NICK WATNEY has jumped to the top of the FedEx Cup standings after winning the 2012 The Barclays golf championship while seven Aussies remain alive in the end of season playoffs.
Watney birdied the last hole for a three shot victory over a fast finishing Brandt Snedeker at the Bethpage State Park Black Course in New York.
Overnight leader Sergio Garcia, going for his second US PGA Tour Win in a row, fell away with three bogeys on the back to finish tied with Dustin Johnson in third place, four behind the leader.
Greg Chalmers was the best placed Aussie finishing in outright ninth on 4-under, six behind Watney.
Seven Aussies made it into the top 100 in the FedEx standings. They all go through to compete in the second event of the end of season playoff series, the Deutsche Bank Championship this week at the TPC Boston.
Chalmers was the biggest Aussie FedEx Cup mover going from 78 to 38 in a competition where the new points structure gives everyone still involved at least a mathematical chance of claiming the US$10 million prize at the end. Watney showed how that can work by jumping from 49th to first.
Snedeker is now second in the standings and showing the sort of form that could help him snatch the overall title. He is followed by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both of whom had poor tournaments in New York.
The leading Aussie in the FedEx standings is now John Senden, who finished tied for 19th on 2-under at Bethpage along with Geoff Ogilvy, Jason Day and others.
Senden jumped from 37th to 32nd, followed by Adam Scott in 34th spot (a disappointing 4-over with high weekend scores), Marc Leishman 36th (missed cut), Chalmers 38th, Ogilvy 49th, Baddeley 85th (missed cut) and Day 88th.
Out of the playoffs are Robert Allenby who missed the weekend cut to finish 118th in the standings and Rod Pampling, who started the series right on the 125 cut line and at least fought gamely to improve to 107th position.
The top 75 after the Deutsche Bank Championship go on to compete in the BMW Championship with just the top 30 then fighting it out at the TOUR Championship for the FedEx Cup, the glory, and the US$10 winner’s cheque.2012 The Barclays Leaderboard 2012 FedExCup Points Table