This week marks the 41st event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour heads to North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship. A field of 156 players will tee it up this week at Sedgefield Country Club in the final event of the 2013-14 FedEx Cup regular season.
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1. Brandt Snedeker: It's a special event for Snedeker, who got his first win in Greensboro in 2007, and he is quietly heading up with six top-25 finishes in seven starts dating back to the U.S. Open. Snedeker closed with 66-67 over the weekend at the PGA Championship, and now returns to a course where he was T-5 in 2009 and T-8 in 2010.
2. Webb Simpson: Taking past history over current form. Simpson has been erratic this summer, but when he's been good the results have followed: T-3 in Memphis and third at Greenbrier. Simpson won at Sedgefield in 2011, tied for 11th last year and hasn't finished worse than T-22 in his last four trips to Greensboro, near his former stomping grounds at Wake Forest.
3. Bill Haas: Another North Carolina guy, and one who has only missed a single cut all year long, that coming when he withdrew from the RBC Heritage after the first round. Haas tied for 27th at Valhalla and has six top-30 finishes in his last nine starts, a stretch that dates back to the Players Championship. He has three top-20 finishes in the last five years at Sedgefield, including a T-7 result in 2012.
4. Patrick Reed: The defending champ has won twice more since his breakthrough victory at Sedgefield last year, and just last week locked up a spot on his first Ryder Cup team. After a slow summer, Reed began to show signs of life with a T-11 finish at Congressional, then tied for fourth two weeks ago at Firestone. He should benefit from a return to friendly confines, and a course where he shot 66 or better three times last year.
5. Ernie Els: The Big Easy was a late addition to the field, and after a T-7 finish at the PGA now has strung together three good starts in a row (T-12 RBC Canadian Open, T-26 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational). While he has struggled to contend somewhat this season, Els did tie for 20th a year ago at Sedgefield on the heels of a final-round 65.
6. Hideki Matsuyama: At No. 18 in the world, Matsuyama is the highest-ranked player in the field this week and he has played well all summer long, highlighted by a breakthrough victory at the Memorial. Matsuyama has strung together eight straight top-40 finishes, and he tied for 15th last year in his Wyndham debut.
7. Brooks Koepka: The long hitter had another strong effort last week, tying for 15th at the PGA Championship after a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open in June. Koepka is not eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs without a win at Sedgefield, so this may be his last start in the U.S. for several weeks. He has made eight of his last nine cuts on Tour, with four top-25 finishes among that stretch.
8. Tim Clark: Clark hasn't played exceptionally well since his win at the RBC Canadian Open, but now he gets a course that better suits his game than did Firestone or Valhalla. The South African was a runner-up at Sedgefield in 2012 and had a respectable T-26 showing a year ago, which included a final-round 64. Expect a barrage of accurate drives to set up Clark with more than his fair share of birdie chances.
9. Carl Pettersson: The Swede won here in 2008 and tied for fourth in both 2011 and 2012, so he clearly feels comfortable in Greensboro. While this season hasn't exactly gone as planned, Pettersson did have a pair of high finishes on courses where low numbers were required: T-3 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and T-7 at the Travelers Championship.
10. Brian Harman: Harman got his first PGA Tour win last month at the John Deere Classic, and he will head into the FedEx Cup playoffs in comfortable position. He has a chance to boost his point total this week, though, on a course where he tied for third last year after four straight rounds in the 60s. Harman ranks second on Tour in total birdies, so expect plenty of circles on his scorecard.