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August 27 2010

4:58 PM

FedExCup notes for afternoon players

Here are a few notes on key players who began their second rounds in the afternoon:

TIGER WOODS: Has yet to rank better than 100th in his 20 weeks ranked in the 2010 FedExCup standings. He moved to 100th (best rank of season) after a T4 at the U.S. Open but has since fallen back to 112th. Woods, the first-round co-leader after an opening 65, could potentially crack the top 30 this week with a fourth or better finish at week's end. In order for Tiger to advance to the top 100, he’ll likely need to finish between 50th and 57th.

VAUGHN TAYLOR: Has not ranked worse than 74th in the standings in the 33 weeks of the regular season on the strength of five top-10s. Taylor, the first-round co-leader after a 6-under 65, is looking to make THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola for the first time in the FedExCup era. His previous best finish in the standings was 63rd at the end of the inaugural FedExCup season in 2007.

RYAN PALMER: One of six players to have held the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings at any point during the 2010 regular season (weeks 2-3). After ranking inside the top 30 for the first 21 weeks of the regular season, Palmer fell outside after missing five consecutive cuts. However, Palmer righted the ship with a runner-up at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, moving back inside the top 30 entering the PLAYOFFS.

BRIAN GAY: Currently ranked 51st in the standings, Gay is looking to make THE TOUR Championship for the second consecutive season. Last year, Gay finished 21st in the standings. He has not ranked worse than 63rd in any week during the regular season (all 33 weeks inside top 70).

CAMILO VILLEGAS: Currently ranked 15th in the standings, Villegas is one of five players with two or more victories in the Playoffs. Villegas is also tied with Steve Stricker for most top 10s in the Playoffs (each have seven). In 2008, his best showing in the FedExCup, Villegas vaulted 40 spots in the standings during the Playoffs thanks to his back-to-back wins at the BWM Championship and THE TOUR Championship.

MATT KUCHAR: Currently 9th, Matt Kuchar is the second-highest ranked player on TOUR without a win this year (behind Jeff Overton). Kuchar has a TOUR-leading and career-best nine top 10s in his 21 starts of the 2010 regular season. Kuchar has not ranked worse than 12th in the standings in the 33 weeks of the regular season.

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