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Wyndham Championship: Preview

With only three more events left before the season-ending Tour Championship, the Wyndham Championship offers a last chance for players to make a push up the leaderboard in the FedEx Cup standings.

The final regular-season event will determine the 125 players that will make the Northern Trust Open, next week, with a chance to claim the FedExCup. 

Players at risk 

(FedEx Cup standing stated in parenthesis)

Although there are plenty of players in with a chance of making the FedEx Cup events, very rarely do any break into the top-125. 

In fact, only 18 players in the last six years have played themselves into the post-season. 

The likes of Adam Scott (121), and Matt Kuchar (124) will be hoping that they aren’t one of the unlucky players to find themselves on the wrong side of the cut-off line. 

Currently, Bo Haug (125) is at most risk, with Scott Piercy (126), Rickie Fowler (130), Tommy Fleetwood (136) and Just Rose (138) all needing a good result to surpass Haug. 

Piercy is looking for his seventh consecutive post-season appearance, after a third place finish at last week’s Barracuda Championship. 

Fellow countryman Fowler hasn’t missed the post-season since 2010, but a treacherous season has put him on the brink. 

Both Rose and Fleetwood will need a top-10 finish to stand any chance of making it. 

What about the potential winner? 

The last five winners have ended up breaking 260 for the tournament, which had only been done one once before by Carl Pettersson in 2008 when the tournament returned to Sedgefield Country Club. 

Webb Simpson always seems to go into the Wyndham Championship as favourite, and it’s difficult to argue against it. 

The American has finished top three the last four times he has played the event. Although he has only won once, in 2011, Simpson regularly finishes in the top ten. 

Simpson will be coming to his specialist course on the back of a final round 64 at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational which helped him to a 15th place finish. 

Billy Horschel and Si Woo Kim are also proven successes at Sedgefield. The latter won by five shots in 2016, finished fifth in 2019, and tied third last year.

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