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Monday, July 28, 2014

Movers and Losers - WGC Bridgestone Invitational

With the return of the Bridgestone Invitational comes the inevitable discussion of the Ryder Cup as well. With just two months left to play before the team play event, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner currently sit on the bubble for automatic bids with Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson sitting just outside the top nine places. Of course, that means that Tiger Woods and several other notables are outside the rankings and would require a Captain's Pick to make the team. Woods, as stated by Captain Tom Watson, would be a shoe-in if he's playing well enough. While he made the cut at The Open, Tiger was never really in contention throughout the weekend. As for last week's action, Jim Fuyrk added even more points to his position, moving to second place in the Ryder Cup race with his second place finish at the RBC Canadian.

Through mysticism, wisdom, arbitrary numbers pulled from thin air, and some serious number crunching, I assign each player a number, called The Aggregate, each week. That number, out of 100 with lower being better, is a collection of rankings and statistics that generally tell how a player has performed in the recent past and, for fantasy teams, can indicate whether is player is getting hot or cooling off. As I update my Excel Spre- *ahem*- Ancient Book of Knowledge with each week's performances, a differential is generated based on where they were, and where they may be going. One thing you'll notice, based on how the system works, is that the week's winner may not be the top mover. For my power rankings, I take this aggregate and combine it with past performance at that tournament to find my list.

Included below are my top 10 players overall, as well. Some of these players may appear here but not my Power Rankings, depending on how their tournament history affects their positioning and whether they're playing this week. This Top 10 should provide clearer insight as to how a player has been performing over the recent past. 

Top 10 Movers
  1. Tim Clark - (+19.8) to 45
  2. Gonzalo Fdez-Castano - (+19.2) to 58.8
  3. Matt Kuchar - (+19.2) to 23.2
  4. Dicky Pride - (+18.6) to 66.8
  5. Nick Watney - (+17.6) to 50.6
  6. Joe Durant - (+17.6) to 44.2
  7. Troy Matteson - (+17.6) to 71.4
  8. Kyle Stanley - (+17.6) to 62
  9. Robert Allenby - (+16) to 69.2
  10. Andres Romero - (+16) to 43
Top 10 Losers
  1. Luke Donald - (-19.4) to 65.8
  2. Camilo Villegas - (-17.8) to 67.6
  3. Ted Potter, Jr. - (-17.4) to 85.2
  4. Bo Van Pelt - (-16.2) to 60.2
  5. Martin Flores - (-16.2) to 89
  6. Hunter Mahan - (-14.4) to 71.2
  7. Chad Campbell - (-14) to 53.2
  8. Heath Slocum - (-13.6) to 59.6
  9. Jhonattan Vegas - (-13.6) to 66.8
  10. Cameron Beckman - (-12.8) to 95.2
Top 10 Overall
  1. Graeme McDowell - 10.6
  2. Adam Scott - 11.4
  3. Henrik Stenson - 11.4
  4. Brendon Todd - 14.6
  5. Steve Stricker - 17.2
  6. Jim Furyk - 17.6
  7. Sergio Garcia - 17.8
  8. Robert Karlsson - 18
  9. Jordan Spieth - 18
  10. Ryan Moore - 18.2
Kyle Donovan

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