FedExCup movers: Who's up, down following the Open, Sanderson FarmsJuly 22, 2013
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
Two droughts came to a conclusion on the PGA TOUR on Sunday. For Open champion Phil Mickelson, he completed the third leg of a career Grand Slam by winning golf’s oldest major in his 20th attempt. Stateside, Woody Austin ended a six-year winless spell with his Sanderson Farms victory title.
Mickelson moved from fourth to second in the latest FedExCup standings, closing to within 363 points of leader Tiger Woods. Austin, who had previously accumulated no FedExCup points in 2013, makes his first appearance in the standings at No. 130. Both were significant changes but neither qualifies as one of the week’s biggest moves.
The honor of top mover this week goes to Henrik Stenson, who was a runner up at the Open Championship to move into 22nd in the season-long FedExCup race. It was Stenson’s fourth top-10 finish of the year and his second runner-up finish.
Also on the move were Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, who each tied for third at Muirfield. Poulter moves safely into the Playoff picture at No. 68 while Westwood greatly improved his FedExCup stock with a move to 31st in the latest standings.
At the Sanderson Farms Championship, Daniel Summerhays continued his climb up the FedExCup ranks with a tie for second at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Summerhays, now 65th in the FedExCup standings, was 124th -- just one spot inside the Playoff cut line -- three weeks ago and now finds himself locked into one of the 125 spots in The Barclays field.
Also on the move at Annandale were Bill Lunde and Chad Campbell, who each tied for seventh. Lunde picked up 14 spots to reside at 178th this week while Campbell moved a dozen positions into 136th.
Below are the biggest movers, both up and down, following the Open Championship and the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Who's up Rank Player Last week Change Most recent finish 22 Henrik Stenson T58 +36 2nd at the Open Championship 68 Ian Poulter 95 +27 T3 at the Open Championship 31 Lee Westwood 57 +26 T3 at the Open Championship 65 Daniel Summerhays 86 +21 T2 at the Sanderson Farms Championship 85 Justin Leonard 100 +15 T13 at the Open Championship 178 Bill Lunde 192 +14 T7 at the Sanderson Farms Championship 90 Ernie Els 103 +13 T26 at the Open Championship 136 Chad Campbell 148 +12 T7 at the Sanderson Farms Championship 197 Billy Mayfair 208 +11 T9 at the Sanderson Farms Championship 30 Angel Cabrera 39 +9 T11 at the Open Championship 174 Fred Couples 182 +8 T32 at the Open Championship 62 Sergio Garcia 70 +8 T21 at the Open Championship 76 Nicholas Thompson 84 +8 4th at the Sanderson Farms Championship Who's down Rank Player Last week Change Most recent finish 248 Arjun Atwal 234 -14 W/D from the Sanderson Farms Championship T249 Ted Purdy 235 -14 MC at the Sanderson Farms Championship 245 Lee Janzen 233 -12 MC at the Sanderson Farms Championship 242 Dean Wilson 232 -10 T66 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship T240 Alexandre Rocha 231 -9 T66 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship 183 Robert Allenby 175 -8 MC at John Deere Classic 41 Brian Gay 33 -8 T61 at the John Deere Classic 181 Aaron Watkins 173 -8 MC at the Sanderson Farms Championship 35 Sang-moon Bae 28 -7 MC at the AT&T National 150 Tom Gillis 143 -7 T54 at the John Deere Classic 235 Andres Gonzales 228 -7 MC at the Sanderson Farms Championship 234 Neal Lancaster 227 -7 76th at the Greenbrier Classic 37 David Lingmerth 30 -7 T9 at The Greenbrier Classic 38 John Merrick 31 -7 MC at the AT&T National 39 Ryan Palmer 32 -7 T62 at The Greenbrier Classic 42 Michael Thompson 35 -7 MC at the Open Championship