“If anyone has seen my golf game, PLEASE let me know. I seem to have lost it during the FedEx Cup Playoffs.” -- @JWilliamson4
It’s good to see Williamson has at least somewhat of a sense of humor about his game, which was definitely off on Thursday. Williamson, playing for the first time since the Wyndham Championship, opened with a 77 at the Viking Classic, where he had four bogeys, one double bogey and just one birdie.
The biggest problem for Williamson? He hit just four fairways and despite hitting a dozen greens needed 33 putts, which included four misses from inside 10 feet. -- Brian Wacker
Moving day takes on a whole new meaning this week with plenty of guys who could be moving in -- or out -- of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup picture. Here’s a look at the players closest to getting in and what they need to do (excluding win since that guarantees nearly anyone in the field a spot).
-- This is Henrik Stenson’s first Wyndham Championship and at 133rd in the standings, he obviously needs to be here. In order to advance to next week, though, the 2009 PLAYERS champion needs to finish 13th or better, something that’s unlikely seeing as how he’s outside the top 100 on the leaderboard right now.
-- Mike Weir began his week just six points out of the final spot in the top 125 and he got off to a good start with a 67 in the first round (he’s even through four holes today). In order for Weir to make the Playoffs, he’ll need to finish 44th or better.
-- Jeff Quinney started the week one spot behind Weir, in 127th and only 22 points out of the final spot. He needs to finish 27th or better. Quinney is in good shape after opening with a 65, but he needs to start marking some birdies after playing his first five holes today in even par.
-- Jay Williamson hit all 18 greens in the opening round en route to a 65. Currently ranked 147th in the standings, Williamson will need to finish fifth or better, however, to have any chance of making the Playoffs. He’s tumbled down the board in the second round, playing his first five holes in 2 over. -- Brian Wacker
His sports psychologist tells him to breathe and “have great vivid memories of great shots," Jay Williamson says.
The 42-year-old veteran says his brain just gets a little too active, though, and Williamson starts feeling a greater sense of urgency. He puts pressure on himself to play well, and he says that eventually manifests itself in his hands.
"It's not my game, it's my nerves," Williamson said. "I just can't keep my nerves under control. I'm getting older. It means too much. I'm not really in the fantasy world anymore. I'm in reality. I can't get out of it.
"... I feel like for the first time in my life I've got a little bit of a time limit on what I'm doing. It's all part of getting a little bit older. I just have to figure out a way to deal with it better, to be honest with you."
Things are looking up, though, after Williamson opened with a 65 at the Wyndham Championship -- after making an ace during one of his practice rounds – to finish one shot off John Rollins’ lead. He has made his last eight cuts, too, and that stretch includes a tie for eighth at the St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Wesson.
"I've actually been playing better," Williamson said. "... I know what I'm doing out here. I just try to need to try to put four good ones together. I really haven't done that this year. I'd put three together if you look at my scores. Three here, three and a half, but I haven't been able to put the four together."
Williamson put a new driver -- the TaylorMade SuperFast -- in his bag this week and he says it's paid off with some extra distance. He has eight new irons, as well.
"It's a little bit funky, I guess you can say, that I can come into a week and have all these new clubs," Williamson said. "But at the end of the day it's still just golf and I've done this long enough now to know that I know I need to get my act together this week."
Williamson, who ranks 147th in the FedExCup, actually would have been tied for the lead had it not been for a bogey at the 18th hole. But he hit 10 of 14 fairways and every green, so there were a lot of positives on Thursday.
"I would love to be honest with you to go to New Jersey next week because I think that's a good course for me but you know what? If I don't, I've really given everything I could this year to get back in the game," Williamson said.
"I've had great opportunities almost every week except for maybe Turning Stone to have a good finish and I just do something -- I have a bad nine holes or I make a double coming in like I did in Canada. I do things to get me off track.
"Hopefully this week I can just keep going and put the pedal to the metal and keep it going." -- Helen Ross
Jay Williamson has only made the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup once in its four-year existence, finishing 66th. He was keenly motivated that year, too, since the BMW Championship was played at Bellerive in St. Louis, which is Williamson’s home course.
Williamson, who currently ranks 147th, is making a bid for his second Playoffs appearance during the first round of the Wyndham Championship. He’s just made a 12-footer for birdie at the 17th hole to move to 5 under and in sole possession of the lead.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves, of course, but if Williamson should win at Sedgefield on Sunday it would be the first victory of the 43-year-old veteran’s career. He has two runner-up finishes at the 2007 Travelers Championship and the 2008 John Deere Classic.
Williamson’s best finish this year is a tie for eighth at the St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew. It’s his only top-10 of the year but that could change this week – and it couldn’t happen at a better time. – Helen Ross
The two players who would benefit the most right now if they can hold their current positions: Jay Williamson and James Nitties. Both are currently outside the top 125 on the FedExCup points list, but both are are off to a good start at the John Deere Classic.
Williamson is 3 under through 10 holes in his second round and 9 under for the week, which has him in a tie for sixth, while Nitties is already in the clubhouse at 9 under after a 69 today. Right now, the two are projected to climb 26 and 16 spots, respectively. Click here for the complete projected FedExCup points list. -- Brian Wacker
The first round – well, the first day – is winding down at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, but not before Jay Williamson was able to make a late push up the leaderboard. Williamson has birdied four of his last seven holes and he is now tied for the lead. Williamson has made just four of 11 cuts this season, but he’s rolling the ball really well today with just 18 putts through 13 holes.
There isn’t enough daylight left for Williamson to finish his round, though as well as he’s hitting it right now he probably wishes they were playing 36 like they did Sunday in San Antonio. So far, Williamson hasn’t missed a putt from inside 15 feet (13-for-13).
Williamson’s best result this year is a tie for 40th in Cancun. -- Brian Wacker