Keeping Score

Xander Schauffele gets credit for a victory, after all

American earns the week’s top prize from the Official World Golf Ranking, which is nothing close to the $15 million that Dustin Johnson got for 'winning' the PGA Tour's season-ending Tour Championship, but it does move Schauffele to No. 7 in the world

7: Position in the Official World Golf Ranking, an improvement of four spots, for American Xander Schauffele, who won (yes, he did, according to the OWGR, even if the PGA Tour won't recognize it) the Tour Championship. Because the world ranking isn’t collecting $70.5 million in sponsorship money from the Memphis-based delivery service, which foots many of the bills at the PGA Tour, the OWGR can look at this thing objectively. In other words, the low score for the week wins the most world-ranking points. Thus, Schauffele, whose 15-under 265 total led the 30-man Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club, earned 58 ranking points and leaped into the top 10. Dustin Johnson, who was crowned the Tour Championship winner under the FedEx Cup’s weighted scoring system and given the $15 million bonus as the season’s top prize, was credited with 20.3 ranking points. He actually tied for third, with Justin Thomas, at 11-under 269. Scottie Scheffler shot 12-under 268 and finished second to Schauffele, based on the OWGR scorekeeping, and earned 34.80 points to improve to a career-high 29th in the ranking.

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