Brandt Snedeker Still Atop FedEx Cup Standings Despite Missing Time With Rib Injury

By Carl Conrad
Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently Brandt Snedeker enjoyed the $10 million bonus he received for winning the FedEx Cup champion in 2012. I say that because he continues to lead the standings in 2013. While he is still at the top of the heap, his one-time stranglehold on the top spot has been reduced to 177 points. The PGA Tour season is a long one and there will be a lot of movement in the Fedex Cup before it concludes.

Snedeker is leading right now because he has finished in the top 10 in four of the five events he’s played, including his victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The only tournament in which he has failed to crack the top 10 was the Humana Challenge, and he still finished tied for 23rd. Snedker didn’t play this week in an effort to rest his ailing ribs. It’s smart for him to make sure he’s 100% before he comes back so as to avoid reinjuring himself and potentially missing significant action.

Tiger Woods, on the other hand, has two top finishes. Both of those happen to be victories, however. He took home last week’s WGC Cadillac Championship in addition to the Farmers Insurance Open in January. He went through a bit of a rough patch when he missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, but he has been at the top of his game as of late.

Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker round out the top five in the FedEx Cup standings heading into the Tampa Bay Championship. There is still plenty of golf to be played and more than enough time to make a significant move up the standings. Unfortunately for the rest of the field, if Tiger gets on a hot streak, he may be $10 million richer at the end of the year.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.


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