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Tour Report: FedExCup update after the first round

NORTON, Mass. — Friday’s first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event in the FedExCup Playoffs, is finished. Here’s a look at the key FedExCup moves and notes from TPC Boston.

NO. 1 WATCH: If the tournament had ended today Nick Watney’s stay at the top would have been short-lived. Watney, who grabbed the No. 1 ranking with his win at The Barclays, has been replaced in the projections by PGA TOUR rookie Seung-Yul Noh. The 21-year-old South Korean fired a bogey-free 62 to seize a two-stroke lead. Watney couldn’t get untracked in the first round, shooting a 1-over 72 that included an eagle, a birdie and four bogeys. He’s fallen to No. 2, as a result.

BIGGEST MOVERS: Here are the biggest moves in the FedExCup standings by players after Friday’s first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Player Scoreboard position FEC rank last week FEC rank after 1st rd. Movement
Chris Kirk 2nd 81 9 +72
Seung-yul Noh 1st 54 1 +53
Jeff Overton T3 83 30 +53
Bryce Molder T6 93 42 +51
Jonas Blixt T10 97 64 +33
Ryan Moore T3 53 21 +32

TOP FIVE WATCH: Only the top five entering the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola control their fate. With Noh projected to move 54 spots to No. 1 in the standings, someone had to get edged out and right now, that’s Zach Johnson who shot 70 and dropped three spots to No. 8. Watney’s fall to No. 2 pushed Brandt Snedeker down two spots to No. 4 while Rory McIlroy dropped one and clocks in at No. 5. The only player who didn’t move in the top five was No. 3 Tiger Woods, who fired a 64 on Friday and is two strokes off the lead. Woods held the top spot entering the FedExCup Playoffs.

BUBBLE WATCH: Brian Davis entered the week at No. 70, which is the cutoff for the BMW Championship. He shot 75, though, which put him in a tie for 94th and he dropped 19 spots, as a result. He’s one of 10 to fall outside the eligibility window for Crooked Stick after the first round. Scott Stallings, who shot 70 and is tied for 46th is the new bubble boy in the proojections after dropping nine spots.

MOVING IN/FALLING OUT: Only the top 70 in FedExCup points will advance to next week’s BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind. Here’s a look at the players outside the top 70 who are projected inside and the players who fell outside after the first round at TPC Boston.

Moving in Movement Falling out Movement
Chris Kirk 81 to 9 Harris English 63 to 71
Jeff Overton 83 to 30 Ben Crane 52 to 72
Bryce Molder 93 to 42 J.B. Holmes 55 to 75
Charl Schwartzel 91 to 51 Bob Estes 62 to 78
D.A. Points 72 to 57 Josh Teater 64 to 79
Charley Hoffman 86 to 58 Vijay Singh 59 to 81
Jonas Blixt 97 to 64 Ken Duke 60 to 82
Aaron Baddeley 85 to 66 Charles Howell III 68 to 83
Greg Owen 76 to 67 Spencer Levin 66 to 86
Jason Day 88 to 69 Jonathan Byrd 69 to 87

ODDS AND ENDS: With the current FedExCup points structure in its fourth year, Tiger Woods said the system is starting to gain traction. "The fans are starting to understand it, they’re starting to get it, and we as players are starting to get it too," Woods said. … At No. 83 in the FedExCup standings, Jeff Overton likely needs a 37th place finish or better to advance to next week’s BMW Championship in Indianapolis. Overton is a proud native who graduated from Indiana. "I’m constantly getting a lot of great text messages and people say, hey, we’re really excited to see you at Crooked Stick, just the whole Hoosier nation. It’s just going to be fun if I can get into the event." … Of the seven bogey-free rounds shot on Friday, two were shot by players outside the top 70 bubble — Bryce Molder, who ranks 93rd, and Jonas Blixt, who ranks 97th. … Chris Kirk’s FedExCup strategy at No. 81 in the rankings: "Just kind of go for broke for the most part," he said. "I came in 33rd last year and probably put a little too much pressure on myself. But this year, halfway through the season, I was about 130th. … I kind of just see it all as a bonus, however far I manage to make it." … First-round leader Seung-Yul Noh is fully aware of what he needs to accomplish in the next two weeks. "Just try and make the TOUR Championship (and) hopefully finish at the top five." After all, it’s the top five in points who will control their own destiny heading into East Lake.

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