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Monday, August 12, 2013

Wyndham Championship - Power Rankings

The Wyndham Championship does not offer a clear number one in the power rankings, rather a group of four players that could easily be mixed and mingled. The irony may be that the majority of the attention this week shouldn't really be focused on the guys in this power ranking, rather the players fighting for a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs and a 2013-14 PGA TOUR card.

Let's jump right in:

  1. Webb Simpson - The 2011 winner and North Carolina native is the right fit of form, class and history for Sedgefield. He surrounded his win with a T8 in '10 and a respectable T22 in his title defense last year. With the distraction of that defense in his rear-view mirror and a pair of top 25s at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship, he's the guy to start the conversation.
  2. Brandt Snedeker - I'm not taking my eyes off the winner of the RBC Canadian Open. He wasn't great at Firestone CC and Oak Hill, but that doesn't mean his form has slipped. Firestone is a little long for him and Oak Hill a little tight. He's got a pair of top 10s in the last five years at Sedgefield, so this could set up for another big week.
  3. Zach Johnson - Easily could have taken the top spot, but I'm banking on a slight let down. Finished P2, T6, T4 and T8 in his last four starts, with the last three coming in a pair of majors and a WGC. An interesting fact, he currently sits in 10th place in the Presidents Cup Standings that cut off on September 2nd and it's tight. He's less than 10k points (essentially dollars) clear of Dustin Johnson and trails Steve Stricker for ninth by just over 11k points. The other two are off this week, so ZJ could make a big move with a top 10.
  4. Bill Haas - Another class guy playing near his college stomping grounds of Wake Forest, he's 3/5 with a pair of top 10s at Sedgefield and has shown up on leaderboards with regularity all season. Form is good with a T7 at Firestone CC and a T25 at Oak Hill after flirting with a top 10.
  5. Sergio Garcia - The defending champ finished fourth in his only other visit to Sedgefield, so course history buffs will be all over him this week. A word of caution. His last top 10 in the U.S. was THE PLAYERS. That's what started his most recent public feud with Tiger Woods, from which he has yet to recover.
  6. David Toms - A sneaky pick for you one-and-done players without the options of the top four or five, the Bayou Bengal is fresh off a seventh at the PGA Championship and a T16 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. He was runner-up here in 2010 and has missed just one of five cuts at this venue.
  7. Roberto Castro - Form is excellent, but missed the cut here in his only appearance at Sedgefield last year. A T6 in Canada and a T12 at the PGA give him a green light.
  8. Carl Pettersson - Really a tough call. He won here in 2008 and has tied for fourth each of the last two years, but his form sucks. His last top 25 was the Arnold Palmer Invite, but if he has a good couple of rounds and makes the cut he could jump on the bike one more time and remember how to pedal it towards a high finish.
  9. Martin Kaymer - This is a total nod to class and form, as he's never played here, but has a T9 at the WGC-Bridgestone and a T33 at Oak Hill in his last two weeks.
  10. Paul Casey - His best finish here was a T26 in 2008, but he's quickly moving closer to his world-class form of several years ago. His win at the Irish Open speaks for itself and he was an early factor before fading to T33 last week at the PGA.
  11. Jimmy Walker - His last two starts were missed cuts, but those came in majors. Jimmy doesn't have much major experience to draw from, but he does have plenty of reps in the regular ole PGA TOUR events. He tied for 2nd at The Greenbrier Classic in  his last non-major TOUR start. Add to that, he tied for fourth here last year.
  12. Brendon de Jonge - He's the guy you can plug into a Yahoo! lineup if you just want to make sure you have someone around for four days. Form is good and the Va Tech product seems like a safe bet to make a cut in the heart of ACC territory.
Next 5: Bud Cauley, Tim Clark, Hideki Matsuyama, William McGirt and Pat Perez

Feeling risky?
  • Jason Bohn - Runner-up in '09 and T12 in '11 are enough to land him here without any other considerations, but a T9 in Mississippi and a T2 in Canada in his last two starts seal the deal. On second thought....maybe he isn't that risky.
  • Davis Love III - Only one top 10 in what has been a disappointing year, but was T12 and T10 here the last two years.

We will return tomorrow to look at some games. Until then, best of luck!

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