GREENSBORO, N.C. – With low scores expected once again in Greensboro, the Wyndham Championship remains up for grabs. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Sedgefield Country Club, where Nick Watney leads by one shot:
• Watney is searching for his sixth PGA Tour victory, but first since The Barclays in 2012. His lone top-10 finish of the season came two weeks ago, when he tied for eighth at the Barracuda Championship.
• Watney is a seasoned veteran, but his last attempt to close a 54-hole lead didn’t exactly go as planned. He carried a three-shot lead into the final round of the 2010 PGA Championship, only to shoot a 9-over 81 and fall into a tie for 18th.
• Brad Fritsch will begin the final round one shot behind Watney with plenty to play for. At No. 162 in the FedEx Cup standings, Fritsch needs at least a two-way tie for second to earn a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, although he could earn a card for 2014-15 with a top-three finish via the season-long money list.
• Fritsch will look to extend a recent trend at Sedgefield, which has produced four first-time winners in the last five years. The only champions with a PGA Tour win already under their belt since the venue shifted from Forest Oaks in 2008 were Carl Pettersson (2008) and Sergio Garcia (2012).
• Heath Slocum has won four times on Tour, but he hasn’t cracked the top 10 since his last victory at the 2010 McGladrey Classic. He begins the final round tied for third, two shots behind Watney and likely needs at least a solo third-place finish to punch his ticket to The Barclays and secure a card for next season.
• J.J. Henry will likely see a notable streak of consistency come to a close Sunday. Henry is one of eight players to have finished inside the top 125 in season-long earnings every year since 2001, but he is No. 130 in FedEx Cup points and No. 139 on the money list entering this week. At 4-under 206, he’s unlikely to make a dent in either category.
• Jason Allred had no PGA Tour status this year, but he could become fully exempt for next season with a low round. Allred is currently $35,409 outside of the top 125 on the season-long money list, and at 8 under he is tied for 18th heading into the final round. A top-14 finish should earn Allred enough money to clinch a card for the 2014-15 season.