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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Wyndham Championship - Preview

The final regular season event of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR schedule is the Wyndham Championship, and here is a preview to get you off and running.

The Wyndham Championship will be contested at Sedgefield Country Club, as it has without interruption since 2008. Sedgefield is a par-70 layout that stretches out to a manageable 7,127 yards. It features the expected two par 5s, four par 3s and 12 par 4s. It is worth noting that both par 5s are easily reachable by almost anyone who puts a tee ball in the fairway, so bombing it off the tee is not a necessity this week.

Here is a look at the winners and runners-up since 2008:

  • 2008: Winner - Carl Pettersson (21-under 259) over Scott McCarron (261)
  • 2009: Winner - Ryan Moore (264) over Jason Bohn and Kevin Stadler in a playoff
  • 2010: Winner - Arjun Atwal (260) over over David Toms (261)
  • 2011: Winner - Webb Simpson (262) over George McNeill (265)
  • 2012: Winner - Sergio Garcia (262) over Tim Clark (264)
  • 2013: Winner - Patrick Reed (266) over Jordan Spieth in a playoff
  • 2014: Winner - Camilo Villegas (263) over Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson (264)

This list further confirms that length isn't all that important. We have a lot of really good players rising to the top of some overall weak fields. 

The timing of this tournament dictates that most of the top players sit this one out as a rest between the WGC/PGA double dip and the FedExCup Playoffs. 

This tournament is somewhat tricky in that stats are less important than a player's inner battle this week. A bunch of the players are playing for something big. Some are trying to at least make the top 150 for conditional status next year, some are playing to try and crack or stay inside the top 125. There are even a few trying to crack the top 200 to earn a seat in the Web.com Tour finals. 

The players that can typically be trusted the most this week are those that are already secured of being in the Playoffs, but are playing to improve their standing, or because this is a home game, or because a sponsor requires it. 

I'll take a look at par-4 scoring average, SG:TTG and likely par breakers before ultimately putting a lot of trust on course history, current form and even a little gut (gulp). 

We will return later this week with a power ranking and one-and-done selection. Until then, best of luck to all!

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