PGA: 2017 FedEx Cup Playoff Ranks after the Northern Trust Tournament
This weekend provided some excellent golf, with a final result that was as close as they come. Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth excited the crowds and all who watched the broadcast of the Northern Trust Tournament, with Johnson cementing a 1-stroke win that put him at the top of the points ranking. The Norther Trust Tournament was open to the top 125 points leaders in the tournament, and these are the players who came out in the Top 10 Ranked Players in the 2017 FedEx Cup Playoff after Johnson’s impressive win.
Top 10 Ranked Players in the 2017 FedEx Cup Playoff
#1 Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson started the in fourth position, but he’s now moved up to first place with 4466 points, a clear 595 points ahead of Jordan Spieth. Their rivalry reached an epic conclusion at the Northern Trust Tournament, where they went right down to a playoff that saw Johnson winning by a single stroke.
#2 Jordan Spieth
Spieth will be disappointed about losing out in his challenge against Dustin Johnson at the Northern Trust Tournament, but he can at least be satisfied knowing that he has moved up into second place in the ranking, and he’s just 595 points behind the lead. Jordan Spieth is one of the favorites to win the FedEx Cup Playoffs and his close points rank to Johnson will make for an exciting finish to this PGA season.
#3 Justin Thomas
As we move down to third place in the ranking, the points difference starts to tighten up. Justin Thomas was ranked second in the previous week, so he’s now dropped a place, but he still has 3,044 points overall in the FedEx Cup.
#4 Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki started off in first place, but after the Northern Trust Tournament, he has dropped down to fourth. With 2869 points he is 1597 behind the points leader, and he will be disappointed that he wasn’t able to make the cut this past weekend. Many fans and analysts will be surprised by Matsuyama’s result from this tournament. He came in as one of the top favorites and was ranked as the second best golfer in the world. This was the kind of breakout season that every pro player dreams of, but now Matsuyama is going to need to take time to analyze his play from the recent tournament.Hideki missed the 36 hole cut in the tournament, and he’ll be looking ahead to his next outing to bounce back and start climbing back up the FedEx Cup ranking.
#5 Jon Rahm
Rahm has had a great start to the championship, and being fifth in the ranking still keeps him safe and will give him some hope as he chases the FedEx Cup. While he couldn’t win the tournament, he showed impressive skill during the weekend, and put in what was one of the very best shots of the weekend. He maintained his composure in his final moments of the tournament, pulling off a 24-foot birdie on the 18th hole (par 4). This allowed him to take third place in tournament and fifth in the overall standings. This will give him plenty of confidence moving forward, and anybody who has bet on him to win the FedEx Cup will appreciate the kind of skill he has shown in these past few days.
#6 Rickie Fowler
Fowler finished a strong T20 which gives him some breathing room as we head towards the Dell Technologies Championship. Virtually every golfer in this Top 10 list will be safe from elimination at this stage, and it’s not until the BMW Championship when we get down to the Top 70 points leaders. Even so, Fowler does have room to improve, especially if he wants to prove the odds wrong by becoming a top contender to finish this Playoff series in the top spot.
#7 Brooke Koepka
Koepka finished the tournament 5 over par, which left him in T49. Luckily, he has been able to do enough throughout the season to keep himself up in seventh place of the FedEx Cup points, but the poor performance from the weekend is something that he’ll want to start analyzing before the Dell Technologies Championship.
#8 Daniel Berger
Berger’s ranking in the FedEx Cup hasn’t changed, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. He’s just holding on to eighth position, with Charley Hoffman close on his heels. Berger is 2749 points behind the leader, with 1717 points overall. His finishing position of 33rd could be a worry, as this is the time of the year where the results really do matter. His points buffer could easily be eroded, especially when you’ve got golfers like Vegas and Hoffman who are aiming for higher positions.
#9 Charley Hoffman
Charley Hoffman is a man that we consider to be one of the sleepers in this tournament. While many bettors are focusing their picks on the obvious leaders, a player like Hoffman is able to fly under the radar with consistent high placed finishes. Hoffman came in with a T17 finish, and a total score of -3.
#10 Jhonattan Vegas
Vegas is perhaps the most impressive out of this list of the top 10 players in the FedEx Cup. He was ranked 29th last week, but after a hugely impressive showing over the weekend, he is now ranked 10th with 1673 FedEx Cup points. That puts him within reaching distance of the top players, as he’s just 2793 points behind the lead. In the final round he impressed the crowds with an impressive shot from 124 years, that gave him a birdie on the 16th hole (par 4). He was able to spin the ball back towards the flag, making for another one of the most impressive shots of the tournament.