Fowler grouped with Furyk, Matsuyama at Wyndham


The PGA Tour's regular season is down to its final event. Here are some marquee early-round groups to keep an eye on at the Wyndham Championship, where some players vie to remain in the Ryder Cup mix while others hope to hold onto their playing privileges for next season (all times ET):

8 a.m. Thursday, 1:15 p.m. Friday: Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson

Reed won this event in a playoff in 2013 and he returns firmly on the Ryder Cup bubble, holding the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot with two weeks to go. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Thomas, who ended a mini-slump with a T-3 finish two weeks ago in Connecticut, and Simpson, the Charlotte resident and 2011 Wyndham champ who is annually a crowd favorite at Sedgefield.

8:10 a.m. Thursday, 1:25 p.m. Friday: Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk

Matsuyama skipped the Olympics and now returns to Greensboro where he missed the cut each of the last two years. He'll be joined by a pair of American Ryder Cup hopefuls in Fowler, who added this event at the last minute as he looks to turn things around in time to make the squad at Hazeltine, and Furyk, who is making his first competitive start since his record 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship.

1:15 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday: Ryan Moore, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner

Moore earned his first career PGA Tour victory at this event in 2009, and now returns on the heels of win No. 5 last week at the John Deere Classic. He'll play the first two rounds alongside a pair of PGA champions, as Walker makes his first start since his breakthrough victory at Baltusrol and Dufner makes just his second Wyndham appearance since 2013.

1:25 p.m. Thursday, 8:10 a.m. Friday: Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, Billy Horschel

Snedeker and Haas are two of the perennial contenders at this event, combining for seven top-10 finishes at Sedgefield since 2009. That run doesn't include Snedeker's 2007 win at nearby Forest Oaks, but it does include a runner-up result from Haas in 2014. Rounding out the group will be Horschel, who eyes his first top-10 finish since April before he begins another run toward the FedEx Cup title he won two years ago.