Sedgefield Country Club, a Donald Ross design, was founded in 1926 and was the original venue for the Wyndham Championship. Although the tournament shifted to the Forest Oaks Country Club for some time, it returned to Sedgefield in 2008 following course restoration and lengthening.
As is typical with a Ross design, the greens at Sedgefield are smaller, undulating and quick when compared to the average PGA Tour greens. Ross’ designs always leave plenty of choices off the tee.
Since the tournament returned to Sedgefield, low scores have been aplenty. At 7,127 yards, Sedgefield isn’t long by PGA Tour standards and will offer a very similar test to last week’s course, TPC Deere Run.
For the second consecutive season, Sedgefield was the easiest Par-70 course on the tour. Last year, Davis Love III became the third oldest winner on the PGA Tour following his one stroke victory over Jason Gore. Love will be on the course this week, not to compete but to take care of his Ryder Cup business. He is still recovering from a hip surgery which kept him out of the PGA Championship as well.
The 3 Keys to Success
1. Driving Accuracy
Players will have plenty of options off the Tee this week as being long doesn’t provide much of an advantage. Finding fairways around this track is the best way to attack the small greens and set up birdie opportunities. Last year, Davis Love III ranked T10 in this category.
Top Players this Week: Jerry Kelly, Thomas Aiken, and Darron Stiles.
2. Par 4 Scoring Average
As a Par-70, Sedgefield offers plenty of variety when it comes to its Par 4s. Eight of the 12 Par 4s on the course measure less than 450 yards, which means a short wedge for most players. At the same time, the two finishing holes each measure over 500 yards and play as Par 4s. Davis Love III ranked 5th last year in this category.
Top Players this Week: Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler and Kevin Na.
3. Strokes Gained: Putting
Although Sedgefield ranks one of the easiest course to hit Greens in Regulation, at the same time it ranks as one of the tougher greens to putt on. Sedgefield transformed its greens from Bent grass to Bermuda grass in 2012. This made the greens quicker than before, and caused the undulations to play even a bigger role. Last year, Davis Love III ranked 3rd in this category.
Top Players this Week: Andrew Landry, Harris English, and Martin Piller.