Movers: DeLaet, Palmer, Dufner have big weeksApril 30, 2012
Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
Graham DeLaet's return is looking like a successful one.
A rookie in 2010, DeLaet had a solid campaign that saw him qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. Injuries limited DeLaet to just two starts on TOUR last year but he's back to playing a full schedule -- and in position to qualify for the Playoffs -- this year.
DeLaet's tie for fourth at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, his second top 10 of the year, made him the week's biggest mover with a 44-position surge to No. 77. That's his highest ranking since before he made his second start of the season.
Also making a move was Ryan Palmer, whose tie for fourth was his first top 10 of the year and pushed him to No. 59 in the latest FedExCup standings -- his highest ranking of the 2012 season.
Jason Dufner, a winner at TPC Louisiana, earned not just the first victory of his career, but also his second penetration into the FedExCup top 10. His position at No. 9 only falls short of his brief stint at No. 7 following last year's runner-up finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Making the biggest move in the wrong direction was Jonathan Byrd. Idle last week, Byrd was passed by nine people in the standings and currently sits at No. 63. Don't be surprised do see Byrd regain those spots this week at the Wells Fargo Championship. He's finished inside the top 5 in two of the last years at Quail Hollow.
Byrd won't be the only player looking to climb back up the ranks this week. Of those who fell seven spots or more last week, 10 are scheduled to compete at Quail Hollow.
Who's up Rank Player Last week Change Most recent finish 77 Graham DeLaet 121 +44 T4 at the Zurich Classic 59 Ryan Palmer 91 +32 T4 at the Zurich Classic T9 Jason Dufner 38 +29 Won the Zurich Classic T193 Fred Funk 221 +28 T30 at the Zurich Classic 136 David Mathis# 164 +28 T10 at the Zurich Classic 163 Russell Knox* 190 +27 T30 at the Zurich Classic 115 Jonas Blixt# 140 +25 T13 at the Zurich Classic 19 Ernie Els 43 +24 P2 a the Zurich Classic 119 Camilo Villegas# 142 +23 T18 at the Zurich Classic 55 Ken Duke# 73 +18 T7 at the Zurich Classic 56 Rickie Fowler# 72 +16 T10 at the Zurich Classic 75 J.B. Holmes# 88 +13 T13 at the Zurich Classic 101 David Hearn# 113 +12 T24 at the Zurich Classic 105 Bobby Gates# 116 +11 T24 at the Zurich Classic 45 Jeff Overton# 56 +11 T18 at the Zurich Classic 124 Kyle Reifers# 135 +11 T45 at the Zurich Classic 48 Jimmy Walker# 59 +11 T18 at the Zurich Classic Who's down Rank Player Last week Change Most recent finish 63 Jonathan Byrd# 54 -9 T27 at the Masters 61 Harris English# 53 -8 MC at the Zurich Classic 107 Marc Leishman# 99 -8 MC at the Valero Texas Open 123 Justin Leonard 115 -8 MC at the Zurich Classic 60 John Mallinger 52 -8 MC at the Zurich Classic 106 Gary Woodland# 98 -8 W/D at the Masters 138 Stephen Ames# 131 -7 MC at the Zurich Classic 104 Kevin Chappell# 97 -7 W/D at the Valero Texas Open 92 Padraig Harrington 85 -7 MC at the RBC Heritage 108 Trevor Immelman# 101 -7 MC at the Zurich Classic 57 Dustin Johnson 50 -7 T25 at the WGC-Cadillac 58 Bryce Molder 51 -7 MC at the Zurich Classic 99 Rod Pampling 92 -7 MC at the Zurich Classic 117 Dicky Pride# 110 -7 MC at the Valero Texas Open 100 Adam Scott 93 -7 T8 at the Masters 121 Josh Teater# 114 -7 MC at the Zurich Classic 113 Brendon Todd# 106 -7 MC at the Zurich Classic 116 Y.E. Yang 109 -7 T57 at the Masters
Below are the biggest movers -- both up and down -- following the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.