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August 27 2012

12:21 AM

FedExCup update after final round

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Sunday’s final round of The Barclays, the opening event in the FedExCup Playoffs, is finished. Here’s a look at the key FedExCup moves and notes from the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.

FEDEXCUP: Official standings | FedExCup Tracker

NO. 1 WATCH: Nick Watney, who won The Barclays by three shots, is the new FedExCup points leader. With points in the Playoffs quintupled, Watney received 2,500 points to take over the No. 1 spot from Tiger Woods. Barclays runner-up Brandt Snedeker also received enough points (1,500) to pass Woods. Snedeker is now second while Woods drops to third.

A year ago, Watney opened the Playoffs ranked No. 1 in points in the regular season. But he did not take advantage of his position and eventually finished ninth. Now a year – and a week – later, he’s No. 1 again.

“With the way things were going, I don’t know if anybody would have expected this this week,” Watney said. “But you know, Bill Haas proved last year that if you make it to Atlanta, you have a chance. … The way they have the FedExCup formatted, it’s pretty neat. You need to be in Atlanta.

“So I wanted to have a good week. And to be No. 1 now is amazing.”

BIGGEST MOVERS: The biggest moves by players at The Barclays in the FedExCup standings.

Player Scoreboard position FEC rank last week FEC rank after Barclays Movement
Graham DeLaet T5 106 44 +62
Brian Harman T5 97 41 +56
Nick Watney Won 49 1 +48
Bob Estes T10 103 62 +41
David Hearn T10 108 67 +41

BUBBLE WATCH: Roberto Castro, who started the week as the FedExCup bubble boy at No. 100, successfully kept his spot inside the bubble by finishing at 1 under for the tournament, good enough for a tie for 24th. That moves him to 80th in the standings.

Next week’s bubble boy at the Deutsche Bank Championship is Brian Davis, who is 70th in points. Only the top 70 after the Deutsche Bank Championship advance to the BMW Championship.

TOP FIVE WATCH:  Only the top five entering the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola control their fate. The top five after The Barclays are: 1. Nick Watney; 2. Brandt Snedeker; 3. Tiger Woods; 4. Rory McIlroy; 5. Zach Johnson.

Jason Dufner, who was ranked No. 2 entering The Barclays but did not play this week, dropped to No. 6.

MOVING IN/FALLING OUT: Only the top 100 in FedExCup points will advance to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Here’s a look at the six players outside the top 100 who moved inside and the players who fell outside the top 100. (Last year, eight players from outside the top 100 entering The Barclays moved into the top 100 after the tournament).  * – Missed cut

Moving in Movement Falling out Movement
Graham DeLaet 106 to 44 *John Mallinger 88 to 101
Bob Estes 103 to 62 *Will Claxton 89 to 102
David Hearn 108 to 67 *Chad Campbell 91 to 104
Jason Day 113 to 88 Fredrik Jacobson 95 to 105
Tommy Gainey 102 to 91 *Andres Romero 93 to 106
Jonas Blixt 101 to 97 *Chris Stroud 99 to 110

ELIMINATED PLAYERS: Click here for an alphabetical list of the 25 players who were officially eliminated from the FedExCup Playoffs.

ODDS AND ENDS: Just two players who started the Playoffs inside the top 20 improved their positions – Brandt Snedeker, who went from 19th to 2nd, and Luke Donald, who went from 16th to 14th. Everybody else took a step back …

Rookie Bud Cauley used a tie for 10th at The Barclays (thanks to a 4-under 67 on Sunday) to move from 35th to 26th in the standings. That gives him an inside shot at advancing to the TOUR Championship, and certainly puts him in the next two events. “It’s great,” Cauley said. “Nice to be able to play the next couple of weeks but obviously the big goal is to get in the TOUR Championship.” …

Nick Watney is only the second player to be ranked No. 1 in consecutive years at any point in the FedExCup Playoffs. Watney, as mentioned above, went into last year ranked No. 1; now he’s No. 1 after Sunday’s win. Tiger Woods was ranked No. 1 in winning the FedExCup in 2007, the entered 2008 ranked No. 1 (an injured Woods didn’t play in the Playoffs that year). Tiger, incidentally, made it three straight years when he was won the FedExCup again in 2009.

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