Kevin Kesner returns to defense after winning a six-man playoff a year ago.
area Notes: Will Zalatoris be the highest-rated player on the field at Sedgefield Country Club…Former FedExCup Champion Billy Hurschel and Justin Rose are also on the field…Four of the six players from last year’s qualifiers will return to play in the Wyndham Championship – Kessner, Adam Scott, Roger Sloan, Se Woo Kim, 2016 Wyndham Prize Winner… 2019 Wyndham Prize Winner GT Poston back in action; Poston recently claimed his second career win at the John Deere Classic… Other notables include East Carolina alum Harold Varner III, and US Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III (who won his third Wyndham Championship in 2015 at the age of 51 ), after the PGA TOUR Rookie of Sungjae Im’s year, and big European champions Danny Willett and Shane Lowry…played by William McGuert on his last start main medical supplement… Sponsor exemptions include former college superstars Chris Gotrop and Cole Hammer, as well as former #1 ranked amateur Trent Phillips from the University of Georgia. Gotterup, seventh in this year’s PGA TOUR U graduate class, earned four of six PGA TOUR starts as a professional, most notably a T4 at the John Deere Classic. He has already sealed his place in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals and now has a 2023 PGA TOUR card on the horizon after making the cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Hammer, famous for qualifying for the 2015 US Open at the age of 15, was fifth in this year’s PGA TOUR U rankings presented by Velocity Global.
FEDEXCUP: The winner gets 500 FedExCup points.
a path: Sedgefield Country Club (Ross), Bar 70, 7131 yards. The tour sparkles at Donald Ross’ place for the second week in a row, with Detroit Golf Club also designing. Opening in the 1920s, Sedgefield has a typical small, undulating Russian green, although prior to last season he had had five consecutive winning totals of 20 under or under. Sedgefield was restored to the original Ross design in 2007 but has been extended to accommodate the PGA Tour. It has hosted every Wyndham tournament since 2008.
stories: The Wyndham Championship celebrates the FedExCop regular season ahead of the FedExCup Triple-Event Qualifiers kick off… Former Wyndham Championship winner Webb Simpson seeks a second win at Sedgefield after several close calls. He’s finished no less than seventh in the last five Wyndham hotels, including two runners-up and finished third… Could there be another moment for Chaison Hadley this season? Hadley has been in the outdoors for a year, but fired the Final 62 and moved up to No. 125… Sungjae Im and Billy Horschel had the chance to move to the Comcast Business TOUR TOP 10 with a good ending… The Wyndham Championship would celebrate The The final telecast of longtime analyst and nine-time TOUR winner Sir Nick Faldo… Players will also be looking to crack the top 200 on the FedExCup points eligibility list to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
72 hole log: 258, Henrik Stenson (2017), J.T. Poston (2019)
18 hole log: 59, Brandt Snicker (First round, 2018).
The last time: Kevin Kesner knocked out a six-man playoff to take his fourth PGA Tour title after flying on the second extra hole. Today Kesner started four shots off the lead and fired the final 66th round, which featured birds on 16 and 17. Kesner had lost in five playoff rounds previously, including three in 2015. Kevin Na, Branden Grace, Si Woo Kim and Adam Scott And Roger Sloan are the others in the playoff. Scott had the best chance of winning on the first playoff hole, but his 4-foot bird tried to back off. This was the third six-man playoff for the PGA TOUR, and the first since 2001.
The fifty-four-hole leader Russell Henley was among the group that finished in T7, one shot from the qualifiers. He hit under 17 after making the turn, but stunned four of his last eight holes, including No. 18, to knock him out of the competition.
Chesson Hadley fired the final round 62 (today’s round, which included his first hole) and went from #132 to #125 in the FedExCup standings, finishing last in the FedExCup qualifiers by one point FedEx Cup.
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