FedExCup movers: Who's up, down after the Wells Fargo Championship

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Robert Karlsson, like Derek Ernst, got his season on track at Quail Hollow.
May 06, 2013
Chris Dunham,

The importance of Wells Fargo Championship week cannot be overstated for Derek Ernst.

The TOUR rookie, without a top-40 finish to his credit coming in, started the week as a fourth alternate and left it as a TOUR champion whose season, career and life had changed.

Ernst, who said his goal this season was to finish inside the FedExCup top 125 to gain job security for another year, now has a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR and, at 32nd in the latest standings, is in position to make a run at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with a chance to claim golf’s richest prize.

“This feeling is unbelievable right now,” Ernst said after his victory. “Just at the beginning of the week not even knowing I was going to be in the field. I was fourth alternate last time I heard, and then a couple people dropped out so I got in.

“It's a little sunk in, but I'm sure in a couple days it will be even more unbelievable than it is right now.”

Ernst’s journey from T196 to the brink of the top 30 wasn’t the only FedExCup boost we saw at Quail Hollow. Robert Karlsson, off to a slow start with no top-25s and four missed cuts in his first six starts, tied for fourth at the Wells Fargo to move to 140th in the latest standings. He’s now knocking on the door of the top 125 and a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Ross Fisher and Vaughn Taylor made jumps inside the top 125 while Bo Van Pelt notched his first top-10 finish of the 2013 campaign to pull himself inside the FedExCup top 100.

Taking the steepest hits, and dropping outside the top 125 this week, were Ben Curtis and Camilo Villegas. Both missed the cut at Quail Hollow but have a chance to get back on track this week at THE PLAYERS, where each has recorded a top-3 finish.

Below are the biggest movers, both up and down, following the Wells Fargo Championship.

Who's up
Rank Player Last Change Most recent finish
32 Derek Ernst T196 +164 Won the Wells Fargo Championship
140 Robert Karlsson 203 +63 T4 at the Wells Fargo Championship
25 David Lynn 72 +47 2nd at the Wells Fargo Championship
187 Robert Allenby 222 +35 T27 at the Wells Fargo Championship
77 Bo Van Pelt 102 +25 T6 at the Wells Fargo Championship
115 Ross Fisher T136 +21 T10 at the Wells Fargo Championship
145 Luke List 166 +21 T16 at the Wells Fargo Championship
123 Vaughn Taylor 144 +21 T10 at the Wells Fargo Championship
132 D.H. Lee 152 +20 T16 at the Wells Fargo Championship
58 Ryan Moore 78 +20 T6 at the Wells Fargo Championship
133 Henrik Norlander 153 +20 T16 at the Wells Fargo Championship
59 Kyle Stanley 79 +20 T6 at the Wells Fargo Championship
152 Scott Gardiner 170 +18 T22 at the Wells Fargo Championship
38 Lee Westwood 54 +16 T4 at the Wells Fargo Championship
81 Brian Harman 96 +15 T10 at the Wells Fargo Championship
Who's down
Rank Player Last Change Most recent
130 Ben Curtis T121 -9 MC at the Wells Fargo Championship
129 Camilo Villegas 120 -9 MC at the Wells Fargo Championship
40 Angel Cabrera 32 -8 71st at the Wells Fargo Championship
60 Stewart Cink 52 -8 T24 at the RBC Heritage
124 Retief Goosen 116 -8 T21 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
127 Greg Owen 119 -8 MC at the Wells Fargo Championship
158 Chez Reavie 150 -8 MC at the Wells Fargo Championship
134 Rory Sabbatini 126 -8 MC at the Wells Fargo Championship
159 D.J. Trahan 151 -8 MC at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
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