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The Tour Report

March 21 2012

12:39 PM

FedExCup: Nine threaten No. 1 McIlroy

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Johnson Wagner could return to the top of the FedExCup standings this week at Bay Hill.
FEDEXCUP: Standings | Weekly leaders | Who's up, down? | 2012 Winners | More By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM The top spot in the FedExCup standings is up for grabs this week at Bay Hill. Nine players have the opportunity to unseat Rory McIlroy atop the FedExCup standings with a victory or strong finish in the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Closest to McIlroy is January Player of the Month and former No. 1 Johnson Wagner. Just 95 points behind McIlroy, who is idle this week, Wagner could return to No. 1 with a solo-6th or better at Bay Hill. Mark Wilson and Phil Mickelson also could unseat McIlroy with a solo-3rd or better. Justin Rose, 2011 FedExCup champion Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker are close enough to catch McIlroy with a runner-up finish while Golf Boys Bubba Watson and Ben Crane would need a victory to take over the top spot in the FedExCup race. Should someone unseat McIlroy this week at Bay Hill, his stay at the pinnacle of the FedExCup standings would match his stint atop the Official World Golf Ranking -- two weeks. With 24 Regular Season events including THE PLAYERS and four majors on the horizon, however, no FedExCup lead will be safe. THIS WEEK: Including the nine players who could move to No. 1, this week’s field boasts 21 of the top 30 in the FedExCup standings. Nine of this season’s 13 winners are in the field. Six-time champion Tiger Woods (31st in the FedExCup standings) is also scheduled to tee it up. SWING FOR SUCCESS: This week’s champion will join McIlroy, Justin Rose and Luke Donald to complete a group of four players to watch throughout the FedExCup season. In the last three seasons, winners on the Florida Swing have performed very well in the FedExCup race. None of the winners have finished outside the final top 35 with half of the Florida Swing winners finishing inside the top 10 and two -- Woods 2009/Arnold Palmer, Furyk 2010/Transitions -- taking home the FedExCup at season’s end.