The FedEx Cup Playoffs are now halfway over, and we have a nice little shake-up in the top 10 after Rory McIlroy’s 65 on Monday to win the Deutsche Bank Championship. No. 1 is still the same, but we will get to the rest of the top 10 and how it is changing in these playoffs in just a minute.

But first, let’s look at the parameters.

  1. Scope is last two months of tournaments
  2. We value different things but will take into account wins, top 10s and cuts made
  3. If you haven’t played, you don’t get ranked (i.e. Tiger Woods)
  4. Recency matters
  5. PGA Tour will be main focus but bigger European events will be factored in

1. Jason Day (Last week — 1): Day had a strange week with his family involved in a bus accident early on. He hung around though and posted another top 20 finish. You have to be careful this time of year, though, because every tournament means so much. Another finish outside the top 10 paired with a Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth win, and we could have a new No. 1. Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Dustin Johnson (2): A top-10 finish for Johnson at the Deutsche Bank Championship and he’s back on track with two top 20s after that atrocious missed cut at the PGA Championship. It’s going to come down to the wire with him and Day over the last few weeks. OWGR: 2

3. Patrick Reed (5): Reed is lights out right now. After winning The Barclays last weekend, Reed finished T5 at TPC Boston to move up a spot in the OWGR. He might be the United State’s best Ryder Cup player right now. OWGR: 8

4. Rory McIlroy (11): I finally got a pick right. McIlroy proved me correct last week when I nudged him at 12-1 to win TPC Boston. He did so for the second time in five years. OWGR: 3

5. Jordan Spieth (3): Spieth only had one round outside the 60s but could only muster a T21 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He has been really consistent the last few months, but he has not truly contended for a title since he won the Dean and Deluca Invitational in May. OWGR: 4

6. Henrik Stenson (4): It was good to see Stenson play the Deutsche Bank Championship after he had to withdraw from The Barclays with a knee injury. He did not register a top 40 finish, though, and his dream summer may be coming to an abrupt end. Just in time for the Ryder Cup. OWGR: 5

7. Russell Knox (12): Knox responded nicely to his Ryder Cup snub with a top 15 finish at Deutsche Bank. He’s all the way to No. 7 in the FedEx Cup points race and will almost assuredly be at East Lake for the Tour Championship. OWGR: 19

8. Jimmy Walker (14): Walker has a win at the PGA Championship and a third-place finish at a playoff event to bookend two missed cuts. A very strange few weeks for him, but when he’s been good, he’s been really good. OWGR: 15

9. Sergio Garcia (7): A boring T24 at Deutsche Bank. He never really seems to do that much during the playoffs. The man was made for Ryder Cups and top fives at majors. OWGR: 12

10. Brooks Koepka (8): Speaking of the Tour Championship, Koepka is No. 30 which is right on the line for making it. He hasn’t done a whole lot since his insanely good performance at the PGA Championship. He finished T57 at TPC Boston. OWGR: 20

11. Ryan Moore (16): Ryan Moore, come on down! Another top 10 finish after winning the John Deere Classic and finishing T7 at The Barclays. OWGR: 37

12. Phil Mickelson (6): Mickelson badly missed the cut at Deutsche Bank. These seasons have to feel like they’re last nine years for him instead of nine months. The break between the BMW Championship and Tour Championship will benefit him greatly. OWGR: 14

13. Justin Rose (9): Rose shot a 45 (!!!) on the back nine on Sunday. That’s like me! OWGR: 10


14. Adam Scott (NR): Top top fives in the last two weeks after an up and down summer. And I’m picking him to win this week at the BMW Championship. OWGR: 6

15. Matt Kuchar (10): A bit if a free fall for Kuchar at the worst time possible. He finished T46. OWGR: 17

16. Emiliano Grillo (13): He needed a 68 in the final round to get in the top 35. Still sitting pretty for the Tour Championship though. OWGR: 26

17. Paul Casey (NR): Strong second-place finish from Casey despite not getting the win. He also had a top 10 at the PGA Championship a month ago. OWGR: 22

18. Si Woo Kim (18): Good to see Kim back on track after a MC at The Barclays. He finished T15 at the Deutsche Bank Championship and still has that Wyndham Championship win to fall back on. OWGR: 59

Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Golf Power Rankings: Rory McIlroy rises into top five after big playoff win