The PGA Tour's last event before the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Wyndham Championship, tees off Thursday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Next week, the top 125 Tour players will begin the postseason at the FedEx St. Jude Championship on TPC Southwind in Memphis. The Wyndham is a last chance for some to keep playing.
No one has been hotter of late than Tony Finau, who captured his second consecutive tournament Sunday in Detroit at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Finau fired a 26-under, 262 total to win by five shots at Detroit Golf Club. He was 17-under (267) in winning the 3M Open the week before at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn. He won't be in action this week.
Sedgefield is a 7,131-yard, par-70 that places a premium on driving accuracy. The bomb-and-gouge approach doesn't work here.
The oddsmakers believe this is the week Zalatoris breaks through for his first victory. He's often been in the hunt, with second-place finishes at the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open. He owns a whopping eight top-10s on the season. Lowry is seeking his initial victory of the year after showings of T-3 at the Masters and RBC Heritage and second at the Honda Classic.
Simpson sits at T-123 in the FedExCup standings. He loves this course, winning here in 2011, and posting top-10s in nine of his 13 starts in this event. He's accurate off the tee (65.43%) and that will be a major plus. After a T-13 at the Travelers in June, he missed a pair of cuts and struggled to a T-69 in Detroit. But this is basically a home game for the Raleigh native.
The defending champion is always a factor in Greensboro. He was third at Sedgefield in 2020. He finished in the top-10 in four of five starts in this event. It's been a while since he's been in contention. Still he has five top-10s on the year.
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