FedExCup movers: Who's up, down after the WGC-Bridgestone Inv., Reno-Tahoe OpenStill a Playoff long shot, Jonathan Byrd earned his best finish of 2013 in Reno.August 05, 2013
The PGA TOUR Season has reached its final month and the scramble for positions inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings -- netting players spots in the FedExCup Playoffs and status on TOUR for the 2013-14 season -- is as intense as it’s been all year.
Gary Woodland no longer has worries about his status after winning the Reno-Tahoe Open. The big-hitting former Rookie of the Year started last week’s event at No. 116 in the FedExCup standings but left Reno a champion, and 62 spots higher, with his Playoff spot and TOUR status both locked up.
Jonathan Byrd, who has been battling back from an injury that sidelined him for the first few months of the season, got his best result of 2013 with a runner-up finish in Reno. Byrd is still a long shot for the Playoffs, likely needing a solo-third-place finish or better at the Wyndham Championship in two weeks to qualify for the Playoffs.
Also on the move in Reno was Andres Romero, who may have secured his spot in the Playoffs with his runner-up showing. Romero entered the Modified Stableford tournament outside the cut line, in 136th but finished in 110th -- a great spot to occupy with just two weeks remaining in the PGA TOUR season.
One competitor whose FedExCup Playoff hopes haven’t been in doubt for months is Tiger Woods. Now a five-time winner on TOUR this year after his World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational victory, Woods has a commanding 786-point lead over Matt Kuchar in the race for the FedExCup.
While Woods was simply padding his advantage, Martin Kaymer was pulling into the Playoff picture. The 2010 PGA Champion climbed a dozen spots at Firestone to check in at No. 119 in the latest FedExCup Standings. That places the German just inside the Playoff cut line with just two weeks remaining before The Barclays get under way.
Below are all of the biggest movers, both up and down, following the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Reno-Tahoe Open.
Who's up Rank Player Last week Change Most recent finish 54 Gary Woodland 116 +62 Won the Reno-Tahoe Open 155 Jonathan Byrd 189 +34 T2 at the Reno-Tahoe Open 110 Andres Romero 136 +26 T2 at the Reno-Tahoe Open 205 Paul Casey 226 +21 T27 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 89 Brendan Steele 106 +17 4th at the Reno-Tahoe Open 191 Chris DiMarco 207 +16 9th at the Reno-Tahoe Open 62 Jason Dufner 78 +16 T4 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 230 Robert Gamez T246 +16 T39 at the Reno-Tahoe Open 165 David Mathis 179 +14 T5 at the Reno-Tahoe Open 95 Rory Sabbatini 109 +14 T7 at the Reno-Tahoe Open 228 Dean Wilson 242 +14 T46 at the Reno-Tahoe Open 119 Martin Kaymer 131 +12 T9 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 156 Seung-Yul Noh 168 +12 T7 at the Reno-Tahoe Open 140 Dicky Pride 152 +12 T5 at the Reno-Tahoe Open 202 Michael Bradley 213 +11 T26 at the Reno-Tahoe Open 50 Luke Donald 61 +11 T9 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 46 Jim Furyk 57 +11 T9 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 12 Henrik Stenson 23 +11 T2 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Who's down Rank Player Last week Change Most recent finish 63 Cameron Tringale 54 -9 T44 at the RBC Canadian Open 61 Tim Clark 53 -8 T44 at the Open Championship 59 Freddie Jacobson 52 -7 T44 at the Open Championship 125 Steven Bowditch 119 -6 MC at the Reno-Tahoe Open 166 Tim Herron 160 -6 MC at the FedEx St. Jude Classic 198 Steve Marino 192 -6 MC at the FedEx St. Jude Classic 120 George McNeill 114 -6 DQ at the RBC Canadian Open 197 Kevin Na 191 -6 59th at the Masters Tournament 194 Alistair Presnell 188 -6 MC at the Reno-Tahoe Open 57 Kyle Stanley 51 -6 T12 at the RBC Canadian Open