FedExCup Update: Who's on the move
August 21, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- After a first-round 66, Paul Casey is in position to make up serious ground in the FedExCup standings. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
PARAMUS, N.J. -- Paul Casey needed to play well in the final week of the PGA TOUR season just to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. Now that he’s in, he wants to make it all the way to next month’s finale at East Lake.
After a bogey-free 5-under 66 Thursday at The Barclays, he’s off to a good start. Casey is just a stroke back of the lead and projected to catapult from 118th in points to 37th.
“Just getting here this week was very much a goal of mine, and I actually felt quite flat Monday through Wednesday,” he said. “I wasn't sure what I was practicing for. I was just kind of going through the motions. Not until I really got out here today, did I feel that I had sort of realigned myself with a goal for the week.”
He also has another goal: Retaining his European Tour card, which will be difficult to do because he’s still four events short of the minimum. His fiancée is also due with a child in two weeks, then there’s the matter of the FedExCup, and he wants to play a couple of TOUR events in the fall.
“My schedule is still fluid,” Casey said. “I think that's the most difficult thing.
“The ideal scenario would be get myself into the TOUR championship, if I could, as soon as possible, maybe take a week or two off, and then come back. And if that doesn't happen, the other goals of still trying to get as high in the FedExCup as I can … that's a massive goal.”
Here’s a closer look at who moved in, and out, of the top 100, which is the cutoff for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship:
Projected to move inside the top 100 after Round 1 at The Barlcays
Player FEC Position Entering Barclays Score Projected Standing Bo Van Pelt 104 65 1 Paul Casey 118 66 37 Danny Lee 116 67 69 Ricky Barnes 105 68 79 Jhonattan Vegas 108 69 89 Stewart Cink 109 69 90 Troy Merritt 111 69 92 David Toms 112 69 93
Projected to fall out of the top 100 after Round 1 at The Barlcays
Player FEC Position Entering Barclays Score Projected Standing Luke Guthrie 95 71 102 Geoff Ogilvy 90 73 103 Jonas Blixt 92 75 104 Kevin Kisner 93 73 105 Nick Watney 94 76 106 Rory Sabbatini 97 76 108 Stuart Appleby 98 73 109 Brian Davis 100 73 111
Any player in the top 5 of the FedExCup standings entering the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola would win the FedExCup by winning at East Lake. Here’s a look at the current projected all-important top 5 after the first round of The Barclays
Player FEC Position Entering Barclays Projected points from Barclays Score Projected FEC total Bo Van Pelt 104 2500 65 3018 Rory McIlroy 1 0 74 2582 Jim Furyk 5 697 66 2548 Jimmy Walker 2 36 71 2493 Bubba Watson 3 246 68 2418