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April 27 2011

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FedExCup Update: Zurich Classic

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Brandt Snedeker hasn't played in THE TOUR Championship since 2007 but is on the right path this year.
FEDEXCUP: Midseason breakdown | Complete Standings | Weekly Leaders | FedExCup 101 | More FedExCup notes By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Editorial Coordinator The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is the 19th of 37 Regular Season events on the PGA TOUR schedule, marking the midway point of the 2011 season. Mark Wilson has held the lead for the last 12 weeks while Luke Donald, who finished No. 2 in a playoff at Harbour Town, became the fifth player to occupy second place in that span. Donald finished last season at No. 3 in the FedExCup standings while Wilson narrowly missed the Playoffs, finishing 131st. Here’s a breakdown of where the current top 125 was at the conclusion of last season: 29 – Inside the FedExCup top 30 64 – Ranked 31st to 125th in the FedExCup 11 – Nationwide Tour graduates ( click for a list ) 10 – Q-school graduates ( click for a list ) 10 – Ranked outside the top 125 in FedExCup points 1 – Not a TOUR member in 2010 ( Charl Schwartzel) The only player in the 30 who qualified for THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola in 2010 who isn’t inside the current top 125 is Camilo Villegas. FACT THAT PROBABLY ONLY INTERESTS ME: Currently Anthony Kim ranks 71st, Tiger Woods 72nd and Tom Gillis 73rd in the FedExCup standings. At the conclusion of the 2010 Playoffs, each player ranked in the same order, 30 spots higher – Kim 41st, Woods 42nd, Gillis 43rd. BIGGEST MOVERS: Tim Herron tied for fourth at The Heritage and moved up 77 spots from 180th to 103rd in the FedExCup standings. Also making big jumps were Garrett Willis (T9; 157th to 115th), Paul Goydos (T9; 133rd to 98th) and Jeff Klauk (T36 239th to 205th). NOTABLE DROPS: Steven Bowditch and Jarrod Lyle each fell a dozen spots to 123rd and 121st respectively after missing the cut at Harbour Town Golf Links. Jhonattan Vegas, who was idle last week, fell out of the top 10 in the FedExCup standings for the first time since the season’s third week. He checks in at No. 12 this week. MORE ON LAST WEEK’S WINNER: Could this be the year Brandt Snedeker finally makes it back to THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola? Qualifying for THE TOUR Championship, he said, is the "the way to tell if a year is successful". He was successful in 2007, but has finished 34th, 33rd and 37th in the FedExCup standings each of the last three years, falling short. Sneds’ victory at Harbour Town was his first win since that 2007 season. Snedeker had exactly five top-10 finishes in each of the last three years, but now has five already in 2011.
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