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Poulter gets the FedExCup axe at TPC Boston 09-01-2014
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter fired a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to tie for 23rd at 7-under 277, failing to crack the top 70 in the FedExCup Standings. With only the top 70 advancing to the BMW Championship, Poulter's season came to an end at TPC Boston. Others joining him were Robert Streb (71), Ryo Ishikawa (72), Jason Kokrak (73), David Hearn (74), Justin Hicks (75), Ben Martin (76), Scott Langley (77), Brendon Steele (79), Stewart Cink (80), Bo Van Pelt (81), Gonzalo Fern ndez-Casta¤o (82), Shawn Stefani (83), Scott Stallings (84), Scott Brown (85), Vijay Singh (87), Danny Lee (88), Luke Donald (89), Brendon de Jonge (91), Jeff Overton (92), Michael Putnam (93), Andrew Svoboda (94), John Huh (96), Billy Hurley (97) and Andres Romero (100).
Webb Simpson shares ninth at DB Championship 09-01-2014
Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson turned in an even-par 35-36=71 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to share ninth at 9-under 275. Simpson was trying to make one last impression on Tom Watson ahead of the announcement of Ryder Cup captain's picks on Tuesday, but he was unable to mount a charge. His two birdies both occurred from inside four feet and each were erased by a pair of bogeys. He will now keep his cell phone charged and hope for the best.
McIlroy a surprising T5 at the Deutsche Bank 09-01-2014
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy fell flat in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to the tune of a 1-under-par 35-35=70 and shared fifth place at 11-under 273. There were many ready to hand McIlroy the trophy following his third-round 64, but the Ulsterman failed to produce on Monday. While his five birdies were impressive, he stubbed his toe for four bogeys at TPC Boston. Though he found 13 GIR, he lost .616 strokes with the flat stick and all of his birdies were from close range. Expect him to bounce back and be a factor at the BMW Championship next week.
Russell Henley ties for second at TPC Boston 09-01-2014
Russell Henley
Russell Henley settled for a 1-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and fell into a three-way tie for second at 13-under 271. Two of Henley's three birdies were bombs, falling from 33'3" on the par-3 11th and 28'4" on the par-5 18th, but his two bogeys kept him from getting anything going. He had his worst ball-striking round of the week, splitting just eight of 14 fairways and landing 11 GIR. The best news for the young American is that he moves from 62nd to 14th in the FedExCup standings and is a virtual lock to play in the TOUR Championship. The spoils of finishing inside the top 30 are vast, so expect a strong schedule for him in 2014-15.
Horschel settles for T2 at the Deutsche Bank 09-01-2014
Billy Horschel
Billy Horschel carded a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and finished in a share of second place at 13-under 271. Each of Horschel's three birdies were outside of 10 feet, falling from 10'9" 14'10" and 16'6" on the first, seventh and 15th holes respectively. He stood in the par-5 18th fairway without a blemish on the card and went for the green in two, needing just a birdie to tie. Unfortunately for him, he caught it fat and found the hazard in front of the green. He eventually settled for a bogey. He improves from 82nd to 20th in the FedExCup standings and now makes his way to the BMW Championship.
Chris Kirk conquers DBC; waits for the call 09-01-2014
Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk spun a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 15-under 269, good for a two-stroke victory over a trio of runners-up. Kirk began the week ranked 17th in the FedExCup standings, but now ascends to the top spot. His lap around TPC Boston featured five birdies and 13 pars. Three of those birdies were of notable length, falling from 10'11", 22'8" and 13'2" on the ninth, 13th and 16th holes, respectively. The putter was the key to his week as he ranked fifth in strokes gained. He also managed to play his final 39 holes without a blemish, which never hurts. With his third PGA TOUR victory coming as the perfect time, he now finds himself squarely on the bubble in terms of Ryder Cup consideration. Captain Tom Watson will announce his three captain's picks tomorrow, and it stands to reason that Kirk, who finished the season 14th in the Ryder Cup standings, will be on the short list of candidates.
Day comes up short in TPC Boston final round 09-01-2014
Jason Day
Jason Day could only muster an even-par 34-37=71 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and ends the week at 10-under 274. While the top-10 finish is nice for most players, the Aussie had his sights set on something a little bigger. He was off and running with two birdies on his first four holes, but had to wait all the way until the 18th hole for a third birdie. In the mean time, he squared a bogey on the par-4 10th and a double bogey on the par-4 12th holes. Still in great shape in terms of the FedExCup, he will take his game to the BMW Championship later this week.
Noh nabs top 10 at Deutsche Bank Championship 09-01-2014
Seung-yul Noh
Seung-yul Noh settled for a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and has cracked the top 10 at 9-under 275. Noh's three birdies barely covered his two bogey and each of his birdies fell from inside five feet. While he split 12 of 14 fairways, he found just 10 GIR and lost almost a full stroke with the putter. The good news is, this is his first top 10 on the PGA TOUR since his win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, with his T30 at the Quicken Loans National his previous best since the victory.
Hadley advances to BMW; final-round 69 at DBC 09-01-2014
Chesson Hadley
Chesson Hadley settled for a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and ends his week at 9-under 275. The rookie began the week as the only man still standing in the FedExCup standings, but at 84th in the rankings he was in danger of missing the final two legs of the Playoffs. He came the the 18th hole on Monday needing a par to advance, and did one better. In all, he circled four birdies to just two bogeys on his lap around TPC Boston. While three of the birdies were from close range, the snaps came out with a 33'10" roll at the par-4 12th. This is his best finish since winning the Puerto Rico Open back in March.
Ogilvy takes DBC clubhouse lead; in the BMW 09-01-2014
Geoff Ogilvy
Geoff Ogilvy surged in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship with a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-33=65 to take the clubhouse lead at 13-under 271. The Aussie was the last man in the field this week, beginning the tournament in the 100th spot in the FedExCup standings, but will easily advance to the BMW Championship later this week. Perhaps his ranking removed any pressure this week and allowed him to play without any worries. The flat stick was on fire Monday afternoon, with four of his birdies falling from outside of 13 feet including a 29'5" bomb on the par-4 fifth hole. He was without a bogey over his final 40 holes of the tournament. The putter was the key to that run, as he gained 2.577 strokes with the putter in the third round and just over three strokes in the finale. He will now sit back and watch to see if he will claim his second PGA TOUR win in his last four starts.
B. Haas starts fast; fades late at TPC Boston 09-01-2014
Bill Haas
Bill Haas posted a 2-under-par 32-37=69 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to end his tournament at 8-under 276. Haas started out fast, scoring a 13'4" eagle on the par-5 second and following that with back-to-back birdies at TPC Boston. After a bogey at the par-4 sixth, he bounced back with a 12'11" birdie at the par-5 seventh. Rather than keep up the pace, he played his final 11 holes with nine pars and two bogeys. He began his week 21st in the FedExCup standings and it would seem that he will improve his position marginally.
Senden nabs DBC clubhouse lead; bogey-free 66 09-01-2014
John Senden
John Senden conjured up a bogey-free 5-under-par 35-31=66 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and is the new clubhouse leader at 11-under 273. The Aussie started slowly, picking up a birdie from 11'4" on the par-3 third hole to go with nine pars on his first 10 holes at TPC Boston. He heated up late, adding birdies from 56'5", 18'4", 26'6" and 1'9" on the 11th, 12th, 15th and 18th holes. While it is highly unlikely that his number will stand up to those still on the course, he has cracked the top 20 in the FedExCup standings which could eventually result in a trip to the TOUR Championship.
Streb squeaks into BMW with solid DBC finish 09-01-2014
Robert Streb
Robert Streb signed for a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and ends his week at 8-under 276. Streb spread four birdies for three bogeys across his first 17 holes at TPC Boston before holing a 6'10" eagle at the par-5 18th to conclude his day. His other highlight was a 30'3" birdie at the par-4 fifth hole. The eagle appears to be significant, as it moves him inside the top 70 and should be enough to earn him a spot in the field at the BMW Championship next week. He began the week ranked 97th in the FEC standings.
Kaymer snares a top 10 at the DB Championship 09-01-2014
Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer closed out his week at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a final-round 4-under-par 33-34=67 to take over the clubhouse at 10-under 274. Kaymer circled five birdies, all from inside eight feet, to just one bogey on his lap around TPC Boston. Since winning THE PLAYERS Championship and the U.S. Open, the German has been largely irrelevant on the PGA TOUR. He hasn't cracked the top 55 in a TOUR event since Pinehurst. He entered the week ranked 23rd in the FedExCup standings and now sits inside the top 20. It appears he is a lock to make his way to East Lake for the TOUR Championship.
Walker joins the Deutsche Bank clubhouse lead 09-01-2014
Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker signed for a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to join Carl Pettersson in the clubhouse lead at 9-under 275. Walker circled five birdies and squared one bogey on his tour of TPC Boston, with each of the birdies falling from inside of nine feet. It's not often a player on the verge of a top-10 finish falls in the FedExCup standings, but that's the case for the American. He entered the week third in the standings but was projected to fall to sixth at the time of his posting. Either way, expect to see him not only at the BMW Championship later this week, but also at the TOUR Championship.
Pettersson makes big FEC leap at TPC Boston 09-01-2014
Carl Pettersson
Carl Pettersson carded a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and is the early clubhouse leader at 9-under 275. Pettersson began his week at TPC Boston ranked a distant 93rd in the FedExCup standings. His play this week has done the improbable, moving him into the safety zone and qualifying him for the BMW Championship later this week. It took a 12 foot par on the par-5 18th to seal the deal. The Swede circled five birdies and settled for 13 pars, with his 29'8" hole out from off the green at the par-4 12th easily serving as the highlight. Proximity was the key to his round, as four of his birdies fell from inside of seven feet.
Kokrak posts a 66; sits on FEC bubble at DBC 09-01-2014
Jason Kokrak
Jason Kokrak crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 31-35=66 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to reach 8-under 276. Kokrak began the week ranked 89th in the FedExCup standings but moved to 70th at the moment of his posting. The top 70 advance to the BMW Championship for the third leg of the FEC Playoffs. He did all of his heavy lifting early, circling each of his five birdies on the first eight holes at TPC Boston. Three of those birdies fell from between 11 and 21 feet, so the flat stick was behaving. He will now watch the scoreboard for the next three hours to see if he advances or comes up just short.
Stenson advances to BMW; final-round 65 @ DBC 09-01-2014
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson posted a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the BMW Championship and is the first in the clubhouse at 6-under 278. The biggest news for the Swede is that he is safe for the upcoming BMW Championship. He began the week 66th in the FedExCup standings and needing a solid week to advance to the third leg of the Playoffs, and he came through. His eight birdies more than made up for his two bogeys. Four of those birdies fell from outside of 10 feet, highlighted by a 20'3" putt on the par-3 eighth hole. He landed an impressive 16 GIR and gained well over two strokes with the flat stick.
Woodland goes out in 29; settles for 65 @ DBC 09-01-2014
Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland signed for a 6-under-par 29-36=65 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and is the first to post 5-under 279. The bomber was greedy on the front nine at TPC Boston, bagging seven birdies and setting for two pars. The back nine was a bit of a disappointment, as he could only manage eight pars and a bogey. His longest birdie of the day was from 17'9" on the par-4 first hole, but he did managed two others from outside of 10 feet. When it was all said and done, he gained over four strokes with the flat stick at the time of his posting.
J. Kelly fights bad back; eagles 72nd hole 09-01-2014
Jerry Kelly
Jerry Kelly battled for a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and concludes his week at even-par 284. Kelly was in pain his entire lap around TPC Boston, as his balky back was acting up in a big way. Entering the week 60th in the FedExCup standings, he needed to put up a modest result in order to advance to the BMW Championship for the third leg of the Playoffs, and it appears he barely accomplished that goal. Needing something special on the par-5 18th, he hit his approach to 3'9" and sunk the eagle putt. He spread two birdies and two bogeys across the first 17 holes. After his round, he commented on the Golf Channel telecast that he will work on his back over the next few days in an effort to try and be ready to go on Thursday for the BMW Championship. He also added that no solution has alleviated the pain for more than about 10 minutes, so hedge your bets if he is in the field next week.
Bogey-free 64 for Stallings in DBC final rd. 09-01-2014
Scott Stallings
Scott Stallings spun a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to end his week at 4-under 280. Stallings began his week ranked 90th in the FedExCup standings and he will not crack the top 70 to advance to the BMW Championship later this week. The good news is, he ended his season on a high note. His seven birdies included a 25'4" roll on the par-4 sixth, a 10'2" putt on the par-4 10th and a 21'10" parting shot on the par-3 16th.
Bowditch bags 2 eagles in front-nine 29 @ DBC 09-01-2014
Steven Bowditch
Steven Bowditch lit up TPC Boston for a 6-under-par 29-36=65 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to end the tournament at 2-under 282. The Aussie was absolutely on fire out of the gates, circling two eagles and three birdies on his front nine. The putter was a big reason he jumped out to the fast start, holing birdies from 16'8" and 38'8" on the par-4 first and fifth holes to go with eagles from 10'2" and 14'11" on the par-5 second and par-4 fourth holes. He cooled on the back, with eight pars only interrupted by a bogey at the par-4 14th. Bowditch entered the week 44th in the FedExCup standings and looks to enter the BMW Championship in a very similar spot.
Mahan gets back on track with final-round 68 09-01-2014
Hunter Mahan
Hunter Mahan closed out his week at TPC Boston with a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. He circled five birdies to just two bogeys on Monday morning to end his week at 1-over 285. Two of those birdies were from long range, holing putts from 46'8" and 20'1" on the par-3 third and 16th holes. Mahan suffered a bit of a hangover after winning The Barclays last week, but his final-round performance likely proved to U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson, that he is ready to accept a captain's pick tomorrow. It's hard to imagine a scenario where he doesn't get the call to head to Gleneagles.
R. Moore lays an egg in last Ryder Cup tryout 09-01-2014
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore could only muster a 2-over-par 37-36=73 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and ends the week at 6-over 294. Moore squared four bogeys to just two birdies on his final lap around TPC Boston. Included in that was a chip-in birdie at the par-4 15th. The putter killed him this week, giving up over seven strokes to the field with the flat stick. While his season will continue at the BMW Championship later this week, he likely blew his chance at nabbing a captain's pick for the upcoming Ryder Cup. When the standings ended following the PGA Championship, he was ranked 11th. He missed the cut at The Barclays and will finish near the bottom of this week's tournament.