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.
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.
|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|
|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.