Sport Top 30 the goal as FedExCup Playoffs hit Chicagoland

00:05  14 september  2017
00:05  14 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

1st, 2nd place both common outcomes for Spieth

  1st, 2nd place both common outcomes for Spieth They won't start calling Jordan Spieth "Mr. Runner-up," anytime soon, even though he finished second in the first two playoff events and three times in his past nine tournaments. After all, he is ranked second in the Official World Golf Ranking and leads the FedExCup point standings heading into the third playoff event, the BMW Championship this week at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill."They just played better than me," said Spieth, who lost out to top-ranked Dustin Johnson in the Northern Trust to open the postseason before his good pal Justin Thomas beat him in the Dell Technologies Championship.

The PGA Tour's FedExCup playoffs are down to their final two events and just 70 players this week at the BMW Championship, which will tee off Thursday at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. For the rest, a spot in the top 30 in the playoff standings at the end of this 72-hole, no-cut event.

Power Rankings: FedExCup Playoffs . August 22, 2017 By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Follow @RobBoltonGolf. Short of victory at the BMW, the goal will be to wedge into the top 30 in the FedExCup standings.

Paul Casey waves after putting for birdie on the fifth green during the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston on Sept. 4, 2017.© Drew Hallowell/Getty Images Paul Casey waves after putting for birdie on the fifth green during the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston on Sept. 4, 2017.

The PGA Tour's FedExCup playoffs are down to their final two events and just 70 players this week at the BMW Championship, which will tee off Thursday at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.

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Winning is the ultimate goal of this week's tournament, but only one of the golfers here will do so. For the rest, a spot in the top 30 in the playoff standings at the end of this 72-hole, no-cut event will grant them a spot in next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta and a shot at the $10 million prize that comes with capturing the FedEx Cup.

Allgaier wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland

  Allgaier wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Justin Allgaier pulled away off the final restart and won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. Allgaier, from nearby Riverton, won for the second time this season in NASCAR's second-tier series. JR Motorsports had a banner day with Allgaier's win and the official coronation of Elliott Sadler's regular-season championship.Xfinity opens its postseason next week at Kentucky Speedway.Sadler and Allgaier were locked into the playoff field.

The FedExCup Playoffs have arrived once again and, for the eighth consecutive year, this four-event stretch will determine who claims the FedExCup and its million top prize. 9. Ryan Palmer. 30 . 43 MDF.

A reseed takes place, seeding the top - 30 players for the culminating TOUR Championship in Atlanta, where the FedExCup Champion is crowned. At the conclusion of the season, the top 125 players in points plus ties will be eligible to play in the FedExCup Playoffs .

The BMW Championship is the third of four events of the FedExCup Playoffs for the 11th consecutive season since the playoffs were founded in 2007. The playoffs started three weeks ago with 125 players that qualified with their results throughout the season, then was paired to 100 golfers and now 70.

The total purse for this event is $8.75 million, with $1.575 million and 2,000 FedExCup points going to the player who wins over this par 71, 7,208-yard Tom Fazio-designed layout. It's the third time that the BMW Championship has been played at Conway Farms.

The top five in the standings entering the Tour Championship will control their own destiny and will win the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake Golf Club. The top 10 players in the playoff standings heading into this week's BMW Championship are Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, Jon Rahm of Spain, Marc Leishman of Australia, Paul Casey of England, Brooks Koepka and Pat Perez.

Marc Leishman in driver's seat with much on the line for players in BMW Championship

  Marc Leishman in driver's seat with much on the line for players in BMW Championship With $10 million up for grabs next week, players jockey for position for The Tour Championship.There are two races on tap within the main race to the winner’s circle as the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club north of Chicago heads into Sunday’s final round.

Editors Note: On the eve of the FedExCup Playoffs 10th anniversary, PGATOUR.com’s Ben Everill takes a look at his Top 10 Playoff events since At first I had it lined up going right-to-left, but I almost played it very straight and hit it, and it rolled very true and went in. I was just happy to see it go in.

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Casey is the only golfer in the top 10 in the standings yet to win on the PGA Tour this season.

"It's been a long time since I won in the U.S." Casey said. "I came close last year obviously at the BMW, and also another FedEx event, and also in The Tour Championship, when I had my chances. So I'm very keen and excited to get another win. I think that's a good combination, and a dangerous combination for everybody else: Good golf and excited player."

With runner-up finishes in his the first two FedExCup Playoffs events of the season, Spieth will enter the BMW Championship ranked first in the standings. The 11-time PGA Tour winner reclaimed the No. 1 position in the FedExCup standings two weeks ago at TPC Boston and will carry a 27-point lead over Thomas into Conway Farms.

Spieth is seeking to join Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) as the only multiple winners of the FedExCup.

Thomas, currently No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, claimed his sixth PGA Tour victory (including a Tour-best five this season) at the Dell Technologies Championship. By doing so, he became the fourth player since 1960 to capture five wins, including a major, in a season before the age of 25 (Jack Nicklaus, Woods, Spieth).

NASCAR results at Chicagoland: Martin Truex Jr. claims playoffs opener

  NASCAR results at Chicagoland: Martin Truex Jr. claims playoffs opener With his fifth victory of the season, Truex clinches a spot in the second round of the playoffs. It's his 12th career victory."This is awesome, man. I'm so excited," Truex told NBC Sports afterward. "This is the playoffs — this is what it's all about."Truex didn't have a perfect day — his car had a tough time getting through tech, and he picked up a pair of penalties on pit road — but in the end, he ran away from the field in the closing stage. He led 77 laps on the day.Not surprisingly, playoff drivers dominated the action, occupying 10 of the top 11 spots in the finishing order.

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Sunday’s final round of the Wyndham Championship is the last day for players to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs . The top 125 after the final putt drops – in this case, Henrik Stenson’s 3-footer for a one-shot victory – earn their berths into golf’s postseason

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the defending champion of this event, after carding a final-round 5-under 67 at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. that included six birdies and an eagle during a three-stroke victory over Casey. His 23-under 265 broke the 72-hole tournament record in relation to par of 22-under 267 (set by Woods at Cog Hill G&CC in 2007 and Jason Day at Conway Farms in 2015).

Charley Hoffman, who is 12th in the FedEx Cup standings heading into this week, heads to the BMW Championship on a professional high point after being chosen by Steve Stricker as a captain's pick for the U.S. Presidents Cup team. That event will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

Hoffman said the course at Conway Farms is in perfect shape, but added that conditions are going to be firm and fast, different than what they have been in past editions of this event at this course.

"I don't remember this golf course being that firm, so you're going to have to hit the fairways to be able to attack it," Hoffman said. "It's going to be a great competition. There are holes you can birdie out here, there's no question. You got some short par-4s and par-5s you can get."

Pit road mistakes derail strong run by Kyle Busch

  Pit road mistakes derail strong run by Kyle Busch Kyle Busch can expect some second-guessing after mistakes in Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway relegated the pole-sitter to a 15th-place finish. Before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff opener, Busch's No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team swapped his regular-season pit crew for the over-the-wall unit of teammate Daniel Suarez.After winning the first stage of the race and leading all but two laps, Busch pitted under caution on Lap 83. But eight circuits after the subsequent restart on Lap 88, he brought the No.

FedExCup fight hits the home stretch. Given that the most players to ever play their way in from outside the top 30 in the penultimate tournament is four, we can comfortably say the next 15 players would be very unlucky not to be part of the field in Atlanta.

Big weekend for FedExCup Playoffs . Comments (0). The field is comprised of two kinds of golfers: those inside the top 30 and those vying to get inside. While it's everyone's ultimate goal to win the FedExCup , simply reaching the TOUR Championship is quite valuable: Besides the six-figure check

Three players ranked between No. 71-100 -- Stewart Cink, Rafe Cabrera Bello of Spain and Emiliano Grillo of Argentina -- entering the most recent event, the Dell Technologies Championship two weeks ago -- moved into the top 70 based on their performance at TPC Boston, advancing to the 70-player BMW Championship field.

Twelve rookies finished the 2016-17 PGA Tour season ranked within the top 125 in FedExCup points and earned their first start at The Northern Trust. Of that group, six have advanced to this week's BMW Championship and are still alive in the FedExCup Playoffs. All six start the week below the top-30 cutoff line to earn a spot in the Tour Championship field.

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NASCAR at New Hampshire: Standings, TV schedule, qualifying drivers for 2nd postseason race .
The real race early in the playoffs is for the Round of 12 cutoff line. Currently Austin Dillon owns the final spot entering New Hampshire.Truex padded his playoffs lead over Kyle Larson (-27 points) and Kevin Harvick (-35) but the real race early in the playoffs is for the Round of 12 cutoff line. Currently Austin Dillon owns the final spot in the Round of 12 as four drivers are eliminated from contention following the Oct. 1 race at Dover. Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman have plenty of work ahead of them in Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire to help their playoff cause.

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