THE WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP is the last event of the US PGA Tour regular season and while some are looking to the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs starting next week others are just scrambling to maintain their tour cards.
There are Aussie golfers in both those camps this week at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
It usually gets a little confusing for casual golf fans at this time of year but is worse in 2013 because the tour has switched from a calendar year season to a season starting in October, and to a new system for those on the cusp striving for a tour card.
Basically, the leading 125 players on the FedEx Cup points table at the end of this week’s event advance to the first of the FedEx Cup Finals at the Barclays in Jersey City next week. They are also assured a 2013 -2014 tour card.
Those players who finish outside the top 125 and inside the top 200 will play in the four-tournament Web.Com Tour final series where they will join the leading 75 players from that tour in the fight to secure a card for next season.
There are 13 Aussies in the field at Greensboro this week with various goals to strive for. To make it even more confusing, there is a separate points list and money list.
Sitting pretty with their feet up and not playing this week are leading playoff contenders Adam Scott (10th points list, 6th money list), Jason Day (13th points, 11th money) and Marc Leishman (65th points, 57th money).
Desperate, are the likes of Stuart Appleby, who last won on the tour in 2010.
Appleby is 123rd on the points list and 137th on the money list, meaning he needs a good week to ensure a return to the tour. He needs to finish in the top 66 on Sunday to have the best chance.
Matt Jones (51st points list, 60th money list) and Geoff Ogilvy (97th points, 91st money) are assured of progression but are looking to boost their FedEx ranking before the playoffs.
The playoff fields start at 125 but whittle down to just 30 over four tournaments with someone walking away with a $US10 million ($A11.04 million) bonus at the end as the FedEx season-long points champion.
The other Aussies taking part this week are Aaron Baddeley (118th points, 112th money), Steven Bowditch (125th points, 114th money),
John Senden (114th points, 120th money), Greg Chalmers (122nd points, 125th money), Robert Allenby (183rd points, 181st money),
Cameron Percy (159th points, 171st money), Scott Gardiner (177th points, 179th money), Nick O’Hern (178th points, 170th money), Alistair Presnell (194th points, 194th money) and Rod Pampling (190 points, 198th money).
Sergio Garcia is the defending champion this week with other leading contenders including Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson and
Australian TV Coverage
The Wyndham Championship will have live coverage on Fox Sports.
1st Round: Friday 4am – 8am. 2nd Round: Saturday 5am – 7am. 3rd Round: Sunday 5.30am – 8.30am. Final Round: Monday 3am – 8am (check guides).
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