Wyndham Championship Opening Drive: Last Chance to Qualify for FedEx Cup Playoffs

By Carl Conrad
Wyndham Championship Opening Drive
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Now that the final major championship of the season is in the books, we are looking ahead to the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. This is the last event of the PGA Tour and much of the field will be fighting to maintain their FedEx Cup position or trying to crack the top 125 in the standings.

Only five of the top 20 players in the most recent FedEx Cup standings are teeing it up this week as most of the will be taking the week to prepare for the Barclays next week. Not surprisingly, however, all of the golfers ranked between 86 – 149 are playing for their playoff lives. Sergio Garcia, currently ranked 66th in the standings, will be looking to defend his title against a field that is hungry to peak at the right time.

The field may not be stacked, but the competition is going to be fierce this week. Unlike the events earlier in the year, this is the last shot for the players to get into position to compete for the $10 million prize that is awarded annually to the FedEx Cup champion. If that doesn’t get these guys motivated to get things in gear for this tournament, then nothing will. At the same time for the players fighting for their playoff lives, there is an enormous amount of pressure heaped on their shoulders. We’ll see who is able to rise to the occasion and who collapses under the pressure.

This week is when things start to get really interesting.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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