FedEx Cup Standings 2014: Latest Rankings After Deutsche Bank Championship

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 1, 2014

Chris Kirk holds the trophy after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

All it takes is one tournament to completely shake up the FedEx Cup standings when playoff time comes, and that was the case after Monday's finish at the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship.

As for the one doing the shaking up, well, that was Chris Kirk. The American finished 15 strokes under par, proving enough to hold off Billy Horschel on the final hole and claim the 2,500 points in the standings.

His second win of the season propelled him to the FedEx Cup points lead, but he has plenty of company atop the leaderboard as the world's top golfers approach the BMW Championship and Tour Championship. 

Take a look at the updated FedEx Cup playoffs standings.

2014 FedEx Cup Standings After Deutsche Bank
RankGolferPoints
1Chris Kirk4,154
2Rory McIlroy3,335
3Hunter Mahan3,311
4Jimmy Walker2,823
5Matt Kuchar2,618
6Bubba Watson2,558
7Jason Day2,549
8Jim Furyk2,511
9Jordan Spieth2,117
10Rickie Fowler2,069
11Zach Johnson2,040
12Patrick Reed2,033
13Adam Scott2,012
14Russell Henley1,987
15Martin Kaymer1,962
PGATour.com

Note: Complete rankings can be found at PGATour.com.

 

Playoff Outlook

NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Chris Kirk tees off on the 15th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston on September 1, 2014 in Norton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Kirk is peaking at the right time.

After opening play at TPC Boston with a round of 73, he went on a three-day tear that will rank up there as some of the best golf played in 2014. He fired off rounds of 66, 64 and 66 to claim the Deutsche Bank title, taking a stranglehold over the FedEx Cup playoffs in the process.

Finishing a few spots outside of automatic Ryder Cup qualification and not generating much noise as a captain's pick prior to this weekend, Kirk may have earned himself a call from U.S. captain Tom Watson with the win.

ESPN Stats and Information noted his career success:

As Jason Sobel of Golf Channel reported, Kirk was excited with the win:

Even Rory McIlroy congratulated the winner:

As for McIlroy's performance throughout the weekend, well, his tweet sums it up quite well. This year's winner of the British Open and PGA Championship struggled to start the weekend, and despite improving to become a contender, he couldn't keep pace with Kirk.

McIlroy continues to trail in the FedEx Cup standings after failing to win, but he picked up 525 points from his fifth-place finish to keep him in second place.

Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

But no spot in the standings is comfortable during the playoffs. Hunter Mahan learned that the hard way, barely making the cut and finishing in 64th place to fall to third place after winning at The Barclays. 

Those top three—Kirk, McIlroy and Mahan—are a cut above the rest as the only golfers with more than 3,000 points entering the BMW Championship. But as many as 10 or 12 golfers are well within reach of taking an outright lead should they win the next tournament.

It remains to be seen whether three sleepers who had big weekends will emerge in the final two tournaments. Geoff Ogilvy, Horschel and Russell Henley were all afterthoughts before each amassed 1,083 with their second-place finishes, and now they could move into the lead by winning at the BMW Championship. 

Although a few golfers have made a name for themselves and emerged as leaders, it's still virtually anyone's $10 million prize to win, and that's what makes the FedEx Cup thrilling until the final hole.