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Tour Report: FedExCup update after the second round

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. — Saturday’s second 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.

ELIMINATED FROM THE PLAYOFFS: Six players outside the top 70 in FedExCup points coming into the Deutsche Bank Championship failed to make Saturday’s cut of 2 over. That means they won’t be able to advance to next week’s 70-man BMW Championship. Those six players are:
Ricky Barnes – Entered the week ranked 77th and is projected to fall to 92nd after finishing at 3 over.
Rory Sabbatini – Entered the week at 94th and is projected to fall to 98th after finishing at 4 over
K.J. Choi – Entered the week at 95th and is projected to fall to 99th after finishing at 4 over
Greg Owen – Entered the week at 76 and is projected to fall to 89th after shooting 5 over
Michael Thompson – Entered the week at 82nd and is projected to fall to 96th after shooting 7 over
Cameron Tringale – Entered the week at 79th and is projected to fall to 94th after shooting 10 over

DRAMATIC ENDINGS: Check out the FedExCup-related stories below from Saturday’s round:
Sean O’Hair makes eagle to stay alive
Ben Crane misses the cut late
Scott Stallings makes dramatic 40-foot birdie

NO. 1  WATCH: Rory McIlroy, who leads the Duetsche Bank Championship by one at 12 under, is projected to return to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings. Nick Watney, who won The Barclays last week, got back in red numbers at 1 under after Saturday’s 69, but he’s still projected to move down one spot.

BIGGEST MOVERS: Here are the biggest movers in the FedExCup standings after two rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship:

Player Scoreboard position FEC rank last week FEC rank after 1st rd. Movement
Chris Kirk T-5th 81 39 +42
Bryce Molder T-10th 93 55 +38
Ryan Moore T-3rd 53 18 +35
Charl Schwartzel T-5th 71 37 +34
D.A. Points T-5th 72 38 +34

BUBBLE WATCH: Brian Davis was the bubble boy at the the start of the week. He missed the cut, though, and is currently projected at No. 85 so the Englishman will have to wait to see what happens over the last two rounds. So will the man who took his place at No. 70 in the projections, Ben Crane. Crane, who bogeyed the 18th hole to shoot 71, dropped 18 spots when he missed the cut by a shot.

TOP-FIVE WATCH: The newcomer to the top five is Louis Oosthuizen, who has jumped 17 spots to No. 4 in the projections. Oosthuizen is one stroke behind Rory McIlroy entering the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. McIlroy has taken over No. 1 in the projections, dropping Nick Watney to second while Tiger Woods, who is tied for third at 10 under, remains in third where he started the week. With the addition of Oosthuizen, Brandt Snedeker has dropped down three spots to No. 5 and Zach Johnson has fallen from fifth to seventh.

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
Charl Schwartzel 71 to 37 Josh Teater 64 to 71
D.A. Points 72 to 38 Scott Stallings 61 to 72
Chris Kirk 81 to 39 John Rollins 58 to 73*
Charley Hoffman 86 to 51 Harris English 63 to 74
Jeff Overton 83 to 54 Ken Duke 60 to 77*
Bryce Molder 93 to 55 Jonathan Byrd 69 to 81
Matt Every 75 to 59 Spencer Levin 66 to 82*
Ted Potter Jr. 84 to 62 Charles Howell III 68 to 84*
Troy Matteson 78 to 64 Brian Davis 70 to 84*

* – Players who missed the cut and will be unable to add more FedExCup points to their total. They are not officially eliminated but must hope that others fall back in order to have any chance to maintain their spots inside the top 70.

ODDS & ENDS: Bryce Molder’s best finish of the year came when he tied for seventh at the Sony Open in Hawaii in his first start of the season. The last five months haven’t been as successful, though, with a tie for 24th his best in 13 starts, so Molder knew he had a big mountain to climb to advance in the FedExCup Playoffs. He’s certainly trending the right way at 8 under for two rounds and tied for 10th. He came in ranked 93rd and is currently projected at No. 55. “Who knows whether your mind changes, but last week I knew that about 30th or 40th makes it through, and I finished 40 something,” Molder said. “And then I know this week it’s going to take a top 10 or 15 to get through, I don’t know what it is, but maybe it’s a mindset that you pay attention to it, but at the end of the day, it’s still just a golf shot. It’s just one more thing to kind of pay attention to it.” …

Chris Kirk, who is tied for fifth at 9 under, has moved from 81st to 39th in the projections. He’s trying to stay away from thinking about the various scenarios though. “You can’t get caught up in all that stuff. If you play well, those things take care of themselves. …

Tommy Gainey entered the week ranked 91st and has dropped to 95th in the projections. But he made the cut at even par and has his sights set on moving up. Here’s what he tweeted on Saturday afternoon. @TwoGlovesGolf Made the cut now it’s time to make my move into the top 70!!!

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