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The Tour Report

September 12 2010

1:25 PM

FedExCup notes for the leaders

Here’s a glance at the FedExCup status of those players in the final few groups Sunday at the BMW Championship:

RYAN MOORE: Currently ranked 58th in the FedExCup standings, Moore would move to second with a win and advance to THE TOUR Championship for the first time in his career. At last year's BMW Championship, Moore shot a 68 on the final day to finish T-30.

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Currently seventh in the standings, Johnson is positioned to move inside the top five this week should he finish T2 today. Johnson has played 17 final rounds on TOUR this year with an average score of 72.71 (173rd on TOUR). Out of the 17 final rounds, he has played (4) under par, (1) at even par and 12 over par. He currently has played his last six consecutive final rounds over par.

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CHARLIE WI: Looking to make THE TOUR Championship for the first time in the FedExCup era. Wi’s best finish in the FedExCup was 42nd in 2008. Currently 37th in the standings (his best rank of the season), Wi could move inside the top five with a strong finish. The last time Wi ranked inside the top 30 of the standings was week No. 17 of the 2009 season (55 consecutive weeks outside the top 30 in the standings).

MATT KUCHAR: Currently the FedExCup points leader, Kuchar is a lock to remain in the top five headed into THE TOUR Championship. Kuchar is making his third BMW Championship start with his best finish coming last year when he finished T-10.

IAN POULTER: In 2009, Poulter was the 30th-ranked player entering the BMW Championship. He finished T20 and missed the TOUR Championship by 0.460 points. This week, Poulter is ranked 44th and is currently projected to move to 27th should he maintain
his T5 position. Entering the final round last year, Poulter was T12 on the leaderboard but went 6-over on his first seven holes of the day, eventually finishing with a 4-over 75, missing the TOUR Championship by 1 spot.

MARC LEISHMAN: Currently 57th in the standings entering the week, Marc Leishman shot a 6-under 65 in the second round and is currently projected to move to 20th in the standings. In 2009, Leishman was 67th entering the BMW Championship and moved to 16th with a T2 finish. Leishman was both the highest-ranked player entering the ’09 BMW to make the top 30 and the only 2009  PGA TOUR rookie to make THE TOUR Championship.

PAUL CASEY: Currently 21st in the standings, Casey is looking to make THE TOUR Championship for the first time in the FedExCup era. Casey’s previous best finish in the FedExCup was in 2009 when he finished 52nd. Casey will likely need a T2 or better today to reach the top five in the standings.

ERNIE ELS: Finishing 71st (out of 72) at The Barclays, Els relinquished the No. 1 spot in the standings (moving to fifth) for the first time since week No. 11 of the regular season (22 consecutive weeks in the #1 spot). Last week, Els finished T30, falling to seventh in the standings (first time out of the top five since week No. 9 of the regular season). Els will likely need a T2 or better finish to get back into the top five in the standings today.