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.