By Brandon Raper @Brandon__Raper on August 14, 2014
And then there was one. This week's Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club is the final regular season tournament in the PGA Tour's new wraparound schedule. With the final chance to improve positioning for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, who will rise to the occasion to play another day?
With some familiar names highlighting the field, read on for our official power rankings for the final week of the PGA Tour season.
FedEx Cup Rank: 85th
Coming off his best PGA Tour showing since the WGC-Match Play back in March, Els has been sturdy in three straight starts since missing the cut at the Open Championship. The “Big Easy” is a bit of a wild card, but he should find more success at Sedgefield, where he finished tied for 20th in 2013.
FedEx Cup Rank: 18th
Simpson has five missed cuts on the season, but he also has seven top-ten finishes to his credit, thanks in large part to a red-hot start to the year. His recent disappointments at the British Open and PGA Championship don’t help, but Simpson still ranks 18th in the FedEx Cup points race, and the 2011 winner here likely won’t fall short again.
FedEx Cup Rank: 22nd
Matsuyama earned his first PGA Tour win back in June at the Memorial Tournament, and has been solid if unspectacular since then. Another slow start like he had at Valhalla won't do, but his strong play on the weekends will allow him to build toward the playoffs. Beating his 15th place showing from last year is easily in play this week.
FedEx Cup Rank: Ninth
The defending champion is back where it all began. Reed won this event last year, then two more in 2014 to cement himself as a true contender. He isn't particularly hot coming in this season, having finished T-59 at the PGA, but a fourth-place tie at Firestone the week before shows he can still handle the spotlight. A repeat is tough, but not out of the question.
FedEx Cup Rank: 69th
In a week with no obvious favorite, why not Snedeker? Injuries kept him from getting much traction early this year, but he's peaking at the right time with six top-25's in his last seven starts. Yes, he's missed the cut here in two of the last three years, but he's had success at Sedgefield in the past, and having momentum can never be a bad thing with the playoffs starting next week.
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