FedExCup update: Biggest changes at the midway point

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Billy Horschel's improved play has been one of the big stories of the 2013 season.
May 01, 2013
Chris Dunham,

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
Change
Player
Current rank
2012 halfway rank
2012 Finish
+209
Billy Horschel
3
212
143
+179
Tim Clark
27
206
56
+174
Charlie Beljan
49 223
160
+153
Scott Brown
36
189
163
+134
John Merrick
24
158
72
+121
Angel Cabrera
32
153
172
+112
Jason Day
15
127
87
+107
Chris Kirk
18
125
49
+105
Richard H. Lee
68
173
149
+94
Adam Scott
6
100
25
+93
Josh Teater
28
121
73
+77
Stewart Cink
52
129
139
+76
Kevin Streelman
5
81
112
+73
Matt Jones
61
134
184

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
Change
Player
Current rank
2012 halfway rank
2012 Finish
-157
Jonathan Byrd
220
63
82
-152
Robert Allenby
222
70
118
-137
Kevin Na
160
23
52
-136
Colt Knost
186
50
120
-134
J.B. Holmes
209
75
48
-112
Louis Oosthuizen
133
21
7
-108
Johnson Wagner
113
5
36
-97
Ben Curtis
121
24
41
-96
Tom Gillis
160
64
40
-89
John Mallinger
149
60
101
-88
Sean O'Hair
129
41
81
-87
Matt Every
115
28
67
-85
Ben Crane
105
20
66
-84
Rod Pampling
183
99
107
-83
Brendon Todd
196
113
146
-82
Bud Cauley
121
39
38
-79
Zach Johnson
97
18
12
-79
Jeff Maggert
157
78
116
-72
Will Claxton
184
112
102
-71
Carl Pettersson
75
4
24
-71
Kyle Stanley
79
8
31
-70
John Huh
87
17
25

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
12 Russell Henley 30 Luke Guthrie 44 Brian Stuard
51 James Hahn 58 Lucas Glover 66 Davd Lingmerth
72 David Lynn 82 Nicholas Thompson 88 Scott Langley
90 Peter Hanson 91 Justin Hicks 93 Brad Fritsch
98 Ben Kohles 103 Nicolas Colsaerts 104 Fabian Gomez
106 Doug Labelle II 110 Robert Streb  
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