Wyndham Championship: Preview, TV Schedule, Tee Times and Pairings

Carlos TorresContributor IAugust 18, 2011

David Toms looks for the number one spot in the FedEx Cup rankings with a win here
David Toms looks for the number one spot in the FedEx Cup rankings with a win hereStuart Franklin/Getty Images

The Wyndham Championship starts on Thursday, August 17th, at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. This course will be a breeze compared to the AAC last week.

It’s the final tournament before the start of the U.S. PGA Tour's playoffs and offers one last chance for players to climb the FedEx Cup rankings and claim a spot in the first of the four FedExCup playoffs: the August 25-28 Barclays Classic.

It has drawn maybe one of the best fields in 20 years, according to tournament director Mark Brazil. I say it's desperation from the players that could be the main reason for this tournament attracting one of its best fields.

Only the top 125 ranked players after this week qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, and several big names are on the bubble right now.

Some of those big names (and how they are currently ranked in the FedEx Cup standings) are Ernie Els (126th), Padraig Harrington (130th), Justin Leonard (142nd), Paul Casey (147th) and Angel Cabrera (150th).

And if you don’t think they are taking the classification seriously, Harrington even interrupted a previously planned family vacation in the Bahamas to be here, as reported by NBC Sports.

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Retief Goosen (106th) is also looking to solidify his spot.

Somebody else looking to improve is defending champ Arjun Atwal (120th). He has not been able to follow up his win last year; another bad outing here will most likely take him out of the top 125.

This tournament also marks the return of Jason Dufner, just a mere four days after his memorable—to politely put it—runner-up finish at the PGA Championship. It’s back to business for Jason, and we are all looking to see how he bounces back from the biggest loss of his career.

David Toms is the only player that can unseat Nick Watney from his first-place rank at the FedEx Cup rankings. He won the Crowne Plaza Invitational earlier at Colonial and is fresh off finishing in a tie for fourth last week in the PGA Championship.

He definitely has that incentive and is here to win and head to The Barclays as the No. 1 ranked player.

While Tiger Woods—winner of two out of the first three Cups—took himself out of contention, the other two FedEx Cup champs, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh, are present.

The home-state advantage goes to North Carolina native Bill Hass. While he has yet to win this year, he’s been playing well and has lost twice in playoffs. His most recent loss was at the Greenbrier, so look for him to contend here.

Jason Dufner looks this week to erase his recent major disappointment at the PGA
Jason Dufner looks this week to erase his recent major disappointment at the PGAKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

One of the players with the best record in this tournament, Brandt Snedeker, is here this year. He won here back in 2007, then finished T5 in 2009 and T8 last year.

Another player with a good record in this tournament is two-time winner here, and 1997 PGA Championship winner, Davis Love III. He won this tournament in 1992 and 2006 and has had a fair amount of success lately.

Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters winner, is another player playing very well recently. He just finished T12 at the PGA Championship and is looking for some improvement here.

Some other notable players on the field that have been playing well lately are Anthony Kim, Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Brendon De Jonge, Cameron Tringale, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III and Kyle Stanley.

The tournament will be covered on television by CBS and The Golf Channel. On satellite radio, you can catch it with Sirius-XM. Click here for a complete detail of the coverage times.

Let’s take a look at some of the notable pairings and their tee times.

Tee 1

7:10 am—John Daly (two-time Major winner), Greg Chalmers and Scott Gutschewski.

7:30 am—Anthony Kim, Retief Goosen (two-time US Open champ) and Johnson Wagner (Mayakoba Golf Classic winner).

8:10 am—Chad Campbell, Brendon de Jonge and Michael Thompson.

8:30 am—Charles Howell III, Tim Herron and Cameron Tringale.

12:30 pm—David Toms (2001 PGA champ), Bill Haas and Webb Simpson

12:40 pm—The only other winners of the FedEx Cup in the field, 2003 US Open champ Jim Furyk and three-time Major champ Vijay Singh, join Lucas Glover.

12:50 pm—Defending champ Arjun Atwal, Stuart Appleby and two-time Major winner Angel Cabrera (who needs to finish in at least eighth to have a chance to qualify).

1:00 pm—PGA Championship runner-up Jason Dufner, 2003 Open champ Ben Curtis and Tommy Gainey.

Tee 10

7:30 am—Padraig Harrington (three-time Major winner), Justin Leonard (1997 Open champ) and Paul Casey (17th ranked player in the world). They are all on the outside of the FedEx Cup top 125, looking in.

7:40 am—Cameron Beckman, Camilo Villegas and Ernie Els (three-time Major champ). The players ranked 124, 125 and 126 in the FedEx Cup points are paired together. Villegas was the FedEx Cup runner-up three years ago.

7:50 am—Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters champ), Heath Slocum and Jason Bohn.

12:40 pm—Brandt Snedeker (2007 winner here), John Rollins and Jerry Kelly.

12:50 pm—Davis Love III (1997 PGA champ and two-time winner here), Bill Lunde and Troy Matteson.

1:10 pm—Kyle Stanley, Billy Mayfair and Matt Jones.

Click here for a complete list of tee times and pairings.

- Carlos Torres