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The Wyndham Championship is traditionally played at the Sedgefield Country Club and marks the end of the PGA Tour regular season. The focus of the tournament sees players scrambling to make the Top 125 in the FedEx Cup (FEC) standings. Only those qualifying players move forward into the FedEx Cup Playoffs which always start the following week at The Barclays. The Wyndham is always interesting as the Sedgefield track features Bermudagrass greens; a rare putting surface in the latter weeks of the PGA Tour season. Read Steve Bamford's The Barclays tips for 2014 click here
Tournament Facts & Scheduling
The Wyndham Championship was established in 1938 and was won by none other than Sam Snead. Played annually in Greensboro, the Wyndham is the third and final tournament of the PGA Tour to be played in Carolina; following on from the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town and the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. The Wyndham has landed itself a quiet spot in the PGA Tour schedule as it slots-in between the PGA Championship and the start of the FEC Playoffs in New York. For that reason the field depth is always on the weak side; with Carolina residents Bill Haas and Webb Simpson always boosting a one of their local tournaments. Whilst the field-depth might not be the strongest, the tournament always ends in a close finish, with players making a last ditch attempt to grab their PGA Tour cards and the opportunity to share in the $35 million prize fund of the FEC Playoffs.
Wyndham Championship Course Details
Sedgefield Country Club; Greensboro, North Carolina. Designer: Donald Ross 1926 with Spence renovation 2007; Course Type: Carolina Resort; Par: 70; Length: 7,127 yards; Bunkers: 48; Fairways: Bermudagrass; Rough: Bermudagrass; Greens: 6,500 sq.ft average featuring T1 Champion Bermudagrass; Stimpmeter: 12ft Scoring Avg 2012: 69.38 Ranked 35 of 49 courses for difficulty on the 2012 PGA Tour. Scoring Avg 2013: 69.97 Ranked 23 of 43 courses in 2013 for difficulty.
Previous Champions: 2014: Camilo Villegas; 2013: Patrick Reed; 2012: Sergio Garcia; 2011: Webb Simpson; 2010: Arjun Atwal; 2009: Ryan Moore; 2008: Carl Pettersson.
2014: -17/263; 2013: -14/266; 2012: -18/262; 2011: -18/262; 2010: -22/258; 2009: -16/264; 2008: -21/259
Winners Prices: 2014: Villegas - 125/1 2013: Reed - 80/1 2012: Garcia - 40/1 2011: Simpson - 20/1 2010: Atwal - 200/1 2009: Moore- 66/1
Pre-Tournament Key Summary
The Wyndham Championship is an interesting challenge from a punting perspective, mainly on the basis that the short Par 70 course at Sedgefield since 2012 has featured Bermudagrass greens. In essence this tournament therefore is always a culture shock for the players; as the last time they will have seen Bermuda carpet is at TPC Southwind in the first week of June.
Sedgefield is no real challenge and the scoring here is always low; unless wind becomes a feature of the tournament. The key as you'd expect is to find players who loves to make birdies, but has the balance to be patient on the key tough holes like the closing +500 yard Par 4 18th. Bermudagrass positive putters are an absolute must in this part of North Carolina; and winners in recent years have all averaged over 300 yards from the tee.
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