Deutsche Bank Championship 2013: Winners and Losers of 2nd Step in FedEx Cup
If you like fun-filled kids games, you must have loved the Deutsche Bank Championship, where players moved up and down the board and the FedEx Cup standings as if they were playing Parcheesi.
When all was said and done, Henrik Stenson won the second leg of the playoffs, edging Steve Stricker while tying the tournament record at 22 under par. For Stenson, who has been a statistical marvel, it marked his first victory since 2009 and rocketed him into first place in the FedEx Cup standings, nine points ahead of Tiger Woods.
Rain-softened conditions throughout the tournament led to a multitude of low scores, with 34 players finishing at 10 under par or better.
If you were looking for Rory McIlroy to make a comeback, Tiger Woods to score low or Phil Mickelson to have one of those thrilling come-from-behind performances, you came to the wrong tournament.
Instead, you got little-known Roberto Castro as a co-leader at one point on the last day and Jordan Spieth's remarkable 62 as the 100 tour pros sought to make the 70-man cut and move into the BMW Championship in two weeks.
The Deutsche Bank also offered those players wishing to be selected to the President’s Cup a chance to make a statement.
Here’s a look at the winners and losers from the Deutsche Bank Championship, which did not disappoint in terms of action.
Winner: Brendon De Jonge
De Jonge, who hails from Zimbabwe, was one of those looking to make his President's Cup team.
He certainly did himself no harm by posting in the 60s each day and finishing in a tie for ninth place.
Loser: Ryan Palmer
Palmer missed the cut and had to suffer on the sidelines as he slid from 60th place to 71st and out of the BMW Championship.
Winner: Ernie Els
Els has played in every BMW Championship to date and performed just well enough to make to the next one.
His four rounds under par and 12-under par finish secured him the last spot among the 70 players who will go on to the next step in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Good job, Ernie!
Loser: Sergio Garcia
The golfer who led by two strokes after 54 holes just did not show up on Monday.
Garcia played truly great golf the first three days, carding a 65, 64 and 65, and the tournament was his to win. If he had done so, he would have matched Seve Ballesteros with nine wins on the PGA Tour, the most among Europeans.
Instead, he performed his typical fade on the final day, a category in which he ranks 165th on the Tour.
While he moved up 22 places in the standings, it was a Sunday that he surely will want to forget.
Winner: Jordan Spieth
Twenty-year-old Spieth has been making headlines all year, so it should come as no surprise that he has done so again.
You can add a final round of 62, capped off by an eagle on 18, to his already accomplished season. His 17-under performance was good enough for a tie for fourth.
With his FedEx Cup performance to date, in which he stands in 10th place, Spieth has secured his position as Rookie of the Year and probably a position on the upcoming President’s Cup team.
Loser: The FedEx Cup
What is the FedEx Cup playoffs worth when Tiger Woods can play so apathetically and still be in second place in the standings?
What does it mean when Camilo Villegas, who has posted just two top-10 finishes this season, could have had a chance to play in the Tour Championship if he had won the Deutsche Bank Championship?
The Cup lived up to its oddball scoring system where players moved wildly up and down the standings.
For traditionalists, the contrived method of scoring is just a bit too volatile.
Sure, there was some excitement about whether Ernie Els, who came into the tournament at 91, would make the 70-man roster at the BMW Championship.
But other than that, the question of the standings wasn’t much of a knee-knocker.
Winner: Big Movers Up
There were some huge moves up the standings when the Deutsche Bank Championship finished.
Brandon Steele closed with four birdies on Monday to move from 89th place into 69th. Brian Davis moved from 80th all the way to 49th as he tied for sixth at 16 under par.
Kevin Stadler had another good performance and moved from 75th to 32nd; he too finished 16 under. Ian Poulter went from 77th to 52nd with his 15-under performance. Roberto Castro went from 34th to 25th place. Scott Piercy moved up to 35th place from 49th.
Loser: Phil Mickelson
Mickelson started the Deutsche Bank the way he finished The Barclays: brilliantly.
His eight-under 63 made him the leader on the first day, but he never moved from that number and finished in a tie for 41st place.
Despite his lackluster play, Mickelson is still ranked fifth in the standings.
Winner: Graham DeLaet
DeLaet, who finished in a tie for second at The Barclays, continues to impress.
He shot a blazing 62 on Saturday and ended up alone in third place at 18 under par.
It should be noted that the young Canadian currently leads the PGA in total driving and is third in greens in regulation.
Loser: Tiger Woods
Tiger opened the tournament by shooting 68 and 67. While he was well off the pace, there was no reason to believe he wouldn't perform better.
Instead, we saw a relatively mediocre display of golf with a 72 and a 73, dropping him into a tie for 65th place.
Worse, Tiger dropped out of first in the standings.
Winner: Steve Stricker
Stricker skipped The Barclays, but that didn't matter one bit. He came roaring back to finish 20 under par and gain sole possession of second place behind Stenson.
More importantly, he leapt from 28th to eighth in the FedEx Cup standings.
Stricker did so with typical precision putting and short iron play.
With his performance, he jumped from 11th place into the top 10 of the President's Cup team.