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September 19 2013

7:35 PM

FedExCup update: Stenson in position A

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ATLANTA -- Henrik Stenson leads the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola after the first round at East Lake. Consequently, he's also in position to win the FedExCup.

At No. 2 in the FedExCup standings coming into the week, the formula for Stenson is simple: Win the tournament and he wins the FedExCup. Here's a look at who did what on Thursday in terms of the FedExCup.

TOP FIVE: Stenson and Adam Scott came into the week second and third, respectively, in points, meaning that if either won here, they would also win the FedExCup. After a 65 Thursday that featured six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and a closing 29, Scott remains right on Stenson's heels. No. 1 Tiger Woods, on the other hand, is near the bottom of the leaderboard after a 3-over 73 that didn't feature a single birdie. It was the first time Woods went an entire round without a birdie since the opening round of the 2010 U.S. Open. He's now projected to fall to third in the FedExCup standings. Meanwhile, Zach Johnson, who won last week and came in fourth in points, shot 69 and is projected to fall to fifth. The current No. 5, Matt Kuchar, is projected to fall to sixth after a 69.

BIGGEST MOVERS: Billy Horschel entered the week 22nd in the FedExCup standings, but after a 66 is within two of the lead and now projected to move up to 10th. Even if he were to win, though, he needs a lot of help to win the FedExCup. Roberto Castro is a stroke behind Horschel and projected to move from 24th to 13th. Like Horschel, he needs a ton of help even if he wins the tournament.

 

 

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