While last week's PGA Championship might have been "Glory's last shot," this week's Wyndham Championship represents the final opportunity for PGA Tour players to cement themselves inside the top 144 in the final FedEx Cup Standings.
With that in mind, nearly all the players who are on the proverbial bubble will be on hand in Greensboro, N.C., at Forest Oaks Country Club. Marco Dawson owns the 144th and final spot, but he's just 102 points ahead of No. 145 Eric Axley. In fact, all 11 players between 140th place and 150th place are scheduled to play this week and have just 273 points separating them.
While many big-name players have opted to skip the event - even defending champion Davis Love III won't play in order to have surgery for a kidney stone - Brandt Snedeker said he's looking at the Wyndham Championship as an opportunity. And he's surprised more players aren't doing the same.
"The way it's explained to me, every position that you're ahead of somebody else is points that you're getting starting out," Snedeker told reporters. "So I took the week of Reno off just for that fact so I could play here, knowing that some guys would be taking this week off I can jump up a couple spots and hopefully if I play well, jump four, five, six, seven, eight spots -- make a big difference coming down the stretch the last two or three tournaments."
When the dust settles after this weekend, the top 144 players in the FedEx Cup standings will qualify for The Barclays, which is the first of four "playoff" tournaments. Tiger Woods clinched the regular season FedEx Cup points title and the top seed for the playoffs last week, winning the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.
The FedEx Cup series kicks off with the Barclays (Aug. 23-26 in Rye, N.Y.), followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Norton, Mass.), the BMW Championship (Sept. 6-9 in Lemont, Ill.) and the Tour Championship (Sept. 13-16 in Atlanta).
Local favorite Carl Pettersson, who is one of the top-ranked players in the field and is No. 44 in the FedEx Cup standings, said he can understand why some of the game's biggest names are taking the week off and resting up for the playoffs.
"We've had two big events with the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA and, obviously, going to play four events after this," Pettersson said. "That would be seven weeks in a row, which sometimes is not great for your game.
"You start losing your concentration and stuff like that but, you know … this week has a big purse, and it's a great opportunity for somebody to really move up."
• SITE: Greensboro, N.C.
• COURSE: Forest Oaks Country Club (7,333 yards, par 72)
• SCHEDULE: Aug. 16-19
• PURSE: ($5 million; winner's share: $900,000)
• TV: Golf Channel (Aug. 16-17, 3-6 p.m. EDT, 9 p.m.-midnight EDT) and CBS (Aug. 18-19, 1-4 p.m. EDT)
August 16, 2007
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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