GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The final event of the PGA TOUR's regular season, the Wyndham Championship, is upon us. Players won't just be competing for a TOUR victory, but also jockeying for position in the FedExCup Playoffs, which begin next week. This is also the 75th playing of the Wyndham, which began in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open. Sam Snead won that inaugural event, and went on to win the event seven more times. Here's a look at some of the featured groups of players trying to become the latest winner of this tournament. Full-field tee times can be seen here.
Ernie Els-Mike Weir-Charles Howell III (12:45 p.m. Thursday off No. 1; 7:30 a.m. Friday off No. 10): This is a threesome of FedExCup bubble boys. Els is No. 85 in the FedExCup and trying to get inside the top 70, which is the cut off to qualify for the Playoffs' third event, the BMW Championship; Els moved from 98th to 85th in the standings after finishing T7 at the PGA Championship, his third consecutive top-30 finish. Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, is No. 134 in the rankings. Howell enters the Playoffs at No. 32; qualifying for the TOUR Championship would earn him a spot in his hometown major, the Masters.
Patrick Reed-Webb Simpson-Brandt Snedeker (12:55 p.m. Thursday off No. 1; 7:40 a.m. Friday off No. 10): Three former Wyndham Championship winners are in this group. Reed won last year, while Simpson won in 2011 and Snedeker won in 2007. There are also Ryder Cup implications in this group. Reed qualified for the team Sunday, while Simpson and Snedeker are two candidates for Captain Tom Watson's three captain's selections.
Hideki Matsuyama-Billy Horschel-Nick Watney (7:30 a.m. Thursday off No. 10; 12:45 p.m. Friday off No. 10): Matsuyama is No. 22 in the FedExCup, while Horschel is 71st and Watney is 110th. Matsuyama, who finished 15th at last year’s Wyndham, is seeking his first TOUR Championship appearance, while Horschel qualified for his first TOUR Championship last year. The top 100 in the FedExCup qualify for the second event, the Deutsche Bank Championship. The top 70 qualify for the BMW Championship and the top 30 qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Bill Haas-Davis Love III-Fred Couples (7:40 a.m. Thursday off No. 10; 12:55 p.m. Friday off No. 1): There are two North Carolina connections in this group, as Haas attended Wake Forest and Love went to the University of North Carolina. Love also is a two-time winner of this event. There also is a Presidents Cup tie here, as Haas’ father, Jay, will captain the 2015 United States team, and Fred Couples was captain of the 2009, 2011 and 2013 teams and will be an assistant captain for Jay Haas. Love served as a captain’s assistant under Couples.