FedEx Cup Standings 2013: Projecting Leaders After BMW Championship
Two rounds are down for the BMW Championship, and were are starting to get a feel of what the FedEx Cup standings will look like after the event is done.
After this tournament is over, we will have just one more event in the FedEx Cup playoffs before a winner is finally determined. The stakes are higher now, as the winner of this event will earn 2,500 points, as opposed to the usual 500 in a PGA Tour event and 600 in a major before the playoffs.
Let's go ahead and project the leaders once this event ends, based off of their current standing in Cup points along with how well they are playing in the BMW Championship through the first two rounds.
1. Brandt Snedeker
Current Standing: 9th
He was 2012 FedEx Cup champion, and it looks like he could make another run this year.
Snedeker is in very good shape in the BMW Championship right now. He's tied for the lead at 11 under par, and has had two very good rounds shooting a 63 on Thursday and a 68 on Friday.
Even if Snedeker finishes in second after this weekend, he will be knocking on the door for the top spot in the standings. With Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson having average tournaments, Snedeker has a chance to move all the way up to the top spot.
2. Tiger Woods
Current Standing: 2nd
If Snedeker takes the top spot after this weekend, then the second and third spots in the standings will most likely go between Woods and Stenson.
Based off of how the tournament is going so far for both golfers, there's a very good chance Tiger takes the second spot. At the moment, Tiger is four under par for the tournament, while Stenson is right at par thanks to a 70 during Friday's round.
Unfortunately for Tiger, he would have done better than just a 72 on Friday, but he was assessed a two-stroke penalty on the first hole, according to The Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman.
Tiger Woods incurs 2 shot penalty for ball moving at address without being replaced on #1. Score goes from double to quad. Posts +1— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) September 13, 2013
Still, if Tiger can stay in relative shouting distance from the leaders, he should still be in good shape heading into the final tournament.
3. Henrik Stenson
Current Standing: 1st
It hasn't been a superb first two rounds for Stenson up to this point, and that will likely mean that he falls out of the top spot in the standings.
Through two rounds, Stenson has shot a 72 and 70 to keep him at even par and tied for 28th. It's certainly not where he wants to be, but it certainly could have been worse after he hit a double bogey on the 16th hole during the first round of play.
Stenson will have a chance to retake his place at the top of the standings in the Tour Championship, but for now he's going to have to accept the loss and get ready for the final tournament in just over a week.
4. Adam Scott
Current Standing: 3rd
Scott was in a really good spot after shooting a 67 on Thursday, but a 72 on Friday dropped him down the leaderboard quite a bit.
Despite putting up nine birdies so far through the tournament, Scott is just two under for the weekend thanks to two unfortunate double bogeys on the eighth and 13th holes on Friday.
Confidence is key in golf, so Scott is going to need to brush it off. He's a very talented golfer, and he should be able to find a way to creep back into the top 10 once the tournament ends, and that means that he'll be able to stay in the top five of the Cup standings.
5. Jim Furyk
Current Standing: 15th
No one is going to shoot up the leaderboard more than Furyk after this weekend.
After shooting one over par on Thursday, Furyk came away with a historic round on Friday. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Furyk was the first golfer ever to shoot a 59 while still recording a bogey. The PGA Tour's Instagram got a picture of Furyk signing the historic scorecard.
Although he would certainly like the 2,500 points that come from the win, Furyk would still be able to crack into the top five of the Cup points standings with a strong finish. He's going to get a big chunk of points, and he will be back in the running for a Cup championship.
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