The co-leaders after the first round of the Wyndham Championship are in very different places this week. Chris Stroud is looking to ramp his game up for the FedEx Cup Playoffs while Ross Fisher is fighting for his playoff life. Stroud came into the week ranked 48th and Fisher was 162nd in the standings. Both men are tied at six under par after their first 18 holes at Sedgefield County Club. “I’m playing too well to go home and just sit and get rusty,” Stroud said. “I said I want to get sharp for The Barclays. Let’s go to Greensboro, low expectations since I haven’t played that great here.”
The men have a long road ahead of them if either one wants to go wire-to-wire at this tournament. There are currently eight players one shot off of the lead. That group includes the likes of Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia. “My manager said, `You’ve got nothing to lose. Just go out there all guns blazing and see what happens,’” Fisher said. “I know what I’ve got to do, and I’ve just got to go enjoy it, and if it’s meant to be, it’ll happen. … I don’t want it to end here.”
The projected FedEx Cup standings are updated after just about every hole so we will be able to keep an eye on Fisher’s status should he falter at all throughout the week. The top 125 make it into the playoffs, so as long as he finishes on a relatively strong note, Fisher should qualify.
This is a track that provides the opportunity to go low, so I expect to see a significant amount of fluctuation on the leaderboard over the next three days. We’ll be keeping an eye on those projected standings throughout the week to see who is in the playoffs and who doesn’t quite make the cut.