August 12, 2014
Numbers may not add up to everything, but most times, neither do they lie. With much of the golfing action already in the bag, it is not too surprising to see Rory McIlroy at the top of the Fedex standings. The Northern Irishman has jumped from 3 to 1 in the points table, riding on the points he collected for winning his second major championship in a row this Sunday. Victories at the Open in Hoylake and the PGA Championship at Akron have helped the world No.1 take a vice like grip at the top of the table.
McIlroy has 2,582 points, 89 more than Jimmy Walker who has earned his kitty from 23 events compared to just 13 for the man at the top. Walker finished just outside the top ten at Valhalla. Bubba Watson is in third with 2,172 points from 17 visits to the tour. Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk round out the top 5 in the points table.
The bottom half is lead by Dustin Johnson, who according to Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte, is busy caddying for his beau after taking time out from professional golf. It is understood Johnson has been hanging around the Gozzer Ranch, a golf club in Northern Idaho. Johnson has 1,769 points from 17 events, which is 70 more than Sergio Garcia.
The Spaniard, like McIlroy, has played only 13 events to earn his 7th spot on the table. Jordan Spieth may not have replicated his heroics of his breakthrough season last year, but was steady enough to plant himself at No.8 in the Fedex Cup rankings. Patrick Reed, who like Spieth, has made 23 starts is in ninth place. Chris Kirk completes the top ten.
The US Open winner Martin Kaymer could not add too much to his US Open success and is lying in 13th on the table. Rickie Fowler has ridden his consistency at the majors – he has finished inside the top 5 in all four events this season – to jump from 21st to 15th last week. The top Asian in the rankings is Hideki Matsuyama is at 22nd in the rankings.
Phil Mickelson has gained big from his second place at the PGA Championship. The leftie jumped 42 spots – from 84th to 42nd – in the latest points table, as at 10 August 2014.
Report by Anand Datla
Pic: European Tour Website