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The Tour Report

March 9 2011

2:27 PM

FedExCup Update: WGC-Cadillac Champ.

Stan Badz/PGA TOUR
Ernie Els fell to 78th in the standings, but taming the Blue Monster again would quickly change that.
MORE FEDEXCUP: Complete Standings | Weekly Leaders We’ve learned two things in the first quarter of the 2011 PGA TOUR season: the TOUR is completely unpredictable and winning is very important. Of the nine winners this season, seven of them have already accumulated more FedExCup points than they did all of the last regular season. Only one of the nine, Bubba Watson, won an event in the PGA TOUR regular season last year (Note: Jonathan Byrd also won on TOUR, but in the Fall Series). A victory Here’s a comparison of the regular season FedExCup standing for the nine winners: 2011 Winners Breakdown
Name FEC Rank Points 2010 Rank 2010 Points
Mark Wilson 1st 1,055 131st 343
Jhonattan Vegas 2nd 752 N/A N/A
Rory Sabbatini 3rd 724 60th 618
Bubba Watson 4th 724 8th 1,489
D.A. Points 5th 713 78th 544
Aaron Baddeley 6th 658 93rd 481
Luke Donald 7th 618 22nd 1,089
Jonathan Byrd 8th 589 117th 405
Johnson Wagner 36th 250 172nd 197
The top eight are slated to play in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, while Wagner is idle. CONSISTENCY PAYS OFF, TOO: Is anyone surprised that the highest-ranked player in the standings without a win is Matt Kuchar? The TOUR’s Mr. Consistency is currently 9th, with 567 points, on the strength of his four top-10 finishes in six starts. Nick Watney (20th, 352 points) ties Kuchar with a TOUR-leading four top 10s. Six players (Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas, Y.E. Yang, Gary Woodland, Jimmy Walker and Graeme McDowell) each have three top 10s and all of them rank inside the top 25 in the FedExCup standings. While Woodland and Walker will be idle this week, the rest of these consistent players will be taking on TPC Blue Monster. BIGGEST MOVERS: Ricky Barnes was easily the week’s biggest mover, earning 135 FedExCup Points and moving up 151 spots from 222nd to 71st after a solo 4th at The Honda Classic. A tie for 17th netted Justin Hicks 52.5 FedExCup Points and a 74-spot jump from 214th to 140th. Also making big moves into the top 125 were Charl Schwartzel (142nd to 95th) and Kent Jones (151st to 108th). NOTABLE DROPS:
A pair of 2010 TOUR winners, Adam Scott and Heath Slocum, fell below the 125th position in the rankings this week. Scott, the 2010 Valero Texas Open champion, dropped 12 spots to No. 126 while Slocum, the reigning McGladrey Classic champ, has missed his last four stroke play cuts and went from 121st to 129th. Ernie Els, whose march to the top of the 2010 regular season standings started at Doral, fell 10 spots to No. 78. MORE ON LAST WEEK’S WINNER: Rory Sabbatini moved up 31 spots in the FedExCup standings after winning The Honda Classic. Sabbatini got things rolling in the previous week at the opposite-field Mayakoba Golf Classic, closing with five birdies and an eagle on his last 12 holes to move into a tie for fifth. He carried that momentum into the Florida Swing and won on a very tough track. With the TOUR divided between two events once again this week, keep an eye on the Puerto Rico Open for the next hot hand and potential unexpected winner. -Chris Dunham