FedExCup Movers: The Open Championship
July 21, 2014
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
- Still without a top 10 this season, Phil Mickelson checks in at 87th in the FedExCup. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy netted his seventh TOUR title and third major championship victory on Sunday that The Open Championship. With his win, McIlroy climbed to 11th in the FedExCup standings -- his best position since he finished the 2012 season No. 2.
If 2012 was any indication, McIlroy with momentum is very dangerous in the FedExCup chase. That year, he finished fifth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and won the PGA Championship entering the Playoffs, then added two Playoff victories to finish second to Brandt Snedeker in the FedExCup chase.
McIlroy may top the list, but the collection of movers from last week doesn't stop impressing there. Combined, the 11 competitors featured below have combined for 107 TOUR titles and 20 major championships. Granted, Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson have provided the bulk of those numbers but every movers has won on TOUR and seven are major champions.
Mickelson's top-10 drought reached 19 events dating back to last season's Deutsche Bank Championship when he tied for 23rd at Royal Liverpool. An opening 74 was too much for the defending champion to overcome. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson, at age 64, played the weekend at The Open and finished with a stellar 68, topping many of the game's biggest stars in the process.
Two movers to keep an eye on as the FedExCup Playoffs approach are South Africans Charl Schwartzel (currently 76th in the FedExCup standings) and Louis Oosthuizen (122nd). The former, who qualified for his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola a season ago, has three top 10s in his last four starts to start showing good form at the right time. Oosthuizen, always a threat when healthy, is hoping to get another run at the Playoffs, where he posted four top-25 finishes in his lone appearance (2012).
Click the images below for more information on this week's biggest movers. After clicking, you'll find more information on each player including last week's result, FedExCup standing before and after last week.