This is it! The Wyndham Championship represents the conclusion of the PGA TOUR Season that leads into the FedExCup Playoffs.
For many of the 156 in the field at Sedgefield Country Club this week, the survive-and-advance philosophy begins now. Only the top 125 in the FedExCup standings will qualify for next week's Barclays. Those failing to qualify but finishing inside the top 125 on the money list will also earn fully exempt status for 2013-14.
Although it's a par 70, Sedgefield is a race track. In each of its five years as host, it's ranked as one of the top-two easiest par 70s on the schedule. Last year's scoring average of 69.373 was its highest since it renewed its position on the PGA TOUR in 2008. That was expected since old Bentgrass greens were replaced with Champion Bermuda only three months prior.
Last year's field hit 67.6 percent of the greens in regulation. It was the first time that the clip didn't finish north of 71 percent. Par-4 and par-5 scoring averages checked in at 4.04 and 4.51, respectively, both tournament highs at Sedgefield. Proximity to the hole averaged 34-feet, 6-inches, longest of all five editions, and proximity to the hole from the rough was a TOUR-high 52-feet, 1-inch. For those that think that hitting fairways is largely irrelevant during shootouts, that latter measurement may force some to pause in club selection off the tee.
Sedgefield's 6,500-square-foot greens are likely to remain receptive again this week as a reasonable chance for rain exists every day. The forecast calls for seasonably cool conditions, perhaps barely reaching the upper 70s. Wind is unlikely to be a factor.
NOTE: For similar characteristics among all winners of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield, please look for "Stats Suggest" in The TOUR Report on Wednesday.
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