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Yahoo Golf Talk for the Wyndham Championship

by Josh Culp
Updated On: August 12, 2020, 11:40 am ET

The regular season winds down at the Wyndham Championship this week. 

A full field of 156 golfers will peg it at Sedgefield Country Club with the FedExCup Playoffs just over the horizon. 

To crack the Playoffs, a golfer must finish inside the top 125 in the FEC standings, after this week's event. That will add some extra motivation for golfers looking to receive a nice bonus check. 

Here are some names who are currently qualified for the postseason but will feel the pressure as they sit within 10 spots of falling outside the number: 

Beau Hossler, Sam Burns, Scott Stallings, Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Tom Lewis, Si Woo Kim, Fabian Gomez, Bo Hoag, Russell Knox, Charl Schwartzel

On the flip side, here are some golfers just outside the top 125 that could play their way into the Playoffs with a good week: 

Bronson Burgoon, Chase Seiffert, Nick Watney, Zach Johnson, Kyle Stanley, Shane Lowry, Matt Wallace, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Sergio Garcia, Jhonattan Vegas

There are usually just a couple of names that trade spots over this final week but with a handful of cancelled events this season, the total sum of FedExCup Points is lower which means it should be a bit easier for more names to flip-flop this week, compared to previous seasons. 

Now with playoff talk out of the way, let's head over to Yahoo and have a quick look at the slate. 

Finding Fairways

Looking at stats that might help at this week's course, Sedgefield Country Club, driving accuracy is one that stands out here more than the typical TOUR layout. 

If we look at the last two months of action, here are the 10 golfers that have hit the most fairways, when compared to the fields they've faced: 

Brendon Todd
Tyler Duncan
Henrik Norlander
Jim Furyk
Chez Reavie
Chesson Hadley
Adam Schenk
J.T. Poston
Andrew Landry
Jason Dufner

Tyler Duncan ($20) missed the cut in his 2018 Wyndham debut but improved to a T39 last year. He's playing even better this year with cuts made in six of seven events played since the restart. At minimum salary, Duncan could be worth a look this week on a course that should reward his precision off the tee. 

 

Strokes Gained Approach 

Looking at driving accuracy is a little unique because it's often irrelevant in a week-to-week look at PGA TOUR performance. It's often irrelevant because the difference between the "wild" golfers and the sharpshooters is usually just one or two fairways per round. 

However, the difference between the best iron players and the worst can be a much larger gap. 

That is why strokes gained approach is a good stat to look at on a week-to-week basis. That is especially true this week on a second-shot course like Sedgefield Country Club. 

What golfers have gained the most strokes on approach over the last two months? 

Joaquin Niemann
Lucas Glover
Henrik Norlander
Russell Henley
Doc Redman
Wesley Bryan
C.T. Pan
Harold Varner III
Corey Conners
Paul Casey

Henrik Norlander ($28) ended up on both lists and he finished T13 at the Wyndham back in 2013. We should expect him to be quite popular this week. He only has four career top 10s so this is a possible name to fade if you want to pick up leverage over the field and then hope for a middle-of-the-road finish from the Swede this week. 

Hopefully these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo! 

Josh Culp
Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.