Rory McIlroy Rises to 11th In FedEx Cup Standings
Henrik Stenson won both the Race to Dubai and the FedExCup a year ago. The way Rory McIlroy has caught fire of late, he might have a chance to do the same thing in 2014.
McIlroy’s win at The Open Championship on Sunday moved him to the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, and into 11th place in the FedExCup standings.
McIlroy has 1,432 FedExCup points despite playing in only 11 PGA events so far this season. He was previously 42nd in the rankings. The top 125 players make the field of the first of four tournaments at season’s end.
While any player in the field of 125 has the ability to win the overall title, having a lot of points going into the first tournament helps greatly, as one bad tournament can doom lower-ranked players.
In 11 PGA events, McIlroy has one win and seven top 10 finishes. Only two players have more top 10 finishes: Matt Kuchar, who has nine in 18 events and current leader Jimmy Walker, who has eight in 21 events.
Walker was able to stay ahead of Bubba Watson in the standings since Watson missed the cut at the Open.
Within the top five, Dustin Johnson moved ahead of Kuchar by 29 points.
The Open co-runners-up Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler also moved up by considerable margins in the FedExCup standings.
Garcia jumped from 23rd to 16th, and Fowler from 34th to 22nd.
Phil Mickelson rose 10 spots to 87th with his tie for 23rd at the Open. Stenson, last year’s winner, is faring much better on in the Race to Dubai than the FedExCup. Stenson is 98th in the standings, up from 102nd a week ago.
Tiger Woods actually fell back two spots in the latest standings after finishing 69th out of 72 at the The Open. Woods is now 214th with 45 points.