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Henrik Stenson has removed his name from the field at this week's NORTHERN TRUST, the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs.

The Swede has been battling elbow concerns but that doesn't appear to be affecting his ball-striking. He said last week that it doesn't hinder him during practice or play (only in the gym). To back that up, he's gained 17.6 strokes tee-to-green over his last three starts (10 rounds). That includes a whopping 6.6 strokes gained on approach last week in Greensboro. During that same stretch, he's lost 13.5 strokes putting. At 50th in the FedExCup standings, he can afford to rest as he's guaranteed at least one more start (which would be his 15th of the season if he chooses to return to action). The only odd thing about this WD is the fact that he's still on the outside of the Ryder Cup squad but with his solid ball-striking recently, perhaps he's received word that a captain's pick is headed his way and he'd better serve the team if he's well rested before heading to Paris.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 20 - 1:25 PM

Patrick Rodgers will take a pass on this week's NORTHERN TRUST, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, as he will be tying the knot this week instead.

Rodgers enters the week ranked 93rd in the FedExCup standings and only the Top 100 will advance onto next week. Last year only three golfers moved from outside the bubble to play their way into the Top 100 but there were eight in 2011 and 2015. Rodgers might be in for a sweat this weekend but I think he's perfectly content with that, given the situation. Rodgers shared on social media, "August 21 can't come soon enough my love" so the assumption would be that the wedding is set to take place tomorrow.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 20 - 10:46 AM

Bud Cauley has recently started hitting shots again but remains sidelined from his serious car accident, and will not return during the FedExCup Playoffs.

On August 9th, Cauley shared an update via social media, "been a while since I posted one of these! only my second day hitting short irons with a limited ball count. not much but it’s a start! feels good to be back out on the range!" Cauley was involved in a serious car accident on Friday night of the Memorial Tournament where he was hospitalized with five broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and a fractured lower left leg. It appears that Cauley is progressing nicely and sometimes these life-threating incidents can spark inspired play, upon return (most recent that comes to mind is Vaughn Taylor before winning the AT&T Pro-Am). Cauley ended the season ranked 122nd in the FedExCup standings.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 20 - 10:29 AM

Rory McIlroy is taking a pass on the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs, opting for rest ahead of this final part of the 2017-18 schedule which parlays directly into the Ryder Cup.

McIlroy finished T56 during the 2010 edition played here at Ridgewood Country Club. He returned in 2014 to find a T22. Looking at his history at this event in general, it's easy to see why he may be skipping it (nothing better than T19 in six tries). Perhaps bogged down by the extra media obligations that being in New York entails? McIlroy is currently 21st in the FedExCup standings with five top 10s including a win over 15 starts. Gamers should expect to see him return next week at TPC Boston where he is a two-time champion.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 20 - 10:24 AM

Playing out of the final threesome, World No. 476 David Hearn labored to an even-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to finish off his sixth appearance on 15-under 265, down six spots to a season-best T8, six short of third-round leader and champion Brandt Snedeker, who shot 65.

The Canadian played this season on conditional status after finishing 128th in the FedExCup standings last season. He ends this campaign at 138th in the standings, up 18 places on the week, and after making the Playoffs for six straight seasons, has now missed two in a row. Playing with the would-be-champ, the 39-year-old began T2, one back, after opening in 64-67-64. the 64s matching career lows. He conjured five (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, losing 0.819 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.403 on approach, No. 1 in SG: APP with a cumulative 9.646. The Wyoming alum mustered one birdie and one eagle-3, cancelled by three bogey-5s. He recorded a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR and -3.196 SG: Putting, needing 33 total putts. For the week, Hearn tallied two eagles and 17 birdies versus six bogeys en route to his fifth top 25 of the season in 21 starts and second top 10, first individually.
Aug 19 - 7:48 PM

Playing out of the final threesome, World No. 116 Brian Gay back-pedaled with a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship, falling four spots to T6 on 16-under 264, five adrift of third-round leader and champion Brandt Snedeker, who shot 65, but does nudge five places to 48th in the FedExCup standings.

Playing with the would-be champ, the 46-year-old began one back after opening in 70-63-62. The 63 and 62 were day lows, and the 62 tied a career low. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.962 strokes approaching and 0.693 tee-to-green. The Florida resident squared two bogeys at holes 1 and 16, slightly outpaced by three circles at 5, 9 and 17, each from inside of five feet. He posted 1.786 putts per GIR and -0.807 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. For the week, the Texas native tallied one eagle and 21 birdies against seven bogeys en route to his 12th top 25 of the season in 27 starts and sixth top 10, matching a career high from 2008. He improves to 8-for-14 at the Wyndham with two top 25s and one top 10, supplanting a previous-best T13 in 2007 at Forest Oaks.
Aug 19 - 7:29 PM

Playing out of the penultimate threesome, past champ and World No. 75 Ryan Moore tacked on a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship for a four-day total of 16-under 264, good for a T6, which is where he began, five in arrears of third-round leader and champion Brandt Snedeker, who shot 65.

The UNLV alum was one of just three players to record multiple bogey-free rounds this week, joining Jim Furyk and Aaron Baddeley with two apiece. He began three back after opening with a season-low, bogey-free 63, and 70-64. The Tacoma, Washington, native hit nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 0.816 strokes off-the-tee, No. 1 in SG: OTT with a cumulative 5.384. He carded three birdies, posting a commercial 1.923 putts per GIR and -1.080 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. The 34-year-old records his 10th top 25 of the season in 20 events and fifth top 10, first since 7th at the Valero nine starts ago. He improves to 9-for-11 at the Wyndham with six top 25s, two straight, and four top 10s, highlighted by his first TOUR win in 2009. Moore bumps four spots to 55th in the FedExCup standings.
Aug 19 - 7:11 PM

Playing out of the penultimate threesome, World No. 539 D.A. Points navigated a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to conclude on 17-under 263, good for T4, which is where he began, four adrift of third-round leader and champion Brandt Snedeker, who shot 65.

Points is fully exempt for next season from his win at the 2017 Puerto Rico Open but he failed to qualify for the postseason at a projected 176th in the FedExCup standings (up 38 places). This is his first top 25 of the season in 25 events and a remarkable showing considering he had missed 16 of his last 17 cuts, including 15 in a row at one point. The Illinois alum improves to 7-for-9 at the Wyndham with four top 25s and one top 10, bettering a T14 in 2016. This is his first top 10 since his win in Puerto Rico 40 starts ago. Points posted rounds of 64-64-68-67 and totaled two eagles and 21 birdies against eight bogeys. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, overshadowing four bogeys with five birdies and a hole-out eagle-2 at 2 from 152 yards away.
Aug 19 - 6:55 PM

Playing out of the penultimate threesome, World No. 194 C.T. Pan walked off with double bogey to take the gloss off an otherwise sterling 4-under-par 31-35=66 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship, climbing two spots into a season- and career-tying best T2 on 18-under 262, three adrift of third-round leader and champion Brandt Snedeker, who shot 65, and is projected to jump 45 places to 63rd in the FedExCup standings.

With his wife on the bag, the 26-year-old hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, gaining 2.143 strokes tee-to-green, No. 1 for the week in the SG: TTG at 11.899. He was bogey-free 6-under thru 17 holes and T1 with Snedeker on 20-under, but an errant tee ball (OB right) led to a re-tee and a double bogey-6. The U of Washington carded six birdies with a -0.643 SG: Putting and 31 total putts. In all, he tallied 25 birdies, No. 1 in that stat, versus five bogeys and the double. This was Pan's second Wyndham (63/2017) and his ninth top 25 of the season (second straight) in 27 events and first top 10. He was vying for this first TOUR title but settles for a second runner-up, joining a T2 at the 2017 Farmers.
Aug 19 - 6:31 PM

Third-round leader and World No. 88 Brandt Snedeker, a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, authored a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship for a 72-hole tally of 21-under 259, good for a three-shot win over Webb Simpson and C.T. Pan and his ninth PGA TOUR title in 306 events (305 pro), first since the 2016 Farmers 59 starts ago. UPDATE: Snedeker vaults 50 places to 30th in the FedExCup standings and 38 spots to 50th in OWGR.

The Wyndham Ambassador won his first TOUR title at the 2007 Wyndham (Forest Oaks), adds his second in 11 tries and does so in wire-to-wire fashion. After opening with a week- and career-low 59, he chased with 67-68-65, having to play 29 holes on Sunday due to a weather suspension on Saturday. The Vanderbilt alum records his eighth top 25 of the season in 23 events and fourth top 10, brushing aside a previous-best T3 at The Greenbrier four starts ago. For the week, he tallied two eagles and 24 birdies versus seven bogeys en route to his sixth top 25 and sixth top 10 at the Wyndham, second straight after T3 on last visit in 2016. On seven (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, the Tennessee native and resident carded six birdies against a lone bogey, walking off in style with birdie-3 from from 19'5".
Aug 19 - 6:13 PM

Ryder Cup captain and World No. 301 Jim Furyk enjoyed a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-31=63 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to wrap on 17-under 263, up nine spots on the live leaderboard to solo 4th, one shy of clubhouse leader Webb Simpson though three short of co-leaders on the course C.T. Pan and Brandt Snedeker. UPDATE: With play completed, Furyk finished a season-best T4, four shy of third-round leader and champion Brandt Snedeker, who shot 65.

The 48-year-old made just 15 starts on the season and his campaign comes to an end at a projected 140th in the FedExCup standings. He records his second top 25 and second top 10, joining a previous-best of 7th at the Valspar. This was the Arizona product's 14th Wyndham, ninth top 25 and sixth top 10, third straight. He carded rounds of 65-68-67 and a season-best 63, bettering 66 (x2), and totaled one eagle and 19 birdies against four bogeys. Furyk hit eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, penciling seven birdies and posting 3.043 SG: Putting with 26 total putts.
Aug 19 - 5:39 PM

Past champ and World No. 20 Webb Simpson walked off with bogey but otherwise was stellar, painting an 8-under-par 31-31=62 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to post 18-under 262, up 10 places on the live leaderboard to solo 3rd, good for the clubhouse lead and the low round of the day thus far. UPDATE: With play completed, Simpson finished in a two-way T2, three short of third-round leader and champion Brandt Snedeker, who shot 65.

The 2011 winner was T1 with two others coming to the 18th but an errant tee shot, barely in bounds, led to a punch out and a lone bogey. He hit eight (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, gaining 4.090 strokes tee-to-green. The Wake Forest alum carded seven birdies and an eagle-3 at five from 18'2", and barely missed three other back-nine scoring chances from inside of 12 feet. He posted 1.435 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. For the week, the 33-year-old tallied two eagles and 18 birdies against four bogeys en route to his sixth top 10 at the Wyndham in 10 tries, second straight. It's also his 14th top 25 of the season in 22 events, fourth consecutive, and seventh top 10, first since T10 at the U.S. Open.
Aug 19 - 5:21 PM

World No. 112 Ryan Armour styled a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to finish up his fifth appearance on 15-under 265, up six spots on the live leaderboard to T7 and is on the verge of a second straight top 10 at Sedgefield CC after a T4 last year.

The 42-year-old, who won his first TOUR title in his 105th event at the 2018 Sanderson Farms, records his ninth top 25 of the season in 29 starts and should be a third top 10, first since runner-up at the QL National five starts ago. He carded rounds of 65-68-67-65 and totaled 20 birdies versus five bogeys, six against one in R4. Playing his fifth season on TOUR, the Ohio State alum qualifies for the FedExCup Playoffs for a first time. His best-previous result was 128th after his rookie season in 2007. Armour's projected at 37th in the standings, up four places on the week.
Aug 19 - 5:07 PM

World No. 291 Nick Taylor twirled a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-32=63 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to conclude his fourth appearance on 15-under 265, up 22 places on the live leaderboard to T7 and posting his career-low round in 375 rounds, previously 64 (x2). UPDATE: With play completed, Taylor finished T8 and is projected at 119th in the FedExCup standings, up 10 spots.

The Canadian, in his fourth season, retains his card for a fifth and qualifies for the FedExCup Playoffs for a third time. He posted rounds of 65-67-70-63 and is projected to climb 12 spots from 129th in the FEC standings to 117th. The 30-year-old, who finished a career-best 93rd in the standings last season, carded an eagle-3 from 12'5" and five birdies, highlighted by a walk-off 3 at 18 from 9'9". He posted 1.480 SG: Tee-to-Green and 3.058 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. For the week, the U of Washington alum tallied one eagle and 20 birdies against four bogeys and a triple bogey-7. This is his sixth top 25 of the season in 29 starts and should be a second top 10, first since T9 at the season-opening Safeway.
Aug 19 - 4:43 PM

Lucas Herbert played the final seven holes at Hills GC in 6-under, completing his week at the Nordea Masters in Sweden with a 4-under-par 36-29=66 to finish in solo fifth place with 11-under 269, three back from winner Paul Waring.

That was only one spot up on the day but to get any forward movement looked hugely unlikely after he walked to the 12th tee 2-over for the round after bogeys at 9 and 11. The momentum changer came via eagle-2 at 12 and he followed it with red circles at 13, 14, 16 and 18 to be home in 29 blows. This is his fourth top ten of the season following third places in the World Super 6 Perth and Rocco Forte Sicilian Open so the 22-year-old Aussie is worth keeping an eye on.
Aug 19 - 1:25 PM



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