Rory McIlroy Soars to Top Spot in FedEx Cup Standings

Jimmy Walker’s six-month stint at the top of the FedEx Cup leader board came crashing to a halt on Monday.

You’ll need one guess why.

Thanks to his third straight win and second straight Major title, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy overtook Walker in the points race for the year-end tournament.

McIlroy has racked up 2,582 points in just 13 PGA starts, while Walker has accrued 2,493 in 23 appearances.

McIlroy has gone from 11th to third to first in the standings in the last three weeks.

Bubba Watson slipped from second to third because of McIlroy’s move, while Jim Furyk climbed from sixth to fifth, bypassing out-of-commission Dustin Johnson.

PGA Championship third-place finisher Rickie Fowler rose six spots from 21st to 15th, and runner-up Phil Mickelson made a huge move, from 84th to 42nd.

The top 125 players in the final standings qualify for the first of four tournaments in which prize money and point earnings are augmented.

By finishing tied for fourth, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, last year’s FedEx Cup winner, secured his spot in this year’s field. Stenson had been 92nd entering the weekend, but climbed up to 67th.

Remaining on the wrong side of that 125th spot is Tiger Woods, who missed the cut at Valhalla, and dropped a spot to 218th in the rankings.

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