It’s been the better part of a decade since Ryan Palmer found himself battling just to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs. 2009, to be exact. That year, Palmer had similar results to what we’ve seen in 2017. Half of his cuts made, with a handful of top-25 finishes throughout.
Earlier this year, though, Palmer looked like he was getting back in his old form. In April, Palmer narrowly missed a top-ten at the RBC Heritage, finishing tied for 11th place, then put together back-to-back top-tens at the Valero Texas Open and the Zurich Classic.
Unfortunately, that heater didn’t last long, but it showed us flashes of what we’ve come to expect out of the Texas A&M product. He recently popped back onto the radar of PGA TOUR fans at the Barracuda Championship. There, Palmer tied for ninth place, scoring +38 in the Modified Stableford scoring event.
There’s no course history (that matters, anyway) for Palmer at Sedgefield. The last time he played the Wyndham was in 2008. Yes, he missed the cut, but at the best skill golfers have is a short memory. If Palmer is going to remember anything here, he’ll channel 2006, when he finished in solo fifth at 12-under par.
Palmer is going to be motivated to extend his streak of Playoff appearances, and I’m looking for him to continue the solid form he showed at the Barracuda.