The Sports Xchange's PGA Tour rankings are selected by TSX Golf Staff, based on play in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, with more emphasis on recent results.
1. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- Separating himself from not only the field in the BMW Championship but everyone in golf, McIlroy was near or in the lead much of the way after opening with an 8-under-par 64 last week and won by two strokes over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood. It was his third victory in his last four outings, two in the PGA Tour playoffs, and he retained his lead in the FedEx Cup standings ahead of the Tour Championship next week at East Lake. ... The bye week in the PGA Tour playoffs probably comes at a good time for Rory, who already has played 17 times around the world this year, with much more to come. After the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup, he will return to the European Tour, where he leads the Race to Dubai and will try to match Luke Donald's 2011 feat of leading the money lists on both major tours in the same season. Rory's schedule is so busy that he had to decline an invitation to the PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda in October because of a previous commitment. He also will play next month in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final and an 18-hole exhibition match with Tiger Woods in China. ... McIlroy was tied with Westwood through 14 holes of the final round at Crooked Stick before taking command with birdies on the 15th and 16th holes, the latter on a 14-foot putt. He was brilliant in every phase of the game, hitting more than 70 percent of the fairways and greens while averaging 27.0 putts per round, and joined Woods, Vijay Singh and Camilo Villegas as the only players to win consecutive events in the playoffs.
2. Tiger Woods, United States -- Any chance that Woods had to stay with winner Rory McIlroy probably disappeared when he carded four bogeys on the front nine in the third round last week in the BMW Championship. Still, he finished in a tie for tie for fourth, three shots back, his second consecutive top-10 finish in the PGA Tour playoffs. Tiger moved up one spot to second in the FedEx Cup standings, meaning he will play with McIlroy in the first round of the Tour Championship. ... Woods already has played 17 times on the PGA Tour this year, more than either of the last two years after the tabloid scandal that changed his life in 2009, when he stopped at 18 events. On his schedule are the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup, the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final plus the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and an 18-hole exhibition match against Rory McIlroy at Lake Jinsha International Golf Club in China late in July. There are no other events listed on the schedule page at tigerwoods.com, but he also will play late this year in the World Challenge, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. The event currently is without a sponsor. ... Even though he rallied with four birdies in a span of five holes after his bogey run on Saturday at Crooked Stick, Woods wound up with a 1-under-par 71, the only day he did not break 70. He made another surge on Sunday with four birdies in nine holes through No. 16 but took 29 putts after averaging 27.0 the other three days.
3. Bubba Watson, United States -- Making a big charge in the final round of the BMW Championship, shooting 7-under-par 65, Bubba finished in a tie for 12th. Because so many of the other top players played well, it didn't do much for him in the FedEx Cup standings -- he dropped one spot to 10th and will have an outside chance to claim the $10 million prize if he can win at East Lake. ... In the past, Watson has pretty much shut things down at the end of the regular season, but being the Masters champion has opened up some new opportunities. Following the Tour Championship next week, he will play in the Ryder Cup for the second time at Medinah, and by winning at Augusta he qualified for the four-man field in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf next month in Bermuda. After that, Bubba probably will want to stay at home in Florida as much as possible with wife Angie and their newly adopted son, Caleb, but he has committed to play in the Thailand Golf Championship in December. ... Watson carded six birdies and an eagle, on a 47-foot putt at No. 11, in his first 15 holes last week in the final round at Crooked Stick before making his only bogey of the day at No. 17. He didn't play badly in the first three rounds, opening with a 69 and going 71-71 through the middle rounds, but he simply did not go low until it was too late to catch the leaders. Bubba hit almost 70 percent of the fairways and greens while averaging 27.8 putts per round.
4. Phil Mickelson, United States -- The last two rounds of the PGA Tour playoffs have brought out the best in Lefty after a long slump, and he was tied for the lead after 54 holes in the BMW Championship but couldn't quite close the deal. He finished with a 2-under-par 70 and tied for second, two shots behind Rory McIlroy. That lifted him four spots to fifth in the FedEx Cup standings, meaning he can win the season-long chase and the $10 million prize by winning the Tour Championship next week. ... Mickelson, who has played 21 tournaments on the PGA Tour this season heading into the Tour Championship, once complained that the season was too long. However, when the FedEx Cup was instituted in 2007, even he couldn't resist going halfway around the world to play in lucrative events, including a victory in the 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. Now that seems to have changed. He did not play after the Presidents Cup last November and has no events listed on the schedule at philmickelson.com after the Ryder Cup in two weeks. ... Lefty charged into a tie for the lead with Vijay Singh by shooting 64 on Saturday at Crooked Stick, equaling his low score of the year, which he shot in the final round to win at Pebble Beach. He fell back with two bogeys in the first 12 holes on Sunday only to get back into the mix with consecutive birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 before a bogey on the next hole ended his hopes. Mickelson led the field with 28 birdies but also had 10 bogeys.
5. Luke Donald, England -- After starting fast with a 6-under-par 66 in the BMW Championship, Luke was slowed by big numbers in each of the last three rounds and wound up in a tie for 28th. He moved up two spots to 15th in the FedEx Cup standings to once again advance to the finale of the PGA Tour playoffs, the Tour Championship. ... Donald won't repeat his feat of becoming the first player to lead the money lists on both major tours last season, but he has plenty of golf left this year, even after the Tour Championship. First up is the Ryder Cup, and he's looking forward to that even more than in other years because he lives much of the year near Medinah and has built a following in the area. Donald ranks ninth in the European Tour's Race to Dubai and will play some of the events leading up to the finale, the DP World Tour Championship in November. He is not expected to defend his title in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney, where he wrapped up the PGA Tour money title last year. ... Donald carded only a single bogey last week at Crooked Stick in his opening round, which was highlighted by a 16-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole. However, each of his rounds on the last three days was short-circuited by a double bogey, and he played the last 54 holes in 1-under to slide down the leaderboard. He hit in the neighborhood of 70 percent of the fairways and greens, but his normally reliable putter let him down, and he finished near the bottom of the field at 29.5 putts per round.
6. Jason Dufner, United States -- Dufner's game ran hot and cold last week in the BMW Championship and he finished in a tie for 28th, but he already was assured of his second consecutive trip to the Tour Championship. He dropped three spots to seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and will have a chance to win it all in Atlanta if the top players falter. ... Duf needed a break and skipped the PGA Tour opener, the Barclays, so he already is feeling the effects of his breakthrough season at the age of 35. The week off ahead of the Tour Championship will give him another chance to take a breath. A week after the finale at East Lake in Atlanta, he will be playing on the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the first time in Medinah, and his longest season will not end there. Dufner has committed to play in the Perth International in Australia next month in October and also might add one or two other of the late season Aussie events or some in the Far East. ... Dufner ranked among the leaders with 22 birdies last week at Crooked Stick, but he also racked up 13 bogeys and a double bogey that nullified much of the good work. His closing 3-under-par 69 typified his tournament -- he collected eight birdies, but mixed in five bogeys. Dufner bagged seven birdies while shooting 67 in the second round but opened with a 72 and shot 73 on Saturday. His numbers weren't bad as he hit in the neighborhood of 70 percent of the fairways and greens while averaging 28.5 putts per round.
7. Zach Johnson, United States -- Despite his lack of length off the tee, Zach stayed close to the leaders at long and wet Crooked Stick before closing with an even-par 72 to tie for 12th in the BMW Championship. It was a big improvement from his first two events of the PGA Tour playoffs, in which he finished outside the top 35, but he dropped one spot to ninth in the FedEx Cup standings with only the Tour Championship remaining. ... Even with the expanded, year-long schedule, Johnson has not been a player to travel around the world at the end of the regular season, and that probably will continue. After the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup, he is expected to again play in the McGladrey Classic because he represents the title sponsor and the event is played in his hometown, St. Simons, Ga. Zach also has played in the World Challenge, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., each of the last three years in December. ... After starting with 67-69-68 last week in the BMW, Johnson stumbled out of the gate on Sunday with bogeys on two of his first four holes and never recovered. After carding only one bogey in each of his first three rounds, he had three on the final day, including one on the 17th hole that cost him a top-10 finish. His best stretch of golf came at the start -- he was 4-under after six holes in round one after starting at No. 10, including an 11-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole. Johnson made up for his lack of distance by leading the field in driving accuracy at nearly 90 percent.
8. Dustin Johnson, United States -- DJ was in the hunt most of the way last week in the BMW Championship before fading a bit in the final round with a 2-under-par 70 to wind up in a tie for sixth. It was his third consecutive top-10 finish in the PGA Tour playoffs, but he slipped one spot to seventh in the FedEx Cup standings heading to the Tour Championship in Atlanta. ... Having finally nailed down his spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team as one of Davis Love III's four Captain's Picks, Johnson might be ready to add a few events later this year. He has not committed to any tournaments after the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup, and the fact that he didn't play following the Presidents Cup a year ago does not mean much because he shut it down after knee surgery in late November. In 2010, he played in the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge, the ADT Skills Challenge, the Chevron World Challenge and the Shark Shootout, and those fields have not yet been announced. ... Johnson started with rounds of 68-67-67 last week at Crooked Stick and seemed headed for another round in the 60s until he hit his tee shot into the water and made a bogey on the 18th hole Sunday. Things might have turned out differently had he putted better in those 67s in the middle rounds; he took 31 putts each day while averaging 26.5 on the other two days. Somehow, he was able to get through round two without a bogey despite not having the flat stick going. Johnson made only three bogeys in his first 48 holes but had five on the last 24.
9. Hunter Mahan, United States -- It wasn't a good week for Mahan, who learned at the beginning of it that he was not one of Davis Love III's four Captain Picks for the Ryder Cup. Then he continued his recent slump, playing some of his worst golf of the season while finishing 70th, or dead last, in the BMW Championship. However, he slipped only eight spots in the FedEx Cup rankings to 22nd and will play in the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta. ... Despite playing in 22 events this season on the PGA Tour, Mahan was bitterly disappointed not to be able to add the one he probably wanted more than anything, the Ryder Cup. He still has some golf left this season, however. He is in the field for the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final next month, has committed to play in the Thailand Golf Championship at Amata Spring Country Club in December and might return to the WGC-HSBC Champions at Mission Hills Golf Club in China in November. The field has yet to be announced, but he has played in the Chevron World Challenge the last two Decembers. ... Hunter said he felt empty after missing out on the Ryder Cup, and it showed in his play at Crooked Stick. He opened with 70-73 before playing the weekend in a miserable 77-80, almost going through the motions. Mahan carded three double bogeys in his last seven holes on Sunday, giving him five for the tournament, the most in the field. The 80 equaled his highest score of the season, which came as he missed the cut in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
10. Webb Simpson, United States -- The U.S. Open champion was on the verge of possibly not remaining in the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings and missing the Tour Championship before he holed a 21-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the BMW Championship. Even though he tied for 51st in the tournament and dropped six spots in the standings, he wound up 25th and ensured his trip to Atlanta. ... Last year, Webb played on after the Tour Championship in an effort to win the PGA Tour money title, losing in a playoff at the McGladrey Classic and tying for sixth in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in the final Series. He challenged Luke Donald to return and battle it out for the money crown, which the Englishman did by winning at Disney. This year, Simpson will play in the Ryder Cup for the first time in two weeks and in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf next month in Bermuda, in addition to the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final late in October. ... Simpson opened with a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 last week at Crooked Stick and was tied for the lead with three others, but he played the last 54 holes in 6-over. After playing flawlessly on Thursday, when he made seven birdies in a span of 10 holes through No. 17, the last four in a row, he carded nine bogeys and three double bogeys the rest of the way. Simpson hit only a little more than half the greens but made his way to Atlanta by averaging 27.0 putts per round.
11. Keegan Bradley, United States -- A week after putting a missed cut in the Barclays behind him by tying for 13th in the Deutsche Bank Championship, Bradley struggled again on his way to a tie for 59th in the BMW Championship. However, his strong play before the playoffs, including a victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and third in defense of his PGA Championship, meant he dropped only two spots to 14th in the FedEx Cup standings, punching his ticket to the Tour Championship next week. ... After playing in the Tour Championship for the second time and making his first appearance in the Ryder Cup in two weeks at Medinah, Keegan will defend his title in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf next month. The field usually includes only the winners of the four majors, but when Rory McIlroy dropped out because of a previous commitment, Bradley became eligible as the first alternate because he claimed the title last year. The fields have not yet been announced, but last year he played in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, the Chevron World Challenge in California and the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout in Florida. ... Bradley could not break 70 in any of his four rounds last week at Crooked Stick and the worst came on the weekend, when he shot 75-73. He did not card a single birdie in the third round and although he did manage four on Sunday, he also mixed in three bogeys and a double bogey. Bradley's ball-striking was OK, but he finished last in the field with an average of 30.3 putts per round.
12. Ernie Els, South Africa -- Another player whose game came and went last week in the BMW Championship, Els stumbled to a 1-over-par 73 in the final round to finish in a tie for 28th. He slid four spots to 22nd in the FedEx Cup standings and will need all of the leaders to collapse to win the year-long chase, even with a victory in the Tour Championship. ... Even though this is not a Presidents Cup year, the Big Easy will remain busy after the Tour Championship next week. He's scheduled to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews early in October as he catches up to the Race to Dubai. Ernie he ranks fifth in the standings headed toward the finale, the DP World Tour Championship. He also will play for the second consecutive year in the Frys.com Open the following week, after his tie for fourth there last year started a turnaround that culminated in his Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Els also will play the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda late next month. ... The South African sprinkled six birdies across his scorecard in an opening 4-under-par 68 last week at Crooked Stick but could manage only six more over his last 54 holes. In the final round he had only one, at No. 10. After sinking a 22-foot eagle putt on the 11th hole in round two, he had a chance to break 70 again, but he made two bogeys down the stretch and shot 71. He was most consistent in a bogey-free 69 on Saturday but had nothing the next day.
13. Brandt Snedeker, United States -- Following two consecutive top-10 finishes in the PGA Tour playoffs, Snedeker cooled off last week on the weekend in the BMW Championship and finished in a tie for 37th. He dropped one spot in the FedEx Cup standings to fifth, but he still will win the season-long race if he can capture the Tour Championship. ... Having nailed down his spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team with his strong play in the first two rounds of the PGA Tour playoffs, Snedeker might start thinking about scheduling some events for the rest of the year. There is nothing listed past the Ryder Cup in two weeks at Medinah on the schedule page at brandtsnedeker.com, but last year he tied for 13th in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia before shutting it down for the year because of his second hip surgery in as many years, one on each side. ... Sneds opened with 69-69 last week at Crooked Stick but could manage only 71-74 on the weekend. He might have gone very low in round two, but he carded a triple-bogey 7 on No. 1 while finishing on the front nine -- he hit his second shot into an unplayable lie in trees behind the green and missing a seven-foot putt for double bogey. Those were the only strokes he lost in a round that included six birdies, starting with two in succession and finishing with three on his last five holes. After being sharp in all phases of the game the previous two weeks, he hit about 60 percent of the greens and averaged 27.8 putts. That's OK but not good enough to contend.
14. Justin Rose, England -- Rose started quickly last week in the BMW Championship with a 5-under-par 67 and played solid golf the rest of the way to tie for 16th, locking up his spot in the Tour Championship. He remained 24th in the FedEx Cup standings, securing his position in the top 30 to advance to the finale at East Lake. ... Another player who will head back to the European Tour for the Race to Dubai after the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup, Rose ranks second behind Rory McIlroy in the Euro standings. He's also going to play in the eight-man field in the first Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals, a match-play event ini Antalya, Turkey, nine days after the Ryder Cup. The schedule page at justinrose.com has not listed any later events, but he is listed as committed to the HSBC Champions Tournament in China and probably will add one or two ahead of the Euro Tour finale, the DP World Tour Championship Dubai. ... Rosy finished his first round at Crooked Stick with four birdies on the last five holes for his 69 but could not break 70 the rest of the way. He had a chance in the final round, when he shot 71, carding three birdies in a span of four holes through No. 15. However, on the one hole he did not birdie, No. 14, he needed four strokes to reach the green and missed a six-foot putt that left him with a double-bogey 6. The Englishman hit in the neighborhood of 80 percent of the fairways and greens to rank among the leaders but averaged 30.3 putts per round, better than only one player in the 70-man field.
15. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Despite leading the PGA Tour with 32 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour in the last three seasons, including 12 this year, Kuchar has been unable to crack the top 30 in the first three events of the PGA Tour playoffs after a tie for 54th in the BMW Championship. He fell three spots to 16th in the FedEx Cup standings, but that's more than good enough to be in the field for the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where he is a popular figure, having attended Georgia Tech. ... Kuchar will be busy after the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup, playing in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals, a lucrative match-play event featuring only eight players at Antalya Golf Club, nine days after leaving Medinah. He's expected by play again one week later in the McGladrey Classic, a Fall Series event, because it is played in his hometown of St. Simons, Ga. Kooch and Gary Woodland became the first U.S. pair to capture the World Cup of Golf since 2000 last December, but that has become a biennial event. ... Kuchar started with a 3-under-par 69 last week at Crooked Stick but could not break par the rest of the way. After carding a bogey at No. 2 in round one, he rattled off four birdies in a bogey-free stretch of 15 holes but never really found that form the rest of the week. He heated up briefly on Sunday with three birdies in a span of five holes through No. 9 but did not have another birdie in him and made double bogey two holes later. The biggest problem was that he hit fewer than half the greens in the tournament to rank last in the field.
16. Steve Stricker, United States -- It was an up-and-down week for Stricker last week at the BMW Championship, where he finished in a tie for 26th, but the best news came at the beginning of the week when he was selected to the Ryder Cup team by Captain Davis Love III. Strick rose three spots to 13th in the FedEx Cup standings, easily ensuring his trip to the Tour Championship next week. ... Stricker stays pretty close to home after the season instead of flying around the world to play in the lucrative postseason events, and he is expected to do so again after playing in the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup. He has played in the Chevron World Challenge and the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout the last four years in December to get out of the cold in Wisconsin and help him get ready for the coming season, and he expected to do so again even those fields have yet to be announced. ... Stricker posted 4-under-par 68s in the first and third rounds last week at Crooked Stick, but a 73 in round two kept him from making a move for the lead on Sunday, when he closed with a 71. The most bizarre sequence came when he made a hole in one with a 6-iron from 198 yards on the sixth hole of the second round, but he three-putted the seventh green from 47 feet for a double-bogey 6. Stricker carded a total of 14 birdies in his two rounds of 68 but had only three on each of the other two days. The difference came on the greens. He took a total of 52 putts in the first and third rounds compared to 63 the other two days.
17. Nick Watney, United States -- Watney had his worst finish of the PGA Tour playoffs in round three, a tie for 45th the BMW Championship, but he already had wrapped up his spot in the Tour Championship by winning the opener, the Barclays. A week after he tied for 20th in the Deutsche Bank Championship, he slipped one spot to third in the FedEx Cup standings but will have a chance to win the whole thing at East Lake. ... Another player who was considered for one of Davis Love III's four Captain's Picks for the Ryder Cup but did not get the call, Nick has not committed to any tournaments after the Tour Championship next week. However, he is expected to play again in his hometown event at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, for the fifth consecutive year in the first week of October. He finished second in Vegas last year. ... Watney broke 70 only when he shot 3-under-par 69 in round two last week at Crooked Stick, carding four birdies in a bogey-free nine hole stretch through No. 13. Making birdies was not his problem -- he had at least four in each round and a total of 18 -- but he also recorded 15 bogeys. And 10 of those bogeys came on the weekend, when he shot 72-74 to go in the wrong direction. Watney ranked near the top of the field by hitting nearly 75 percent of the greens but was near the bottom with an average of 29.8 putts per round.
18. Lee Westwood, England -- Seeking his first PGA Tour victory since the 2010 St. Jude Classic, Westwood was tied for the lead with Rory McIlroy after making a birdie on the 13th hole in the final round of the BMW Championship. However, he missed a 10-foot par putt on the next hole and closed with five pars to tie for second, two strokes behind McIlroy. The Englishman, playing in the PGA Tour playoffs for the first time, rose 15 spots to eighth in the FedEx Cup standings and will make his initial appearance in the Tour Championship next week. ... As a member of both major tours for the first time since 2008, Westwood has plenty of golf left after the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup. He ranks 10th in the Race to Dubai, but before returning to the European Tour he will play in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals, a lucrative match-play event that is the brainchild of his agent, Chubby Chandler. Westy also is expected to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which he won in 2002 at St. Andrews, in addition to one or two more tournaments before the Euro Tour finale, the DP World Tour Championship. He won the tournament and the Race to Dubai title in 2009. ... Westwood, who has finished no worse than a tie for 13th in three playoff events, posted four rounds in the 60s at Crooked Stick and is 31 under par since the postseason began. Looking back to the first round of the BMW, a double-bogey 6 on the 18th hole after he hit his second shot into the water proved to be very costly in the long run.
19. Adam Scott, Australia -- Heading into the final round only two strokes out of the lead in the BMW Championship, Scott virtually gave his chances away with three bogeys in the first five holes, but he hung on for a 2-under-par 70 that left him in a tie for sixth. It was his second consecutive top-10 finish in the PGA Tour playoffs, after he tied for seventh in the Deutsche Bank Championship, and lifted him four spots to 21st in the FedEx Cup rankings heading to the Tour Championship next week. ... This is not a Presidents Cup year, so it's hard to tell where Scotty will be playing after the Tour Championship next week, other than he probably will play at least twice in the Australian Tour events late in the year. There are no tournaments listed on the schedule page at adamscott.com, but he could play again in the Barclays Singapore Open, which he won in 2005, 1006 and 2010. He has committed to play in the Australian Masters in November and the Australian Open, which he won in 2009, in December. He also could add the Australian PGA Championship. ... Scott started with rounds of 68-68-66 last week at Crooked Stick, but after carding a total of only four bogeys on the first three days, he made four on Sunday. He played the front nine in a bogey-free 8-under for the first three days before stumbling there in the final round. He ranked second in the field with 24 birdies, 10 of them coming on par-5 holes, but made a costly bogey-6 on the fifth hole in the final round.
20. Rickie Fowler, United States -- After learning at the start of the week that he was not one of Davis Love III's four Captain's Picks for the Ryder Cup, Fowler was sharp only in the first round while tying for 41st in the BMW Championship. However, he holed a clutch eight-foot putt for par on the 17th hole that helped him move up one spot to 27th in the FedEx Cup standings and earn his first trip to the Tour Championship. ... After playing in Atlanta for the first time, Fowler has an open schedule for the rest of the year because he missed out on the Ryder Cup, after making a big splash in the event two years ago in Wales. He has not yet committed to any of the events in golf's second season, but in the past he has played in the Fall Series events and in some of the lucrative tournaments in Asia. ... Fowler played his best golf last week at Crooked Stick when he opened with a 5-under-par 67, which included a 28-foot eagle putt at No. 15, and followed with a bogey-free 70. Then he played the weekend in 73-74 but made a critical birdie on the same 15th, getting up-and-down from the rough, to put himself back in the top 30 in the rankings. He carded only one bogey in his first 38 holes but recorded eight bogeys and a double bogey the rest of the way. Rickie hit roughly 70 percent of the fairways and greens but could have made it easier on himself had he putted better. He averaged 29.0 putts to rank well back in the field.
Others receiving consideration: Bill Haas, United States; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Johnson Wagner, United States; Kyle Stanley, United States; Robert Garrigus, United States; Jim Furyk, United States; Kevin Na, United States; Carl Pettersson, Sweden; Ben Curtis, United States; John Huh, United States; Marc Leishman, Australia; Bo Van Pelt, United States; Scott Piercy, United States.