If one of those three had won last week in Turkey and this week's DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, they would have been able to pass McIlroy and win the Race to Dubai.
The 2014 PGA Tour season had different players in starring roles at different points in the season, and that made for some great action.
Brooks Koepka fended off Ian Poulter to win the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday and that helped Koepka move to No. 35 in this week's world rankings.
Jorge Fernandez-Valdes fired a final-round, 2-under 72 and he earned a 2-shot victory at the Abierto de Chile.
After weather problems earlier in the week, English played the final 29 holes of the tournament on Sunday. He trailed Robert Karlsson by one entering the final round, but English fired a 6-under 65 to cruise to a 4-stroke win.
Bubba Watson has never been at his best when playing outside the United States. He has struggled with his emotions, while battling his own game, clicking cameras and boisterous fans.
Bubba Watson claimed his first World Golf Championship event on Sunday in China and that helped him move to No. 3 in this week's world rankings.
Rafael Becker fired a 7-under 62 in Sunday's final round and he won the Aberto do Brasil by three strokes.
Johnson is taking time away from the PGA Tour, reportedly after failing a drug test. His agent said late last week that Johnson won't return to action until after the birth of his first child early in 2015.
Ryan Moore successfully defended his title at the CIMB Classic on Sunday and that helped him jump 20 places in this week's world rankings.
Not many players are successful in defending their title in golf tournaments. Ryan Moore joined that club on Sunday at the CIMB Classic thanks to some perfectly executed strategy.
Julian Etulain fired a final- round, even-par 72 on Sunday and he was able to hang on and win the Peru Open by three shots.
The fall events on the PGA Tour are perfect stops for young players to pick up their first tour win, and that has happened in the first three events of the 2014-15 wrap-around schedule.
Woodland had a chance to win the title in regulation, but missed a 12-foot birdie putt. Moore saved par from a greenside bunker to force the extra session.
Robert Streb won for the first time on the PGA Tour on Sunday and that helped him make a big move up this week's world rankings.
Rafa Echenique and Emilio Dominguez combined to fire a 9-under 62 on Sunday and they won the Bridgestone America's Golf Cup by one stroke.
Less than one day after he made insensitive remarks, the PGA of America has relieved president Ted Bishop of his duties.
FACTS AND STATS: Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1987, 1990), Renovation by Jones Jr. (January 2011-March 2012). Year Opened: November 1987 and August 1990. Location: Kauai, Hawaii. Slope: 140. Rating: 76.2. Par: 72. Yardage: 7,378.
Kirk and Baird were tied at 10-under par entering the final round before Kirk closed with his third 66 of the week to fend off Baird, who shot 67. Clark rallied with an 8-under 62 to share second.
Ben Martin and Mikko Ilonen both won over the weekend and made big jumps in this week's world rankings.
Las Vegas is a city full of bright lights that can distract you. The brightest lights on a golf course are the leaderboards.
Oscar David Alvarez closed with a 3-under 69 on Sunday and he held on for a 1-shot win at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Abierto Mexicano.
At 6:44 and with the rising sun only a minute below Nevada's Pine Nut Mountains, a small bus packed with 16 men rolls through the Carson Valley Inn Hotel & Casino parking lot toward U.S. Route 395, on the start of a raucous 18-hole round of golf played over nine different public courses within a 25-mile radius, which will take more than 12 hours and end only after the transiting sun dips behind the Sierra Nevada.
St. Augustine, FL (Sports Network) - The World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2015 was announced on Wednesday, with Mark O'Meara and Laura Davies headlining the group.
The PGA of America announced the creation of an 11-member task force that will examine all parts of the Ryder Cup process.
Simpson finished the week at 24-under-par 260. The win was the fourth of Simpson's career and he has not won since.
Sang-Moon Bae held on to earn his second win on the PGA Tour Sunday at the Frys.com Open and that 2-shot victory propelled him into the top 100 in the world rankings.
Tyler McCumber parred the first playoff hole on Sunday to defeat Jorge Fernandez-Valdes and win the Mazatlan Open.
Jimmy Walker, the defending champion, and two of his Ryder Cup teammates headline the field. Walker will be joined in the field by Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan, while Lee Westwood, a member of the winning European Ryder Cup team, will also play.
Oliver Wilson earned his first European Tour title on Sunday and that helped him make a huge jump in this week's world rankings.
Nicholas Lindheim birdied the 16th hole to grab the lead on Sunday and he held on to win the Colombian Classic.
United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson said in an open letter released through the PGA of America on Saturday that, "whatever mistakes that were made were mine."
Rory McIlroy was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year on Wednesday, while Chesson Hadley captured Rookie of the Year honors.
With only a handful of players competing in the 40th Ryder Cup last week, Rory McIlroy remained the No. 1 player in the world yet again.
Howell surged up the leaderboard on the final day with a 5-under 67 to join Uihlein at 23-under-par 265. Uihlein finished his final round at 3-under 69 and the two went on to a playoff.
The Europeans have won three straight Ryder Cups and six of the last seven after they cruised to victory over the weekend.
PGA of America president Ted Bishop and U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson have had plenty of long conversations since Bishop tabbed Watson to lead the Ryder Cup team again.
American Tyler McCumber fired a 2-under 70 on Sunday and he ran away with a 5-shot victory at the Ecuador Open.
The Ryder Cup opening ceremony is in the books and with that the pairings for Friday's four-ball matches have been announced.
Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk are the veterans on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, having played 19 Cups combined. A key to their success this week at Gleneagles will be their playing partners.