Bubba Watson of the United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during round three of The Northern Trust on Saturday. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Bubba Watson still alive in FedEx Cup playoffs

Bubba Watson will be around for at least one more golf tournament this season.

The two-time Masters champion and former University of Georgia golfer moved into 72nd place in the FedEx Cup point standings at The Northern Trust Sunday. With a 10th-place finish at Glen Oaks Club in Westbury, New York, the first leg of the PGA Tour playoffs, Watson moved up from 113th place. 

The top 100 golfers in the point standings qualified for this week’s Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. The qualifying field will then be cut down to the top 70 for the BWM Championship and then the top 30 for the finale Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club Sept. 21-24.

Here are other items of note following the first tournament of the playoffs:

Moving on: Joining Watson in advancing into the top 100 were David Lingmerth (103 to 87) and Harold Varner III (123 to 91).

Moving out: Three players dropped from their top 100 standings and were eliminated from the playoffs. They were Byeong Hun An (96 to 102), Robert Garrigus (99 to 109) and Seung-Yul Noh (100 to 110). Each missed the cut.

Eliminated: The others to be ousted from the field of 125 were: Scott Stallings, Martin Flores, D.A. Points, Luke Donald, Richy Werenski, Ryan Blaum, Geoff Ogilvy, Jimmy Walker, Brian Gay, Brandon Hagy, Vaughn Taylor, Steve Stricker, Derek Fathauer, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Harris English, Dominic Bozelli, Nick Watney, John Huh, Blayne Barber, Ben Martin, Rory Sabbatini and J.J. Henry.

Last man in: Michael Kim is 100th in the standings.

Top five: The top five in the point standings will control their own fate at the Tour Championship with a victory here clinching the FedEx Cup playoff title. The current leaders are Dustin Johnson (4,466 points), Jordan Spieth (3,871), Justin Thomas (3,044), Hideki Matsuyama (2,869) and Jon Rahm (2,404). 

Biggest jump: Varner had the biggest jump in standings with 32 places and Watson jumped 31 spots. Patrick Cantlay and Robert Streb each jumped 28 spots.

Biggest fall: Four golfers fell 10 spots with Patton Kizzire, Garrigus, Noh and Walker dropping double-digit places.

Records: With Johnson’s playoff victory over Spieth in The Northern Trust he recorded his fourth FedEx Cup playoff win, tied with Rory McIlroy for most in the format. He also shares the marks for most top-5s (nine with Jason Day and Tiger Woods) and most top-10s (16 with Jim Furyk).

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