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FedEx Cup Standings 2013: Top Golfers to Watch Heading into BMW Championship

JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25:  Tiger Woods of the United States watches his tee shot on the second tee during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2013

The FedEx Cup standings were recently updated, and some recognizable names are sitting at the top. 

Henrik Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston to vault to the top spot over Tiger Woods, who finished the same tournament in a tie for 65th place. 

Masters Champion Adam Scott, who finished in the top five in two other majors this year, is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and sits in third place. 

Here's a complete look at the top of the standings, courtesy of PGATour.com.

 

FedEx Cup Standings on Sept. 8
RankGolferPointsWinsTop 10sPoints Behind
1Henrik Stenson4,05117--
2Tiger Woods4,0375814
3Adam Scott3,91726134
4Matt Kuchar3,10328948
5Graham DeLaet2,806071,245
6Phil Mickelson2,762271,289
7Justin Rose2,664161,387
8Steve Stricker2,617061,434
9Brandt Snedeker2,326281,725
10Jordan Spieth2,246181,805

The top 70 in the rankings will compete at the BMW Championship, which begins Thursday, Sept. 12 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. 

This tournament is a crucial juncture in the FedEx Cup, as only the top 30 will move on to the final event, the Tour Championship. 

Competition will be fierce for the players on the bubble, which means we could see a surprise winner this weekend. That said, these top golfers are more likely to come away with the victory. 

 

Tiger Woods

After a couple of solid rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Woods' game fell apart over the weekend, which led to his 65th-place finish. 

As usual, his poor finish led to overreaction, but the sky is hardly falling when it comes to the No. 1 player in the world. As noted by the PGA Tour, Woods edged out Jason Dufner to win the Player of the Month award in August:

But it's easy to forget Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational a month ago and finished second at The Barclays

With two weeks to prepare for the BMW Championship—an event he has won twice—Woods will be ready to get back to top form this upcoming weekend. 

 

Adam Scott

The 2013 season has been Scott's coming-out party as an elite golfer.

A player who has always shown the talent to win big events, he finally won his first major at the 2013 Masters, and he followed up that win with a third-place finish at the Open Championship and a fifth-place finish at the PGA Championship.

He followed up his top-five finish at the PGA Championship with a win at The Barclays before sputtering in his last tournament. 

Ranking 14th in total driving and 12th in greens in regulation this year, Scott has added a hot putter to the equation. He's as hot as any golfer on the planet and should be considered one of the heavy favorites to win. 

 

Jordan Spieth

Speaking of hot golfers, rookie Jordan Spieth seems to creep up the leaderboard on a weekly basis. In 21 events entered this season, he has earned 11 top-25 finishes and eight top-10 finishes.

While most young golfers these days are hitting their drives miles down the fairway, Spieth takes a more conservative approach. He ranks No. 76 on tour in driving distance, but his accuracy is such that his total driving ranks No. 7. 

Even more impressive are Spieth's results on the scorecard. As noted by ESPN's Justin Ray, the 20-year-old phenom has more rounds of 66 or better than any golfer on tour:

Heading into the BMW Championship, Spieth ranks No. 10 in the FedEx Cup standings. There's a good chance he'll be ranked higher after this upcoming tournament. 

 

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