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The Tour Report

June 1 2011

5:09 PM

FedExCup Update: the Memorial

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K.J. Choi has been playing as well as anyone not named Luke Donald. A victory this week could place him atop the FedExCup standings for the first time.
FEDEXCUP: Standings | No. 1 watch | Weekly Leaders | Who’s up, who’s down? | FedExCup 101 | More notes By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM If he wants to keep his FedExCup points lead for a sixth consecutive week, Bubba Watson will likely need a good showing at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. With 12 players in the field this week with the potential to take the top spot from Watson, it will be interesting to see things unfold with PGATOUR.COM’s projected FedExCup points feature once play begins Thursday. HANDICAPPING THE FIELD: While Luke Donald and Mark Wilson are currently Nos. 2 and 3 in the FedExCup standings, three other names to watch for are K.J. Choi, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. Mickelson and Choi each have six top-10 finishes at Murifield Village while Kuchar has back-to-back-to-back top-10s. Click here for a breakdown of the 12 players who could move to No. 1 with a win this week. FUN FACT: Since the start of the FedExCup season, no player who won the memorial finished outside the top 15 in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Choi (5th, 2007), Kenny Perry (15th, 2008), Tiger Woods (1st, 2009) and Justin Rose (15th, 2010) all went on to have successful Playoffs after winning at Murifield Village. BIGGEST MOVERS: The two players who were left out of the playoff last week at TPC Four Seasons made the biggest jumps in the FedExCup standings. Joe Ogilvie and Ryuji Imada each picked up 162.5 FedExCup points for their tie for third at the HP Byron Nelson Championship with Ogilvie jumping 63 spots from 156th to 93rd and Imada making a 53-spot move from 138th to 79th. NOTABLE DROPS: A dozen players, all currently between 124th and 137th in the standings, fell nine spots in the latest standings. Among them are major champions Retief Goosen and David Duval. With Ryan Palmer and Keegan Bradley moving inside the top 30, Lucas Glover and Tommy Gainey were nudged to Nos. 31 and 32 respectively. MORE ON LAST WEEK’S WINNER:
Last week, Keegan Bradley became the first rookie to ever win the HP Byron Nelson Championship and moved from 73rd to 20th in the FedExCup standings. The third member of the 2010 Nationwide Tour graduating class to win on TOUR this year, Bradley is currently ranked higher in the FedExCup standings than any of his classmates.