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First Look: Wyndham Championship

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The regular season ends at the Wyndham Championship with no shortage of drama that will unfold around the top 125 on the List of FedExCup eligibility pointst as players jockey for their place in the FedExCup playoffs.

Kevin Kisner returns to defend after winning a six-man playoff a year ago.

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FIELD REMARKS: Will Zalatoris will be the highest-ranked player on the court at Sedgefield Country Club…Former FedExCup champions Billy Horschel and Justin Rose are also on the court…Four of the six players from last year’s playoffs are back at Wyndham Championship – Kisner, Adam Scott, Roger Sloan and Si Woo Kim, who won the 2016 Wyndham… 2019 Wyndham winner JT Poston returns to action; Poston recently earned his second career victory at the John Deere Classic…Other notables include former East Carolina Harold Varner III, US Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III (who won his third Wyndham Championship in 2015 at age 51), former PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Sungjae Im, and great European champions Danny Willett and Shane Lowry… William McGirt is playing in his latest start from his Major Medical Extension… Sponsor exemptions include former college stars Chris Gotterup and Cole Hammer, as well as former No. 1-ranked amateur Trent Phillips of the University of Georgia. Gotterup, seventh in this year’s PGA TOUR U graduate class, made the cut in four of six PGA TOUR starts as a pro, highlighted by a T4 at the John Deere Classic. He has already clinched his place in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals and now has his PGA TOUR card for 2023 in sight after making the cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Hammer, best known for qualifying for the 2015 US Open as a 15-year-old, finished fifth in this year’s PGA TOUR U rankings presented by Velocity Global.

FEDEXCUP: The winner receives 500 FedExCup points.

CLASSES: Sedgefield Country Club (Ross), par 70, 7,131 yards. The TOUR is taking place at a Donald Ross site for the second consecutive week, with the Detroit Golf Club also a Ross design. Opened in the 1920s, Sedgefield has the typical small, undulating greens of Ross, although before last season it had five consecutive totals of 20 under or less. Sedgefield was restored to Ross’ original design in 2007, but lengthened to accommodate the PGA TOUR. It has hosted every Wyndham Championship since 2008.

STORY LINES: The Wyndham Championship marks the FedExCup regular season finale before the start of the three-event FedExCup playoffs… Former Wyndham Championship winner Webb Simpson is looking for his second victory in Sedgefield after several close calls. He’s finished no worse than seventh in the last five Wyndhams, including two second and two third… Could there be another Chesson Hadley moment this season? Hadley was on the outside a year ago, but shot a final round 62 and moved up to No. 125… Sungjae Im and Billy Horschel have a chance to enter the Comcast Business TOUR TOP 10 with a good finish … The Wyndham Championship will score the final TV show from longtime analyst and nine-time TOUR winner Sir Nick Faldo… Players will also be looking to place in the top 200 of the FedExCup eligibility points list to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

RECORD 72 HOLES: 258, Henrik Stenson (2017), JT Poston (2019)

RECORD 18 HOLES: 59, Brandt Snedeker (1st round, 2018).

LAST TIME: Kevin Kisner came out of a spectacular six-man playoff to claim his fourth PGA TOUR title after birdie on the second extra hole. Kisner started the day four shots off the lead and shot a final round 66, which included birdies on numbers 16 and 17. Kisner had already lost in five TOUR playoffs, including three in 2015. Kevin Na, Branden Grace, Si Woo Kim, Adam Scott and Roger Sloan were the others in the playoffs. Scott had the best chance of winning on the first hole of the playoffs, but his 4-foot birdie try fumbled. It was the third six-man playoff on the PGA TOUR, and the first since 2001.

Fifty-four-hole leader Russell Henley was part of the group that finished in T7, one shot away from the playoffs. He hit 17 under after making the turn, but missed four of his final eight holes, including No. 18, to retire from the run.

Chesson Hadley shot a final round 62 (the day’s round, which included the first hole-in-one of his life) and rose from No. 132 to No. 125 in the FedExCup rankings, earning the last spot in the FedExCup Playoffs by a single FedExCup point.


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