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April 8 2012

12:21 AM

FedExCup: Mahan closer to retaining top spot

Saturday was moving day at Augusta National and two players with an opportunity to finish the week atop the FedExCup standings made serious moves up the ranks. Current leader Hunter Mahan posted a 4-under 68 Saturday to move from T24 to T6 on the leaderboard. At this moment, he projects to maintain his lead in the FedExCup race by 94 points over Phil Mickelson. Mickelson made the most of moving day, shooting a 6-under 30 on the back nine at Augusta to pull within one shot of the lead currently held by Peter Hanson. Should Mickelson go on to win the green jacket, Mahan would have to finish alone in second place to prevent Lefty from unseating him atop the FedExCup standings. Bubba Watson, who is tied for third after 54 holes at Augusta, still has an outside chance to bump Mahan from the top spot in the FedExCup standings. He would need a win at Augusta and a colossal collapse from the current FedExCup leader to make his way to the top of the standings. Moving in the wrong direction on Saturday were Rory McIlroy (5-over 77). The Northern Irishman opened the day tied for third and in great position to regain his FedExCup lead, but he fell all the way into a 27th-place tie with his rough Saturday that featured a trio of 6's on his scorecard. Here’s a quick look at how Mahan and his pursuers are stacking up at the Masters. Listed below are the current FedExCup standing of each player, the finish they will need this week to have a chance at becoming No. 1, and where they stand at Augusta National.
Player Points Points
back
Finish
needed
Currently Proj.
points
Proj.
total
1. Hunter Mahan 1,314   N/A T6 98.0 1,412.0
2. Johnson Wagner 1,056 -258 2nd MC 0.0 1,056.0
3. Rory McIlroy 1,015 -299 2nd T27 42.0 1,057.0
4. Phil Mickelson 988 -326 2nd 2nd 330.0 1,318.0
5. Kyle Stanley 954 -360 1st MC 0.0 954.0
6. Mark Wilson 887 -427 1st MC 0.0 887.0
7. Justin Rose 860 -454 1st T24 46.0 906.0
8. Tiger Woods 846 -468 1st T38 32.0 878.0
9. Bill Haas 832 -482 1st T48 21.5 853.5
10. Brandt Snedeker 785 -529 1st T19 50.2 835.2
11. Keegan Bradley 753 -561 1st T44 25.5 778.5
12. Bubba Watson 722 -592 1st 4th 150.0 872.0
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