Winners and Losers of the 2013 Wyndham Championship

Richard Leivenberg@@richiemarketingContributor IIIAugust 18, 2013

Winners and Losers of the 2013 Wyndham Championship

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    Youth took the stage at the 2013 Wyndham Championship, and it did not disappoint.

    Twenty-three-year-old Patrick Reed fought off two feisty young peers, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and 23-year-old John Huh, to win his first PGA Tour event in a playoff against Spieth.

    Reed also made news by being guided on the bag by his wife and caddie, Justine.

    Wyndham was the last stop before FedEx Cup points are finalized leading into The Barclays where the top 125 players begin the four-week competition.  With the FedEx Cup offering a $10 million for first place and $67 million in overall prize money, such players as Padraig Harrington, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els came to the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC, to improve their lot.

    Another 23-year-old, Brian Harman, shot up 35 places in the standings by posting a 66 on Sunday, finishing in a tie for third place.

    Let's check out the rest of the winners and losers at the 2013 Wyndham Championship.

Loser: Brandt Snedeker

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    Brandt Snedeker should have taken the lead of some of his top-ranked peers and stayed home this weekend.

    Ranked third in the FedEx Cup standings going into Wyndham, perhaps he thought he had a chance to gain ground on Matt Kuchar, who is just 75 points ahead of him, and even Tiger Woods, who is 841 points ahead.  Neither Kuchar nor Woods attended the Wyndham.

    Instead, the normally competitive Snedeker, who won the Canadian Open at the end of July, didn't even make the cut at Sedgefield Country Club.

Winner: Bob Estes

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    It's been a while since Bob Estes was in contention at a golf tournament.  But, then, he has been playing for a while.

    The 47-year-old turned pro in 1988before John Huh, Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth were born.  He finished in a tie for fifth place at 10 under par.

    Just reaching the top 10 would be a coup for Estes, who only has one such finish this year.  In fact, he usually misses as many cuts as he makes during the season.

    Kudos for the low-key, straight-shooting pro from Texas who last won in 2002.

Loser: Sergio Garcia

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    Last year's winner at the Wyndham Championship didn't make much noise and finished at four under, 10 strokes behind the leaders.

    Sergio Garcia began his year with a bang, including seven finishes in the top 20, but it looks like he will end his season with a whimper.

Winner: Zach Johnson

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    Zach Johnson has finished in the top 10 of the last four tournaments in which he played. That includes a tie for eighth at the PGA Championship and a tie for sixth at the British Open.  He also went into a playoff at the John Deere that he eventually lost to Jordan Spieth.

    Make that five with his tie for fifth at Wyndham.

    Johnson, who won last year's Crowne Plaza Invitational, looks to be returning to the top form that helped him win the Masters back in 2007.

Loser: Padraig Harrington

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    Padraig Harrington was one of those guys on the bubble to get into the FedEx Cup playoffs, but he did not make the most of his opportunity.

    All he needed was to finish 45th or better at Wyndham to secure a place in the top 125 players, but he failed to make the cut and ended in the 133rd position.

Winner: John Huh

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    John Huh made a valiant effort to win his second golf tournament in two years but came up just a bit short.

    Facing off against two other players in their early 20s in Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, Huh included the low round of the tournament when he shot 62 on Friday.

    His tie for third place offered hm a big boost after four missed cuts.

Loser: Robert Streb

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    Perhaps the most disappointed loser at Wyndham was Robert Streb, who began the tournament at 133rd in FedEx Cup points. went three under and finished in 126th place in the standings and out of the playoffs.

    It was a brutal finish for Streb, who made his PGA Tour debut this year.

Winner: Jordan Spieth

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    What a year it has been for 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who became the youngest player in 82 years to win a PGA Tour event when he won the John Deer Classic in a playoff.

    He tried to make it two when he and Patrick Reed both finished at 14 under, but it was not meant to be.

    Spieth can now count seven top 10 finishes and more than $2 million in winnings for his rookie year.  He also enters the FedEx Cup playoffs in eighth place.


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