It’s always fun to be the guy being chased in any race, because that means you’re No. 1.
But for Jimmy Walker, the hunter is about to become the hunted.
Masters champion Bubba Watson used his Top 10 finish at the Greenbrier Classic to move within 187 points of Walker for the No. 1 position in the latest FedExCup standings.
Walker has accrued 2,322 points in 20 events in the 2013-2014 season; Watson has 2,135 points in 14 events.
No other player has more than 1,725 points, although that can all change with two Majors and a score of other tournaments to go before the FedExCup gets underway late August.
Inside the Top 10 of the Cup standings, Brendon Todd moved up to ninth and Patrick Reed to seventh, displacing Harris English and Chris Kirk, respectively.
Webb Simpson, who finished third at Greenbrier, climbed five spots to No. 11. Although it’s not impossible for any player in the Top 125 to win the FedExCup, the more points one accrues during the regular season, the better chance a golfer has to rack up major money in the post-season.
Angel Cabrera, who won the Greenbrier, his first non-Major PGA victory ever, appeared in the Top 125 for the first time this season, climbing from 158th to 54th with his win and the 500 points that accompany it.
Although he couldn’t hold his three-day lead at the Greenbrier, Billy Hurley III still put himself in a far more favorable position, moving up from 80th to 69th in the latest standings.
An idle Phil Mickelson fell from 89th to 93rd, putting him in the bottom fourth of the standings to qualify. He’s joined there by 2013 FedExCup winner Henrik Stenson, who is 98th and has played just nine PGA events so far in 2014.
Tiger Woods, the 2013 runner-up and two-time FedExCup champion, is in 208th place with a meager 43 points through four events. Woods trails the 125th position, currently occupied by Steve Stricker, by 316 points at present.