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February 2 2012

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FedExCup Update: Back for seconds

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Mark Wilson is again looking to pick up his second victory of the season at TPC Scottsdale.
FEDEXCUP: Complete Standings | January notes | This week's movers | Weekly leaders | More By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM The PGA TOUR takes its annual stick to Scottsdale this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. A year ago, Mark Wilson picked up his second victory of the season in a frost-delayed event, putting himself atop the FedExCup standings for the first of a TOUR-leading 12 consecutive weeks. Wilson kept a position inside the FedExCup top 10 until the final week of the 2011 regular season. More importantly, he’d set himself up for a good run in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Wilson, one of five players to win multiple events during the 2011 Regular Season, played his way into a top-15 FedExCup standing heading into East Lake. Reigning champion Bill Haas claimed the FedExCup last year after traveling to East Lake at No. 25 in the standings. Each of the five players with two Regular Season victories in 2011 qualified to play at East Lake, giving themselves a chance to pick up the TOUR’s richest prize. A single victory, worth between 250 and 600 FedExCup points, goes a long way toward helping a player secure a good position in the Playoffs. This does not, however, guarantee a spot at East Lake. In fact, 14 players who won TOUR events last year did not qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. It’s better to double-up if at all possible. This week’s field features the last three winners of January -- Wilson, who won this year’s Humana Challenge, Johnson Wagner and Brandt Snedeker -- as they look for their second victories of 2012 and a fantastic early-season position in the race for the FedExCup. FRESH STARTS: Five players inside the top 30 in the current FedExCup standings had yet to earn a single FedExCup point by the end of January 2011. Current FedExCup leader Johnson Wagner, Sean O’Hair, John Mallinger, Jeff Maggert and Scott Piercy are off to quick starts in the 2012 race after spending 2011 playing catch-up. MORE NOTES: • 24 of the top 30 in the FedExCup standings are scheduled to tee it up at TPC Scottsdale. • Both playoff contestants from last week (Snedeker and Kyle Stanley), as well as both from last year’s Phoenix Open (Wilson and Jason Dufner) are in the field. • Along with Arron Oberholser, who is making his first start since 2009, Ian Poulter will make his season debut this week.
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