FedExCup movers: John Deere Classic
July 15, 2014
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
- Jhonattan Vegas's move was key in more than one way. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Brian Harman became the TOUR's tenth first-time winner of the 2013-14 season when he held off Zach Johnson to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday. For his efforts, Harman moved to No. 14 in the latest FedExCup standings -- easily his best position at this point in any season on TOUR -- and an opportunity to build on his momentum. Harman's victory earned him the final spot in this week's Open Championship field.
Joining Harman as a significant mover was Jhonattan Vegas, whose 44-position jump up the rankings to 110th was big on a couple levels. In addition to being the week's biggest mover, Vegas completed the requirements of his Major Medical Extension to regain full status on TOUR for the remainder of this season. In reality, Vegas is on to phase two of his quest to regain TOUR membership.
The exemption he earned will take him through the campaign, but Vegas will need to hold his top 125 position to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs and keep his card for 2014-15. Vegas likely has three opportunities -- the RBC Canadian Open, Barracuda Championship and Wyndham Championship -- to earn enough points to stay in the Playoff picture while a number of his opponents will have additional opportunities at the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.
Should he fall outside the top 125, Vegas would still have an opportunity to regain TOUR status via the Web.com Tour Finals.
Speaking of the Web.com Tour Finals, both D.H. Lee and Dicky Pride climbed into position for the Finals last week at TPC Deere Run. The top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list are joined by Nos. 126-200 in the FedExCup standings to compete for 50 TOUR cards via the four-week series.
Click the images below for more information on this week's 10 biggest movers. After clicking, you'll find more information on each player including last week's result, FedExCup standing before and after last week.