Aug 9, 2012; Kiawah Island, SC, USA; Webb Simpson putts on the 15th hole during the first round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
The 2012 Wyndham Championship falls during a down week on the Tour schedule, but it features a field full of players trying to edge their way into the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
The PGA Tour moves from South Carolina to North Carolina this week as the Wyndham Championship takes place in the historic stop at Greensboro. The Greensboro tournament used to be one of the bigger stops on Tour, but it now falls in a bit a dead spot on the schedule in between the PGA Championship and the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. There is definitely drama, however, as some of the game's best try to play their way into the Playoffs one last time. Some of the bigger names (such as Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott in 2009) who may have struggled in a particular season come to Greensboro, looking to find their game and accumulate points to make it into the lucrative FedEx Cup.
Sedgefield Country Club, a historic Donald Ross layout, will once again host the Wyndham this year. The biggest name in the field is defending champion Webb Simpson, who's had quite a year since earning his first career win in Greensboro 12 months ago. Simpson had an impressive 2011 season, but could not break through until his solid week in Greensboro. After that, the floodgates opened and he picked up a FedEx Cup win in Boston a few weeks later -- building the momentum for his current major-winning season. The North Carolina resident is coming off a rough week, however, after he blew up during his first round at Kiawah, which was his first appearance since the birth of his second child. He'll play with Kiawah contender Carl Pettersson and his Ryder Cup Captain, Davis Love III.
Simpson is not one of the many players trying to elbow their way into the top 125 on the FedEx standings. Stewart Cink, Y.E. Yang, Gary Woodland, and John Daly (yep!) are some of the big names trying to keep their season alive. John Daly's game may not be capable of flying under the radar, but the fan favorite has quietly had a steady and improved season. Daly, who is currently 137th in the standings and 58 points out, talked about his game heading into Greensboro (via Doug Ferguson of the AP):
''It's baby steps for me,'' Daly said. ''I'm slowly but surely getting more and more confidence because I'm making a lot of cuts. Whether you play great on a weekend or bad, at least you're playing competitive. That's what I need, whether it's 15 weeks in a row, 20 weeks in a row. I've always been a guy that likes to play a lot, anyway. So I just feel like I've got a great rhythm.''
Daly will play alongside Yang and Woodland during the first two rounds. Two of the other marquee groups include the Nick Watney-Charl Schwartzel-Sergio Garcia grouping and the Jason Dufner-Brandt Snedeker-Bill Haas threesome. Haas is looking to repeat as the $10 million FedEx winner while Snedeker is trying to play his way onto the Ryder Cup team. While it may seem like a down week on Tour, there are plenty of players trying get a FedEx invite or impress DLIII, creating drama and perhaps a springboard for another future star.
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