Expect Drama, Compelling Stories at Wyndham Championship, Ahead of FedEx Cup Playoffs

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Justin Thomas walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae CC on Jan 15, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

When the 2023 Wyndham Championship tees off Thursday, Aug. 3, at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C, expect the event to produce some of the most compelling storylines of the year.

The Wyndham Championship is the 44th and final event of the 2022-2023 PGA Tour regular season. This non-designated event will see a 156-player field competing for the $7.6 million prize purse, before heading to the FedEx Cup playoffs.

What makes this year’s Wyndham Championship so much different from all the other years? The PGA TOUR has reduced the field for its 2023 St.Jude FedExCup playoff opener from 125 players to just 70, making qualifying for the postseason much tougher than in previous years. It will be interesting to see just how the pieces fall into place when the biggest game of musical chairs this season comes to Greensboro N.C.

Several recognizable PGA Tour players will not be among the top 70 advancing to the FedEx Cup Tour Championship


The 18-hole Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina is a private golf course that opened in 1926. Designed by Donald Ross and Kris Spence, Sedgefield Country Club measures 7,130 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 143 and a 75.1 USGA rating.


Let’s take a minute to identify who are the players that could find one of the empty seats and the players who could lose their seats this weekend. Obviously, mathematically this could entail a large number of players so let’s just take a look at those names that are currently sitting close to the 70th position on both sides of the fence.

Inside the number

The current players inside the magic number are Hideki Matsuyama #56 (He’s safe), Keith Mitchell #57, Mark Hubbard #58, Matt Kuchar #59, Sam Stevens #60, Aaron Rai #61, Sam Ryder #62, Bo Hossler #63, Steven Yaeger #64, Matt NeSmith #65, Vincent Norrman #66, JJ Spaun #67, Ben Griffin #68, Cam Davis #69 and Austin Eckroat #70.

Matsuyama is safe because he has enough FedEx Points to keep him inside the 70th position already. Which means that the current 1-56 players on the FedExCup Points list are all heading to the St. Jude Championship. The last 14 places are up for grabs with some players outside the 70th position in really good shape to move up. Let’s take a look at those players.

Only the top 70 players will advance to the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs after the Wyndham Championship ends August 6

Outside the Number

Here’s what the current players just outside the 70th position need to do to move inside. Ben Taylor #71 needs to finish solo 75th or better, Garrick Higgs #72 needs solo 51st or better, K.H. Lee #73 needs solo 32nd or better, David Lingmerth #74 needs a Two-way tie for 26th or better, and David Thompson needs a solo 25th or better.


The remaining more recognizable players will all have a chance to qualify for the FedEx Cup but will have a more difficult road to travel. Shane Lowry #76 two-way tie for 23rd or better, Justin Suh #77 two-way tie for 19th or better, Justin Thomas #79 solo 18th or better, Matt Wallace #80 solo 14th or better, Adam Scott #81 two-way tie for 9th or better, Joel Dahmen #82 solo 9th or better, Gary Woodland #97 two-way tie for 3rd or better, Billy Horschel #116th two-way tie for 2nd or better.

Wyndham Championship: TV Schedule, Times

Thursday, August 4: 2:00-6:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel

Friday, August 5: 2:00-6:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel

Saturday, August 6: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel; 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET, CBS

Sunday, August 7: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel; 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET, CBS

On the web: PGATour.com

Bill Sangster, a life-long golf aficionado and former Sergeant in Marines, moved to Cape Cod in 1974 where he raised his family while working as educator with the Sandwich School System for 23 years. With his Falmouth home adjacent to Paul Harney’s Golf Course, Bill spent many days learning and playing the game of golf. He was a member of White Cliffs Country Club and Sandwich Hollows Country on Cape Cod. In 2018 he continued his love for the game of golf by moving to “The Villages” in Florida. He now will admit to anyone who asks that he is addicted to the game of golf! Bill can be reached at sangsterbill33@gmail.com.

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