August 13 2013
Bill Haas, Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson combined for 20 top-10 finishes this season. (Getty Images)
By PGATOUR.COM staff
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A lot is at stake at the Wyndham Championship, which is the 33rd and final event of the PGA TOUR Season.
Players come to Sedgefield trying to improve their position in the FedExCup standings -- or to play their way into the top 125 and make the Playoffs in the first place. With all those intriguing storylines, there are some interesting Featured Groups during the first two rounds at Sedgefield this week.
Bill Haas, Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson: All three rank inside the top 30 in the FedExCup. Haas, who won the FedExCup in 2011, is the highest-placed at No. 6 -- only 30 points out of the all-important top five that control their own destiny at the Playoffs finale, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Spieth, the 20-year-old who won the John Deere Classic last month, is No. 16 and Johnson, who is riding the momentum of four straight top-10s, ranks 23rd.
Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia and Brandt Snedeker: These three are all former winners of the Wyndham Championship. Garcia is the defending champion -- and he had a chance in 2009, as well, finishing one stroke out of the playoff. Snedeker's 2007 victory was the first of his career as was Simpson's 2011 win. Snedeker has won twice already this year -- which assures that he will be the first reigning FedExCup champ to qualify for the TOUR Championship the following year.
Padraig Harrington, Tommy Gainey and Woody Austin: These three are on the outside looking in as far as the Playoffs are concerned. Harrington ranks 129th while Austin, who won the Sanderson Farms Championship, clocks in at No. 135 and Tommy Gainey is two spots behind. Harrington moved into the top 125 at Sedgefield in 2011 when he tied for 47th. Gainey posted his best Wyndham Championship finish that year, too, when he finished solo third.