Wyndham Championship Second-Round Notes

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2016 Wyndham Championship

(The final of 42 events in the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season)

 

Greensboro, N.C.                             August 15-21, 2016                    FedExCup Points: 500 (winner)           
Sedgefield Country Club                  Par/Yards: 70/7,127                   Purse: $5,600,000
Second-Round Notes – Friday, August 19, 2016
Weather: Mostly cloudy, with an afternoon high of 88. Wind WNW 5-10 mph.
Cut: 76 players at 3-under 137 from a field of 156 professionals.
First-Round Leaderboard
Si Woo Kim                  68-60—128 (-12)
Kevin Na                      63-67—130 (-10)
Hideki Matsuyama        66-64—130 (-10)
Jim Furyk                      66-64—130 (-10)
Lucas Glover                69-61—130 (-10)

Si Woo Kim (43rd in FedExCup)

Playing in the morning wave, Si Woo Kim made a career-high eight birdies and one eagle (par-5 fifth) to post a 10-under 60, taking a two-shot lead into the weekend. This marks Kim’s first lead after any round on the PGA TOUR.

Kim’s 60 broke the tournament course record which was 61, achieved by five players: Brandt Snedeker (2015), Tim Herron (2012), Arjun Atwal (2010), Kevin Na (2010) and Carl Pettersson (2008).

Kim’s 60 ties the second-lowest 18-hole score on the PGA TOUR this season:

58 (12-under), Jim Furyk, fourth round, TPC River Highlands, Travelers Championship

60 (11-under), Sung Kang, second round, Monterey Peninsula CC, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

60 (11-under), Jhonattan Vegas, second round, RTJ Trail (Grand National), Barbasol Championship

60 (10-under), Si Woo Kim, second round, Sedgefield Country Club, Wyndham Championship

Kim’s 128 total is three strokes shy of the low 36-hole total at the Wyndham Championship, set by Carl Pettersson in 2008 (125).

Starting on No. 10, Kim made six birdies to post a back-nine 29, the second lowest score on Sedgefield’s back nine. Briny Baird made a 28 on the back nine in his third round in 2008.

His previous low score on any TOUR was a 62 at the Web.com Tour’s Rust-Oleum Championship in 2015. His previous low PGA TOUR score was a 63, which he achieved 13 rounds ago, in the final round of the Barbasol Championship earning a spot in the playoff won by Aaron Baddeley.

At the age of 21 years, 1 months, 24 days (on Sunday), Kim could become the youngest player to win on TOUR since Jordan Spieth won the 2015 John Deere Classic at the age of 21 years, 11 months, 15 days.

Seve Ballesteros is the youngest winner of the Wyndham Championship, winning his first tournament in the United States at the 1978 Wyndham Championship at the age of 20 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Kim finished T20 at PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament at PGA West in Palm Springs at the age of 17 years, 5 months, 6 days, making him the youngest player to graduate from Qualifying School. Kim’s rookie season on the PGA TOUR was in 2013, but only made eight starts because he did not turn 18 until June 28th. Kim returned back to Web.com Tour until he locked up his PGA TOUR Card for the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season by finishing 23rd on the 2015 Web.com Tour priority list.

On the Web.com Tour last season, Kim played in all 25 events, where he won the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC

Stonebrae and finished T2 at the Rust-Oleum Championship.

In 29 starts this season, Kim has three top-10s: Sony Open in Hawaii (4), CareerBuilder Challenge (T9) and Barbasol Championship (P2).

In his only other start at the Wyndham Championship, Kim missed the cut in 2013.

Kim is in search of his first win on the PGA TOUR. Seventeen players have picked up their maiden PGA TOUR victory at the Wyndham Championship, most recently Patrick Reed in 2013.

The last international winner of the Wyndham Championship was Colombia’s Camilo Villegas in 2014.

Second-round lead notes

Since making a return to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008, the second-round leader/co-leader has held on for the win four times: Carl Pettersson (2008), Ryan Moore (2009), Arjun Atwal (2010) and Patrick Reed (2013). Since 1976, 16 second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win.

Through 39 stroke-play events this season, 14 second-round leaders/co-leaders have managed to hang on for the win. Most recently, Jimmy Walker did so at the PGA Championship.

Lucas Glover

Needing a birdie on one of his last two holes to shoot a 59, Lucas Glover parred 17 and bogeyed 18 to post a 9-under 61. This marks the second day in row Glover bogeyed the par-4 18th.

Glover’s 61 marks his career-low on TOUR. His previous best round was a 62 in the second round of the 2013 John Deere Classic.

Glover’s 10 birdies set a career record for most birdies in a round. On five previous occasions, Glover posted nine in a round, most recently in round two of the 2013 John Deere Classic.

Glover is currently 77th in the FedExCup Standings as he looks to return to the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Glover, the 2009 winner of the U.S. Open, is in search of his fourth career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship.

With his last top-10 on the PGA TOUR coming at the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (T4), Glover has failed to post a top-10 in the last two season on TOUR. This season, he’s posted two top-10s: The RSM Classic (T9) and Wells Fargo Championship (8), hosted in Charlotte, N.C.

Glover is making his 13th start in the Wyndham Championship where he owns two top-10s: 2006 (T6) and 2010 (7). He finished T18 in 2015.

Kevin Na

Making his sixth start in the Wyndham Championship, and first since 2010 (T18), first-round co-leader Kevin Na followed an opening 63 with a 67 to sit two shots back heading into the weekend. Na was one of five players whose tournament course record of 61 was broken today by Si Woo Kim.

Still seeking his second career PGA TOUR win (2011 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Na has collected seven top-10 finishes in 22 events this season. Of them, three came in his first three starts; Safeway Open (P2), Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (T2) and the CIMB Classic (T3). He also finished solo-seventh at the U.S. Open and is coming off a T7 at last week’s John Deere Classic.

Na and his wife are expecting their first child, a girl, on September 1st.

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama posted six birdies against no bogeys to post a 6-under 64, his lowest score in 10 rounds at the Wyndham Championship. Matsuyama missed the cut the last two years at the Wyndham Championship and finished 15th in his debut in 2013.

Today’s 64 is Matsuyama’s low round of the season, besting a pair of 65s (most recently, round one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open).

Jim Furyk

Making his 13th start in the Wyndham Championship, followed a 4-under 66 with a 6-under 64 and is two shots back heading into the weekend.

On his opening hole, Jim Furyk ended a streak of 38 consecutive greens in regulation hit, dating to the 17th hole in round three of the Travelers Championship. The most-recent, longest streak of 41 remains with Tom Pernice in 2002. The all-time record of 51 belongs to Bob Lohr (1993). The first and ninth were the only greens Furyk missed in round two.

Furyk has amassed four top-10 finishes in his 12 previous starts in the event, most notably a solo-second in 1999 at Forrest Oaks Country Club. Furyk finished T9 in last year’s event, his only other start since the event moved to Sedgefield. In six rounds at Sedgefield, has yet to post a score over 70.

Rafa Cabrera Bello (6th)

First-round co-leader Rafa Cabrera Bello followed an opening 63 with a 2-under 68 to post a 9-under-par of 131, three shots behind Si Woo Kim.

In his only other start in the Wyndham Championship, Cabrera Bello missed the cut in 2014, following rounds of 68-74—142.

Bello was one of seven players in the field who made the journey from Rio to Greensboro. Representing Spain, Bello finished T5 in the Olympic Men’s Golf Competition.

This week’s Wyndham Championship marks Cabrera Bello’s 31st career start on the PGA TOUR and 10th of the season. This season, he has collected top-10 finishes at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play (3rd) and Shell Houston Open (4th). Cabrera Bello is not a member of the PGA TOUR and is ineligible for the FedExCup Playoffs. While he has 562 non-member FedExCup points, more than enough to take up Special Temporary Membership, the only way he can compete in the FedExCup Playoffs is with a win this week.

On the European Tour this season, Cabrera Bello has amassed five top-10 finishes in 14 starts, highlighted by runner-up finishes in back-to-back weeks at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Cabrera Bello has claimed four international victories, dating to 2006.

Miscellaneous Notes

Andrew Landry (T7) is the only player in the top 10 after two rounds who is outside the top 125 in the FedExCup Standing (177). (Rafa Cabrera Bello is not a member of the PGA TOUR and ineligible for the Playoffs).

In his first start since winning the PGA Championship, Jimmy Walker missed the cut with rounds of 74-68—142 (+2). This marks Walker’s fourth missed cut in seven starts in the Wyndham Championship, including his last start in 2013.

2013 Wyndham Championship winner Patrick Reed birdied his last hole to make the cut on the number.

In his first start at the Wyndham Championship, World No. 8 Rickie Fowler posted back-to-back 67s and is T7. Currently No. 30 in FedExCup points, Fowler is angling to improve his standing this week to help ensure a start in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for a fourth time and third-consecutive.

2007 Wyndham Championship winner Brandt Snedeker followed an opening 5-under 65 with a 2-under 68 and is five shots back as he makes his 10th consecutive start. Sponsored by Wyndham Rewards, Snedeker is in search of his ninth career win on the PGA TOUR and second of the season (Farmers Insurance Open). With a win this week, he would join Adam Scott, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Russell Knox and Jordan Spieth as multiple winners this season.

Six past champions of the Wyndham Championship are in the field: Camilo Villegas/2014 (MC), Patrick Reed/2013 (T57), Webb Simpson/2011 (T57), Arjun Atwal/2010 (MC), Ryan Moore/2009 (T35) and Brandt Snedeker/2007 (T7).

Six players who just returned from the Olympic Games in Rio are in this week’s field: Rafa Cabrera Bello (6th), Graham DeLaet (MC), Rickie Fowler (T11), David Hearn (MC), Danny Lee (MC) and Patrick Reed (MC).

FedExCup Notes

As the final event in the PGA TOUR Season, the Wyndham Championship is pivotal in the race to the FedExCup Playoffs. It offers the final opportunity for players to improve their FedExCup positions heading into the Playoffs, or in some instances, move into the top 125 in the standings and qualify for the first Playoffs event, The Barclays.

Last year, five players moved from outside the top 125 to inside the top 125 in FedExCup points’ standings: Davis Love III, Jason Gore, Jonas Blixt, Camilo Villegas and Ryo Ishikawa.

Here’s a look at Nos. 120-135 in the FedExCup standings headed into this week’s Wyndham Championship:

Player
FedExCup Rank
Entering Wyndham
R2 Position
Blayne Barber
120
T57
David Toms
121
WD
Seung-Yul Noh
122
MC
Sung Kang
123
T57
Matt Jones
124
MC
Whee Kim
125
MC
Scott Stallings
126
MC
Kyle Stanley
127
T11
Nick Taylor
128
MC
Steve Marino
129
MC
Bronson Burgoon
130
MC
Morgan Hoffmann
131
MC
Chris Stroud
132
T35
Shawn Stefani
133
T35
Chad Collins
134
MC
Steve Wheatcroft
135
MC

Three of the eight previous FedExCup champions have competed in the Wyndham Championship the week preceding the start of the Playoffs: Vijay Singh (2008), Bill Haas (2011) and Brandt Snedeker (2012).

Four of the nine winners of the FedExCup are in this week’s field: Billy Horschel/2014 (T11), Brandt Snedeker/2012 (T7), Bill Haas/2011 (T11) and Jim Furyk/2010 (T2).

No player outside the Playoffs bubble entering the Wyndham Championship has successfully negotiated his way to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

Six rookies are inside the top 125 in FedExCup Standings heading into the Wyndham Championship (*in Wyndham Championship field): Smylie Kaufman (25), Emiliano Grillo (28), Patton Kizzire* (58), Harold Varner III* (79), Michael Kim (112) and Brett Stegmaier* (119).

Rookies to qualify for FedExCup Playoffs
2014-15           9
2013-14           2
2013                9
2012                11
2011                11
2010                7
2009                6
2008                9 (field was 144)
2007                11 (field was 144)

Web.com Tour Finals Bubble Notes

The Web.com Tour Finals debuted in 2013 with the Wyndham Championship playing a key role in the final qualification. Players ranked Nos. 126-200 on the FedExCup points list will be eligible for the Web.com Tour Finals. Last year at the Wyndham Championship, no players moved from outside the top 200 in.

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: Rafa Cabrera Bello (63), Kevin Na (63), Derek Fathauer (65), Dicky Pride (66), Rickie Fowler (67) and Scott Pinckney (67).

R2: Stuart Appleby (T93), Roberto Castro (64), Bill Haas (68), Brian Harman (70), Russell Henley (67), Si Woo Kim (60), Hideki Matsuyama (65), Geoff Ogilvy (65) and Jimmy Walker (68).

Scoring Averages at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club:

                        Front 9             Back 9             Total                Cumulative
R1                    34.619             35.116             69.735             —
R2                    34.266             34.688             68.955             69.346
A.M. Scoring Average: 69.05
P.M. Scoring Average: 67.97

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