Chris Stroud finished fourth last
week in Mexico, allowing him to surge up the FedExCup
Leaders As the wild west fades into the TOUR’s rear view
mirror for now, the players shift time zones to Florida where they
will be wandering into the “Bear Trap.”
PGA National, the TOUR’s toughest non-major
track in 2010, greets the field at The Honda Classic. This
tough challenge comes two months into the season where players are
jockeying for position in the season-long race for the FedExCup.
BEST NEW ARRIVAL:
Last week’s winners, Luke Donald and
Johnson Wagner, debuted in this week’s FedExCup standings at
Nos. 9 and 31 respectively. Donald won the World Golf
Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship after missing the
cut in his first start of the year. Wagner, after a pair of missed
cuts, won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in his third 2011 start.
A solo fourth place finish at the Mayakoba
Golf Classic moved Chris Stroud up 74 spots from 188th to 114th in
the FedExCup standings. 2010 Nationwide Tour graduate Bobby Gates
and David Toms each made 40-plus-spot jumps after strong showings
in Mexico. Gates moved up 48 spots from 186th to 138th while David
Toms went from 149th to 106th after last week’s action.
Robert Karlsson, however, was the second-biggest mover, moving up
52 spots from 184th to 132nd in the FedExCup standings.
Last year’s Nationwide Tour Player of
the Year, Jamie Lovemark, dropped out of the top 200 in the
FedExCup standings after last week’s events. Lovemark, who
has missed three cuts and withdrawn once in his five starts, has 11
FedExCup points courtesy a T58 finish at the Farmers Insurance
Open. Jeff Maggert (133rd to 154th), Jason Gore (135th to 156th)
and Trevor Immelman (138th to 160th) were among the golfers falling
further away from the coveted 125th position in the standings.
Speaking of that bubble, here’s an all too early look. Sean
O’Hair jumped up to 124th after his T33 at the Accenture,
while Tag Ridings to 125th. Each of the aforementioned players will
be in the field this week at The Honda Classic.
MORE ON LAST WEEK’S WINNERS:
Donald debuted in ninth
place in the FedExCup standings with his vicory at the Accenture
Match Play Championship. A victory this week could vault him to No.
2 in the standings – a big boost compared to where he was
last year. Donald entered the 2010 PGA TOUR Playoffs for the
FedExCup at No. 22 in the standings, but climbed to No. 3 by the
end of the run on the strength of two second-place finishes.
Johnson Wagner, who won in Mexico, hasn’t made the Playoffs
since 2008, when he finished 60th. While his victory (and 250
FedExCup Points) don’t guarantee him a spot in the Playoffs,
only one winner who made more than 15 TOUR starts has ever failed
to make the top 125.