Brandt Snedeker hasn't played in
THE TOUR Championship since 2007 but is on the right path this
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Editorial Coordinator
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
– Inside the FedExCup top 30
– Ranked 31st to 125th in the FedExCup
– Nationwide Tour graduates (
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– Q-school graduates (
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– Ranked outside the top 125 in FedExCup
– Not a TOUR member in 2010 (
) 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:
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.
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
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
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.