Fantasy Island Wyndham Championship

By Rex HoggardAugust 18, 2009, 4:00 pm
This weeks Wyndham Championship is something of an oddity on the crowded PGA Tour docket ' a second-tier event that draws a sneaky-good field thanks to its proximity to the years first FedEx Cup playoff event (next weeks Barclays) and one of the Tours most underrated golf courses.
The Donald Ross masterpiece rewards putting above all else, as evidenced by 2008 champion Carl Petterssons second-place ranking in that most crucial of stats putts per green in regulation.
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Pick a Foursome: Tough to pick Garcia at a putters paradise like Sedgefield, but the Spaniards ballstriking is still solid and, truth be told, hes the only player among the top 10 in the field.
Clark played well at Sedgefield last year (T-6) and, despite a distance disadvantage on the longest course in major championship history, was in the hunt at the PGA before a closing 74 dropped him into a tie for 16th.
Picks: Sergio Garcia, Lucas Glover, N/A, Tim Clark
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).

Salary Cap: Petterssons victory was convincing and the transplanted Carolinian, via Sweden, made hay as they say in the deep south on the par 5s, specifically Sedgefields sixth hole which he scorched to the tune of two eagles and two birdies. John Senden is second on Tour in par-5 scoring, playing the par 5s in a collective 114 under par. Putts per green in regulation prompts the Ogilvie pick. Although he has struggled this year, hes second on Tour in putts per GIR and went to school not far from Sedgefield at Duke.
Picks: Lucas Glover, Tim Clark, Joe Ogilvie, Danny Lee (Total: $5.27 million)
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.

Pick One: Davis Love III. The veteran doesnt miss the Tours Greensboro stop and hes proven in recent years (Exhibit A: 2008 Disney victory) that he plays his best golf in the fall.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardLucas Glover Rested after his post-U.S. Open whirlwind and fresh off another solid performance at the PGA (fifth place), no one on Tour is driving the ball better and hes hungry to lock up his spot on Presidents Cup team.$5,147,051
Jay CoffinLucas GloverThe best player in the field right now and has top-25s each of the past four years at Greensboro. Only concern is that he may be a little tired from playing so much golf this summer. Hes worth the gamble though.$6,433,462
Mercer BaggsLucas GloverNeeds another win or two to have any chance of capturing Player of the Year honors.$7,016,150
Erik PetersonSergio GarciaHe needs a win to salvage the season. He'll get it done this week. $6,156,772
Brian KoresselLucas GloverThe U.S. Open champ is turning into a stud before our eyes.$7,094,838
Dena DavisLucas GloverGotta take the Carolina boy in the Carolinas. He has four top-25 finishes in Greensboro the last four years, and is coming off a nifty fifth-place finish at Hazeltine.$6,675,150
Jerry FoltzMichael AllenYes, a bit off the charts, but the oldest player in the field I think on one of the oldest courses the tour plays. Plus, at 50-years-old, he just had a top-20 in a non-Senior major.$5,529,757


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