Power Rankings: Wyndham Championship

By Will GrayAugust 13, 2012, 9:00 pm

With the season's final major in the rear view mirror, players now focus their attention on the Playoffs. This week's Wyndham Championship represents the final event of the FedEx Cup regular season, and for many the final chance to jump into the top 125 in the standings and extend their season.

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Webb Simpson returns to Greensboro as defending champion, but a strong field of contenders will look to take the title from him this week. Here are 10 players to watch:

1. Carl Pettersson: A former champion at Sedgefield (2008) who finished T-4 here last year and has already won this year on another 'target' golf course (Harbour Town). The Swede lives in nearby Raleigh, went to NC State and has unending amounts of positive goodwill stockpiled from how he dealt with the unfortunate penalty situation on Sunday at Kiawah. What's not to love?

2. Webb Simpson: The U.S. Open champion returns to the site of his first Tour victory last summer. Another player with roots in the Tar Heel state, Simpson will hope that some friendly confines will help him shake off the rust post-paternity better than wind-blown Kiawah Island did last week.

3. Jason Dufner: Quietly shot -5 over the final two rounds at Kiawah, finishing T-27 although never really factoring. Dufner continues to be one of the more consistent players in 2012, currently ranking third in the all-around, fifth in scoring average and leading the Tour with 17 consecutive cuts made.

4. Josh Teater: Returning to action after a week off, Teater has posted three consecutive top-10 finishes and may be the hottest player you haven't heard of. He's finished in the top 25 at Sedgefield each of the last two years, and he currently ranks 15th on Tour in total driving and 22nd in GIR percentage.

5. Sergio Garcia: With Ian Poulter's Sunday charge, Garcia now finds himself on the wrong side of the European Ryder Cup bubble with only two weeks to go and in need of a good result. He finished fourth here in 2009, his only prior visit to Sedgefield CC.

6. Brandt Snedeker: Though captain Davis Love III has four picks at his disposal, odds are right now that he won't be spending one on Snedeker. Thus Sneds begins his four-week, mini-Ryder Cup audition on a course where he has posted two top-10 finishes in the last three years.

7. Brendon de Jonge: Trailing only Jason Dufner for consecutive cuts made (15), de Jonge continues to be one of the most stable players of the year. Should have no problem finding the greens around Sedgefield, as he currently ranks 11th on Tour in GIR percentage.

8. David Toms: A runner-up here in 2010, Toms has had a solid summer season with four top-15 finishes in his last seven starts. Currently stands seventh on Tour in driving accuracy and has been under par in nine of 10 final rounds in 2012.

9. John Daly: Hardly a model in consistency, Daly did manage to back up his season-best T-5 finish in Reno with a very respectable T-18 at the PGA. Currently 137th in the FedEx Cup points race and having never made it to golf's version of the playoffs, Daly will need one more high finish to crack the top 125 and earn a spot in the field for The Barclays.

10. Nicolas Colsaerts: Like Sergio Garcia, Colsaerts is currently just outside the cutoff for the last automatic European Ryder Cup spot. Unlike Garcia, he doesn't have a sterling Ryder Cup history to fall back on in hopes of landing one of the two captain's picks. If the Belgian is going to make the team, it will likely have to be on merit between this week and next.

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Key stats from Woods' historic win at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:47 pm

Tiger Woods won his 80th career PGA Tour title on Sunday with a two-stroke victory at the Tour Championship. Here are the key stats from the final round at East Lake.

• 80th career PGA Tour win; first since 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

• Two wins behind Sam Snead for most in PGA Tour history

• Snead was 47 years old when he won his 80th career PGA Tour title (Woods is 42)

• 43-for-45 converting outright 54-hole leads in PGA Tour career

• 24-for-24 converting 54-hole leads of three or more shots

• First win in 1,876 days; 118 players won on PGA Tour between Woods' wins

• Third career Tour Championship victory (most all-time)

• Has won Tour Championship in three different decades (1999, 2007, 2018)

• Fifth PGA Tour event won in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s)

• Projected to move to 13th in World Ranking with victory

• Was ranked 1,199 before beginning of 2017 Hero World Challenge

• Snead won 11 times after turning 43 (Woods turns 43 in December)

• Eighth PGA Tour win in Georgia; fourth-most of any state (Fla., Calif., Ohio)

• Extended lead to four strokes with birdie on first hole of round

• Second in field in strokes gained: putting this week

• First in field in scrambling this week (17-for-24)

• Finished second in FedExCup; was making first Tour Championship start since 2013

• Led field in one-putt percentage this week (51.4%)

• Finishes season first on PGA Tour in strokes gained: approach

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)

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Social media explodes over Tiger's 80th win

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:45 pm

After a five-year hiatus, Tiger Woods made his triumphant return to the winner's circle on Sunday at the Tour Championship.

As evidenced by a quick look at social media, Woods' win set the golf world on fire, with everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Michelle Wie sending their congratulations to the 42-year-old.

Here are the best reactions from a wild Sunday at East Lake, where Woods claimed PGA Tour victory No. 80:

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Rose captures FedExCup, $10 million

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 23, 2018, 10:45 pm

ATLANTA – Like the “Price is Right” big wheel, $10 million spun around and around on Sunday, waiting to land on someone. It rolled past Dustin Johnson, looked like it was going to settle on Tiger Woods, and then made a final tick to rest on an ecstatic Justin Rose.

Rose won the FedExCup title on Sunday at the Tour Championship, two-putting for birdie on the par-5 18th to secure the big bonus. Woods, who won the tournament, finished second, with Bryson DeChambeau third.

Rose entered the final round as the projected winner, tied for second in the event, three shots back of Woods. However, it was a struggle from the start for the – now former – world No. 1. Rose made four bogeys and one birdie over his first 15 holes, and when he bogeyed the par-4 16th, the scenario became clear: Play the last two in 1 under or lose the cup.

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Johnson had an outside shot at claiming the $10 million, but parred the last. He finished in solo third place, four back of Woods.

Woods, meanwhile, was in command of the tournament from the start on Sunday. He played steadily, for the most part, and no one provided a challenge. In order to win the cup, he needed to win the event – which was close to a lock all day – and Rose needed to finish in a three-way tie for fifth or worse.

So, here he was, Rose, tied for SIXTH place on the 18th hole. A birdie and he’d jump into a three-way tie for fourth – as well as into a mountain of cash.

Rose hit the par-5 18th in two and successfully two-putted to clinch the cup. He didn’t win a playoff event, but his MC-2-2-T4 results were good enough, points wise, to capture the season-long race.

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Highlights: Tiger's final round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:40 pm

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday by two strokes. Here are the highlights from the final round.

Woods got off to a great start with a birdie on No. 1.

He then made eight straight pars to close out the front nine in 1 under par. Woods started the back nine with a bogey at 10, but he rebounded with this birdie at No. 13.

Woods leaked some oil coming in with bogeys at 15 and 16, but this par putt on 17 gave him a crucial two-stroke lead heading to 18.

For the fourth straight day, Woods smoked his drive on 18.

A huge gallery followed Woods up the 18th hole.

Woods missed his birdie putt on 18, but it was an easy par for a two-stroke victory and win No. 80.