No. 1 watch: THE PLAYERS Championship

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A second PLAYERS victory would send World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Phil Mickelson to the top of the FedExCup standings.
May 08, 2012
Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM

Golf's greatest stadium welcomes one of the world's strongest fields for THE PLAYERS Championship this week.

THE PLAYERS boasts 49 of the top 50 in the FedExCup standings and 89 of the top 100 in the season-long race.

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With that many of the top-ranked players gathering in one place, there's bound to be a wealth of movement up and down the ranks. one spot in particular that is up for grabs is the No. 1 position, currently held by Hunter Mahan.

Mahan, who took over the top spot following his victory at the Shell Houston Open, is the only player on TOUR with multiple 2012 victories. A victory for anyone else currently ranked inside the top 17 in the standings, however, could end Mahan's six-week reign atop the standings.

Closest in pursuit of Mahan is Rory McIlroy, the FedExCup No. 3 and world's top-ranked player. In five TOUR starts this season, McIlroy has just one finish outside the top 3. In two career PLAYERS starts, however, he has two missed cuts.

Two players with successful records, and victories, at TPC Sawgrass have a chance to catch Mahan this week. Tiger Woods (No. 13) and Phil Mickelson (No. 4), who went into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday, are within striking distance. Woods, the 2001 champion and Mickelson, the 2007 champion, have 32 starts and 15 top-25 finishes between them at TPC Sawgrass.

Potential No. 1s and their past performances at THE PLAYERS
FedExCup
points
Points
back
Starts Cuts
made
Wins Top 10s Top 25s Best
finish
Last
appearance
1. Hunter Mahan 1,395 --- 6 4 0 1 2 T6-2011 T6-2011
3. Rory McIlroy 1,290 -105 2 0 0 0 0 MC-2010 MC-2010
4. Phil Mickelson 1,178 -217 18 14 1 3 7 Won-2007 T33-2011
5. Carl Pettersson 1,135 -260 7 4 0 1 1 T8-2006 T33-2011
6. Johnson Wagner 1,060 -335 3 2 0 0 0 T54-2008 MC-2011
7. Justin Rose 1,018 -377 8 4 0 0 1 T22-2009 T45-2011
8. Kyle Stanley 964 -431 0 - - - - N/A N/A
T9. Jason Dufner 932 -463 3 2 0 1 1 T6-2011 T6-2011
T9. Mark Wilson 932 -463 5 2 0 0 0 T45-2008 MC-2011
11. Luke Donald 895 -500 9 6 0 2 3 T2-2005 T4-2011
12. Brandt Snedeker 888 -507 4 1 0 0 1 T12-2007 MC-2011
13. Tiger Woods 875 -520 14 13 1 4 8 Won-2001 W/D-2011
14. Bill Haas 865 -530 5 2 0 0 0 T39-2010 MC-2011
15. Rickie Fowler 856 -539 2 0 0 0 0 MC-2011 MC-2011
16. Steve Stricker 834 -561 15 8 0 1 6 T6-1999 T12-2011
17. Keegan Bradley 795 -600 1 1 0 0 0 72-2011 72-2011

Here's a look at the 16 players who could be atop the FedExCup standings following THE PLAYERS and how they've fared in their previous trips to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass:

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