It took 186 starts plus 74 holes for Ken Duke to join the ranks of PGA TOUR champions but the 44-year-old finally arrived Sunday at the Travelers Championship.
It’s not all that surprising to see Duke’s name among this season’s list of TOUR champions. After all, he’s now scored eight top-10s and 13 top-25s in his last 49 starts after the last two years. This after two years off the PGA TOUR and just a dozen top 10s in 130 starts prior to that.
Duke’s successes have taken him to unprecedented heights in the FedExCup chase. He moved from 95th to 20th in the latest standings, marking his highest placement in the FedExCup ranks during any PGA TOUR season. He managed to spend a week at No. 18 during the 2008 Playoffs en route to his career-best 22nd-place final standing. With the current state of his game, Duke could be in position to improve upon that number this year.
Joining Duke in Sunday’s playoff and earning his first career top-3 finish was Chris Stroud, who picked up 50 spots to sit 34th in the latest FedExCup standings. Stroud, who has never posted more than four top-10 finishes in a season now has three in his last seven starts as he has ascended to his best career post-January standing in the FedExCup race.
Also on the move this week was Morgan Hoffmann, up 23 spots to 125th in the FedExCup race. The rookie tied for fifth at TPC River Highlands and, if the PGA TOUR Season ended today, would occupy the final spot in the 125-man field at The Barclays. This marks Hoffmann’s first trip inside the top 125 since late January. He has since made just five cuts but posted four top-25 finishes, making the most of his opportunities.
J.J. Henry, who occupied the 125th-spot this time a week ago, tied for fifth at the Travelers Championship to reach 102nd in the latest FedExCup standings. The Connecticut-born Texan has qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs each of the last five years and played exactly two events in each trip.
Below are the biggest movers, both up and down, following the Travelers Championship.