The PGA TOUR Season has reached its midway point with 18 events in the books and 18 remaining before we reach the 2013 FedExCup Playoffs.
It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that Brandt Snedeker was hoisting the FedExCup trophy after claiming the sixth title in cup history. Now No. 2 in the standings, Snedeker remains a factor in the competiton. As does 2012 third-place finisher Tiger Woods, who leads the competition at the season's halfway mark. Phil Mickelson (No. 9) joins those two as the only players to finish 2012 inside the top 10 and find their way inside that number again at this point in the 2013 season.
On the other end of the spectrum, one of 2012's final top 10 wouldn't even qualify for the FedExCup playoffs were the season to end today. Louis Oosthuizen, who had five top-5 finishes including two in the Playoffs en route to a seventh-place final standing a year ago checks in this week at No. 133 in the standings -- eight spots out of the Playoff picture.
Oosthuizen has missed three cuts in six starts (just four of which featured cuts) with his best finish a tie for 10th at the Shell Houston Open. He earned more than his current 148-point total in six different starts last year.
On the other end of the spectrum, Billy Horschel is the only player to go from outside the Playoffs in 2012 to inside the top 10 at the midway point of 2013. Horschel, who finished 143rd in the final 2012 FedExCup standings was 212th at this point a year ago. He checks in this week at No. 3 following his victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans -- a 209-position improvement.
Horschel isn't the only big mover thus far in 2013. A total of nine competitors are more than 100 spots better now than they were a year ago at this time and six have made their moves without the benefit of a victory.
|Biggest movers: Midway points 2012 to 2013|
On the other side of the coin, seven players have dropped more than 100 positions from where they stood at this point a year ago. Oosthuizen's 112-position fall is far from the steepest.
Jonathan Byrd, who spent the offseason and early portions of this season recovering from surgery on his left wrist, has made just four starts and one cut in the first half of 2013. The five-time TOUR winner sits at 220th in the FedExCup standings after sitting 63rd at this point in 2012.
Maybe a trip to this week's Wells Fargo Championship is just what the doctor ordered for Byrd. He's racked up three top-10 finishes in his last four trips to Quail Hollow including a playoff runner-up finish to Lucas Glover in 2011.
|Biggest drops: Midway points 2012 to 2013|
If the season were to end today, 17 competitors who did not qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs a year ago would be in the field at The Barclays. Here's a glance at those players who are in early position to head to the Playoffs after watching from home (or other tours) in 2012 (rookies are in bold).
|Players inside the top 125 who didn't make the 2012 Playoffs|