PGA Tour Power Rankings: Playoff Pressure Hits Crescendo at Wyndham Championship
Wyndham Championship Power Rankings: Who Will Come Out On Top?
The major championships may have concluded for the season, but the drama on the PGA Tour is still on the rise as players continue to jockey for playoff positions at the Wyndham Championship this week. This is the last week before the FedEx Cup Playoffs begin, and as such, it’s the last chance for golfers to crack the top 125 in order to qualify for the postseason.
Just because the field isn’t littered with top 20 names (only five of the top 20 are playing this week), there are still more than enough talented golfers in the field to make things interesting this week. When you consider the fact that many of these guys are fighting for their playoff lives, the pressure becomes almost palpable. There is no “next week” for them to try and grind out a win or a solid finish. If players are not in the top 125 after this week they don’t make the playoffs – it’s a simple as that.
There are some golfers teeing it up this week that come into the tournament in the midst of hot streaks. For those that have already guaranteed themselves a spot in the Barclays next week, do they focus on fine-tuning their game or do they go for broke and try to pick up a win and a big, fat paycheck? A great many decisions will have to be made this week in terms of how to attack (or not attack) this golf course. Those decisions could very well impact the field that will start the playoff push. Unfortunately, some will remain on the outside looking in.
Who’s at the top of your Power Rankings this week?
#5 Hideki Matsuyama
The reason he’s ranked here is the fact that Matsuyama has racked up five consecutive top-25 finishes, including an impressive tie for 19th at Oak Hill in last week’s PGA Championship. The Japanese phenom has showed top form as of late and is in perfect position to turn in another solid outing.
#4 Sergio Garcia
The defending champion has made the cut in every event he’s played on American soil. In his only other appearance at Sedgefield, Garcia placed fourth in 2009. The fact that he leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained – putting certainly doesn’t hurt his chances this week.
#3 Brandt Snedeker
Historically, Snedeker has fared well at Sedgefield – finishing tied for fifth in 2009 and tied for eighth in 2010. His eight top-10 finishes this season point to the fact that he’s primed to recover from a disappointing outing at the PGA Championship. He is going to remember how to score this week and should live up to his ninth place ranking in adjusted scoring.
#2 Zach Johnson
Johnson comes in on fire – having recorded four consecutive top-10 finishes. A strong showing this week will bolster his chances of making it onto the President’s Cup team. He hasn’t played here since his tie for 26th in 2008, but the way he has played as of late leads me to believe he’ll be sniffing around the top 10 for the fifth time in a row.
#1 Webb Simpson
Coming off of a week that saw him (albeit briefly) tie the course record with a 64 at Oak Hill, Simpson comes into this tournament at the top of his game. He also has fond memories of this track, having picked up his first career victory at this very site in 2011. Simpson should make it three straight top-25 finishes this week while contending for the title.
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