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Glance: Final shot to qualify for FedEx Cup playoffs

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.


LAST TOURNAMENT: PGA Championship (Collin Morikawa)

THIS WEEK: The Wyndham Championship, Aug. 13-16

Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C. (Par 70, 7,127 yards)

Purse: $6.2 million (Winner: $1.112 million)

Defending Champion: J.T. Poston

FedEx Cup leader: Justin Thomas

TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (GC), 2:30-6 p.m. (CBS).

NOTES: This is the final event before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. … Thomas has already secured the No. 1 seed for the playoffs along with the $2 million bonus for leading the Wyndham Rewards challenge. … Brooks Koepka is making his first start in the event since 2015 as he attempts to improve his No. 92 spot in the FedEx Cup rankings. … Poston, a North Carolina native, earned his first PGA Tour victory by shooting a 62 on Sunday last year and was the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to win a 72-hole tournament without a single bogey or worse. … Brandt Snedeker shot an opening-round 59 en route to winning in 2018. … Sergio Garcia enters the week 134th in the standings and must get inside the top 125 to qualify for the first leg of the playoffs. … Sedgefield is the only Donald Ross original design that serves as a regular PGA TOUR venue. … The past four event winners have each shot 21-under-par or better. Henrik Stenson (258 in 2017) and Poston share the tournament scoring record.

BEST BETS: Webb Simpson (+1100 at DraftKings) has seven top-10 finishes in 11 starts at the Wyndham, including a win in 2011 and a pair of runner-up finishes the past two years. His scoring average in his past 12 rounds a Sedgefield is 65.25. … Koepka (+1200) is playing in a sixth consecutive event, but has a long history of middling results in non-marquee Tour events. … Justin Rose (+2200) is coming off a ninth-place finish at the PGA Championship. … Patrick Reed (+1700) earned his first PGA Tour victory at the Wyndham in 2013, beating Jordan Spieth in a playoff. … Tommy Fleetwood (+2200) is playing for the fourth consecutive week as he seeks his first win on U.S. soil. … Brendon Todd (+3500), who already has two wins on the season, held a share of the first-round lead at the PGA Championship and is from nearby Raleigh, as is Simpson. … Snedeker is a two-time winner of the event (+5500).

NEXT WEEK: The Northern Trust


LAST TOURNAMENT: Marathon LPGA Classic (Danielle Kang)

THIS WEEK: Ladies Scottish Open, Aug. 13-16

The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland (Par 71, 6,427 yards)

Purse: $1.5 million

Defending Champion: Mi Jung Hur

Race to the CME Globe leader: Kang

TV: Thursday-Sunday, 7-11 a.m. ET (All times Golf Channel)

NOTES: The Ladies Scottish Open became an official LPGA Tour event in 2017. … The 144-player field will be cut to top 70 and ties after 36 holes. … Seeking her third victory in as many weeks, Kang leads the USA Solheim Cup team standings with 188 points, well ahead of No. 2 Marina Alex (85). … The average age of winners on tour this year is 28.3. … Hur set the tournament scoring record of 20-under 264 last year but will not defend her title due to travel concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Past champions in the field include Ariya Jutanugarn (2018) and Mi Hyang Lee (2017). … The event is held at the same course as the European Tour’s Scottish Open scheduled for October.

NEXT WEEK: AIG Women’s Open

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: The Ally Challenge (Jim Furyk)

THIS WEEK: Senior Players Championship

Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio (Par 70, 7,400 yards)

Purse: $3 million (Winner: $420,000)

Defending Champion: Retief Goosen

Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Bernhard Langer

TV: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET; Saturday, 3-5 p.m. ET; Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m. ET (All times Golf Channel)

NOTES: The event is being played for the second year at Firestone, which previously hosted the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Firestone will host the Senior Players through 2022. … Steve Stricker finished T18 at the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour last month and won two Champions majors in 2019. … Goosen shot a 66 to finish T2 at The Ally Challenge. … Brett Quigley has four top-10 finishes this season and leads the tour with an average of 5.47 birdies per round.

NEXT WEEK: Charles Schwab Series at Bass Pro Shops Big Cedar Lodge

–Field Level Media

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