MOVERS IN PICTURES: Top FedExCup movers from the OHL Classic at Mayakoba
The fall portion of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season concluded Sunday with Harris English winning the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. While Harris English won and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, he didn't crack the top 10 movers of the week. Click through this gallery to see who had big weeks in Mexico.
MOVERS IN PICTURES: Top FedExCup movers from The McGladrey Classic
A number of competitors made significant gains in the FedExCup race last week at The McGladrey Classic. Among them were 2010 champion Heath Slocum (pictured), this year's top three Chris Kirk, Briny Baird and Tim Clark, as well as the week's biggest mover -- someone who picked up his first top-10 finish since summer 2012. Click through this gallery to see who it was, and all 12 of the week's top movers.
FEDEXCUP MOVERS: The week's top 10
The first FedExCup Season events contested in Asia are now in the rear view mirror and the 2013-14 season returns to the United States for The McGladrey Classic. Before we move forward, here’s a look at the top 10 biggest movers up the FedExCup ranks at last week’s World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. To be eligible, a player must have earned at least one FedExCup point prior to this week.
One player on the move was Bubba Watson, who tied for eighth at Sheshan for his best result since the Travelers Championship in June. Among the others on the way up were Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia. Click through this gallery to see the top 10 movers from the HSBC Champions.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
The FedExCup Season made its first ever stop in Asia last week at the CIMB Classic with Ryan Moore emerging victorious.
Among the others taking advantage of the full compliment of FedExCup points available in Malaysia were Stewart Cink (who moved from 104th to 45th in the standings), Bryce Molder (94th to 44th) and Jerry Kelly (84th to 49th).
Click through this gallery to check out the top 10 movers of the week.
Thirty players came through the par-3 18th on Saturday and none were able to card a birdie, just the sixth time in tournament history this has happened, and provides the Stat of the Day presented by CDW.
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
TPC Boston has undergone a series of tweaks and improvements over the years, but for the sake of this feature, we'll call it a wash in the long term. It's been host of the Deutsche Bank Championship since 2003, but played similarly since Gil Hanse went to work in 2006 as the dawn of FedExCup approached. The course was shortened 208 yards to 7,207. It's played no longer than 7,216 since, and will again this week. It's always been a par 71.
The course setup and the timing of the tournament requires the field of 100 to play aggressively and leave nothing in the bag. TPC Boston is annually among the easiest third to pick off eagles and birdies, so the mentality is to go low. With generous fairways, greens that average 6,500 square feet and putting surfaces prepped to run a welcome 11.5 on the Stimpmeter, it's no wonder that the average winning aggregate since 2007 is 265.33 or nearly 19 under.
Long hitters have thrived, evidenced by Phil Mickelson (fourth in distance) in 2007, Charley Hoffman (10th) in 2010 and defending champion Rory McIlroy (T5), but Steve Stricker (38th in 2009) and Webb Simpson (40th in 2011) have also flourished. As you'd expect with shootouts, hitting fairways en route to victory is often more coincidental than pivotal.
Turning our attention to scoring opportunities, as we've learned throughout the year in this space, success is more often defined by putting, not piling up greens in regulation. Hot putting overcomes wayward irons just as long as there's a competitive balance between conversions and mis-hits. While three of the last six winners have finished inside the top 10 in GIR the week they won (versus only two cracking the top 10 in strokes gained-putting), putting remains the primary factor. All six winners of the Deutsche Bank Championship during the FedExCup era ranked among the top 10 in scrambling.
On a course where the field understands that escaping with pars every so often is different than grinding out the same on a more difficult venue, it knows that it can -- and has to -- keep the pedal down to make noise.
TPC Boston may be the perfect venue to host a PGA TOUR event on a holiday weekend. It produces plenty of excitement. The Deutsche Bank Championship site is among the annual leaders in hole-outs and length of putts made.
Consider these statistics:
-- There have been 673 hole-outs at TPC Boston since 2003. TPC Boston has been inside the top 10 on TOUR for most hole-outs in each of the past 10 years. There were 64 hole-outs at TPC Boston last year, ninth-most on TOUR.
-- TPC Boston ranked fifth-easiest on TOUR last year for putting percentage from 10-15 feet (32.53%).
-- TPC Boston had the fourth-highest average of feet of putts made per round (76’7”).
Here's a look at how TPC Boston played in 2012:
How has the Deutsche Bank Championship been one each of the last five years? In a variety of ways, at least looking at the statistics. Here is breakdown of each of the last five winners at TPC Boston.
Since 2009, 28 players have advanced 30 or more positions in the FedExCup standings based on their play at The Barclays (most of any of the first three FedExCup Playoff events). The largest move at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (since 2009) was 24 spots by Bill Haas, who went from 25th to 1st with his victory in 2011 en route to winning the FedExCup.
By Jessica Rangel, PGATOUR.COM
Heading into the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, there are three players who are capable of becoming the new leader in the FedExCup standings. Although the current leader Tiger Woods is playing, a faulty performance could open the door for Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker or Phil Mickelson.
Below includes the current standings, how many points behind the lead, and a ‘what if’ first place scenario.
||No. 1 Scenarios
|2. Matt Kuchar
||Win or solo second
|3. Brandt Snedeker
||Win or solo second
|4. Phil Mickelson