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Expert Picks: Wyndham Championship

By PGA Tour News on Tue, Aug 15 2017 7:37 PM

How it works: Each week, our experts from PGATOUR.COM will make their selections in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO. Each lineup consists of four starters and two bench players that can be rotated after each round. Adding to the challenge is that every golfer can be used only three time per each of four Segments. The first fantasy golf game to utilize live ShotLink data, PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO allows you to see scores update live during competition. To learn more or sign up click here. MORE FANTASY: Power Rankings | Sleeper Picks | The Confidence Factor CDW, an official partner of the PGA TOUR, offers its weekly fantasy selection. Here's this week's "Data-Driven Decision." The computer selected strokes gained: off-the-tee, bogey avoidance and strokes gained: tee-to-green as the three most important statistics this week. After calculating this season's ranks in those categories of every player in the field, the computer made the following prediction...

Fantasy Insider: Wyndham Championship

By PGA Tour News on Tue, Aug 15 2017 6:28 PM

It would probably be easiest to illustrate the next several weeks as a flowchart replete with a series of if-thens, but it really isn't that complicated. The top 125 in the FedExCup standings at the conclusion of this week's Wyndham Championship qualify for the Playoffs. They're also fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2017-18. Those who aren't yet fully exempt and finish 126-200 in FedExCup points qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals. That series begins on Aug. 31-Sept. 3 with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. This is the first time that earnings will not be used to determine status, so if you're a full-season salary gamer, be sure to crosscheck who's inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings. Do not assume that a golfer inside the top 125 on the money list after the Wyndham has a TOUR card next season. PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO My roster for the Wyndham Championship (in alphabetical order): Bud Cauley Bill Haas Kevin Kisner (winner) Sam Saunders Webb...

Featured Groups: Wyndham Championship

By PGA Tour News on Tue, Aug 15 2017 5:35 PM

The regular season portion of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season concludes at this week’s Wyndham Championship. It’s the last chance for players to make the top 125 in points before the FedExCup Playoffs begin next week. No surprise, then, that the bulk of the 156-man Wyndham field consists of players looking to either secure their positions, or move inside the top 125. Consider this: Of the players ranked between 90 and 178 in FedExCup points, all but 13 will be teeing it up at Sedgefield this week. PGA TOUR LIVE’s coverage of the first two rounds begins at 7:30 a.m. ET. PGA TOUR Radio will have play-by-play starting at Noon ET. Golf Channel’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET. Related: Tee times | Course | Past Results | Field | PGA TOUR LIVE Here are the featured groups for the first two rounds (current FedExCup rank in parentheses): Grayson Murray (66), Chris Stroud (69), Geoff Ogilvy (125) – Murray and Stroud each posted their first TOUR wins recently – Murray at the Barbasol...

Who's feeling confident at Sedgefield?

By PGA Tour News on Tue, Aug 15 2017 3:21 PM

Anyone fighting for his 2017-18 PGA TOUR card at the Wyndham Championship enters with the knowledge that Sedgefield Country Club is a predictable racetrack. Ever since the 90-year-old course slid into its critical role as the host of the PGA TOUR season finale, little has changed on it. That's precisely the point. Year-to-year continuity at most host sites fulfills the expectations for a fair and consistent test, but when one's job is on the line, the absence of even a short-term learning curve for something previously unseen should at least lower the heart rate if not breed confidence. In an odd way that only the job-retention format that determines the unique class of PGA TOUR membership every season, a reward for performing well at Sedgefield is the opportunity to return in an ensuing edition when one's job again might be on the line. However, the 27 first-timers in the field (as of sundown on Monday) – 17 of whom are rookies – can be empowered to know that there aren't any...

Monday qualifiers: Wyndham Championship

By PGA Tour News on Tue, Aug 15 2017 1:32 PM

Former major winner Y.E. Yang may have upset Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship, but now he must play Monday qualifiers to earn his way into PGA TOUR events. Yang won Monday’s qualifier for the Wyndham Championship with a 6-under 65 at Bermuda Run Country Club's East Course in Advance, North Carolina. It was the third time this season that Yang qualified for an event, tied with Chase Seiffert and Ted Purdy for the most successful attempts in 2016-17. Yang is ranked 217th in the FedExCup as he prepares for the Wyndham, the final event before the FedExCup Playoffs. The Wyndham Championship begins Thursday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Yang also qualified for this season’s AT&T Byron Nelson and The Greenbrier Classic, missing the cut in both. He has made the cut in half of his eight starts this season, highlighted by a T27 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Jason Widener of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, shot 66 to finish second on Monday. Widener, 46, grew up...

Sleepers: Wyndham Championship

By PGA Tour News on Tue, Aug 15 2017 1:26 PM

Martin Laird … Quite safe at 55th in the FedExCup standings, the Wyndham Championship rolls around at a good time as he could use a reversal of fortune after missing consecutive cuts at the Scottish Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. The Scot doesn't present as a horse for a course often, but he does at Sedgefield where he hasn't missed a cut in six tries. He's registered two top 15s and a scoring average of 68.04. Robert Streb … The 30-year-old was in danger of losing his card until a runner-up finish at The Greenbrier Classic in early July. He added a T22 at the PGA Championship where his greenside touch was on display. He ranked eighth in strokes gained: around-the-green at Quail Hollow and sits T29 in the stat for the season on the PGA TOUR. It's the linchpin that has him 58th in adjusted scoring despite pedestrian ball-striking and putting metrics. He's 3-for-3 at Sedgefield with a T18 in 2014 and a scoring average of 68.17. Kevin Streelman … Perfect in four...

North Carolina golf Top-5 lists

By PGA Tour News on Tue, Aug 15 2017 12:18 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- This week’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club extends the PGA TOUR’s stay in North Carolina to a fortnight. With more than 400 courses and a rich golfing history – led by Wake Forest alum Arnold Palmer – the state takes plenty of pride in its ties to the sport. With contributions from a few of the state’s golf-loving personalities, here are five top-5 lists to enhance your knowledge about the Old North State. Top 5 Tracks By Roy Williams North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams, who coached the Tar Heels to their sixth NCAA title with a 71-65 victory over Gonzaga in March, is an avid golfer. He even hosts a group of NBA coaches with Tar Heel ties in Pinehurst each August – a last-gasp before practice begins – in what has become known as the Dean Smith Invitational. (Michael Jordan occasionally attends, too.) Williams had five birdie putts when he played in the 2013 Wyndham Championship pro-am with Davis Love III, a Tar Heel alum and...

PGA TOUR releases opening portion of 2017-18 schedule

By PGA Tour News on Tue, Aug 15 2017 10:00 AM

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR has announced the first portion of its 2017-18 schedule, a seven-week stretch through mid-November that features four official domestic and four official international tournaments – including the inaugural THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in Korea – all of which offer FedExCup points. The season will open October 2-8 with the Safeway Open in Napa, California, before transitioning to Asia for three straight tournaments, starting with the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 9-15. THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, the PGA TOUR’s first-ever official event in Korea, will be held October 16-22 on Jeju Island. Then comes the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, October 23-29. That same week of October 23-29, the TOUR also returns to the mainland with the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. The schedule continues with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas (October 30-November 5), the OHL Classic...

Ernie Els blog: My 100th major championship

By PGA Tour News on Mon, Aug 14 2017 9:26 PM

Editor’s note: Ernie Els is writing a blog in 2017 and this is his latest installment. For more information on the World Golf Hall of Famer, visit www.ernieels.com. First of all, big congrats to Justin Thomas on his first win in a major. He hit some great shots and holed key putts…when he really needed to. That’s what it takes to win one of these.  Actually, after having played with Hideki Matsuyama in the first two rounds I thought it might be his week. When he's on, his ball-striking is incredible. There are not really any flaws in his game; he’s got the whole package, as they say. But as we all know, it's not the easiest thing in the world to win a major. You need a lot of factors to go your way. Hideki has paid his dues now, though, and I believe his time will come.  For me … well, playing in my 100th major championship was obviously a cool milestone and a proud moment, especially when you see the other golfers on the 100 majors list (see stats at the bottom of this report). But...

FedExCup Scenarios: Wyndham Championship

By PGA Tour News on Mon, Aug 14 2017 7:48 PM

This week's Wyndham Championship marks the final opportunity for TOUR pros to earn spots in the FedExCup Playoffs. Following this week's event, the top 125 in the FedExCup standings will earn tee times at THE NORTHERN TRUST. The FedExCup Playoffs feature a progressive cut, with 100 players qualifying for the Dell Technologies Championship, 70 for the BMW Championship and the top 30 for the TOUR Championship. Below you'll see the top 125 in the current FedExCup standings, and the finish they'll need this week to likely secure a spot in each of the four FedExCup Playoffs events.

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