Fact Pack: Wyndham Championship

By Will GrayAugust 14, 2012, 8:00 pm

This week Sedgefield Country Club plays host to the Wyndham Championship, the final event of the FedEx Cup regular season. Often one of the lowest-scoring events on Tour, players will have to get used to totally new greens this year as the course changed the grass type on its putting surfaces only a few months ago.  Many players will be spending this week jockeying for playoff position, while others need a strong finish simply to make the field next week at The Barclays. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

Coming off a missed cut at Kiawah, Brandt Snedeker is in need of a solid performance if he wants to have any chance at landing one of four available captain's picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Snedeker - who scored his first career Tour win here in 2007, the event's final year at Forest Lake GC - will be looking for birdies early and often at Sedgefield. Currently ranking seventh on Tour in birdie average, there is reason to suspect he will find his fair share this week.

Lucas Glover returns to a venue where he has experienced past success in the hopes of salvaging a dismal 2012 season. The 2009 U.S. Open champion has posted four straight top-30 finishes in Greensboro, including a seventh-place finish in 2010. He has yet to record a top-40 finish this year on Tour, though - missing 10 cuts in 15 starts - and at 218th in the FedEx Cup points race, he will almost certainly miss the upcoming Playoffs.

• Alhough Sedgefield CC has always emphasized reaching greens in regulation, that emphasis may be increased this year as the course transitions from bent grass greens to Champion Bermuda. Since the tournament re-established the course as full-time host in 2008, each eventual champion has hit at least 55/72 greens in regulation for the week en route to victory. Greg Owen, currently sixth on Tour in GIR percentage, is the highest-ranking player in the category teeing it up this week.

• If George McNeill wants to repeat his runner-up performance from last year, he will need to improve his play on the par-4s this week. McNeill, a winner on Tour earlier this year in Puerto Rico, led the Wyndham field in par-4 performance in 2011, playing the holes in -10 for the week. This year, though, he is 137th on Tour in par-4 performance.

• Among those without a victory here, few can match the Greensboro resume of Jason Bohn. In three appearances at nearby Forest Lake, Bohn posted a T-3 finish in 2005 and was runner-up the following year. In two starts since the venue shifted to Sedgefield, he finished T-2 in 2009 and T-12 last year; across both courses, Bohn has broken par in each of the 20 competitive rounds he has played in this event.

• Having seemingly rebounded from six consecutive missed cuts earlier this summer, Chez Reavie has now played the weekend in five of his last six events, including last week's PGA Championship. Expect Reavie to play most of his approach shots from the short grass this week; he ranks 18th on Tour in driving accuracy this year and was among the top eight in the field in fairways hit in each of two prior appearances at Sedgefield - resulting in a T-10 finish in 2009 and a T-9 showing last year.

• Thanks in large part to a Sunday 67, Blake Adams recorded his best finish of the year (T-7) at the PGA Championship and now has six top-30 finishes in his last nine starts dating back to the Memorial. Adams currently ranks fourth on Tour in total birdies and third in putts from 5-10 feet; if he can muster a performance in line with those standings on the new Champion Bermuda greens at Sedgefield, he'll likely card his third top-10 finish of 2012.

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.