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Tour Report: FedExCup update after Round 2

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By Mike McAllister and Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Friday’s second round of The Barclays, the opening event in the FedExCup Playoffs, is now in the books. Here’s a look at the key FedExCup moves and notes from the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, as well as the players who were officially eliminated from the Playoffs.

FEDEXCUP: Projected standings | Official standings

WHO’S ELIMINATED?: These nine players started outside the top 100 in points going into The Barclays and failed to make the cut at 1 over. That means they cannot move inside the top 100 who will advance to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

Eliminated player FedExCup ranking Barclays score (cut was 1 over)
Robert Allenby 117 2 over
Heath Slocum 124 3 over
Davis Love III 114 6 over
Colt Knost 120 6 over
Kevin Chappell 113 7 over
Harrison Frazar 121 7 over
Jerry Kelly 122 11 over
Boo Weekley 123 12 over
Jason Bohn 125 WD

NO. 1 WATCH: Sergio Garcia and Nick Watney are tied for the second-round lead at The Barclays. A win would project either one to the top of the FedExCup standings. Tiger Woods, the current FedExCup leader, is tied for seventh, three shots off the pace.

FIVE BIGGEST MOVERS: Here are the biggest projected moves after Friday’s second round.

Player Scoreboard position Official FEC rank Projected FEC rank Movement
Bob Estes T3 103 25 +78
Gary Christian T7 111 54 +57
Nick Watney T1 49 2 +47
Henrik Stenson T11 117 74 +43
Vijay Singh T3 47 16 +41

MOVING IN/FALLING OUT: Only the top 100 in FedExCup points will advance to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Here’s a look at the players outside the top 100 who are projected to move inside and the players who are projected to fall outside the top 100. (Last year, eight players from outside the top 100 entering The Barclays moved into the top 100 after the tournament).

Players moving in Movement Players falling out Movement
Bob Estes 103 to 25 Will Claxton 89 to 102
Gary Christian 111 to 54 Chad Campbell 91 to 104
Henrik Stenson 117 to 74 Andres Romero 93 to 108
Jonas Blixt 101 to 82 Josh Teater 94 to 103
Tommy Gainey 102 to 83 Bryce Molder 96 to 106
Jason Day 113 to 93 Ricky Barnes 98 to 107
Troy Kelly 118 to 95 Chris Stroud 99 to 110
Kevin Streelman 109 to 99 Roberto Castro 100 to 109

BUBBLE WATCH: Roberto Castro, who came into the week as the Bubble Boy, ranked precariously at 100th in the FedExCup standings, had an exciting day on Friday that included an ace at the 14th hole. The PGA TOUR rookie made the cut thanks to Friday’s 67 that also included an eagle at the fifth hole, but he still has work to do to make the field for the Deutsche Bank Championship. He’s currently projected to drop nine spots but now he has the weekend to make up ground.

ODDS AND ENDS: Gary Christian has made the second biggest move in the projections from No. 111 to 54th after Friday’s 71 left him tied for seventh. The 41-year-old rookie faces quite the challenge on Saturday — he’s paired with Tiger Woods at 1:05 p.m. "I’m obviously playing good, and you’ve got to block out all the things that are going on out there," Christian said. "The course is hard enough as it is without thinking about all the other stuff, and obviously I’m a realist, I’ll be sitting up there and this will probably be the most nervous I’ve ever been standing on the first tee before. But you’ve just got to overcome it, and the biggest test is can I overcome it tomorrow, and we’ll see." …

Defending FedExCup champion Bill Haas failed to make the cut after shooting a 4-over 75 on Friday. He wasn’t the only past FedExCup champion failing to reach the weekend. Jim Furyk also missed the cut at 2 over. Meanwhile, the other two players who have won FedExCup titles – Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh – are in the top 10 on the leaderboard. …

Former PLAYERS champ Henrik Stenson, who is 4 under for the tournament, has also made a positive move in the FedExCup. He’s currently projected at 74th after starting the week ranked No. 117. The Playoffs are obviously important in their own right but the Swede is three events shy of fulfilling his TOUR membership requirements of 15 starts so a strong run would do wonders for several reasons. …

Of the eight players projected to fall out of the top 100 right now, three — Bryce Molder, Ricky Barnes and Castro — made the cut on the number so they control their own destiny as the final two rounds unfold. …

Rookie Brian Harman followed his opening 65 with a second-round 75 and is now at 2 under, tied for 27th. But he’s still projected to move from 97 to 78 in FedExCup points …

Hunter Mahan has played in every event since the FedExCup Playoffs started in 2007. But for just the second time in his Playoffs career, Mahan missed the cut, shooting 73-74 to finish at 5 over. His only other missed cut in a Playoffs event came in the 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship. Mahan, who entered this year’s Playoffs ranked sixth in points, will focus his attention on next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. …

Lee Westwood, making his first Playoffs start, shot 69-72 to make the cut at 1 under.


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