Wyndham Championship 2013: Daily Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
Many of the top players in golf enter the Wyndham Championship looking to do well at the final event before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The tournament takes place at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., featuring many of the biggest names in the sport. It is also in the unique gap between the final major of the year—the PGA Championship—and the highly anticipated Barclays event.
Only the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings get an invite to the upcoming tournament next week at Liberty National Golf Course, so a number of notable players on the bubble are looking for a big showing to clinch their spot.
Those who have already earned an invite to the next tournament will look to improve their position as they look for a big payday at the Tour Championship.
Before any of this can happen, however, the players must first do well in a competitive atmosphere in Greensboro.
This is certain to be an exciting event, so check back here for the latest updates throughout the tournament.
Round 1 Leaderboard (via PGATour.com)
Round 1 Recap
Players did not waste time putting up low scores in this tournament, as there were plenty of red numbers on Day 1.
Chris Stroud got out to an early lead in the tournament thanks to a six-under 64. Starting on the 10th hole, the Texas native had eight birdies in an eventful day.
With his four top-10 finishes on the year, do not be surprised if Stroud, who is tied with Englishman Ross Fisher after Round 1, remains in contention throughout the week.
Jordan Spieth is another player trying to build off a great season, which includes a win at the John Deere Classic. He is currently one stroke back after shooting a 65.
Defending champion Sergio Garcia set out to win again at this tournament with an outstanding opening round of 65. He was simply putting the ball on the fairway and then onto the green with incredible consistency, carding zero bogeys on the day.
Another notable performance came from Robert Garrigus, who was one of the leaders after the first two days at the PGA Championship. After starting at five under after 36 holes, the veteran finished one over par to end tied for 25th.
He looks to continue this strong play after posting an opening round of 65 at Sedgefield.
One player a few strokes off the lead to watch out for is former Masters champion Zach Johnson. He was a bit inconsistent on the day while shooting a 67, but he had an eagle on hole No. 5 to put him in good shape.
He has the skill and the experience to pass anyone on the leaderboard, and he remains a top contender for the rest of the tournament.
Dozens of players are within striking distance of the leader, and any one of them can make a run over the next three days. Make sure to follow along as each player looks to make moves heading into the FedEx Cup.
Round 2 Leaderboard
|Position||Golfer||Round 1||Round 2||Score|
|T10||Charles Howell III||66||68||-6|
Round 2 Recap
It was yet another day of low scores at Sedgefield Country Club. The first day saw a lot of golfers make it look easy in the Wyndham Championship, and Day 2 continued that trend.
After the second round of the tournament, the biggest question on everybody's mind, who is John Huh? The 23-year-old shot an eight-under 62 on Friday to move 32 spots up the leaderboard, sitting second going into the weekend.
Huh was absolutely on fire the entire round, playing 18 bogey-free holes. He was extremely consistent, hitting four birdies each on the front and back nines.
After a first round score of two under, nobody could have seen Huh making the kind of jump he did on Friday. Even more astounding is the fact that he has missed the cut at his last four PGA Tour appearances.
The leader after two rounds is Patrick Reed, who's one stroke ahead of Huh at 11 under. Reed had a good first round, with a five-under 65 and followed it up with a six-under 64 in the second round. If the 23-year-old continues up this play, it's going to be hard for Huh or anyone else to keep pace.
Charlie Wi had a great round as well. With his five-under 65, Wi is without shouting distance of Reed. He jumped 30 spots to get into a tie for fourth, at seven under for the tournament.
One golfer who didn't help himself was Ross Fisher. It's not often you can post a score below par and drop three places, but that's exactly what happened to Fisher. While his competitors were getting birdie after birdie, the 32-year-old Englishman only posted a one-under 69. Bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10 erased most of the progress he had made.
Going into the weekend, the tournament is shaping up to be very interesting. You've got a lot of golfers only separated by a few strokes. Given how the top performers have done in the first two rounds, there's a good chance that somebody who's five or six strokes back can make a push on Saturday and threaten Reed or whomever the leader may be.
You couldn't ask for any more if you're a golf fan.
Round 3 Leaderboard
|Position||Golfer||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Score|
Round 3 Recap
Although there was some movement throughout the field during Saturday's third round of the Wyndham Open, the top of the leaderboard remained largely unchanged as Patrick Reed, John Huh and Jordan Spieth still occupy the first few spots.
Reed entered the third round with a one-stroke lead over Huh a 11-under par, and it looked like the round would end the same way, but a bogey on the 18th hole dropped Reed to 10-under. Huh shot an even round, which is good enough for a share of the lead, as did Spieth, who is now just one shot back at 9-under par.
The biggest mover of the day was unquestionably Zach Johnson as he was six strokes behind Reed entering the third round. Johnson is now just a single stroke back as he shot a sizzling 66. Johnson is tied for third with Spieth and Bob Estes, and if his momentum is any indication, the former Masters winner could very well add another title to his resume on Sunday.
While the course was fairly kind to most players on Saturday, that wasn't the case with everyone. Ross Fisher was 7-under prior to the third round, and he was in very good position to make a run, but a 74 has him seven shots back. Charlie Wi was in the same spot as Fisher, however, he was even worse as a 75 has him tied for 31st.
Ultimately, the stage is set for an exciting round of golf on Sunday as there is a number of strong players within a few strokes of the lead. Reed showed some signs of faltering on Saturday's final hole, so the door could be open for a come-from-behind victory in the fourth round.
Round 4 Leaderboard
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Round 4 Recap
In a battle of golfing youngsters, rookie Patrick Reed birdied the second playoff hole of the Wyndham Championship to best fellow rookie Jordan Spieth for the title.
The two finished 72 holes locked at 14-under, which was two shots better than their closest competitors Brian Harman and John Huh.
It was a spectacular finish for the 23-year-old after finding a bit of trouble off the tee:
Patrick Reed makes birdie from the trees on second playoff hole to win the Wyndham Championship for his first career PGA Tour title.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 18, 2013
Congrats to Patrick Reed. Great all-around performance with a full bag of Callaway clubs for his 1st career victory! pic.twitter.com/o6R8RaM6ou— Callaway Golf (@CallawayGolf) August 18, 2013
Reed's tree-bound drive on the second playoff hole nearly made it out of bounds, and he still hit it seven feet from the pin, and drilled the putt. That came right after Spieth missed his 10-foot birdie putt on the edge.
This all capped off an eventful day that Reed is unlikely to ever forget. He began the final round tied for first with John Huh. Spieth was one shot back.
Reed caught fire to end the front nine as he birdied four of the side's final five holes. Here is a remarkable birdie putt from hole No. 7:
However, as he tried to close out his maiden win, he stalled on the back nine—playing it at even, and watched a three-stroke lead vanish.
Spieth's day was the polar opposite. He played the front at just one-under after bogeying the opening hole. However, he caught fire at No. 12 and birdied four of his final seven holes to force a playoff.
At that point, with all the momentum, it appeared that the 20-year-old Spieth would pick up his second PGA victory. Last month, he won the John Deere winner in a playoff.
While he came up on the short end of this playoff, Spieth has to be ecstatic about getting himself so close to another victory at this stage of his infant career.
In all, this was a fabulous finish to a fine tournament, as it showcased some of golf's brightest young stars.
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