K.J. Choi has been playing as well
as anyone not named Luke Donald. A victory this week could place
him atop the FedExCup standings for the first time.
No. 1 watch
up, who’s down?
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
If he wants to keep his
FedExCup points lead for a sixth consecutive week, Bubba Watson
will likely need a good showing at the Memorial Tournament
presented by Nationwide Insurance. With 12 players in the field
this week with the potential to take the top spot from Watson, it
will be interesting to see things unfold with PGATOUR.COM’s
projected FedExCup points
feature once play begins Thursday.
HANDICAPPING THE FIELD:
While Luke Donald and Mark
Wilson are currently Nos. 2 and 3 in the FedExCup standings, three
other names to watch for are K.J. Choi, Phil Mickelson and Matt
Kuchar. Mickelson and Choi each have six top-10 finishes at
Murifield Village while Kuchar has back-to-back-to-back top-10s.
for a breakdown of the 12 players who could move to No. 1 with
a win this week.
Since the start of the FedExCup season,
no player who won the memorial finished outside the top 15 in the
PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Choi (5th, 2007), Kenny Perry
(15th, 2008), Tiger Woods (1st, 2009) and Justin Rose (15th, 2010)
all went on to have successful Playoffs after winning at Murifield
The two players who were left out
of the playoff last week at TPC Four Seasons made the biggest jumps
in the FedExCup standings. Joe Ogilvie and Ryuji Imada each picked
up 162.5 FedExCup points for their tie for third at the HP Byron
Nelson Championship with Ogilvie jumping 63 spots from 156th to
93rd and Imada making a 53-spot move from 138th to 79th.
A dozen players, all currently
between 124th and 137th in the standings, fell nine spots in the
latest standings. Among them are major champions Retief Goosen and
David Duval. With Ryan Palmer and Keegan Bradley moving inside the
top 30, Lucas Glover and Tommy Gainey were nudged to Nos. 31 and 32
MORE ON LAST WEEK’S WINNER:
Keegan Bradley became the first rookie to ever win the HP Byron
Nelson Championship and moved from 73rd to 20th in the FedExCup
standings. The third member of the 2010 Nationwide Tour graduating
class to win on TOUR this year, Bradley is currently ranked higher
in the FedExCup standings than any of his classmates.