Big week for several Aussies at Wyndham

The last chance for players to either improve their standing on the FedEx Cups list and for some to just make the first of the FedEx Cup finals next week in New Jersey presents itself this week when the Wyndham Championship is played at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro in the north west of North Carolina.

The event is one of the oldest on the PGA Tour, dominated by Sam Snead during his heyday and beyond, the venue one of the original hosts for the tournament in 1938 and off and on since and has been again over the past five years.

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.

Those players who finish outside the top 125 and inside the top 200 will play the four tournament Web.Com Tour final series where they will join the leading 75 players from the Web.Com Tour in an endeavour to win back their right to play the PGA Tour in 2014.

So there is much at stake at either end of the FedEx Cup points scale this week, some trying to strengthen their position before the lucrative finals begin while others are just fighting for survival.

Many of the game's elite will take a break this week as they have been involved in several intense weeks and have four more weeks of high level tournament golf remaining at the FedEx Cup finals progress.

Sergio Garcia is one of those elite but he returns to Sedgefield as the defending champion having defeated Tim Clark by two shots last year. Garcia's eye for the layout is further confirmed by his 4th place finish at his only other start at Sedgefield.

The Spaniard has not played his last two events all that well but he has been amazingly consistent generally over the past eighteen months or so and can be expected, on a golf course he clearly enjoys, to perform well.

Zach Johnson continues to play well in 2013 with five top ten finishes in his last eight starts, two of those major championships. He has seldom played this event and when he has he has hardly starred although his form is so good right now he could do better. On the only occasion he played this venue he finished 26th although his last round of 64 was impressive enough.

Brandt Snedeker, like Garcia, has not played his last two events well but a win just prior to that tells us that his form of late has generally been very good. Earlier in the year Snedeker was outstanding before injury held him back for a few weeks. He is, by some way, the leading world ranked player in the field.

Snedeker has won this event but not at this venue although he has occasionally played well at Sedgefield. He has produced one or two very low rounds at the golf course so could do well.

Webb Simpson has been skirting along on the fringe of contention of late and with a win at the venue in 2011 his chances a look very good. He also finished 8th in 2010 and in nine of his last twelve starts has recorded rounds at this venue in the 60's.

Bill Haas has put together some nice tournaments at Sedgefield including top ten finishes in two of his last four starts in the event. Haas has also played well of late including a victory at Congressional, 9th at the Greenbrier and 7th at the Bridgestone.

The Australians include most of the fringe dwellers desperate to hang on to their PGA Tour status. One who is not and who has been very impressive this year is Matt Jones who has put together several top tens of late and after a late inclusion in the PGA field finished the event off well with a final round of 68 to finish 40th.

Jones has struggled on this layout but he is in perhaps the best form of his career suggesting something considerably better might be in the offering.

Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, Greg Chalmers, Scott Gardiner, Nick O'Hern, Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling, Cameron Percy and Alistair Presnell are the remaining Australians in the field.

Only Jones, Ogilvy, Senden, and Baddeley assured of making it through to the top 125 and into next week's Barcalys and so for the others this week could well be make or break.

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