Friday, September 2, 2011

FedEx Cupdate: Irene sweeps away 25 with Barclays? last round

The FedEx Cup is here, and throughout the playoffs we'll be providing you with up-to-the-second updates of all the action! (OK, maybe not that fast. You don't want us yelling in your ear.) Now, only 100 players remain, and after TPC Boston, only 70 will still be in the mix. Who's in danger of missing the cut, and who's already booked a ticket to Atlanta? Read on and see ...

At the top: Naturally, Dustin Johnson vaulted to the top of the standings with his win at the Barclays. His running mate Matt Kuchar followed DJ up the ladder, ending in second and bumping regular-season champ Nick Watney to No. 3. Rounding out the top five were Webb Simpson (previously no. 3) and Luke Donald (previously No. 4). That's a solid quintet right there.

On the way up: Barely in the mix just a few weeks ago, Camilo Villegas stormed up the charts like Lady Gaga ripping off a Madonna song, jumping up 58 spots. Unfortunately, he was at position 109 to start. Also making major moves: Padraig Harrington (124 to 80), Ian Poulter (114 to 78), and farther up the ladder, Vijay Singh (36 to 8) and Brandt Snedeker (18 to 6).

On the decline: Steve Stricker dropped from second to seventh, but that's not such a big deal, since he's probably already en route to Atlanta. Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, David Toms and Keegan Bradley fell out of the top 10. And the earthquake rattled Jim Furyk so badly that he dropped from 60 to ... uh, 60, the only guy to stay in the same position as last week.

On the bubble: Only the top 70 remain after this weekend, which means names like Ben Crane (position 100), Ernie Els (99), Stewart Cink (94), Davis Love III (93), Graeme McDowell (84), Harrington (80) and Poulter (78) need to step up their game, pronto.

Out the door: Twenty-five players were ushered to the exit at the early conclusion of the Barclays. Notable names included Paul Goydos, Chris DiMarco, Arjun Atwal and Retief Goosen. Get an early start on the Fall Series, gentlemen!

All right, your turn. With the new rankings in place, who's your pick to take the championship at East Lake?


Bob Cousy Bob Gibson Bob Mathias Bobby Hull

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