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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wyndham Championship - Preview

As the PGA TOUR departs the major championship season and approaches the FedExCup Playoffs, only the Wyndham Championship remains as a "last call" for players to secure their 2014-15 PGA TOUR cards and we are here with a preview to get you off and running. Thankfully for the field, Rory McIlroy is going to give someone else a chance to win a tournament.

It was one year ago that Patrick Reed one his first of what is now three PGA TOUR titles at Sedgefield Country Club, topping Jordan Spieth in a playoff. Who would have known that 12 months later, both would be preparing to head to Gleneagles as members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Sedgefield CC is a 7,126 yard par-70 layout, and has played host to this event each of the last six years following a run at Forest Oaks CC that ended in 2007. For course history buffs, narrow your focus to everything that happened from 2008 and beyond.

On that note, here is a list of winners and runners-up since 2008.

  • 2008 - Carl Pettersson (21-under 259) over Scott McCarron (261)
  • 2009 - Ryan Moore (264) over Jason Bohn and Kevin Stadler in a playoff
  • 2010 - Arjun Atwal (260) over David Toms (261)
  • 2011 - Webb Simpson (262) over George McNeill (265)
  • 2012 - Sergio Garcia (262) over Tim Clark (264)
  • 2013 - Patrick Reed (266) over Jordan Spieth in a playoff
Considering the modest fields, five of those six players are extremely solid PGA TOUR players. In fact, Simpson is a major champion and Garcia is an elite player by almost any measure. From a statistical standpoint, it's hard to get a read on what really matters at Sedgefield. The numbers don't imply that driving accuracy matters all that much. GIR don't show well all that well, but Proximity could come into play. With 12 par 4s, Par 4 Scoring Average is a must. 

We will return tomorrow with a look at this week's Power Ranking. Until then, happy research! 

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