Movers: DeLaet, Palmer, Dufner have big weeks

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April 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.

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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
# - In the Wells Fargo Championship field as of 4/29
* - Alternate for the Wells Fargo Championship as of 4/29

Below are the biggest movers -- both up and down -- following the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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