The PGA Tour’s wrap-around season concluded last week the Talor Gooch taking home his first PGA Tour victory at the RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, GA. Play concludes for the rest of the season and will pick back up beginning in January at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
No Surprises at the Top
Gooch’s victory last week pushed the 30-year old to the top of the FedEx Cup standings after a stellar fall schedule. Gooch collected 852 points over six events, including three top-10 finishes and two finished at T11.
Sam Burns is in second place, 122 points behind Gooch. Burns only played in four events this fall but made the cut in each one and finished T14 or better. Of his three top-10 finishes, his best came at the Sanderson Farms Championship, where he took home his second victory on tour.
The winner of the Shriners Children’s Open, South Korea’s Sungjae Im, sits in third place following the fall season with 635 FedEx Cup points. Im made in the cut in the four events he played in, collected a T9 finish at THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT, along with his second career victory.
2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama took home his seventh PGA Tour victory with a win in his home country at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. Matsuyama began the fall slate with a T6 at the Fortinet Championship and cashed in on all four events he participated in.
Rounding out the FedEx Cup standings top-5 is Norway’s Viktor Hovland. Hovland defended his title at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba to secure his third PGA victory within a year in a half. The 24-year old tee’d it up in only three events this fall, finished T44 at the Shriners Children’s Open and T18 at the CJ CUP @ SUMMIT.
Stacked Field Close Behind
Max Homa continued his solid play to start the 2021-22 year with his third PGA victory and second this year at the Fortinet Championship. Homa, who also won the Genesis Invitational in February, had a somewhat mundane showing for the remainder of the fall, finishing T72, T35, and a missed cut in the other three events he participated in.
Matthew Wolff is the lone golfer in the top-10 in the standings without a fall victory to his name. Wolff collected 511 FedEx Cup points after four starts that included a pair of top-5 finishes, including a solo second at the Shriners. Wolff added a T17 and T11 to his card for a solid wrap-around season after struggling on and off the course earlier this year.
One of the hottest golfers in the game stayed that way this fall, picking up his third PGA victory in a 13-month span. Jason Kokrak won for the second time in Texas, winning the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open. Kokrak only played three times, missing the cut at Shriners and posting a T54 at the CJ CUP @ SUMMIT.
Northern Irland and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy collected his 20th victory on tour with a one-stroke win at the CJ CUP @ SUMMIT in Las Vegas, NV. The win was McIlroy’s second in 2021 after not winning since 2019.
Wrapping up the top-10 is Australia’s Lucas Herbert, who became a PGA Tour winner for the first time at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. Herbert missed the cut in the other three events he played in, but the victory was all he needed to jump to T9 in the FedEx Cup standings and secure his card for the next two years.
FedEx Cup Standings Top 25
11 – Mackenzie Hughes – 491 points
12 – Maverick McNealy – 453 points
13 – Cameron Tringale – 439 points
14 – Scottie Scheffler – 400 points
15 – Collin Morikawa – 373 points
16 – Carlos Ortiz – 339 points
17 – Danny Lee – 328 points
18 – Marc Leishman – 324 points
19 – Sebastian Munoz – 313 points
20 – Brendan Steele – 310 points
21 – Mito Pereria – 305 points
22 – Aaron Wise – 290 points
23 – Nick Watney – 284 points
24 – Kevin Tway – 274 points
25 – Seamus Power – 271 points