With the drop of the final putt on Sunday, the season long race to the FedExCup came to a close at the Wyndham Championship.
It’s hard to believe that Henrik Stenson’s triumph at the Wyndham Championship las tweek was his first on Tour this year, but it’s true. A year removed from his first major title and Stenson has been far from dominant — but you wouldn’t have known it on Sunday in Greensboro.
Stenson, who came in the week well inside the top-125 in earnings, capitalized on the relatively weak field and bolstered his chances of claiming his second FedExCup title.
Now that the 2016-17′ PGA Tour regular season is in the books, it’s time to turn our focus to the FedExCup Playoffs and golf’s version of the post season. Before we do that, however, here’s a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the week in Greensboro:
Henrik Stenson — As predicted early last week, the weak field in Greensboro proved to be a lucrative opportunity for one of the world’s best. While most of the top players chose to sit out the Wyndham Championship and prepare for the first leg of the playoffs, Henrik Stenson teed it up — and picked up his first win on tour in 2017. With a magnificent Sunday 64, Stenson held off Ollie Schniederjans by one and gave his fantasy owners a week to remember.
Ollie Schniederjans — One of the more highly-touted young players on Tour, Ollie Schniederjans is, surprisingly, yet to collect career win No. 1. On Sunday in Greensboro, he made great strides and damn-near got the job done. Unfortunately for him, his 64 on Sunday was matched by eventual champion Henrik Stenson. While the runner-up will be tough to swallow, it’s a great sign for a player who many should be paying attention to this week at the Northern Trust and the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Webb Simpson — Still looking for his first win in more than three years, Webb Simpson put himself in a good position to do just that at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday. The North Carolina native never shot worse than 68 in the four rounds and looked poised to get off the schnide after posting rounds of 63 and 64 to being the week. Regardless of his great play in Greensboro, the best bet is to still proceed with caution on Simpson going forward. While he has shown glimpses of the stuff that made him a major champion, he hasn’t done much lately to prove hes that player anymore.
Richie Werenski — Hate to puff my chest here, but Richie Werenski made me look like a genius last week — I can only hope you were one of the few who paid attention. The South Hadley, Massachusetts native picked up a T-10 finish to solidify his place in the FedExCup Playoffs. The solid showing also gave a boost to fantasy players who took a flyer on Werenski with a late-round pick. Werenski, while not yet a household name, should be on your short list of sleepers — at least the next two weeks.
Jason Dufner — To say Jason Dufner had a bad week in North Carolina would be in correct — few players will ever complain about a T-14 finish, but fantasy players expected much more for Duf Daddy in Greensboro. Dufner, who entered the week playing some good golf and with a solid track record at the Wyndham Championship, played consistently all week, shooting 67-66-67-68. For Dufner, the performance was solid — but for fantasy owners looking for a big boost from a big name against a weak field, T-15 is somewhat disappointing.
Billy Horschel — No player on Tour is as streaky as Billy Horschel, and while he does have a tendency to get hot when the temperatures start to go down, Horschel did little to spark some interest in him from a fantasy standpoint at the Wyndham. Horschel, who won the $10 million top prize at the end of the 2013 FedExCup Playoffs, played OK all week but never really made any noise. While 67-70-69-69 is quite respectable, it was only good for a T-60 showing last week.
Smylie Kaufman — After rising to prominence getting into the final group on Sunday at the 2016 Masters and as an integral part of the SB2K bros, Kaufman has had some high expectations thrust upon them. So far — despite flashes of brilliance — he has largely under delivered. This past week in Greensboro was no different. Kaufman, who needed a good week to build some momentum heading for the playoffs, ended up packing his bags and heading home by late Friday afternoon. From a fantasy standpoint, he’s a no-go until further notice.
Graeme McDowell — It’s tough to say this considering just how much I love Graeme McDowell, but there may not be much light at the end of the tunnel here. While McDowell has had some great runs in the past, it doesn’t really appear that he’s poised to get on one any time soon. McDowell’s MC at the Wyndham was his fourth straight. Sell, sell, sell on McDowell for the foreseeable future.