PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- “Golf’s Greatest Stadium” produced some of the PGA TOUR Season’s highest drama as a topsy-turvy final 90 minutes of THE PLAYERS Championship unfolded with Tiger Woods emerging as the 2013 champion.
In that timeframe, Jeff Maggert, David Lingmerth, Sergio Garcia, Kevin Streelman, Ryan Palmer Henrik Stenson and Martin Laird all had to feel as if they had an opportunity to claim the title. The final stretch of holes knocked down contenders one-by-one and Tiger Woods -- one of two players listed above to play the closing stretch without a blemish on the scorecard -- finished the day posing with his second trophy at the PGA TOUR’s signature event.
Maggert’s bid to become the oldest champion in PLAYERS history at age 49 came to a halt when his tee shot on the par-3 17th came up short and went into the water hazard. He settled for a share of second place and an 88-position move up the FedExCup ranks into the top 100. Maggert has never finished a season better than 102nd.
Joining him in second, and also making a strong move, was TOUR rookie David Lingmerth, who played in Sunday’s final pairing. Lingmerth moved up 40 spots from 71st to 31st in the latest FedExCup standings after his second runner-up finish of this season (Humana Challenge).
Also making moves and now knocking on the door of the top 125 were Casey Wittenberg (now 127th) and Tim Herron (126th). Wittenberg, grouped with Woods on Sunday, finished tied for eighth at TPC Sawgrass while Tim Herron tied for 15th.
Below are the biggest movers, both up and down, following the 2013 PLAYERS.