The Wyndham championship at Sedgefield Country Club this weekend is the last chance players on tour have of earning points and improving their position in the FedEx Cup standings.
The top 125 after this weekend move on to three playoff events, starting next weekend and ending in the crowning of a new FedEx champion with a first prize of $10,000,000.
As well as entry into the playoff events, the top 125 players also secure full PGA playing privileges for the 2019/20 season. With so much at stake it may pay to know which players need a big performance in North Carolina this weekend.
Alex Noren sits at 125th in the rankings as the Wyndham tees off. The Swede arrives here in good form having finished T11 in the Open and T12 at the St. Jude International last weekend. His precarious position is largely due to his poor putting this year, but with his destiny in his own hands and his form improving he should be okay.
Martin Kaymer’s exemption from losing his credentials after winning the US Open in 2014 comes to an end this year and he is in big danger as he approaches the last event. He sits at 146th and although his form here in the past has been decent (T14, T20), the former world number one looks up against it.
Other big names on the outside looking in include Hunter Mahan (184th), Daniel Berger (131st) and Jason Duffner (136th), who will all be looking to score well here.
Home to the event since 2008, Sedgefield Country Club is a 7,130 yard, Par 70 layout. It’s shorter than the average tour course and includes two very reachable par 5s. It’s regarded as one of the easiest venues of the year, with Brant Snedeker winning here last time on a score of –21. Henrik Stenson won this is 2017 without carrying a driver so it’s accuracy rather than distance off the tee, with challenges coming in the form of tough roughs and undulating greens.
Jordan Speith 18/1
Speith has endured a tough time of it this year, and his decision to come here seems a little bit last minute. He sounds as if he is more confident about his game of late though, and last time he played here (2013) he was only denied in a playoff. If things are about to improve for Speith, 18/1 could look very big on Sunday.
Webb Simpson 9/1
An obvious choice, but for good reason. North Carolina native who won here in 2011 and has finished T11 or better in six of his other nine appearances. He also comes here after a second placed finish at the St. Jude last weekend.
Alex Noren 40/1
Given his excellent current form and the necessity for a good performance here, take the Swede to outrun his big price.