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February 9 2012

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FedExCup Update: Levin's progression

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Spencer Levin came up short last week, but he's on an upward trajectory.
FEDEXCUP: Complete Standings | This week's movers | Weekly leaders | More By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Spencer Levin has been working his way up the ranks since his first season on the PGA TOUR. In 2009, Levin was a rookie and notched just one top-10 finish and a 143-place final FedExCup standing. Levin went through q-school following that season and came back in 2010 posted a trio of top 10 finishes (two to close out his fall series) and finished No. 81 in the final FedExCup standings. He took it a few steps further in 2011, notching six top-10 finishes and finishing 47th the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. That brings us to this season. Levin’s third-place finish in Phoenix bumped him to 11th in the current FedExCup standings. His 267 points are the highest total he’s ever had at this point in the season and are just another indication of Levin’s growth on TOUR. Jump to this week and check Levin’s track record at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. A week after losing a big lead on Sunday in Phoenix, there aren’t many places Levin would rather be. In 11 rounds at this event, Levin has 10 sub-par rounds leading to two of his three starts resulting in top-15 finishes. LAST CHANCE FOR FREE POINTS: Following this week’s event at Pebble Beach, the field will be finalized for the upcoming World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Levin, Vijay Singh and Ryan Moore are among the players in the field at Pebble Beach on the Match Play bubble. Why is qualifying so important? Aside from the opportunity to play in one of the year’s most unique events, a player is guaranteed at least 22.5 FedExCup points simply for competing. Win two matches and earn 68.25 points. Win six and earn 550. Any way a player goes, he’ll leave the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in better shape than when he arrived. STANLEY’S REVENGE: Kyle Stanley has learned a lot about heartache in his first 13 months on the PGA TOUR. At last year’s John Deere Classic, Stanley reached the clubhouse atop the leaderboard only to see Steve Stricker finish birdie-birdie to deny him his first TOUR victory. Then two weeks ago at Torrey Pines, some 72nd hole misfortune dropped Stanley into a playoff, which he lost to Brandt Snedeker. Last week at TPC Scottsdale, however, Stanley was delivering the heartbreak with his eight-shot comeback to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open. With a runner-up finish and a victory in his last two starts, Stanley has moved atop the FedExCup standings, 49 points ahead of January’s Player of the Month presented by Avis, Johnson Wagner.
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