Patrick Reed will be the defending champion when the 2014 Wyndham Championship gets underway on Thursday morning at the Sedgefield Country Club in the Greensboro area of North Carolina. This will be the last opportunity for players to make the top 125 in FedEx Cup Points, and into the playoffs which begin the next week in New Jersey at the Barclays.
It’s going to be hard to follow what we saw on Sunday evening at Valhalla, and you can rest assured that we won’t be seeing the top players from the PGA Championship, but there are a few good players with work to do before the year-end festivities start.
This weekend at Greensboro will also provide the opportunity for Ryder Cup hopefuls who haven’t made the team on points, to impress their team captains.
Team USA Captain, Tom Watson said in a press conference on Monday that he will be watching the action for the next three weeks before he makes his three captains picks. I’m sure that Euro Captain, Paul McGinnley will be doing the same.
Sedgefield Country Club is the only Donald Ross designed golf course that is played on the regular season rotation during the PGA Tour season starting in 1938. His other courses are used in major championship, and we last saw one in action at the US Open in Pinehurst.
Ross designed Sedgfield to open in 1925, and for many years was one of two courses used in the rotation for the Greater Greensboro Open. Sam Snead won the last of his 82 record PGA wins at Sedgefield.
After a 31 year hiatus, the PGA returned to Greensboro in 2008 and the Wyndahm Championship was born.
Sedgefield Country Club is 7127 yards, and plays to a par of 70. Like the other Ross designs, the challenge here, lies on the undulating greens.
Patrick Reed won the first PGA Tournament of his career last year at Sedgefiel by beating a surging Jordan Spieth on the second playoff hole in a battle of the rookies. Spieth fired a final round 65 to catch Reed in the finale’.
Jordan made a great putt on the first extra hole to extend the playoff, but Reed would not be denied, and made his own heroics on the second hole.
With his wife Justine on the bag, Reed hit a seven iron from an uphill lie that scooted under the trees, and landed seven feet from the pin.
The rest is, as we always say, history!
The Wyndahm Championship offers a $5.3 Million Dollar purse and 500 of those all-important FedEx Cup points.
• TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
• RADIO: Thursday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com).