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May 25 2011

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FedExCup Update: HP Byron Nelson

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Blake Adams tied for second last year at TPC Four Seasons and his game is trending upward.
FEDEXCUP: Standings | Weekly Leaders | FEC 101 | More notes By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Jason Day picked up his first PGA TOUR victory in last year’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, which bumped him from No. 126 to No. 23 in the FedExCup standings. He went on to post two Playoffs top 10s and finish eighth in the Final FedExCup standings. Finishing two shots behind Day at TPC Four Seasons were three players. Each of them made the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup last season, but could have done more with that victory in Texas. They all return this week with a chance to pick up the victory that eluded them a year ago.
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Adams
Blake Adams 2010 FedExCup finish: 95th Current rank: 95th (could get to 22nd with a win) A sophomore on TOUR, Adams’ best career finish came a year ago at TPC Four Seasons. His best finish this season was a tie for 16th last week, so his game is trending in the right direction as he enters this week’s event.
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Gay
Brian Gay 2010 FedExCup finish: 54th Current rank: 36th (could get to 11th with a win) Gay has three career victories, but none since 2009. His T2 last year in the HP Byron Nelson Championship was one of two top-10 finishes on a season that ended just over 400 points shy of THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. He already has two top 10s in 2011 (Bob Hope Classic and Mayakoba Golf Classic).
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Overton
Jeff Overton 2010 FedExCup finish: 29th Current rank: 74th (could get to 19th with a win) Like Adams, Overton is still seeking his first career PGA TOUR victory. But that doesn’t mean he’s not been close. His six top-10 finishes last year included five in the top three. Overton was the victim of Stuart Appleby’s 59 on Sunday at The Greenbrier Classic where his 67 left the 54-hole leader one shot short. A win could have made a major change in any of these three players’ seasons. This year, however provides a chance for redemption. It could also be a big week for a number of last year’s key players. Of the top 22 finishers a year ago, 18 are scheduled to tee it up this week in Texas. NO. 1 WATCH: Five players (Nick Watney, K.J. Choi, Rory Sabbatini, Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar) could move atop the FedExCup standings with a victory this week. Bubba Watson has held the top spot for the last four weeks. BIGGEST MOVERS: After finishing as a runner-up to David Toms at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Charlie Wi made a 66-spot leap to 38th in the standings. First-round co-leader Chez Reavie, hung around for a T5 finish and moved from 145th to 105th in the standings. Kevin Stadler (up 34 from 143rd to 109th) and Robert Karlsson (up 32 from 125th to 93rd) are also on the rise. NOTABLE DROPS: A number of notable names with big victories in their careers are currently outside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings ... and falling. Among them are David Duval (128th), Retief Goosen (136th), Camilo Villegas (141st) and Louis Oosthuizen (149th). Those players fell eight, ten, seven and five spots respectively in the standings this week. MORE ON LAST WEEK’S WINNER: In just two weeks, David Toms has turned his season from solid to spectacular. Before his runner-up finish at THE PLAYERS and his victory at Colonial, Toms had made seven cuts in nine starts with a pair of top-10s and a 56th place standing in the race for the FedExCup. With the P2 and the victory, however, Toms has surged to fourth in the standings – tying the highest ranking of his career and easily topping his best ever ranking in the second half of a season.
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