Playing Favorites at the Wyndham Championship

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Wydham ChampionshipGREENSBORO, North Carolina -- This is the last event for players to earn points before the FedExCup playoffs begin next week at The Barclays.
 
It was called the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro last year when Davis Love III shot four rounds in the 60s to beat Jason Bohn by two shots for his 19th PGA TOUR victory and first since 2003.
 
Love will not be back to defend this year, however, as he was forced to withdraw due to kidney stones.
 
Aside from the four major championships, this is the third oldest event on the PGA TOUR schedule. Forest Oaks has hosted this event since 1977. Love and his design team rebuilt all 18 greens and added 184 yards in 2002-03.
 
The tournament will be shown on the GOLF CHANNEL and CBS this week.
 
Next week, the playoffs begin at The Barclays. Only the top 144 players on the FedExCup points list qualify. Vijay Singh won The Barclays last June, his only victory of the 2006 season.
 
Here are our Tour Trade 2 favorites this week, with a look at their past performances in Wyndham Championship. We also offer up a few more guys worth keeping an eye on at Forest Oaks Golf Club.
 
K.J. Choi
Starts: 6
Wins: 1
Top-10s: 4
Best finish: Win (2005)
 
TRADE Talk: Even with a pair of high-profile wins this year at Jacks and Tigers events, Choi is still one of the more overlooked players on a weekly basis. But not this week. Given his record this season ' and at this event ' plus the fact that he is the highest-ranked player in the field, Choi is the man to beat in Greensboro.
 
Lucas Glover
Starts: 3
Wins: 0
Top-10s: 1
Best finish: T6 (2006)
 
TRADE Talk: The former Clemson Tiger has limited experience in this event, but has made the cut all three times he has played it. He is also playing well at the moment. Glover made the cut last week at Southern Hills and had finished 12th or better in four of his previous five starts. He should also be riding high after being named a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup.
 
Shigeki Maruyama
Starts: 6
Wins: 1
Top-10s: 3
Best finish: Win (2003)
 
TRADE Talk: Remember him? Maruyama was supposed to be the next great Asian player, before Choi took that role. Maruyama hasnt won on TOUR since this event in 2003, but an odd stat might be in his favor this week. After winning here in 03, the Smiling Assassin finished runner-up in 2005. He needs another great finish in another odd campaign to move into the top 150 on the money list and into the top 144 on the FedExCup points list.
 
Jonathan Byrd
Starts: 5
Wins: 0
Top-10s: 2
Best finish: T3 (2002)
 
TRADE Talk: Byrd has a good track record of winning tournaments with weaker fields, particularly around this time of year. In 2004, he won the B.C. Open, opposite the Open Championship. This year, he won the John Deere the week prior to the Open.
 
Four more players worth keeping an eye on at Forest Oaks Golf Club
 
Steve Flesch
The left-hander won two weeks ago at the opposite-field Reno-Tahoe Open. Hes never won twice in the same season, but he did tie for third at this event a year ago.
 
Eric Axley
Axley will be defending his title at the Valero Texas Open in October ' assuming hes not worn out by then. Axley has played 28 of the 32 weeks thus far this season, and hasnt finished better than tied for 19th. So why mention him this week? He tied for third at this event a year ago and guys like he are lightning-in-a-bottle kind of players.
 
Chad Campbell
Campbell is another guy who has had a miserable season and is in desperate need to turn it around in a hurry. The three-time TOUR winner hasnt had a top-10 since the Match Play in February. The $475,00 he earned that week comprises about half of his yearly earnings. But like Axley, he has a decent record around this track, having tied for third in 2002.
 
Brad Faxon
The veteran has played this event 18 times dating back to 1984. While hes never won it, he has twice finished runner-up. And as guys like Fred Funk and Jay Haas have recently shown, just because youre in your late 40s and above doesnt mean you cant be competitive.
 
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