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March 14 2012

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FedExCup Update: It's never too late ...

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Jim Furyk will be looking to regain some of his 2010 magic this week at Innisbrook.
FEDEXCUP: Standings | Inside the FedExCup | Weekly leaders | Who's up, down? | Winners | More By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM With 12 events in the books this year, we’re approximately one-third of the way through the 37-event Regular Season that leads up to the FedExCup Playoffs. Many of the contenders have already established themselves and PGATOUR.COM takes a look at some of the early trends from the season’s first dozen events here: Inside the FedExCup .
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The Transitions Championship is the next stop on the TOUR calendar. Before we move forward into the season's 13th event, it’s worth a moment to look back at the 2010 season. Jim Furyk, who went on to win the FedExCup, had yet to notch a single top-15 finish prior to the 2010 Transitions. But a victory there moved from 84th to 7th in the standings. He added a T11 and a victory in his next three starts to reach No. 2, and never fell out of the top 11 the rest of the way as he got into position to win the fourth FedExCup at East Lake. Like that season, Furyk has made four starts prior to this week and has yet to post a top-10 finish. Could we see Furyk repeat history and burst onto the scene just two years later? We'll get our first clue Thursday at 1:43 p.m. ET when Furyk tees off with Charley Hoffman and Matt Bettencourt at Innisbrook. THIS WEEK: The Transitions Championship field features 13 of the top 30 in the latest FedExCup standings. Three players -- Mark Wilson, Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker -- have an opportunity to unseat Rory McIlroy atop the standings with a win this week at Innisbrook. ROSE KNOWS: Following his win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Justin Rose talked about how a victory like that “gets you really going in the FedExCup (race).” With his win, Rose ranks No. 8 in the FedExCup standings. This is the earliest he’s ever ranked that high, besting his previous mark in 2010 when he moved to No. 2 after winning the AT&T National. He went on to finish 15th in the FedExCup race that year. The only time Rose has finished better is last year when he won the BMW Championship and ended the Playoffs at No. 5. With the early victory and quick start in 2012, Rose is laying the framework for an even stronger FedExCup run this season.
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