The 43rd and final event of the regular season is upon us, as the PGA Tour heads to North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship. A field of 156 will tackle Sedgefield Country Club, which players have one last chance to qualify for the postseason.
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1. Paul Casey: The Englishman has lost a pair of playoffs this year, but Sedgefield could be the place he does one better. Needing a solid result a year ago to secure his card, Casey finished T-18 at Wyndham with four rounds in the 60s and now returns ranked fifth in GIR percentage and 10th in strokes gained tee-to-green.
2. Justin Thomas: The rookie continues to impress, turning his PGA championship debut into a T-18 finish at Whistling Straits. Thomas has 13 top-25 finishes this season, including seven top-10s, and he made the cut at Sedgefield in 2009 at age 16.
3. Brooks Koepka: Koepka overcame a rough start to finish T-5 at Whistling Straits, his sixth straight top-20 result. While Sedgefield will take the driver largely out of his hands, Koepka fired a final-round 64 in Greensboro last year.
4. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker got his first win in Greensboro in 2007 and has maintained an affinity with the event since. His T-12 finish at the PGA Championship was his fifth top-15 finish in his last seven starts, and he was T-5 here a year ago.
5. Bill Haas: The former Wake Forest standout will have plenty of crowd support this week, and his runner-up finish last year was his third straight top-20 at this event. Haas won earlier this year in Palm Springs and nearly captured another title three weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.
6. Webb Simpson: You know a tournament means a lot to a player when he names a child after its sponsor. Simpson got his first PGA Tour win in Greensboro in 2011 and has five straight top-25 finishes at Sedgefield. His daughter, Wyndham, was born last May.
7. Branden Grace: The South African contended in a major for the second time this year, and now he makes his Wyndham debut. Grace has six top-20 finishes in his last seven worldwide starts dating back to May, so whatever course inexperience he brings will be more than made up for with his current form.
8. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama's run of 10 straight top-25 finishes ended at Firestone, but he remains one of the Tour's best ball-strikers. While that trait gives him a big edge on many courses, his advantage may be nullified this week since Sedgefield often rewards the best on and around its greens.
9. Martin Kaymer: The two-time major winner has work to do this week to make the playoffs, but he is finally showing signs of form. Kaymer was T-12 last week in Wisconsin, the same result he achieved at St. Andrews. He finished T-20 in his Wyndham debut in 2013 after a closing 63.
10. Will Wilcox: The Tour's leader in the all-around ranking continues to be a model of efficiency, with four top-10s and nine top-25s in just 15 starts this season. Wilcox's T-10 at the Barracuda Championship was his fourth straight top-25 and he finished T-24 last year at Sedgefield.