The Wyndham Championship marks the end of the “regular season” for the PGA Tour, and with the FedExCup playoffs set to begin next week at The Northern Trust, players in the Greensboro field have plenty on the line, including their season.
In this report, we’ll first highlight some of the biggest movers coming out of Charlotte, and then transition into some of the top players in Greensboro and what they need to do this week to improve their standings. And finally, a listing of those players on the bubble.
Notes from 2017 PGA Championship
- Justin Thomas earned his fifth Tour win and first major at the PGA Championship. The win moved him two spots up the rankings to second place, sandwiched between No. 1 Hideki Matsuyama and No. 3 Jordan Spieth.
- Louis Oosthuizen’s runner-up finish in Charlotte moved him from 46 to 33 in the standings, a nice move, but still outside of East Lake. The second place finish also completed the career grand slam silver medal for the South African.
- Patrick Reed also helped himself with his T2 finish, moving from 54 to 36. Reed, who had struggled for much of the season, seems to be finding his game just in time.
- Hard to fathom, but last year’s PGA Champion, Jimmy Walker, following a missed-cut in Charlotte, sits at 100, and will need to do some work at the Northern Trust to move on to Boston.
Players to Watch at Wyndham Championship
- Henrik Stenson will look to improve on his current 75th ranking. A win would move the 41-year old Swede into the Top 25 and onto East Lake, while a runner-up would vault him into the Top 40 and at minimum right through to the BMW.
- Kevin Kisner sits at a lofty No. 9 and is clear sailing the rest of the way. But a win would taste awfully good for the 33-year old, as it would move him into the Top 5, and control of his destiny.
- Bill Haas (34) simply needs a Top 20 finish and he zooms into the Top 30, anything else is gravy.
- Webb Simpson (37) will need a Top 5 to move into the Top 30 group, while Keegan Bradley (44) will require a win or a second to guarantee an early spot in East Lake.
A look at the players on the Top 125 cut line.
- 120 Zac Blair – 362
- 121 David Hearn – 355
- 122 Richy Werenski – 353
- 123 Seamus Power – 348
- 124 Daniel Summerhays – 348
- 125 Geoff Ogilvy – 344
- 126 Cameron Tringale – 337
- 127 Sam Saunders – 337
- 128 Ryan Palmer – 336
- 129 Billy Hurley III – 333
- 130 J.T. Poston – 333
- 131 Graeme McDowell – 331
- 132 Trey Mullinax – 330
- 133 Aaron Baddeley – 322
- 134 J.J. Henry – 319
- 135 Smylie Kaufman – 316