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The Tour Report

May 11 2011

5:00 PM

FedExCup Update: THE PLAYERS

Stan Badz/PGA TOUR
Sergio Garcia has proven that PLAYERS success can lead to FedExCup success.
FEDEXCUP: Standings | Who’s up, down? | Weekly Leaders | FEC 101 | More notes By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Editorial Coordinator With a full field of 145 players and 600 FedExCup points available to the winner, THE PLAYERS Championship provides the greatest opportunity for someone to make a big move in the season’s first five months. This week’s field boasts the top 80 in the FedExCup standings and anyone currently inside the top 19 could unseat Bubba Watson for the top spot with a victory at TPC Sawgrass. PREDICTING SUCCESS: Since the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup were installed in 2007, 43 of 44 playoff-eligible competitors who finished inside the top 10 at TPC Sawgrass went on to qualify for postseason play. That’s nearly 98 percent. The lone exception was Chris Stroud, who tied for 10th in 2010 but was eliminated from the Playoffs on the final day of the Regular Season. Two PLAYERS champions (Phil Mickelson in 2007 and Sergio Garcia in 2008) have gone on to finish third in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Henrik Stenson was not a TOUR member when he won in 2009 and last year's PLAYERS champion, Tim Clark, finished 24th. POWER PAIRINGS: Those near the top of the standings will be able to keep a close eye on one-another during the first two rounds this week. The top 12 players in the current standings will be grouped for Rounds 1 and 2 of THE PLAYERS. Nos. 1-3 Bubba Watson, Luke Donald and Mark Wilson are this week’s Featured Group and will start their first round Thursday on No. 10 at 8:08 a.m. ET. Phil Mickelson, Martin Laird and Gary Woodland are ranked Nos. 4-6 and will start Thursday on No. 1 at 1:18 p.m. ET. Nos. 7-9 Nick Watney, Rory Sabbatini and Jonathan Byrd tee off on No. 10 Thursday at 8:18 a.m. ET, just behind the top 3. Nos. 10-12 Brandt Snedeker, Aaron Baddeley and Webb Simpson will follow Mickelson’s group of No. 1 at 1:28 p.m. ET Thursday. BIGGEST MOVERS:
Lucas Glover surged 120 spots from 120th to 27th with his victory at the Wells Fargo Championship. Joining him on the upswing were Andres Romero (T16, from 150th to 119th) and Bobby Gates (T6, 125th to 96th). Two time PLAYERS champion Davis Love III climbed 25 spots to 108th when he tied for 16th at Quail Hollow. NOTABLE DROPS: Chris Riley took the hardest fall, going from 123rd to 135th in the standings when he did not play last week. Camilo Villegas and Geoff Ogilvy were among the other four to fall double-digit spots. Each of the three players mentioned will tee it up at TPC Sawgrass this week. MORE ON LAST WEEK’S WINNER: Lucas Glover got to 27th in the FedExCup standings with his victory at Quail Hollow. It was Glover’s first win since the 2009 U.S. Open and got him to his highest spot in the standings since closing the 2009 Playoffs in 17th. Glover’s 622 points are just 121 shy of his total of 743 from last which was good for 47th at the close of the Regular Season.