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February 4 2013

12:00 AM

Sneds, Phil make big rankings moves

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brandt Snedeker moved back to first in the FedExCup standings with his second straight runner-up finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday.

Snedeker won the 2012 FedExCup and its $10 million bonus when he made the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola his second win of the season. Snedeker, who came to Phoenix ranked seventh in the season-long competition for 2013, has continued that momentum this year with three finishes of third or better in four starts.

Phil Mickelson, who ended up beating Snedeker by four strokes at TPC Scottsdale, jumped from 91st to third in the FedExCup. Mickelson also moved to 10th in the Official World Golf Ranking while Snedeker rose one spot to a career-high sixth.

It's the first time Mickelson has been back in the top 10 since he tied for seventh at the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship. Mickelson started his 2013 campaign at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation ranked No. 22.

Mickelson has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the world.

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