It’s time for the PGA Tour players to unveil their favorite cliché as they talk about what could be the final event for many players in the 2018-2019 wraparound season.
Will it be “It’s now or never?” Or how about “There’s no tomorrow.” Or maybe “It’s do or die.”
Whichever one the players choose, it’s very appropriate this week as the Tour’s stop at the Wyndham Championship is the last chance for players to move into that coveted top 125 in the chase for the FedEx Cup.
For many, there is literally no tomorrow … at least for this season.
Next week it’s round one of the three-week stretch of the playoff series that starts with The Northern Trust and that is limited to the top 125 players.
But this week’s goal for players is an easy one. If you play well here, you’ve got a chance to move into the playoffs (or to move up into a more secure position). Struggle or miss the cut and you’ll get the rest of August off to take some time to figure out what went wrong.
By the numbers, from golfers ranked No. 86 through No. 185 in the FedEx race, only 10 aren’t teeing it up this week.
And the race to get in is as razor-thin as possible. Starting this week at No. 125 is Alex Noren with Austin Cook and Richy Werenski sitting just two points back. That’s a three-putt here or there or a tee shot out of bounds from playing next week.
Players can, and will, look back and find one shot every round they’d love to have back. This week it’s going to be vital to make sure each and every shot counts because, well, they do.
Now back to the tournament at hand. The Wyndham Championship will be held at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. If the name Wyndham sounds familiar, just check out Brandt Snedeker’s golf shirts or one of his sure-to-be-played-often TV commercials as this is one of his main sponsors.
It also doesn’t hurt that he won the event last year. But since that win, he’s been playing both red-hot and ice-cold golf. He’s got five top 10s but also has a couple of missed cuts to go along with a couple of finishes where he was slamming the trunk and leaving town right about the time the leaders were teeing off Sunday (10 finishes of 30th or worse).
We’re going to give Snedeker (at a great 25-1) an edge this week as he’s back among friends and business partners and on familiar turf. He won last year (including posting a 59 in the first round), missed 2017 with an injury and was T3 in 2016. He also won in 2007.
He’s coming off playing in the WGC event (a tie for 27th) so he’s going to be hitting it hard for the next few weeks as he’s hovering in 32nd spot in FedEx Cup points and looking to get into the top 30.
But watch out for Collin Morikawa who is 16-1. The Tour rookie won his first PGA title last week, The Barracuda Challenge, and has been on the front page of the leaderboard every week in his just-getting-started career. He birdied four of his final five holes to rally for the win.
So either two straight years for Snedeker or two straight weeks for Morikawa sounds about right.
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