The Tour heads to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship. Sedgefield C.C. plays host to the regular season finale where spots in the FedEx Cup Playoffs will be on the line. Field and tee times
Si Woo Wins
Last year saw the rise of then 19-year-old Si Woo Kim who blitzed the field winning by five shots over Luke Donald. Kim's win was a display of dominant ball-striking as the South Korean star finished 1st in SG: Off-The-Tee and 2nd in SG: Approach. Unfortunately. Kim won't be able to defend his title due to a back injury that's plagued him all season.
From an architectural perspective, Sedgefield C.C. is one of the best stops on Tour. What I love about the Donald Ross design is how the land and slopes were used to create a subtle challenge. If you watch the telecast, check out how the green will favor a certain shot shape while the fairway will slope to promote the opposite flight. This nuanced design is prevalent across the course, notably on the par four 17th where the green favors a left to right shot but the slope of the fairway promotes a right to left shot.
Besides the fairway undulation, Sedgefield has a great set of Ross greens. The greens contain a great deal of slope and will require players to hit shots below the hole.
The top 125
The big story this week will be the FedEx Cup standings and players attempting to move their way into the top 125. Players who are successful will earn a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and a chance at winning the lucrative FedEx Cup. The added bonus of a spot in the top 125 is avoiding having to fight for a PGA Tour Card at Web.com Tour Finals. Here's what the bubble looks like.
Will Gray suggested that the final number might fall around 355-360 points. It's a number that can fluctuate depending on how players around the bubble play. It's important to note that Vaughn Taylor (119th), Billy Hurley III (129th), Graeme McDowell (131st), Aaron Baddeley (133rd) and Smylie Kaufman (135th) all have exemptions for 2017-2018 from wins during the 2015-2016 season.
Sedgefield C.C. has produced a wide spectrum of winners over the years. With the added pressure of the top 125, Paulie has picked some hot hands to roll with this week. Check 'em out here.
Post PGA Championship Mailbag Podcast
I am joined by Kyle Nathan to breakdown the PGA Championship and answer mailbag questions. We talk JT, Louis Oosthuizen, his mattress, Mid-Am golf and much more. Listen to the podcast on the website, iTunes or Stitcher.
Hayden Wood earned medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur shooting rounds of 64-67. Finishing second to the Oklahoma State star was Norman Xiong who fired 64-70 to snag solo 2nd. Xiong's strong performance comes on the heels of his Western Amateur win and appears to be playing himself onto the Walker Cup team. There will be a 14 for 8 playoff this morning to finalize the 64-man match play bracket. Follow along live here.
Todd Mitchell qualified for the U.S. Amateur and fired a brilliant opening 67 at Riviera on Monday. The 39-year-old shot the second best score of the day at Riviera. Unfortunately, he forgot to sign a scorecard before leaving the scoring area, leading to a DQ.
While Mitchell deserves the brunt of the blame for not signing his card, I have to question what the scoring official was doing. It's the officials job to assist players, and in this situation, it looks like the opposite occurred. Not to mention, the rule is archaic to say the least, if I walk the 10' away from scoring I still shot 67. In today's modern age of live scoring it seems this rule has lost a bit of its luster and the penalty of DQ is quite severe.
Two weeks left
The Web.com Tour heads to Knoxville with only two weeks left in the regular season. Much like the PGA Tour, the players on the top 25 and top 75 bubbles have some work to do to ensure their playing status. Here's a look at players on and around the top 25 and 75.
A player currently on the outside looking in is Jack Maguire. The former Florida State All-American chose to compete in the U.S. Open over that week's Web event. Read about how that decision might send him back to Q-School.
The Little Course That Could
I know that I talk about this place a great deal but it's a remarkable course with a better story. Dylan Dethier wrote a brilliant piece for the New York Times about the story of Sweetens. Read it here.