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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Wyndham Championship - Preview

The Wyndham Championship offers the last chance for many golfers to secure their 2013-14 PGA TOUR status, as it is the last stop before the FedExCup Playoffs. I heard earlier this week that the PGA TOUR doesn't want the PGA Championship to use "Glory's Last Shot" anymore. Perhaps the Wyndham can pick up that phrase.

It has been a year since Sergio Garcia essentially secured his Ryder Cup berth with a win in a Monday finish at the 2012 Wyndham, but it was a mere 52 weeks ago.

The tournament has been at Sedgefield Country Club since 2008 after a lengthy run at Forest Oaks CC. Sedgefield is a 7,130 par 70 with just two par 5s, but that doesn't mean the birdie opportunities will be at a minimum. The winning score has hovered between 16-under-par and 21-under.

Here is a list of the winners and bridesmaids dating back to 2008:

  • 2008 - Carl Pettersson (21-under); Scott McCarron (19-under)
  • 2009 - Ryan Moore (16-under); Jason Bohn and Kevin Stadler (16-under playoff)
  • 2010 - Arjun Atwal (20-under); David Toms (19-under)
  • 2011 - Webb Simpson (18-under); George McNeill (15-under)
  • 2012 - Sergio Garcia (18-under); Tim Clark (15-under)
Several things pop from that list. It may mean nothing, but Pettersson (NC State), Simpson (Wake Forest) and Clark (NC State) all went to college on Tobacco Road in ACC country and Sedgefield is in their back yard. Simpson and Toms are both in excellent form of late, with Toms popping a top 10 at the PGA Championship and Simpson playing well at the WGC-Bridgestone.

This year's edition has a pretty high octane field, with guys still jockeying for position for the upcoming Playoffs.

From a statistical standpoint, the thing that stands out about the last few tournaments is that nothing stands out. The top 10 isn't littered by guys that find fairways, or make putts, or land GIR. It's a complete hodgepodge of everything. While I'm a proponent of stats being the third leg of the three-legged stool of form, history and statistics, you can almost just eliminate stats all together this week.

Check back tomorrow for our weekly power rankings!

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