13 of his 14 major titles.

      "It feels good," Woods told reporters. "I know the release point, and I know how it swings. My body morphs into a position where it understands where it needs to be to release the putter. I've hit hundreds of millions of putts with the damn thing. I've had it since '99 ... my body just remembers it."

      And the early returns were remarkable, as he posted only the fifth round of 62 of his career -- one shy of his career low of 61, set four times. He also matched the lowest round posted the last time Aronimink hosted a PGA Tour event -- shot by Nick Watney in the third round in 2011.

      It was Woods' lowest round since firing a 61 in the second round of the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, which was also his last victory.

      Taking advantage of Aronimink's massive fairways and his excellent iron play, Woods continually put himself in position for makeable birdies.

      Starting on the back nine, Woods birdied three of his first four holes, then drained a five-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th hole -- his first eagle on the PGA Tour since the Memorial three months ago.

      He knocked another approach shot stiff on No. 18, making the turn at 6-under 29. It marked Woods' sixth career sub-30 score for nine holes, and his first in 11 years. It was also the first sub-30 at the BMW Championship since Bubba Watson recorded one in the final round in 2015.

      Woods reached 7 under with a birdie at No. 1, and narrowly missed birdie putts on the next two holes. He broke a string of five consecutive pars with a tap-in birdie on No. 7 to reach 8 under, and held a three-shot lead at one point.

      Woods was then forced to wait for 15 minutes on the tee box at the lengthy par-3 eighth hole. His group, which included Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, was then waved up to hit. Woods double-crossed his tee shot and wound up back left of the green.

      He took a free drop away from the grandstand and played a delicate chip shot to just under 16 feet. However, the par putt slid just left of the hole for his first bogey of the day, dropping Woods to 7 under and a tie for the lead with the hard-charging McIlroy, who was playing five holes behind Woods.

      While McIlroy was attacking his sixth consecutive birdie, Woods played from the left rough off the par-5 ninth hole. He chipped to within eight feet on his third shot and rolled in the birdie.

      McIlroy's birdie string briefly gave him the lead at 9 under, but he followed a par at No. 6 by bogeying the seventh and eighth holes to slip back to 7 under. He then righted the ship at No. 9, reaching the green in two and two-putting for birdie to match Woods atop the leaderboard.

      Thursday marked Woods' first tournament round at the BMW Championship since 2010, when he failed to break 70 in any of the four rounds. And the key was the trusty Scotty Cameron.

      Woods turned to a mallet-style putter at the Quicken Loans and then a different version of it last week. After a poor putting performance at TPC Boston, he showed up to Aronimink practice green with the Scotty Cameron.

      Woods and McIlroy got off to hot starts that had whispers of a potential sub-60 round going around the grounds. Both players ultimately cooled off a bit, but Woods said the elusive mark was out there.

      "You definitely could do it today," Woods said. "The fairways are ample wide, it's soft, and as hot as it is right now, we're driving it down there anywhere between 310 and 340, so it's really not that long of a golf course right now."

      Woods arrived at the BMW Championship ranked No. 25 in the FedEx Cup standings. He needs to stay within the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta in two weeks, and a victory at Aronimink would likely vault him to No. 2.

      --Field Level Media

  • Garcia, Poulter, Stenson, Casey added to Team Europe
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 5, 2018

    Captain Thomas Bjorn opted for experience in completing his Ryder Cup roster for Team Europe on Wednesday.

    • Bjorn selected Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey as his four captain's picks. The quartet collectively boasts 20 combined previous Ryder Cups, which Bjorn is counting on to help balance out the five rookies among Team Europe's eight automatic qualifiers.

      The four will join Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Thorbjorn Olesen, Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren.

      Notable names not on Team Europe for next month's event at Le Golf National in Paris include Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who narrowly missed out on an automatic spot on the team and is coming off a seventh-place finish at the Dell Technologies Championship on Monday. Big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters, who went 4-0-1 as a Ryder Cup rookie in 2016 and is coming off a strong showing at the PGA Championship, also did not get the call, nor did Russell Knox, who won the Irish Open in July.

      Also not on the team are Englishmen Matt Wallace, who has three victories in his past 15 starts on the European Tour but has yet to compete in a Ryder Cup, and Matthew Fitzpatrick, whose run at an automatic spot also fell just short.

      "It's not been the easiest (of decisions), but it's a privileged situation for me to be in having that many to choose from," Bjorn said. "There were a couple of disappointed people on the phone, but it's about the four that made it (on picks) and the eight that made it on merit."

      The Ryder Cup will begin Sept. 28.

      Bjorn is making a gamble on Garcia, who missed the cut at all four majors this season, and Stenson, who has been dealing with an elbow injury and has broken 70 only three times in 20 rounds at Le Golf National.

      However, each of the four wild card selections has won at least half of his career Ryder Cup matches.

      "All four bring loads of experience and loads of points won and are great for the team room," Bjorn told reporters in London. "You need people like that, who have been there and done it, positively and negatively."

      Garcia has only one top-10 finish since March, but it did come at Le Golf National. He will be making his ninth Ryder Cup appearance.

      "He's the heartbeat of the team," Bjorn said. "It's like a football team going in without their captain.

      "Not only is he a fantastic player, but what he also brings is he makes everyone around him better. He is what's great about the European team room."

      Poulter has enjoyed several memorable Ryder Cup moments, particularly with his putter. He returns to the team after failing to qualify for the 2016 event, which Team Europe lost at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn. He is undefeated in singles in his Ryder Cup career and is 14-4 overall.

      "It's an extremely strong U.S. team," Poulter said, "but when you look at the European team on paper, I am getting goosebumps just talking about it."

      Casey joins his fourth Ryder Cup team, and his first since 2008. He gave up his European membership after failing to earn a wild card in 2010, but rejoined the tour last year with a goal of participating in the Ryder Cup.

      Olesen, Rahm, Hatton, Fleetwood and Noren will be making their Ryder Cup debuts.

      United States captain Jim Furyk will announce his final captain's pick after this week's BMW Championship.

      Team Europe has not lost on home soil in 25 years.

      --Field Level Media

  • Furyk names Tiger, Phil, Bryson to Ryder Cup team
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    Jim Furyk announced Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as his first three captain's picks for the United States Ryder Cup team on Tuesday.

    • The three will join the eight players who previously earned automatic spots on the U.S. team that will take on Team Europe at Le Golf National in France beginning Sept. 28. Furyk will announce his final captain's pick after this week's BMW Championship.

      There was little drama to Tuesday's announcement after DeChambeau won his second consecutive playoff event on Monday. He finished ninth in the Ryder Cup team points race and has climbed to No. 7 in the world while now also leading the FedEx Cup rankings.

      "I have to say, I guess, 'thanks,' you made it really easy on the captain," Furyk said with a smile as DeChambeau took the podium next to him.

      Mickelson and Woods were considered virtual locks, with both Ryder Cup veterans playing well enough throughout the summer to warrant spots on the team. Woods was already going to be in Paris as a vice-captain, while Mickelson (18-20-7 in Ryder Cup play) has now officially made his 12th consecutive Ryder Cup team.

      However, Woods will relinquish his vice-captain duties to focus on playing, with Furyk naming David Duval, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar as additional vice-captains Tuesday.

      Woods, 42, has as a 13-17-3 record in seven previous Ryder Cup appearances as a player, and is 4-1-2 in singles. It will be his first Ryder Cup since 2012.

      "He has been instrumental, not only in helping the captains before me, but me as well," Furyk said. "As far as strategy, as far as planning, as far as pairings ... and I'm going to continue to use that knowledge and that strategy.

      "But I also want to make sure ... Tiger gets very focused on that, and I want to free him up. I want to allow him to be able to practice, to prepare and work with his partner or partners in that preparation. So that when he needs to step out it gives him a little bit of freedom and it gives me another set of eyes over there."

      The final captain's pick spot is widely considered a choice between Tony Finau and reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele, with Finau believed to have the advantage with one event remaining.

      The eight automatic qualifiers were Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.

      Thomas and DeChambeau are the only current Ryder Cup rookies on the team.

      "It's been a treat to be around the Ryder Cup team, and to be able to have this honor is incredible," said DeChambeau, who has three victories in his past 10 worldwide starts. He had just stepped out of the shower when he received a text on Tuesday informing to give Furyk a call.

      "That was a tremendous honor. There are some moments in life that are just too good to be true, and that was one of them. But it was true. It was an honor that I will never forget, that will be locked away in my memory for a long time.

      The U.S. team won the most recent Ryder Cup in 2016 at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn., but has not won the event on foreign soil in 25 years.

      Mickelson, 48, will break the record of 11 Ryder Cup appearances he currently shares with Sir Nick Faldo. Mickelson has played in every Ryder Cup since 1995 and has 45 matches under his belt, with the likelihood of breaking Faldo's record of 46.

      "It's obvious that the one thing that is missing is for our team to go over to Europe and win," Mickelson said when asked what is missing on his Ryder Cup resume. "I'm very excited about the team this year. I'm excited to be a part of this team. We have some incredible players, great leadership, and a really special opportunity to do something that we haven't done in a long time.

      "It's going to be a great challenge, because we know how strong the European side is and how well they play at home.

      Furyk has toured Le Golf National several times and has repeatedly said it's a course the Europeans know very well. He wanted to construct a team that is well-equipped to play the particular course while also being able to handle the charged atmosphere.

      "We're heading over to Europe, we're heading over to foreign soil," Furyk said. "It's going to be an interesting crowd. They're boisterous, I have a lot of respect for 'em and we were looking for players that we thought would handle that situation well and they would thrive - would love the challenge ahead of them.

      "I think in naming these three players, that's what we've done."

      --Field Level Media

  • Fowler returns after missing first two playoff events
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    Rickie Fowler says his injured right oblique muscle is close to being healed as he prepares to play in this week's BMW Championship at Newtown Square, Pa.

    • "I haven't gotten a second MRI to see how well it has healed," Fowler said, "but I'm close to 100 percent."

      Fowler missed the first two playoff tournaments while dealing with the injury that he initially suffered during the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in early August.

      "I remember exactly when and where I was," Fowler told reporters on Tuesday, "seventh tee, 6-iron at Akron on Saturday and I had felt a little bit of maybe discomfort there leading into it but that was where I really felt it and played through it Saturday there and Sunday and then tried to rest and recover as much as I could going to the PGA."

      Fowler played in the PGA Championship at Bellerive and shot a first-round 65 before fading.

      "I kind of had to go into somewhat protection mode," Fowler said. "I was taped up fairly good to help make sure I wasn't going to stress that area too much. We managed our way around I felt like the best we could. It was nice to be in the mix but, unfortunately, we didn't have a 100 percent."

      The last three weeks have seen Fowler receive steady treatments via heat, ice and a laser machine.

      Fowler now turns his focus to the playoffs as he currently sits 26th in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 30 players after the BMW Championship will qualify for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

      Sitting so close to the bottom helped prompt Fowler's return for this week. He dropped nine spots while sitting out the two events.

      "It's one of the reasons I wanted to try and get back early enough to where we can secure a spot for East Lake," Fowler said. "We have some work to do this week and I think, ultimately, I'd like to not just get into East Lake but put myself in a good position to have a chance there."

      --Field Level Media

  • Golf Glance
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    PGA TOUR

    • LAST WEEK: Dell Technologies Championship (Bryson DeChambeau)

      THIS WEEK: BMW Championship, Sept. 6-9

      Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Penn. (Par 70, 7,267 yards)

      Purse: $9 million (Winner: $1.62 million)

      Defending Champion: Marc Leishman

      Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, Noon-3:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3:30-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, Noon-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (NBC)

      This is the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The top 30 players in the rankings after this week will advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta from Sept. 20-23. ... No. 27 Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Emiliano Grillo and Gary Woodland currently hold the final four qualifying spots. No. 31 Chez Reavie, Brandt Snedeker, C.T. Pan, Pat Perez and Andrew Landry would be the first five players out. ... DeChambeau is assured of being the No. 1 seed at the Tour Championship. Any player in the top five after this week would win the FedEx Cup title and the $10 million bonus with a victory at East Lake. ... Rickie Fowler (No. 26) returns after missing the first two playoff events to rest an oblique injury and dropping nine spots in the rankings. ...Phil Mickelson is the only player to qualify for the BMW Championship every year. ... This is the first PGA Tour event at Aronimink since the AT&T National in 2011. Gary Player won the 1962 PGA Championship at the course, and Aronimink will play host to the 2020 Women's PGA Championship and the 2027 PGA Championship.

      NEXT WEEK: OFF.

      LPGA TOUR

      LAST WEEK: Cambia Portland Classic (Marina Alex)

      THIS WEEK: OFF.

      NEXT WEEK: The Evian Championship, Evian-les-Bains, France

      Champions Tour

      LAST WEEK: Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary (Scott McCarron)

      THIS WEEK: OFF.

      NEXT WEEK: The Ally Challenge, Grand Blanc, Mich.

      --Field Level Media

  • DeChambeau climbs to No. 7 in world
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    Bryson DeChambeau climbed to a career-high No. 7 in the official world golf rankings following his victory at the Dell Technologies Championship.

    • DeChambeau began 2018 ranked No. 99, and entered the top 50 for the first time following a tie for third at the RBC Heritage in April. He has continued his steady climb up the world rankings through a strong summer, punctuated by consecutive victories to begin the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

      DeChambeau is assured of holding the No. 1 spot in the FedEx Cup standings when the Tour Championship begins at East Lake in Atlanta later this month.

      Dustin Johnson retained the No. 1 world ranking with his tie for seventh at TPC Boston, extending his margin over Brooks Koepka, who finished one spot back in a tie for eighth.

      The top six remained unchanged, with Justin Thomas at No. 3, followed by Justin Rose, Jon Rahm and Francesco Molinari, who skipped the Dell Technologies Championship to rest. No. 8 Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood were all leapfrogged by DeChambeau.

      Tiger Woods remained at No. 26 with his T24 on Monday. He enters this week's BMW Championship at No. 25 in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 30 after this week will qualify for East Lake.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pan, Ancer advance in FedEx Cup playoffs
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    Taiwan's C.T. Pan and Mexico's Abraham Ancer salvaged their FedEx Cup playoff runs thanks to top-10 finishes in the Dell Technologies Championship.

    • There were 100 players eligible to start the Dell event outside Boston, the second of four tournaments in the PGA Tour's postseason. Only the top 70 in the point standings after Sunday are eligible to play in the third playoff event, the BMW Championship, which starts Thursday outside Philadelphia.

      Pan began last week in 72nd place in the standings, but he jumped up to 33rd after tying for fourth place at TPC Boston. He closed with a 5-under-par 66 on Sunday to finish at 12-under 272, four shots back of winner Bryson DeChambeau.

      Ancer jumped from 92nd to 56th thanks to a tie for seventh in the Dell event. He finished poorly, carding four bogeys and just one birdie on the back nine, and ended up with a 73, leaving him at 11 under par.

      Three players of the eight players who tied for 12th on Sunday also jumped from below the cut-line to making the top 70. Tyrrell Hatton moved from No. 71 to No. 54, Brice Garnett went from No. 81 to No. 63, and Peter Uihlein advanced from No. 83 to No. 64.

      The sixth and final player to rescue his playoff fortunes was Keith Mitchell, who finished solo 20th to go from No. 78 to No. 66.

      Among the players who saw their seasons come to a premature end was Ryan Moore, a 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup hero for his clinching victory over Europe's Lee Westwood. Moore tied for 71st on Sunday, dropping him from No. 60 in the standings to No. 71 -- one place too low.

      The others who dropped out of the playoff field were South Korea's Whee Kim (75th place on Sunday, fell from No. 61 to No. 72), Stewart Cink (tied for 62nd, fell from No. 65 to No. 73), Nick Watney (tied for 62nd, fell from No. 67 to No. 74), Jimmy Walker (tied for 71st, fell from No. 68 to 75th) and Kevin Streelman (missed the cut, fell from No. 70 to No. 77).

      Rickie Fowler, who missed the latest event due to injury, dropped from 22nd to 26th in the standings. Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy sat out the Dell event but slid only from No. 13 to No. 14.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ancer holds 1-shot lead after 54 holes at Dell Technologies Championship
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 2, 2018

    Abraham Ancer of Mexico shot a 6-under par 65 on Sunday to finish at 13 under and vault to a one-shot lead after the third round of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass.

    • The event, limited to the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings, is the second of the playoff's four tournaments.

      Bryson DeChambeau fired an 8-under 63 on Sunday to tie the week's lowest score and is one shot off Ancer's pace, along with Tyrrell Hatton of England, who survived an up-and-down round to finish with a 69.

      Cameron Smith of Australia shot a bogey-free 67 in the third round to jump into a tie for fourth place at 11-under par with Justin Rose of England (70).

      Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (64) is tied for sixth with Kyle Stanley (66) at 10 under, three shots off Ancer's lead. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (66), Tony Finau (67), Jordan Spieth (68) and Beau Hossler (68) are knotted in eighth another shot behind.

      Ten players are within four shots of the lead heading to the final round.

      Ancer began Saturday's round with three birdies and carded six on the front nine. He came back to earth a bit on the back nine, with one birdie and a bogey and will sleep on the lead after 54 holes for the second time this season.

      He has four top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour, including a tie for fourth at the Quicken Loans National in July after owning a share of first place after the third round.

      "There is a very fine line between playing well and missing the cut out here - it's a goofy game," Ancer said after his round on Sunday. "I will draw on the experience from my final round at the Quicken Loans. I will look back and see what I did wrong and what I did good, have a good time and play some good golf. It should be fun."

      Ancer was born in McAllen, Texas, raised in Reynosa, Mexico, and has dual American and Mexican citizenship. He played college golf at Odessa College in Texas, where he was a junior-college All-American, and at the University of Oklahoma.

      Ancer won once on the Web.com Tour in 2015 and earned his PGA Tour card for the second time after finishing in third place on the regular-season money list on that developmental tour in 2017.

      With a win, DeChambeau, who captured last week's The Northern Trust and is the top player in the standings, would become the first golfer to win back-to-back playoff events since Billy Horschel in 2014. Fiji's Vijay Singh is the only player to win the first two legs of the FedEx Cup playoffs, doing so in 2008.

      Tiger Woods, still looking for his first victory since 2013, played with DeChambeau and fired a 68 on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 16th at 7 under in a group that includes current U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka (68) and Matt Kuchar (66).

      "I didn't get a lot out of my round today - that's just kind of the way it goes," Woods said. "My speed (while putting) was a little bit off. I was trying to be a little more aggressive today on the greens and trying to make sure that I gave it a good hit."

      DeChambeau referred to Woods as his "childhood idol," and he admitted that he had plenty of butterflies early on because of his pairing with Woods and didn't settle down fully until he birdied No. 7 - his fourth birdie of the day.

      "There were some tee shots that I left a little right, and it was just a little nerves," DeChambeau said. "It's Tiger Woods, guys. It was fun. In between shots, we've got time, we're walking up and joking about things and having a good time."

      Second-round leader Webb Simpson faltered to a 76 on Sunday and into a tie for 25th.

      Two players eligible to compete this week, Rickie Fowler and Italy's Francesco Molinari, The Open champion, sat out this tournament. The Top 70 on the FedEx Cup Playoff standings after Monday's final round will advance to next week's BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.

      --Field Level Media

  • Olesen earns European Ryder Cup spot
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 2, 2018

    The final automatic qualification spot on the European Ryder Cup team has gone to Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.

    • Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick needed to come back from a six-shot deficit Sunday at the Made in Denmark Open to gain the spot, but fell short despite shooting a six-under par 66. He finished the tournament at 16-under.

      Once South African Erik van Rooyen took the clubhouse lead at 18-under, that sealed Olesen as a member of captain Thomas Bjorn's team.

      Fitzpatrick could be among the four wild-card selections Bjorn is scheduled to announce on Wednesday, a day after U.S. captain Jim Furyk will name three of his four wild-card choices. Furyk's picks will follow the end of the Dell Technologies Championship on Monday.

      The Ryder Cup begins Sept. 28 in Paris.

      --Field Level Media

  • Romo advances in Web.com Tour qualifier after golfer error
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 31, 2018

    Tony Romo, NFL quarterback turned television analyst, advanced to the First Stage of Web.com qualifying on Friday -- barely.

    • The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, 38, shot 74 at Lantana Golf Club in the pre-qualifier. That left him one stroke off the pace to move into the top 36 to advance.

      But when it was discovered that Tomo Watanabe of Japan signed his scorecard with a 4 on the fifth hole instead of a 5, he was disqualified. Watanabe's actual score would have been good enough to advance.

      Instead, Romo moves on in his attempt to secure a spot on the Web.com Tour -- the PGA Tour's developmental tour -- in 2019.

      The next tournament for Romo comes the week of Sept. 10. He must advance in two more events to earn a spot in the final qualifying tournament, scheduled for December.

      "It was kind of what I expected,'' Romo said, according to the Web.com Tour. "Everyone playing here is an accomplished, really good golfer and you have to play good to be in the mix."

      Romo opened the 54-hole event with scores of 72-72. He birdied two of the last four holes on Friday and finished the tournament at 2-over 218.

      His handicap is 0.4, according to the Texas State Golf Association.

      --Field Level Media