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FedEx Cup Report: Luke Donald Makes Big Move

At Pro Golf Weekly, we’ve recently started a new feature where we highlight the biggest movers in the season long FedEx Cup Race. 121 players of the Top-125 in the FedEx Cup standings are teeing up this week. The Top-100 following the conclusion of this event will make their way to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Notes from the Wyndham Championship

  • Winner last week, South Korean Si Woo Kim captured his first PGA Tour title and moved to 15th place in the FedEx Cup standings. The youngest winner on Tour this year looks like a lock for the Tour Championship.
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  • Former World No. 1, Luke Donald jumped up 51 spots in the rankings, from 99th to 48th. This happens to be his best ranking entering the Playoffs in the last three seasons.
  • Brett Stegmaier moved 18 spots in the rankings following his T-5 finish at the Wyndham Championship. He enters the Playoffs as a first-time member of the PGA Tour, ranking 101st.
  • The Bubble Boy two weeks ago, Johnson Wagner notched up two consecutive T-5 finishes to move into the Top-100 in the standings. Wagner enters the playoff ranked 92nd.
  • One of two players to move into the Top-125 last week, Shawn Stefani had to hole a 6-footer on the 72nd hole to get into the playoffs. Stefani moved up 20 spots in the standings over the last three weeks.
  • Kyle Stanley was the other player to move into the Top-125 last week. Stanley, who had to go back to the Web.com Tour to earn his tour card, enters the Playoff ranked 116th.
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  • Perhaps the busiest player over the last few weeks, Jim Furyk followed his T-5 finish at the Travelers Championship with a T-10 finish last week. He enters The Barclays ranked 94th in the standings.
  • Whee Kim and Matt Jones were bumped out of the standings, by Stefani> and Kyle Stanley.
  • There were plenty of big names who did not make the Playoffs this year. This list of players include Bud Cauley, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Stewart Cink, Camilo Villegas, Brendon de Jonge, Geoff Ogilvy, Ernie Els, Angel Cabrera, Hunter Mahan,

Players to Watch at The Barclays

Apart from the big names at the top of the standings, here are five other players to keep a close eye on for this week’s event.

 

  • Olympic Gold Medallist, Justin Rose, is surely one of the players to watch this week. His performance in Rio could very well be the beginning of a splendid summer.
  • Although Shane Lowry didn’t make the Ryder Cup team, he still has a chance to make it as a Captain’s pick. Darren Clarke will be keeping an eye on him, so should you.
  • Jim Furyk, the 2010 FedEx Cup champion, finds himself just inside the Top-100 heading into the first Playoff event. With the kind of form he’s displayed over the last two weeks, it won’t be surprising if he makes it all the way to the finale.
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  • The 2009 US Open Champion, Lucas Glover has hardly made much noise since his win at Bethpage. But, coming back to the site of his Major could provide him some added confidence.
  • At 98th in the FedEx Cup standings, Steve Stricker has been one of the most consistent players at the Playoffs over the years. It will be interesting to watch what he’s up to this time.

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Saurav Ghosh

Saurav is Pro Golf Weekly's Statistics Content Editor.

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