FedExCup Movers: Who's up, down after the Northern Trust Open

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February 18, 2013

John Merrick broke through for his first PGA TOUR victory Sunday at the Northern Trust Open and moved to No. 4 in the season-long FedExCup race. This isn’t Merrick’s first foray into the FedExCup top 5, however.

Merrick was a 2009 runner-up in the Bob Hope Classic (now the Humana Challenge) and cracked the top 5 for the first, and only previous, time that week. Merrick would add top-10 finishes at three other events -- including the Masters and the PGA Championship -- that season but would only qualify for two legs of the FedExCup Playoffs before bowing out in 75th position.

Merrick’s best career FedExCup result was a 40th-place finish in 2008. He was 87th after the Northern Trust Open that year so now he’ll get a head start on trying to improve upon that mark.

While Merrick’s 96-position vault from 100th to fourth was substantial, NTO runner-up Charlie Beljan’s 102-spot move from 115th to 13th was the week’s biggest. Beljan, who earned his maiden victory last year at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, had missed four cuts in four starts since his T23 at the Hyndai Tournament of Champions but got right back on track with a stellar showing at Riviera.

Also making moves were Fredrik Jacobson -- who now has back-to-back top-10s since missing the cut in his season debut -- and 2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk.

Below are the biggest movers, both up and down, following the Northern Trust Open.

Who's up
Rank Player Last Change Last start
13 Charlie Beljan T115 +102 2nd at the Northern Trust Open
4 John Merrick 100 +96 Won the Northern Trust Open
25 Fredrik Jacobson 75 +50 T3 at the Northern Trust Open
83 Jim Furyk T129 +46 T13 at the Northern Trust Open
65 Greg Chalmers 110 +45 T10 at the Northern Trust Open
47 Sang-Moon-Bae 90 +43 T8 at the Northern Trust Open
80 Seung-Yul  Noh T122 +42 T16 at the Northern Trust Open
106 Lee Westwood 148 +42 T21 at the Northern Trust Open
69 Stewart Cink 101 +32 T27 at the Northern Trust Open
139 Trevor Immelman T167 +28 T38 at the Northern Trust Open
66 Graham DeLaet 93 +27 T21 at the Northern Trust Open
82 Greg Owen 107 +25 T27 at the Northern Trust Open
110 Angel Cabrera 134 +24 T33 at the Northern Trust Open
Who's down
Rank Player Last Change Last start
88 Erik Compton 70 -18 MC at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
90 David Hearn 72 -18 MC at the Northern Trust Open
87 Bo Van Pelt 69 -18 MC at the Northern Trust Open
84 Doug Labelle II 67 -17 T30 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
T85 Gary Woodland 68 -17 MC at the Northern Trust Open
92 Jonas Blixt 77 -15 MC at the Northern Trust Open
124 Sean O'Hair 109 -15 W/D at the Northern Trust Open
121 Chez Reavie 106 -15 T62 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
91 John Senden 76 -15 MC at the Northern Trust Open
123 Robert Streb 108 -15 MC at the Northern Trust Open
111 Peter Tomasulo T96 -15 T50 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
128 Lee Williams 113 -15 MC at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
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