Martin Laird has an opportunity to
overtake FedExCup leader Mark Wilson this week.
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Editorial Coordinator
aren’t many, if any, players on TOUR playing better than
Martin Laird. In his nine 2011 starts, he’s made eight cuts
and has one other finish outside the top 25 – and that
wasn’t even a stroke play event. His four starts since the
calendar turned to March have resulted in finishes of T10, T5, 1st
and a T20 at Augusta. He’s moved from 32nd to fourth in the
FedExCup standings in the process. With a top-3 finish this week in
Texas, Laird would overtake FedExCup leader Mark Wilson,
has held the top position for the last 10 weeks.
Classic champion Jhonattan Vegas is currently 12th in the standings
and is the only other player in the Valero Texas Open field with a
chance of overtaking Wilson.
Masters winner Charl Schwartzel was the
week’s biggest mover, jumping 67 spots from 77th to No. 10.
The top 10 saw a couple other changes with Luke Donald moving from
13th to 7th and Laird moving up a spot to No. 4, pushing Nick
Watney to 5th. Adam Scott and Jason Day, who both tied for second
at Augusta National, each moved up more than 40 spots and into the
top 30 – Scott to No. 29 and Day to No. 24. Scott won the
Valero Texas Open last year and, based on his strong Sunday at
Augusta, looks like he will continue to climb the standings this
With two new faces moving into the top 10,
D.A. Points and Jhonattan Vegas have bowed out. Points went from
10th to 13th and Vegas from 9th to 12th after both missed the cut
last week at Augusta. Just two players dropped outside the coveted
top 125 positions last week. Arjun Atwal (124th to 126th) and
Michael Connell (125th to 127th) as Robert Karlsson and Angel
Cabrera each moved inside the 125-man cut line.
MORE ON LAST WEEK’S WINNER:
TOUR rookie Charl
Schwartzel notched his first-career PGA TOUR victory when he won
the Masters, but the 26-year-old South African is no stranger to
winning golf tournaments. He’d won seven European Tour and
Sunshine Tour events since 2004, including the last two Joburg
Opens in his native South Africa. In addition to moving to No. 10
in the FedExCup standings, Schwartzel jumped to No. 11 in the
Official World Golf Ranking and regained the top spot in the
European Tour’s Race to Dubai.