GREENSBORO, N.C. – The main focus on the Wyndham Championship is often on the gamers making an attempt to qualify for the PGA Tour’s first playoff match.
Now there’s extra cause to concentrate to these close to the highest of the factors listing.
The Tour’s remaining regular-season occasion begins Thursday, and as regular there as soon as once more will probably be loads of bubble gamers making an attempt to pressure their means into the highest 125 and qualify for The Northern Belief – the primary of the three FedExCup playoff occasions. It is adopted by the BMW Championship in suburban Chicago, then the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
However for the primary time, there’s some added motivation for these close to the highest of the standings: The brand new Wyndham Rewards High 10 program pays out $10 million in bonuses to the highest 10 gamers within the common season.
”For me, it is a busy a part of the yr, however I actually needed to come back right here, whether or not or not Wyndham Rewards,” stated Paul Casey, who’s at No. eight on the factors listing. ”That is simply, I suppose, the additional type of incentive this week for me, attempt to transfer up a few spots if I can.”
Whereas the highest three spots have already been locked up, $5.three million in bonus cash stays up for grabs this week at par-70 Sedgefield Nation Membership.
Because of this, 10 of the highest 32 gamers are within the discipline, led by Casey and No. 13 Webb Simpson. 9 of them have a shot at transferring into the highest 10 and claiming a few of that money with a win.
A yr in the past, solely two of the highest 30 – native North Carolinians Simpson and Chesson Hadley- teed it up right here.
”I believe every thing new begins sluggish,” Casey stated. ”The FedExCup was sluggish when it was conceived. The primary yr was complicated and type of over earlier than it began. … It is solely going to develop.”
Another issues to observe at Sedgefield this weekend:
Amongst these with a shot on the huge bonuses: Casey might end fourth with the 500 factors that accompany a victory whereas Simpson and No. 14 Chez Reavie will climb to fifth place in the event that they win. Charles Howell III, at No. 17, can climb as excessive as sixth, and others who might money in embody No. 25 Sungjae Im, No. 29 Hideki Matsuyama, No. 30 Lucas Glover and No. 31 Corey Conners.
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No one has had a greater spherical at this match than Brandt Snedeker, who opened final yr by changing into the 10th participant in Tour historical past with a 59, by no means relinquished the lead and received it for the second time. He hopes his second run because the defending champion goes higher than his first: He adopted up his victory in 2007 by tying for 69th. ”I would like to ensure I am able to go Thursday, and that my sport’s the place it must be and notice I’ve to type of depart final yr the place it’s previously,” he stated.
The sector is as soon as once more plagued by gamers making an attempt to crack the highest 125, make it to subsequent week’s playoff occasion in New Jersey and – in the event that they have not already – safe their spots on Tour in 2020. Each participant on the factors listing from No. 103 (Mackenzie Hughes) to No. 137 (Ryan Blaum) is right here. Within the 12 years since this match turned the final probability at a playoff berth, a mean of two.7 gamers have performed their means into the postseason. Harris English and Nick Taylor did it final yr after 4 pulled it off in 2017.
Solely 4 previous winners at Sedgefield are right here this week, and three of them are in a single group: Simpson (2011), Patrick Reed (2013) and Si Woo Kim (2016). They’re scheduled to begin at 7:50 a.m. Thursday on the again 9.