The Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the last regular season tournament of the PGA Tour’s 2013-2014 season. As such, it is the gateway for the players, first to their Tour cards for next year and second, to getting into The Playoffs, the four year-end tournaments that determine the winner of the Tour Championship and the FedExCup:
The Barclays – Ridgewood Country Club – Paramus, New Jersey – Top 125 players
Deutsche Bank Championship – TPC Boston – Boston, Massachusetts – Top 100
The BMW Championship – Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado – Top 70
The Tour Championship – East Lake Country Club, Atlanta, Georgia – Top 30
The Top 125 players in the FedExCup points standings at the end of Wyndham get their Tour cards for next year and get into The Playoffs.
The Top 125 players on the money list, as they traditionally have before the FedExCup era, earn their Tour cards for next year.
As a perennial bottom feeder during my Monday qualifying years on the Champions Tour, I have a tremendous amount of respect for the guys on the PGA Tour who have their cards and will earn them again for another year. But I also have a tremendous amount of empathy for those who will not. So I watch this tournament very carefully for all its implications. For my money, this is the best story of the Wyndham Championship.
The PGA Tour does a tremendous job of providing end of the day standings for those players hovering around the 125th spot in both FedExCup points and the money list based on projections. Writing at pgatour.com, Sean Martin keeps track of the day’s scores and their resultant projections in, “Bubble Watch: Who could crack the top 125?”
For example, Charlie Beljan came into the tournament at 127 on the FedExCup points list. But after the first round, he is T118, would miss the cut and is projected to fall to 133 and would miss The Playoffs. But he is also projected to finish at 118 on the money list and would keep his card.
Martin begins with a blurb on Johnson Wagner who began his day on the range with a couple of shanks with his wedge, but ended up playing well on the day.
He also provides notes on interesting players and another smaller table of notable big moves on the projected FedExCup points list. You’ll also find other links to related stories.
As to the tournament itself, the leaders after the first round are:
7-under – Camilo Villegas
6-under – William McGirt, Webb Simpson
5-under – Scott Langley, Martin Laird, Paul Casey, Heath Slocum, Andrew Loupe
4-under – 10 players
3-under – 17 players
2-under – 13 players
1-under – 24 players
That takes us down to the 72 players above the low 70-and-ties cut line. Tomorrow’s finish, with its high stakes, will almost have the feel of the final round of the old Q-School.
Good luck to all.