The last tournament before the FedEx Cup Playoffs gets underway this week in Greensboro, NC for the Wyndham Championship. Guys on the top 125 bubble will be looking to pick up some points in order to get in to the Barclays the following week. Some others, like Brandt Snedeker, will be looking to showcase themselves a bit to Davis Love III as a potential Ryder Cup Captain’s pick.
A Group – At last year’s Wyndham Webb Simpson notched his first PGA TOUR victory and it was just the beginning. He’s gone on to win twice more on TOUR in 12 months, including this year’s US Open. He looked a bit rusty after a four week layoff going in to the PGA Championship last week, missing the cut on the number. But Simpson, who ranks 1st in Birdie Average on TOUR, should defend his championship well this week.
B Group - Brandt Snedeker ranks 13th on the close of the Ryder Cup standings. He now needs to impress Davis Love III enough to be picked as one of the four Captain’s picks. He typically plays well in Greensboro, and is even a Wyndham ambassador. He’s picked up Top 10s at this track in both 2009 and 2010. Snedeker seems to rise to the occasion when the pressure is on, and it would be nice to see him earn that selection with a good showing this week. Starting with Snedeker will be Tim Clark, who’s game seems to be hitting a bit of a resurgence. Clark has two solid weeks in a row after a T15 at the RBC and a T11 last week at the PGA.
C Group – There are a number of good reasons to start Carl Petterson in the C group this week. You can start by his T3 last week at the PGA, where after a ridiculous penalty on the 1st hole of the final round cost him two shots, he didn’t let it deter him and continued to plug away and shoot 72. Petterson is also a past champion of the Wyndham (2008) on this same track (Sedgefield), where he also holds the course record of 61. Petterson gets the nod over a VERY solid back up in Jason Dufner.
Starting Foursome: Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Tim Clark, Carl Petterson
On the Bench: Sergio Garcia, Bill Haas, Ken Duke, Jason Dufner