The 2013 Wyndham Championship serves as a bridge between the end of major championships and the beginning of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.
Although the stakes aren't nearly as high as they will be in the next month, several players will be teeing it up this week for one last shot at sliding inside the Top 125 in the standings to qualify for the postseason.
Some notable names outside the bubble include several major winners in Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Ben Curtis, Y.E. Yang and Trevor Immelman. Also in that bunch is two-time event champion Davis Love III, who is the only one in the field with multiple victories at this tournament.
Sergio Garcia will be defending the trophy after a sensational display last year, but he's still searching for his first win in 2013.
Even without a Top 10 since The Players Championship, Garcia has to be considered a threat at Sedgefield Country Club, a course he's averaged 65.8 on in eight prior rounds as a pro, per Helen Ross of PGATour.com.
Here is a look at the information on when the action gets underway on Thursday, including complete tee times and the top groups to watch in the first two rounds.
When: Thursday, August 15, to Sunday, August 18
Where: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.
Tee Times: First group is off at 7 a.m. ET. For a complete list of tee times for the first two rounds, visit PGATour.com.
Purse: $5.3 million
FedEx Cup Points: 500
TV Schedule (h/t PGA.com)
Thursday: Golf Channel 2-6 p.m. ET
Friday: Golf Channel 3-5 p.m. ET
Saturday: Golf Channel 3:30-6:30 p.m. ET
Sunday: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m. ET
Groups to Watch
No. 18: Boo Weekley, Sang-Moon Bae and Scott Stallings
Two of these men have won on tour this season. None of them have sported strong form lately, yet they are all sleeper candidates capable of a late charge to become legitimate factors in the playoffs.
It had been a bit of a rough patch for Weekley since his win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, but things began looking up a bit when he finished in a tie for 12th at the PGA Championship last week. While this field is still formidable, it's not nearly the caliber of the competition at Oak Hill.
Bae broke through for his first tour win just a week before Weekley captured the trophy at Colonial. Like his playing competitor, he hasn't handled the thrill of victory well. In fact, the promising youngster has endured a massive slump since then, missing five of his past eight cuts.
2013 has been completely hit or miss for Stallings, who posted consecutive finishes of T-4, T-4 and T-2 in the middle of the season. Since that stretch, the long-hitting American has fallen off the map, failing to make it to the weekend in four of six starts.
Stallings ranks 131st in scoring average before the cut but boasts one of the better final-round averages on tour. If he can get there on a course where birdies should be abundant, look for him to bounce back.
These immensely talented golfers must kick up some momentum before the playoffs begin.
No. 31: Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas and Zach Johnson
Few in golf's youth movement are more intriguing than Spieth—if any. The prodigy was living off of sponsor exemptions and invitations before winning at the John Deere Classic completely turned the tide.
Spieth's breakthrough made him the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since 1931. He holed out from the bunker on the 72nd hole in that event, then went on to beat John Deere defending champion Zach Johnson in a lengthy playoff.
As fate would have it, the two are paired together for the first two days in Greensboro.
Johnson had been grinding through a mostly forgettable campaign to that point, but the strong play at what he considers his home event has sparked a run of brilliance.
The 2007 Masters victor led after the first round of the Open Championship, where he ultimately tied for sixth. Then, he finished joint fourth at the Bridgestone Invitational and tied for eighth at the PGA.
Majors haven't been as kind to the 2011 FedEx Cup champion Haas, but just about every other tournament in 2013 has. No one has as many as Haas' whopping nine Top 10s on tour.
The star power of this American trio is palpable, with Johnson returning to form, Spieth emerging as one of the game's fastest rising stars and Haas missing little from his resume save for a major title.
No. 32: Brandt Snedeker, Sergio Garcia and Webb Simpson
The world No. 7 Snedeker is the highest-ranked player at Sedgefield. There's good reason for him to play here, too, since it was the site of his first tour win in a dazzling 2007 Rookie of the Year campaign.
Only Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar stand between Snedeker and the top of the point standings, and a result of ninth or better this week would vault him past Kuchar into the No. 2 slot.
Another elite player who broke through here was Simpson back in 2011, which served as a springboard that saw him wind up No. 2 on the money list that year. Then, of course, Simpson went on to win the 2012 U.S. Open.
Garcia clearly digs this venue, which netted him his first win on the PGA Tour since the 2008 Players Championship.
As mentioned in Ross' report, though, no one has successfully defended at this tournament since Sam Snead, who went back-to-back in 1955 and 1956. He won the event eight times, while no one else has captured the trophy more than twice.
With the exception of Simpson's fantastic second-round 64 at the PGA Championship, none of these three played well in the year's final major. It's a different ballgame now, though, and Snedeker will be looking for something positive to build on as he begins to defend his FedEx Cup title.
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