This is the final week of the regular season for the PGA Tour. Next week the FedExCup playoffs begin, but first there are quite a few guys who need to show up at the Wyndham Championship this week at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Rickie Fowler doesn’t need the FedEx points, but he’s had a pretty disappointing season since finishing fourth at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. In Fowler’s last eight events, he’s managed to finish in the top 10 only once; the other finishes have either been outside of the top 30 or missed cuts. After starting the year with a third place finish at the Hero World Challenge, a fifth place finish at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and then losing to Hideki Matsuyama in a four-hole playoff at the Phoenix Open, he’ll be looking to bounce back with a good performance. Of course after a disappointing showing in Rio, that appears to be a long shot and he could be left off of Davis Love III’s Ryder Cup team and he said as much after Rio.
Via PGA: “Main reason, obviously it would be nice to get some more FedEx Cup points,” said Fowler, who is No. 29 on that list. “But my commitment to the Ryder Cup and wanting to be a part of that team … the Ryder Cup and the experiences I’ve had there, it’s the best team event there is in golf. I don’t want to be left off that team, so I want to go there and try and get myself some points.”
The top nine players automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup, leaving four picks for Love.
Jim Furyk, who is currently 18th in points, appears to be heading for a captain’s pick. Furyk has put together two top 15 finishes in his last three events, one being that ridiculous 58 which resulted in a tie for fifth at the Travelers Championship. Of course Furyk’s overall Ryder Cup record is pretty bad, so it’s not a guarantee that Love will pick him, but with a strong showing this week his chances would definitely increase.
Also up for captain’s picks are Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar (who just won bronze in Rio), Scott Piercy, Bill Haas, Daniel Berger, Will McGirt, and Justin Thomas, who has stated many times that he really wants to be on the Ryder Cup team. Watson and Kuchar will probably be make the team, and along with Berger aren’t in the field this week. That leaves two more spots for Fowler, Piercy, Haas, McGirt, and Thomas who are all in the field, to battle over.
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Th – 5:00 – 7:00 PM ET – Golf Channel
Fr – 5:00 – 7:00 PM ET – Golf Channel
Sa – 3:00 – 6:00 PM ET – CBS
Su – 1:00 – 2:30 PM – Golf Channel, 3:00 – 6:00 PM – CBS
7:00 AM – Scott Brown, Greg Owen, Luke List
7:10 AM – Kyle Stanley, Tom Gillis, Derek Fathauer
7:20 AM – Robert Garrigus, Neal Lancaster, Darron Stiles
7:30 AM – Danny Lee, Hunter Mahan, Justin Leonard
7:40 AM – Luke Donald, Sean O’Hair, Stewart Cink
7:50 AM – Scott Piercy, Brendon Todd, David Toms
8:00 AM – Seung-Yul Noh, Matt Jones, Kevin Na
8:10 AM – Mark Wilson, Tim Wilkinson, Harold Varner III
8:20 AM – Michael Thompson, Spencer Levin, Sung Kang
8:30 AM – D.J. Trahan, Graham DeLaet, Jason Kokrak
8:40 AM – Johnson Wagner, Luke Guthrie, Andrew Loupe
8:50 AM – Henrik Norlander, Lucas Lee, Lee McCoy
9:00 AM – Miguel Angel Carballo, Abraham Ancer, Adam Hart
12:15 PM – Martin Laird, Brendon de Jonge, Roberto Castro
12:25 PM – Jerry Kelly, Alex Prugh, Whee Kim
12:35 PM – D.H. Lee, Mark Hubbard, Bronson Burgoon
12:45 PM – Greg Chalmers, Camilo Villegas, Scott Stallings
12:55 PM – J.J. Henry, Troy Merritt, Ben Martin
1:05 PM – Robert Streb, Jason Bohn, Retief Goosen
1:15 PM – Ryan Moore, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner
1:25 PM – Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, Billy Horschel
1:35 PM – Jonas Blixt, Kyle Reifers, Si Woo Kim
1:45 PM – Boo Weekley, Jason Gore, Blayne Barber
1:55 PM – Steve Marino, Chris Stroud, Chad Collins
2:05 PM – Hiroshi Iwata, Rob Oppenheim, Michael Johnson
2:15 PM – Martin Piller, Jerry Haas, Jordan Niebrugge
7:00 AM – Tim Herron, Steve Wheatcroft, Rafa Cabrera Bello
7:10 AM – Will MacKenzie, Robert Allenby, Scott Langley
7:20 AM – Shawn Stefani, Adam Hadwin, Jarrod Lyle
7:30 AM – Kevin Kisner, Geoff Ogilvy, Harris English
7:40 AM – Graeme McDowell, J.B. Holmes, Brian Harman
7:50 AM – Chris Kirk, Chesson Hadley, Keegan Bradley
8:00 AM – Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson
8:10 AM – Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk
8:20 AM – Lucas Glover, Chez Reavie, Rod Pampling
8:30 AM – Chad Campbell, Cameron Tringale, Scott Pinckney
8:40 AM – D.A. Points, Morgan Hoffman, Andres Gonzales
8:50 AM – Brice Garnett, Kelly Kraft, Tyrrell Hatton
9:00 AM – Wes Roach, Wesley Bryan, Jon Rahm
12:15 PM – Ken Duke, George McNeill, John Huh
12:25 PM – Derek Ernst, Dicky Pride, Cameron Percy
12:35 PM – Bud Cauley, Tom Hoge, Michael Kim
12:45 PM – William McGirt, Steven Bowditch, Angel Cabrera
12:55 PM – Nick Taylor, Ben Crane, Ernie Els
1:05 PM – Peter Malnati, Shane Lowry, Matt Every
1:15 PM – Brian Stuard, Russell Henley, Stuart Appleby
1:25 PM – Freddie Jacobson, Arjun Atwal, Brett Stegmaier
1:35 PM – Bryce Molder, Patton Kizzire, Cameron Smith
1:45 PM – David Hearn, Erik Compton, Carlos Ortiz
1:55 PM – Sam Saunders, Thomas Aiken, Andrew Landry
2:05 PM – Dawie van der Walt, Josh Broadway, Joey Garber
2:15 PM – Tyler Aldridge, Rhein Gibson, Jesse Hutchins
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Forget picking one player like I’ve been doing in these all season, this week I’ll give you five potential names I think can win.
1. Ryan Moore – Sure Moore won last week at the John Deere Classic, but that just tells me that he’s feeling it and his first PGA Tour win was at the Wyndham in 2009.
2. Justin Thomas – Thomas is well inside the FedExCup points list (9th), but he wants a shot at the Ryder Cup. He hasn’t won since the CIMB, but finished T3 at the Travelers last week.
3. Bill Haas – It feels like he’s due for a good finish. He’s looking to make the Ryder Cup team, and a top 10 finish would mean back-to-back-to-back top 10s at the Wyndham.
4. Jim Furyk – Furyk is coming off of a great performance at the Travelers. He feels like a solid pick.
5. Wesley Bryan – Bryan is still blistering hot after winning his third Web.com event and getting an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour. Bryan finished tied for eighth at the John Deere Classic in his first PGA Tour event as an official member. If he wins this week, he’ll move into the top 125 in FedExCup points and be able to play in the playoffs.