The match play maestro himself made the most substantial FedExCup move of all during the week of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Ian Poulter won four matches before dropping two on the final day to finish fourth at Dove Mountain and earn 140 FedExCup points -- good enough to move him from a tie for 99th to 32nd in the latest standings. Poulter, who was featured in last week’s “FedExCup spotlight,” has never qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola but has knocked on the door three times. He’s in a good early position to make yet another run at his first trip to East Lake.
Europeans Nicolas Colsaerts, Peter Hanson, Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald used the WGC stage to launch into their FedExCup campaigns, each of them making moves of more than 35 spots up the ranks. Of that group, Colsaerts was the only one to win two matches. The others were eliminated in the second round.
The one player to not suffer a defeat this week at Dove Mountain, Matt Kuchar, jumped 19 spots from 21st to 2nd in the latest FedExCup standings. Kuchar added the Match Play title to his PLAYERS Championship (2012) and Barclays (2010) victories in recent years to continue to build one of the TOUR’s more impressive resumes.
A FedExCup runner-up in 2010 and top-20 finisher each of the last two years, Kuchar figures to be a factor in the FedExCup picture for years to come. His victory at Dove Mountain was the earliest on the calendar of any of his TOUR victories and could be a harbinger of big things on the horizon.
Below are the biggest movers, both up and down, following the World Golf Championships-Acceutnre Match Play Championship.