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The Reshuffle List: Fallout From the Second Reshuffle

Jeremy Schilling

Schilling covers golf for RotoWire, focusing on young and up-and-coming players. He was a finalist for the FSWA's Golf Writer of the Year award. He also contributes to PGA Magazine and hosts the popular podcast "Teeing It Up" on BlogTalkRadio.

The second reshuffle of the 2013-14 has come and gone, and it's time to look at the winners and those who needs to pick it up and get their game in shape ... fast.

Top 5

1. Ryo Ishikawa - 425 points
2. Brendon Todd - 406.167
3. Will MacKenzie - 401.400
4. Russell Knox - 318.233
5. Jim Renner - 245

Bottom 5 (non-medical)

44. Troy Merritt - 0 points
45. Daniel Chopra - 0
46. Alex Prugh - 0
47. Mark Anderson - 0
48. Benjamin Alvarado - 0

Biggest Gainers

Jim Renner, +38 spots -
Renner's ascension to No. 2 on the list is rather stunning, especially considering his finishes this season: MC-MC-MC-MC-T2-WD. That tie for second at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am featured an opening-round 65 and a final-round 67, completely changing Renner's season by securing him more starts than anticipated.

Will Wilcox, +20 -
Wilcox is also a byproduct of one strong finish, a tie for eighth at the Sony Open in Hawaii. That's also partly because he started so far down the Reshuffle List to start the season. He only had three subsequent starts, missing the cut twice. Now that he's 27th on the list, his starts should increase, his chances to play well should as well and his fantasy stock could rise.

Chad Collins, +16 -
Collins did exactly what Reshuffle List players need to do, putting together three consecutive weeks in the money. Beginning with the Sony Open, Collins had finishes of T46-8-T28, good enough to raise him to seventh on the list. He's also about halfway to clinching his PGA Tour card for 2014-15.

Hudson Swafford, +11 -
Swafford, now 14th on the list, had a solid two-week stretch when he tied for eighth at Sony followed by a T25 at the Humana Challenge. Although he's missed his last three cuts, Swafford is ninth in total driving and 36th in all-around ranking.

Kevin Foley, +11 -
Foley's trip up to 34th on the list is more a byproduct of finishing in the money than a good result. As you'll see below, a bunch of players have not made a cut this year and, thus, have no FedEx Cup points. So after a T72 at the Sony Open and T35 at Pebble Beach, Foley has 32.41 points, jumped over that group of pointless players.

Biggest Losers

Troy Matteson, -12 -
Matteson's 2013-14 season started in fine fashion - he tied for fifth in Las Vegas - but he missed every cut in the five events he played during the second reshuffle period. That sent him from fifth to 17th on the list. What's the issue? He's 144th in driving accuracy, 118th in greens in regulation and 164th (of 174 players) in strokes gained-putting.

Kevin Kisner, -11 spots -
Like Matteson, Kisner also got off to a decent start, as he had finishes of T33-MC-T20-T60 last fall. But the turn of the calendar hasn't improved his play, as he's made only two cuts in four starts in 2014 with his best finish a tie for 48th at Humana. He's now 20th on the Reshuffle List.

Sean O'Hair, -11 -
O'Hair, 21st on the Reshuffle List, used his Tour Finals momentum to start with finishes of T26 and T15 to open his season. However, he missed the cut in two of three starts in the 2014 portion of the schedule, finished T56 at Pebble Beach, sits 160th in driving accuracy and 125th in all-around ranking. Fantasy owners should avoid O'Hair until his play improves.

Danny Lee, -11 -
Lee fell to 28th on the list after not making a cut in the five events he played in during the reshuffle period. He is 102nd in driving accuracy, 104th in strokes gained-putting and 105th in scoring average. He's also should be avoided by fantasy owners.

Edward Loar, -9 -
Loar, part of the Nothing Men category (see below), fell nine spots to 42nd on the list after missing four cuts on the west-coast swing. These golfers lose the most playing opportunities as a result of poor play, so that will be something to watch.

Patrick Cantlay, -9 -
Cantlay, who missed time due to injury, has not made a start in the 2013-14 season.

The Nothing Men Update

The following players have zero FedEx Cup points following the second reshuffle: Loar, Cantlay, Merritt, Chopra, Prugh, Anderson and Alvarado.

The "Will They Ever See A Tournament?" Update

This is an update of the golfers profiled in our initial 2013-14 Reshuffle List column, and how the new system and its flaws - specifically with placement on the Reshuffle List following the Tour Finals - might have decided some of their fates before the season even started (ranks are where they started this season).

35. Alex Aragon, -5, seven starts, one made cut (T77)
43. Mark Anderson, -4, three starts, three missed cuts
44. Kevin Tway, +15, eight starts, two made cuts (T40, T37)
45. Kevin Foley, +11, see above
47. Will Wilcox, +20, see above
48. Benjamin Alvarado, +0, no starts

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