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April 6 2012

12:15 AM

FedExCup: No serious threat emerges Thursday

Hunter Mahan's hold on the FedExCup lead appears to be safe -- at least through one round at the Masters. Mahan's even-par 72 didn't do much to help him improve his projected position, but none of the 11 players with a chance to unseat him atop the FedExCup standings made a splash at Augusta National on Thursday. Bubba Watson (12th, 592 points back) Is highest on the leaderboard among those in hot pursuit of Mahan. The lefty finished Round 1 at 3 under, tied for fourth. A 110-point week is almost always good in the FedExCup race, but it wouldn't be enough to move Watson atop the standings. Of those closer to Mahan, the player in the best position is 2011 54-hole leader Rory McIlroy. Currently in a tie for 14th, McIlroy projects to pick up 51.5 FedExCup points and leapfrog current No. 2 Johnson Wagner (who is tied for 91st after Round 1). The young Northern Irishman at least a solo second-place finish to unseat Mahan atop the standings and return to the No. 1 spot. 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 T29 34.5 1,348.5
2. Johnson Wagner 1,056 -258 2nd T91 0 1,056.0
3. Rory McIlroy 1,015 -299 2nd T14 51.5 1,066.5
4. Phil Mickelson 988 -326 2nd T55 12 1,000.0
5. Kyle Stanley 954 -360 1st T64 3.1 957.1
6. Mark Wilson 887 -427 1st T73 0 887.0
7. Justin Rose 860 -454 1st T29 34.5 894.5
8. Tiger Woods 846 -468 1st T29 34.5 880.5
9. Bill Haas 832 -482 1st T29 34.5 866.5
10. Brandt Snedeker 785 -529 1st T29 34.5 819.5
11. Keegan Bradley 753 -561 1st T14 51.5 804.5
12. Bubba Watson 722 -592 1st T4 110.3 832.3
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