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Monday, August 17, 2015

Wyndham Championship - Power Ranking and One-and-Done

The Wyndham Championship is the final stop of the regular season, and here is the power ranking and one-and-done to complete our work for the week. While the PGA Championship is sometimes referred to as Glory's Last Shot, that truly is the case for a number of the lesser known PGA TOUR players.

Here we go:

  1. Brooks Koepka - Jumps off the page due to his recent form and posted a respectable T38 here last year in his first look at Sedgefield CC. 
  2. Brandt Snedeker - At this venue, he sports a pair of top-five finishes (including last year) and has made six of seven cuts. Clearly one of the classier players in the field, he's a solid play in any format.
  3. Webb Simpson - A known course horse, this is one that fits his eye in his home state. Has a win as one of his three top 11s and has made five of six cuts.
  4. Bill Haas - Close followers of Haas know several things. First, he has never performed well in majors. That places a big asterisk on his recent form. His course history, however, is very good here. It features three top 10s including a T2 last year. Make no mistake, he's very dangerous this week. Which brings us to the second thing to know. His course history often overrides his current form.
  5. Justin Thomas - Patrick Reed broke through here, and it would be no surprise to see Thomas follow in his footsteps. Playing great lately, with a T5-T4-T18 run entering the week.
  6. Hideki Matsuyama - A nod to his class, he is 1/2 with a top 15 in 2013. Recent form is good, but not great.
  7. Will Wilcox - Lacks the class of those above him and immediately below him, but is as hot as anyone. A T24 LY is good enough to elevate him into the top 10, given his form.
  8. Branden Grace - Did you watch the last few majors?
  9. Martin Kaymer - Tied for 20th here in 2013 and has recently been making some noise with some top-15 finishes.
  10. Paul Casey - He's 4/5 with a T18 here last year and has been a steady hand of late. In a field lacking tons of depth, he's a savvy play.
  11. Billy Horschel
  12. Adam Scott
  13. Patrick Rodgers
  14. Charl Schwartzel
  15. Ryan Moore
  16. Tiger Woods
  17. Harris English
  18. Cameron Smith
  19. Ollie Schniederjans
  20. Scott Piercy (WD)
  21. Luke Donald
  22. Camilo Villegas
  23. David Toms
  24. Carl Pettersson
  25. Chad Campbell

It's turning into that point of the season where you burn 'em if you got 'em. Some people trailing begin taking some calculated risks, but I don't exactly buy into that. Many of the gamers ahead of you have already burned the players you are considering, so it's a bit of a musical chairs with picks. I do encourage those of you trying to maintain to burn "chalk" whenever possible and force others to reach.

Of my top 12, there are only two that I have still at my disposal. They are Martin Kaymer and Branden Grace. While I have Grace slightly higher in my power ranking, I'm rolling with Kaymer for two reasons. Kaymer has course history (T20 in '13), and Grace could have a bit of a major hangover.

Best of luck to all!

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