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Wyndham Championship – Playoff Prep

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On the heels of “Glory’s Last Shot” comes that last gasp for many PGA Tour regulars as they try to resurrect their lagging golf season by at least squeaking their way into the FedEx Cup playoffs.

I can’t imagine that this week’s Wyndham Championship will carry with it the sense of drama and substantial emotions of last week in Wisconsin but nonetheless it is a tournament on a storied venue with some relevant consequences to the pros, mostly of the pocket book variety. Those left out of the playoffs lose out on a shot at some big paydays, including the $10 million awarded to the FedEx Cup winner.

The 71st Wyndham Championship, of course, is the evolution of the Greater Greensboro Open, first won in 1938 by Sam Snead and held dear to the hearts of fans in a very golf mad part of the United States. As such, a win here is valued by players in many ways – sentimentally as a place where many of the games greats have played and now, as the last event before the playoffs, as the place where they need to grind if they want the glory that the lucrative extra events offer.

In 2009 Ryan Moore secured his first PGA Tour win at the Wyndham. A back nine barrage of birdies helped him force his way into a playoff with Kevin Stadler and Jason Bohn, where he prevailed after three holes.

While Moore will carry that confidence into the week at Sedgefield Country Club, the venerable Donald Ross layout that was rebuilt for modern play in 2007, I think you still have to look another recent champion as the man to beat for the week. 2008 Champion and tournament record-holder (21 under par) Carl Pettersson is the home town boy, having arrived in the scenic North Carolina town via Sweden and England at the age of 15, and pairing his roots, record and recent play together suggests another great weekend ahead for the Wolfpack Alum.

Pettersson is just a month removed from his win at the RBC Canadian Open where a third round 60 stunned both himself and the crowd at tricky St. George’s Golf & Country Club. And that is not his only course record of note – he also holds the Sedgefield mark of 61 that he tallied during his run to the Wyndham title in 2008.

It is not the most glamorous field you can find on the PGA Tour in a year but the playoff situation certainly has added to the quality players who have committed to make the trip to Greensboro. 

Expect a game title defence by Ryan Moore while other names of note, based on recent performances would be Steve Elkington, Justin Leonard, and even young Aussie Michael Sim who missed the cut at Whistling Straits but seems to be rounding out some form on the course.

At Sedgefield the pros will face a course lengthened even more for 2010, now peaking at 7130 yards. Even at that length the course ranks among the easier ones on tour so you if you are big fan of low scoring, this week is for you. Watch for a player to break out of the pack on the back nine with a streak of birdies. At the same time you can expect that the tour mathematicians will be kept busy right down the final putts with players moving to and fro on the final nine with plenty of score changes.

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine www.flagstick.com

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course (par 70: 7,110 yards) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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The field this week is stacked at the top, and it includes defending-champion Rickie Fowler, 2017 FedEx Champion Justin Thomas, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who’s making his first PGA Tour start of 2018. Also in the field is Tiger Woods, who committed to play in the event just last week. Woods is coming off a disappointing missed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Last year, Fowler won by four shots over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland, despite playing his final round in 1-over par.

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USGA, R&A to roll out new World Handicap System in 2020

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A new handicap system is here, or rather, it will be once the USGA and R&A begin to fully implement the World Handicap System in 2020.

The new system focuses on achieving three main objectives: 1) encouraging as many golfers as possible to maintain a handicap, 2) enabling golfers of different abilities, genders, and nationalities to compete fairly, and 3) determining the score a golfer is reasonably capable of shooting at any particular course anywhere in the world.

Currently there are six handicapping systems worldwide, owing to the existence of six handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

Under the new program, the USGA and R&A will oversee the World Handicap System and the governing bodies will be in charge of local administration.

The USGA presents the WHS as a better system that simplifies the existing structures. Not surprisingly, the organization believes the WHS will compel more golfers to maintain a handicap.

“For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap,’” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game.”

Davis sees the new system marching arm-in-arm with the revisions to (and simplification of) the Rules of Golf.

“We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

Key features of the WHS include:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with “some discretion available for handicapping authorities or national associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.”
  • A consistent handicap that “is portable” from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA course and slope rating system, already used in more than 80 countries.
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and “factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.”
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
  • A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

The USGA and R&A conducted quantitative research in 15 countries around the world. 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed.

The research also helped model the tenets of the WHS, but, as mentioned, don’t tear up your GHIN cards just yet: We’ve only just begun the two-year transition period prior to the implementation.

To provide feedback to the USGA on the new World Handicap System, golfers can email the USGA at whsfeedback@usga.org, or see usga.org/whs for more info.

Additionally, the USGA created this FAQ.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course (par 70: 7,110 yards) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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The field this week is stacked at the top, and it includes defending-champion Rickie Fowler, 2017 FedEx Champion Justin Thomas, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who’s making his first PGA Tour start of 2018. Also in the field is Tiger Woods, who committed to play in the event just last week. Woods is coming off a disappointing missed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Last year, Fowler won by four shots over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland, despite playing his final round in 1-over par.

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