After a bonkers 2018 PGA Championship, we have one more PGA Tour event before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. This week’s Wyndham Championship is a final opportunity for some to earn their PGA Tour card for 2018-19 and a chance for others to jump up a few spots for playoff positioning. This field is stack with interesting names and intriguing stories.
Let’s take a look at this week’s contest.
What: Wyndham Championship | When: Aug. 16-19
Where: Sedgefield Country Club — Greensboro, North Carolina
Ranking the field (odds)
Field strength — C+: It’s not a very good field, but that’s made up for by the “who keeps their PGA Tour card by getting inside the top 125″ drama.
Three stories to watch
1. Minors to bigs: Several golfers who were in college last year are playing the big time this week. Doc Redman (Clemson), Doug Ghim (Texas), Norman Xiong (Oregon) and Dylan Meyer (Illinois) are among those playing who, one year ago, were prepping for the U.S. Amateur at Riviera. None are likely to win, but it’s worth following them all as they try and carve a path on the PGA Tour.
2. Hello, Euros? We talked about this on the First Cut Podcast earlier in the week, but the heart of the European Ryder Cup team is not looking great right now. Stenson and Justin Rose might be hurt, and Garcia is playing as poorly as I can ever remember. Maybe they get it on track this week, and they’ll need to as Paris looms.
Only 13 guys have made the playoffs every year since the creation of the FedExCup in 2007. But two of them head to the @WyndhamChamp outside the top-125 bubble:
Sergio Garcia (131st)
Bill Haas (150th)
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) August 14, 2018
3. Photo finish: The low-key best drama of the season is guys jumping in and out of the top 125 over the final nine holes at Sedgefield. Only the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings qualify for the PGA Tour for next season, and there are some big names that need big weeks. According to the PGA Tour, an average of 2.7 golfers jump into the top 125 from outside of it every year at Greensboro.
Several Tour winners from 2015-16 outside FedEx top 125 with exemptions set to expire after this week’s @WyndhamChamp:
Baddeley (137 in points)
Kaufman (199, injured)
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) August 13, 2018
- 2017: Henrik Stenson
- 2016: Si Woo Kim
- 2015: Davis Love III
- 2014: Camilo Villegas
- 2013: Patrick Reed
Wyndham Championship picks
Winner: I’ve been so impressed by how Simpson has played so far this year. He made the cut at every major championship, won the Players, made the Ryder Cup squad and is currently No. 13 in strokes gained overall. Easy pick this week.
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Top 10: Stud. Four top 10s and seven top 25s in 16 starts so far this year, and he’s starting to feel it a little bit as the Ryder Cup comes into focus.
Sleeper: Top 20 at the PGA Championship, and the 27-year-old Suri has three consecutive top 30s at monster events (including two majors).