Mark Wilson is again looking to pick up his second
victory of the season at TPC Scottsdale.
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.
Five players inside the top 30 in
the current FedExCup standings
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.
• 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.