Big winners: Justin Rose, whose victory vaulted him up 31 spots to No. 3 in the standings. Also making a huge move: John Senden, who rose 46 spots to No. 9 after finishing in the runner-up slot. And don't forget onetime superstar Geoff Ogilvy, who jumped all the way from No. 69 to No. 24 with a remarkable weekend.
Big losers: Charl Schwartzel fell five spots to drop out of the top 30, as did Kyle Stanley (down from 30 to 34) and Rory Sabbatini (down from 26 to 35). Camilo Villegas' furious charge upward through the ranks ended just short of the top 30, and Jim Furyk's weak week ensured he wouldn't be around to defend his FedEx Cup title.
The top dogs: The top 5 is as follows: Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Matt Kuchar. Scattered throughout the rest of the field are big names (Steve Stricker at No. 12, Phil Mickelson at No. 14, Adam Scott at No. 19, Vijay Singh at No. 23), international stars (Jason Day at No. 10, KJ Choi at No. 13, Y.E. Yang at No. 28) and several of America's Next Great Golfers (Nick Watney at No. 7, Bubba Watson at No. 18, Keegan Bradley at No. 20, Hunter Mahan at No. 21). It may not have the TV heft of a major with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in the mix, but perhaps that's for the best.
Outlook: We have absolutely no idea who's going to win this, and that's a great way to enter a tournament. Any one of these guys could have a hot week and win the $10 million FedEx Cup. Simpson is, obviously, the man to beat, but will the pressure of an eight-figure paycheck freak him? Could Dustin Johnson ascend to the greatness we've been expecting of him? Could Donald validate his No. 1 ranking? Could Kuchar finally bring home a big win? We have no idea, and that's what's going to make this tournament so fascinating.
And with any luck, the whole $10 million will come down to the 18th hole on Sunday afternoon. That'd be one of the more dramatic holes of recent memory, yes? We shall see...
- Justin Rose
- Dustin Johnson
- Geoff Ogilvy
- Matt Kuchar