Hunter Mahan could regain his top spot in the FedExCup
standings this week at Congressional.
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By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
Based on last year’s
numbers, 89 players have secured positions in the 2012 FedExCup
Playoffs. While much will continue to be discussed about the
important battles for the final positions in the 125-man field at
The Barclays, other intriguing plots could continue to unfold near
the top of the FedExCup ranks.
In 2009, the last time the AT&T National was contested at
Congressional Country Club, Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan battled
for the title with Woods edging his nearest competitor by one
stroke. If the event features another Woods-Mahan battle this year,
it wouldn’t just be for the title. The top spot in the
FedExCup race would also be on the line. Mahan (No. 3) and Woods
(No. 4) are the only two competitors in this week’s field
with an opportunity to unseat Jason Dufner atop the FedExCup
standings this week at Congressional. Woods would need a victory,
while Mahan could regain the top spot with a runner-up finish. If
Woods and Mahan finish 1-2, Woods would go to No. 1 while Mahan
would check in at No. 2. The last time in the Regular Season we saw
the top two players in the FedExCup standings replaced by two new
golfers? Last year’s AT&T National where champion Nick
Watney and runner-up K.J. Choi took over the No. 1 and No. 2
positions respectively in the FedExCup standings.
23 AVALIABLE SPOTS?
If this season’s final tally
matches last year’s, 102 players have secured spots in the
125-man field for the FedExCup Playoffs. That’s the number of
TOUR members with more than the 335 points that would have been
required to qualify for last year’s Playoffs. William McGirt
finished at No. 125 in the standings a year ago with a 334-point
mark. Things look to be comparable to last year. Entering this week
a year ago, Cameron Beckman was 125th in the standings with 256
points. This year, Erik Compton occupies that spot with 248 points.