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The Tour Report

June 27 2012

7:07 PM

FedExCup: Mahan vs. Woods again?

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Hunter Mahan could regain his top spot in the FedExCup standings this week at Congressional.
FEDEXCUP: Standings | Bubble glance | Who's up, down | Leaders | 2012 Winners | More By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Based on last year’s numbers, 89 players have secured positions in the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs. While much will continue to be discussed about the important battles for the final positions in the 125-man field at The Barclays, other intriguing plots could continue to unfold near the top of the FedExCup ranks.
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In 2009, the last time the AT&T National was contested at Congressional Country Club, Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan battled for the title with Woods edging his nearest competitor by one stroke. If the event features another Woods-Mahan battle this year, it wouldn’t just be for the title. The top spot in the FedExCup race would also be on the line. Mahan (No. 3) and Woods (No. 4) are the only two competitors in this week’s field with an opportunity to unseat Jason Dufner atop the FedExCup standings this week at Congressional. Woods would need a victory, while Mahan could regain the top spot with a runner-up finish. If Woods and Mahan finish 1-2, Woods would go to No. 1 while Mahan would check in at No. 2. The last time in the Regular Season we saw the top two players in the FedExCup standings replaced by two new golfers? Last year’s AT&T National where champion Nick Watney and runner-up K.J. Choi took over the No. 1 and No. 2 positions respectively in the FedExCup standings. 23 AVALIABLE SPOTS? If this season’s final tally matches last year’s, 102 players have secured spots in the 125-man field for the FedExCup Playoffs. That’s the number of TOUR members with more than the 335 points that would have been required to qualify for last year’s Playoffs. William McGirt finished at No. 125 in the standings a year ago with a 334-point mark. Things look to be comparable to last year. Entering this week a year ago, Cameron Beckman was 125th in the standings with 256 points. This year, Erik Compton occupies that spot with 248 points.