Tiger Woods reasserted himself as the king of the PGA TOUR yet again last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
His second consecutive win at the King’s palace, and sixth in the last 12 months, lifted Woods back to the top of the FedExCup standings. Woods has racked up three wins in five starts on the young season. None of this should come as a surprise for the two-time FedExCup champion. After all, he was No. 1 in the FedExCup standings entering the Playoffs a year ago and went on to finish second behind Brandt Snedeker in the season-long race.
Woods wasn’t the only FedExCup contender to have a big week at Bay Hill, though.
Justin Rose, who got off to a slower-than-usual start to his 2013 campaign, finished solo second at Bay Hill and moved from 54th to 17th in the latest standings. The Englishman is looking for his third consecutive season with a top-10 FedExCup finish.
Making the week’s biggest move was Mark Wilson, a former FedExCup leader. After missing four cuts in seven 2013 starts, Wilson broke through with his first top-10 of the year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Wilson’s tie for third allowed him to move up 52 spots from No. 110 to No. 58 in the latest standings.
Others with successful weeks include Ken Duke, Henrik Stenson, Ben Curtis, Vaughn Taylor and Retief Goosen. Each of those players made moves of more than 20 positions to get inside the top 125.
A PLAYERS champion and a number of major winners lost ground in the FedExCup race this week.
Stephen Ames, who won the 2006 PLAYERS Championship, was idle last week and lost 10 spots, falling to No. 118. Also losing significant ground were past major champions Rory McIlroy (123rd), Martin Kaymer (122nd), Y.E. Yang (T113th) and Padraig Harrington (109th).
Each of those competitors remains in the early projected Playoff picture but none can afford to fall much further back between now and the end of the PGA TOUR Season.
Below are the biggest movers, both up and down, following the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational.