Fantasy Insider: Wyndham ChampionshipAugust 13, 2013
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM fantasy columnist
The Web.com Tour Finals begin with the Hotel Fitness Championship on Aug. 29-Sept. 1. One wrinkle that will impact fantasy value early in 2013-14 is how the 50 graduates will fall in line in the reshuffle. Unlike years past when the season's money list on the Web.com Tour helped assign alternating starting positions with grads from qualifying school, the opening reshuffle of 2013-14 will be determined by the overall earnings during the Web.com Tour Finals. This means that No. 25 on the Web.com Tour money list at the conclusion of the regular season (Cox Classic Presented by Lexus of Omaha; Aug. 22-25) is not only guaranteed of owning a PGA TOUR card next season, but he'll be playing for his spot in the pecking order during the four-event Web.com Tour Finals.
The Web.com Tour's 2013 money leader (through the Cox Classic) and the top earner during the Web.com Tour Finals will be exempt from the reshuffle in 2013-14. Each (if different golfers) will punch a ticket into THE PLAYERS Championship.
Look for my four choices for the Wyndham Championship in PGATOUR.COM's fantasy game in Expert Picks. My one-and-done selection, analysis and season totals will appear in the TOUR Report on Wednesday.
On a Roll
Jason Bohn ... Polished off a brilliant July with a co-runner-up at the RBC Canadian Open to clinch a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Enjoyed success at Sedgefield, too, with a playoff loss in 2009 and a T12 in 2011.
Andres Romero ... Finds a gear every year despite selective scheduling. Tied for second in Reno to thrust himself into the playoff picture (110th in points). Six consecutive cuts made entering this week, four of which going for a top 25.
Mark Wilson ... Backed up a T6 in Canada with a T23 in Reno. Survived only nine cuts all season, but three went for top 10s and another three for a top 25. He's 3-for-3 at Sedgefield with a T9 in 2008.
Robert Garrigus ... Made early noise at Oak Hill, sitting four strokes off the 36-hole lead. Faded to finish T25, his first top 25 in nine starts.
William McGirt ... The Carolina native solidified his postseason with a T2 in Canada. Currently 84th in FedExCup points.
Brendan Steele ... Had last week off following a solo fourth in Reno. It was his best finish of the season.
Seung-yul Noh ... With a T14 in Mississippi and a T7 in Reno, he's seeing the dividends of his modified swing.
David Mathis ... He's loved battling at the 11th hour throughout his career, and this season is no exception. Comes off a season-best T5 in Reno that capped a run of four consecutive finishes better than the previous. Now 166th in FedExCup points. Tied for 55th at last year's Wyndham but sat one stroke off the 18-hole lead. Also shared 17th place n 2009.
Horses for Courses
Jerry Kelly ... It hasn't mattered where this tournament has been contested as he's thrived at both Forest Oaks and Sedgefield. He's 4-for-4 at the current site with a T9 in 2008 and a T4 in 2011, and scored under par in 15 of 16 rounds. Arrives recharged as well, having rested since a season-best T4 at the John Deere Classic that extended a consecutive cuts made streak to six.
Brendon de Jonge ... Gamers' best friend tied for 14th place at Sedgefield last year. Hop aboard if you already aren't.
Justin Leonard ... His worst finish in three trips to Sedgefield is a T19 last year. Par or better in all 12 rounds with an actual scoring average of 66.833.
Jonathan Byrd ... He's 2-for-2 at Sedgefield with a T24 in 2009, but he's just one week removed from a co-runner-up at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Scott Stallings ... Ended an 0-for-3 slide with a T55 at Oak Hill. Tied for 14th at Sedgefield last year and boasts a successful slate on par 70s.
Lucas Glover ... Returns to the site of his last start of 2012 before undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Was 4-for-4 with three top 25s prior to last year's withdrawal (after 46 holes).
Charles Howell III ... He's gone six consecutive starts without a top 25, but he's perfect at Sedgefield in three tries. Record includes a T13 in 2009 and a T4 in 2011.
Davis Love III ... The two-time champion of this event (1992, 2006) is 4-for-5 at Sedgefield with a T12 in 2011 and a T10 last year. Co-led the field in 2012 in greens in regulation and ranked T3 in par breakers.
Not So Fast
Chris Stroud ... The relative fade of the week, but projected to post a career-best finish at Sedgefield. It wouldn't be hard as he's 1-for-5 with a T73 last year, but he's coming off consecutive missed cuts for the first time since January. Had logged top 10s in three of his previous five starts.
Nick Watney ... By missing the cut at the PGA Championship, he's now gone nine consecutive starts without a top 20. Scored par or higher in each of his last eight rounds.
John Senden ... Survived the cut at Oak Hill but placed T70 (of 75). It also extended a drought without a top 25 to six straight starts. Just three top 25s all season and arrived in Greensboro ranked 114th in FedExCup points and with only $602K in earnings, easily his lightest haul in 10 years.
John Huh ... Amid the first 0-for-4 slump of his young career. Over par in seven of his last eight rounds.
Geoff Ogilvy ... Since his solo second at The Honda Classic, he's 5-for-11 with no top 30s. Broken par just once in his last 23 rounds.
Jeff Overton ... Zero top 25s among six cuts made in his last 11 starts. Under par in every round at Sedgefield last year -- his only cut made in two appearances -- but finished T37.
Charlie Beljan ... One for his last 11 (T43, HP Byron Nelson Championship) and riding an 0-for-7 skid.
Back in the Saddle
Sean O'Hair ... Hasn't played since withdrawing from the Sanderson Farms Championship after one round. In his last 13 starts, he's survived only three cuts, none of which going for a top 40. He also has three WDs on the season, ranks 168th in FedExCup points (and 169th in earnings) and is not yet exempt for 2013-14.
D.H. Lee ... Out since withdrawing from the Sanderson Farms Championship at the turn of his second round. No news was released to explain why, but at 109th in FedExCup points, consider this week as an audition for next week's Barclays. A steady performance will remove all doubt.
Shawn Stefani ... First action since walking off Annandale after only nine holes four weeks ago.
Nicolas Colsaerts ... Forced out by an illness. While he won't qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs (currently 127th in points), he'll retain fully exempt status should he remain inside the top 125 in earnings, all but a foregone conclusion given he's currently 107th.