Entering the the BMW Championship, Zach Johnson sat in 27th in the FedEx Cup standing and was simply hoping to stay inside the top 30 to qualify for the final event.
After firing a six-under 65 in the final round at rain-soaked Conway Farms Golf Course in Lake Forrest, Ill., the 37-year-old finished the event at 16-under to win the tournament by two strokes over second-place finisher Nick Watney.
Johnson's 10th PGA victory is enough to push him all the way up to fourth in the FedEx Cup standings.
PGATour.com has the post-BMW Championship standings, but it is worth noting that these are projected standings—although there's nothing to suggest these standings will change.
|Proj. Pos||Official Pos.||Golfer||Proj. Total||Official Total|
|27||26||Brendon de Jonge||1634||1379|
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods had a completely pedestrian even-par final round and finished tied for 11th. However, that was good enough for him to regain the FedEx Cup lead and enter the Tour Championship with 2,500 points.
Henrik Stenson, who entered this week in first in the standings, finished tied for 33rd. As a result, he dropped to second.
Stenson did not have to worry about dropping further, as Adam Scott entered and left this event third in the standings after a tied-for-28th finish.
The ever-dependable Matt Kuchar rounds out the top five of the standings.
As we head into the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, those top five have to be feeling good. If any of them win next week's event, they are guaranteed the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize that goes along with it.
However, everyone in the top 30 still has a chance to win the cup.
As for the lucky 30, things got interesting on that qualifying line as well.
Money Monday: Nick Watney & Luke Donald rally to qualify for Tour Championship. Dustin Johnson gets last spot despite being +9 on wk— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) September 16, 2013
Luke Donald made the most impressive move. He fired a 67 and 66 in the final two rounds to finish tied for fourth and jump 25 spots in the standings, giving him a chance at the top prize next weekend.
While next week's Tour Championship doesn't count as a major, the $10 million on the line will have a major impact on the winner. It will make for an interesting and intense four rounds of golf.