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March 16 2011

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FedExCup Update: Transitions

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Another good showing could put Stephen Ames into the FedExCup top 50.
MORE FEDEXCUP: Complete Standings | Weekly Leaders After the TOUR dividing its membership between two events in two of the last three weeks, all active players reconvene at Innisbrook for the Transitions Championship. BUILDING MOMENTUM: We saw at the Honda Classic what a good result in an opposite field event can do when the schedule shifts back to a single-event week. Rory Sabbatini, who posted a 5-under 66 in the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic to slide into a tie for fifth, followed it up with a big victory at The Honda Classic. He currently sits at No. 5 in the FedExCup standings. Charles Howell III and Tommy Gainey each were in the top 20 in Mexico, then in the top 10 at PGA National. WHO’S NEXT?: Stephen Ames moved into a tie for third with a final-round 66 last week in Puerto Rico and tied for sixth last year at Innisbrook. He moved to 79th in the FedExCup standings and could make another moved with a good showing. Hunter Haas (FedExCup: 50th) has three consecutive top-35 finishes including a T3 last week in Puerto Rico while Bobby Gates (FedExCup: 113th) has finished T5 and solo sixth in the last two opposite field events. Keep an eye on these under-the-radar players with momentum this week. BEST NEW ARRIVAL: Aron Price made his first cut in four starts last week in Puerto Rico and entered the standings in 197th place. Price has just missed the Playoffs each of the last two years, finishing 129th and 136th. BIGGEST MOVERS: Puerto Rico Open champion Michael Bradley bounded 114 spots up the standings from 147th to 33rd with his 250-point winner’s share. Troy Matteson, who fell to Bradley in a playoff, moved up 79 spots from 112th to 43rd. Ames and George McNeil also made 50-plus spot jumps from Puerto Rico.
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At the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Adam Scott, with new putter in hand, earned 100 points from his T6 finish and moved 61 spots from 126th to 65th. Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods, each tied for 10th, moved up 60 and 59 spots respectively. Woods is now 93rd, while Harrington sits at 101st in the standings. NOTABLE DROPS: 2010 q-school medalist Billy Mayfair slipped from 111th to 126th after taking last week off following a missed cut at The Honda Classic. Also dropping out of the coveted top 125 spots were David Toms, Chris Stroud, Charlie Wi, and Lucas Glover among others. MORE ON LAST WEEK’S WINNERS: WGC-Cadillac Championship champion Nick Watney climbed to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, the highest position of his career. Watney, you may remember, was a tournament-best 10-under on the weekend last year at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. That performance moved him from 28th to 12th in the final standings. An early favorite in this season’s FedExCup competition, the victory will help get Watney into a better position as the TOUR season continues. Bradley’s victory in Puerto Rico was the fourth of his career and first since 2009, also at the Puerto Rico Open. Bradley has never made the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, finishing 139th and 145th in the last two regular seasons. His 298 points leave him just eight points away from his 306-point total each of those years, and less than 100 points shy of what it took to make the Playoffs in each year. -Chris Dunham
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