Points leaders losing contact with Johnson

As Dustin Johnson protected his lead Friday at the Tour Championship, how, you ask, are the four other members of the Favored Five faring?

They, the ones assured of winning the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus with a victory at the Tour Championship, are choking on his fumes just like everyone else. None really have a close-up view on the leader right now.

A quick run-down going into the weekend:

No. 2 in points coming in, Patrick Reed. He’s 3 over for the tournament after shooting an even par 70 Friday. Tied for 19th. As it currently stands, he’d still be in line for second-place FedEx Cup bonus money, $3 million.

No. 3 Adam Scott. After a 71 Friday, Scott fell seven back of Johnson. But not so far that he lost spots in the points race, and the $2 million bonus for finishing third in points.

No. 4 Jason Day. Withdrew Friday with more back issues. Fell — thus far — to 7th in FedEx points with a Tour Championship washout ($700,000 bonus, plenty of money but a long way from $10 million).

No. 5 Paul Casey. Casey is the closest purser, five back of Johnson entering the weekend after shooting even par Friday. He was the immediate beneficiary of Day’s withdrawal, assuming his spot at No. 4 in the FedEx Cup standings, a move of one spot worth an additional $500,000 from where he started.