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The Wyndham Championship returns to Greensboro, NC this Thursday as golfers play in the last PGA Tour event of the regular season. With a few hopefuls trying to sneak into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, everyone else will be looking to hone their game before the ending playoffs as golfers aim to prove they belong on golf’s grandest stage.
The Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA Tour. The current home course, Sedgefield Country Club, has held the majority of the tournaments since it began and is currently on an 11-year hosting streak. The Sedgefield course was designed by Donald Ross, one of the principle designers of the legendary Pinehurst course. Past winners include Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, 8-time winner Sam Snead and defending champion Henrik Stenson.
2017 Champion Henrik Stenson
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Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson has been one of the most consistent performers on both the PGA and European Tours of the past decade. He first made his name on the European Tour in the early 2000s before beginning to also play on the PGA Tour, eventually reaching a world ranking of 5. In 2013, Stenson would win both the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship making him the FedEx Cup playoff and points winner. Later, he would win the DP World Tour Championship making him the only golfer to finish a season as both the PGA Tour and European Tour points leader and winner of both tours’ final tournament. This feat earned Stenson his highest world golf ranking of 3. In 2016, Stenson achieved another career goal by winning his first major at the Open Championship.
2017 saw Stenson achieve his loan victory of the season at the Wyndham Championship. Stenson was battling with Ollie Schneiderjans on during the final round. They were tied entering the final 4 holes and only a group apart. However, Stenson’s 3 consecutive birdies on holes 15-17 and par on hole 18 saw him beat Schneiderjans by one stroke. Stenson’s performance resulted in a final score of 258 (-22), the lowest score recorded at the Wyndham Championship.
In addition to Stenson seeking to repeat as champion, the field of golfers includes Webb Simpson and 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia. However, a lot of attention will be on the golfers looking to earn a spot in the top-125 of FedEx Cup points so they can compete in the Northern Trust, the first FedEx Cup playoff event. An average of 2-3 golfers will likely sneak into the playoffs this year, though 4 managed the feat in 2017. Sergio Garcia finds himself on the outside of the playoffs and will look to ease into the top-125 with other storied golfers like US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and major winner Retief Goosen. Chilean teen sensation Joaquin Niemann, not yet an official PGA Tour member, looks to gain entrance to the FedEx Cup with a win. On the opposite end of the age spectrum, former champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Davis Love III looks to repeat his 2015 Wyndham heroics to become the oldest golfer to win a PGA Tour event.