Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro is set to host the final regular season PGA Tour event in 2014. The Wyndham Championship tees off on Thursday morning, and will be the final event where the top 125 players in FedEx Cup points will move on to the Barclay’s next week in New Jersey.
It is next to impossible to follow the act we saw on Sunday afternoon at Valhalla where the World Number One, Rory McIlroy defeated a stellar field of the best golfers in the world at The PGA Championship, but when the field tees off on Thursday morning at Sedgefield Country Club, many of the players will be playing for their golf futures.
The Wyndham Championship has a $5.3 Million Dollar purse, but the 500 FedEx Cup points to the winner is huge. It is the last opportunity for players who are around the bubble to either move on to the playoffs, or go home until October.
With the top nine players now set for the 2014 Ryder Cup, the Wyndham becomes the first opportunity for Captain Tom Watson to get a look at players trying to make the team as one of his three Captains Picks. Team Europe Captain, Paul McGinnley will have prospects in the field this week as well.
The 2013 Wyndham saw two PGA Tour rookies battle it out in a playoff after Jordan Spieth shot a final round 65 to catch leader, Patrick Reed. With his wife Justine on the bag, Reed hit a monster seven-iron on the second playoff hole to seven feet, and beat Spieth for his first career win.
Patrick Reed with his wife Justine on the bag, became the first husband and wife duo to win a PGA Tour event since Steve Stricker and his wife Nikki won the 1996 BMW Championship.
Sedgefield Country Club is the only Donald Ross designed golf course which hosts a regular PGA Tour event. It was designed in 1925 and hosted the first Greater Greensboro Open in 1938 as part of a two course rotation. The 7127 yard, par 70 layout features undulating greens as its major defense.
The course was also the site of Sam Snead’s final PGA win. His record-setting 82nd victory still stands today, and is one of the records Tiger Woods is trying to chase down in his career, along with Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships.
Woods currently has 79 PGA Tour wins, and is still three shy of the Slammer’s record, and needs four to beat him. Of course, he still needs four majors to tie Jack.
The Wyndham Championship is one of two PGA events held in North Carolina every year, the other being the Wells Fargo Championship which is played at Quail Hollow. This year the US Open was contested at Pinehurst, another Donald Ross design in the Tar Heel state which was won by Martin Kaymer.
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