Wyndham Championship Third-Round Notes

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Third-Round Notes – Saturday, August 20, 2016
Weather: Mostly cloudy. High of 85. Wind 5-10 mph.
Third-Round Leaderboard
Si Woo Kim                  68-60-64—192 (-18)
Rafa Cabrera Bello       63-68-65—196 (-14)
Luke Donald                65-68-64—197 (-13)
Jim Furyk                      66-64-67—197 (-13)
Kevin Na                      63-67-67—197 (-13)

While Si Woo Kim currently leads the Wyndham Championship by four strokes over Rafa Cabrera-Bello, four of the eight players who have won the FedExCup are currently within shouting distance: Jim Furyk (T3), Billy Horschel (T6), Brandt Snedeker (T6) and Bill Haas (T10).

Si Woo Kim (43rd in FedExCup; projected 15th)

One day after making a career-high eight birdies and one eagle (par-5 fifth) to post a 10-under 60, second-round leader Si Woo Kim posted a 6-under 64 Saturday to carry a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Wyndham Championship. By comparison, the largest 54-hole lead at the Wyndham Championship was eight strokes by Sam Snead in 1950.

Kim’s four-stroke cushion equals the second-largest 54-hole lead of the season, one shy of Jordan Spieth’s five-shot lead at the Tournament of Champions.

Kim’s 192 total through three rounds fall one stroke shy of Carl Pettersson’s 191 Wyndham Championship 54-hole record in 2008.

This week marks Kim’s first 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR.

Kim’s 60 Friday 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).

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.

A win Sunday would come in Si Woo Kim’s 38th PGA TOUR start (30th of the season), with a playoff loss at the 2016 Barbasol Championship his best finish. He also owns top-10 finishes this year at the Sony Open in Hawaii (4) and CareerBuilder Challenge (T9).

Seventeen players have picked up their maiden PGA TOUR victory at the Wyndham Championship, most recently Patrick Reed in 2013.

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

Kim, who would become the fourth international winner of the Wyndham Championship since 2010 and first since Camilo Villegas in 2014, would join K.J. Choi (2005) as the only Korean winners of this event. He would become the 18th international winner overall in Greensboro.

Third-Round Leader Statistics

At 15-under 195, Jason Gore carried a two-stroke lead over Tiger Woods, Jonas Blixt and Scott Brown at the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Eventual champion Davis Love III stood at T10 and four shots back.

Since making a return to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008, the third-round leader/co-leader has held on for the win five times: Carl Pettersson (2008), Arjun Atwal (2010), Webb Simpson (2011), Sergio Garcia (2012) and Patrick Reed (2013).

So far this year, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to victory 18 times in 38 stroke-play events (72-hole events). The most recent to do so was Jimmy Walker at the PGA Championship.

Rafa Cabrera Bello

Just five days removed from his T5 finish at the Olympic Games in Rio (one of seven players who made the journey from Rio to the Wyndham Championship), Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello sits solo second and four strokes behind Si Woo Kim after rounds of 63-68-65. Cabrera Bello shared the first-round lead this week with Kevin Na after 7-under 63s.

A victory Sunday would come in Cabrera Bello’s 31st PGA TOUR start at the age of 32 years, 2 months and 27 days.

This week’s Wyndham Championship marks Cabrera Bello’s 10th start 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).

As a non-member of the PGA TOUR, Cabrera Bello’s only avenue to next week’s FedExCup Playoffs is with a win on Sunday.

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

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.

Kevin Na (10th in the FedExCup; projected 7th)

Making his sixth start in the Wyndham Championship, and first since 2010 (T18), first-round co-leader Kevin Na owns rounds of 63-67-67 this week and trails Si Woo Kim by five strokes. Na was one of five players whose tournament course record of 61 was broken Friday by Si Woo Kim.

Na’s round Saturday included five-consecutive birdies on Nos. 6-10.

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.

A victory Sunday for Na would come in his 322nd PGA TOUR start at the age of 32 years, 11 months and six days. It would mark his second victory (2011 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open).

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

Jim Furyk (106th in the FedExCup; projected 76th)

Making his 13th start in the Wyndham Championship, Jim Furyk has put together rounds of 66-64-67 and trails Si Woo Kim by five strokes heading into the final round.

A win Sunday would come in Furyk’s 556th Official PGA TOUR start at the age of 46 years, 3 months and 9 days. By comparison, the PGA TOUR’s oldest winner is Sam Snead (52-10-8) at the 1965 Wyndham Championship. Last year, another veteran won in Greensboro, with Davis Love III winning at the age of 51 years, 4 months and 10 days to become the TOUR’s third-oldest winner.

A win Sunday would be the 18th of Furyk’s career, and first since the 2015 RBC Heritage.

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 seven rounds at Sedgefield, has yet to post a score 70 or over.

Furyk is just two weeks removed from being the first player in PGA TOUR history to record a 58, achieving the feat in the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. His round included 10 birdies and a hole-out eagle on the par-4 third hole from 135 yards for a 12-under-par total. He moved from T-70 to T5 with the round and beat the final-round scoring average by 10.66 strokes.

Sub-60 rounds on the PGA TOUR:
Name
Event/Rd.
Par
Finish
Al Geiberger
1977 FedEx St. Jude Classic/R2
72
Won
Chip Beck
1991 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open/R3
72
T3
David Duval
1999 CareerBuilder Challenge/R4
72
Won
Paul Goydos
2010 John Deere Classic/R1
71
2
Stuart Appleby
2010 Greenbrier Classic/R4
70
Won
Jim Furyk
2013 BMW Championship/R2
71
3
Jim Furyk
2016 Travelers Championship/R4
70
T5

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell (who birdied his final four holes Saturday) has improved his score by two strokes each round this week (68-66-64). Breaking his rounds down, he has played Nos. 1-14 at 3-under this week and Nos. 15-18 at 9-under. Here’s how he’s played holes  Nos. 15-18 each day: R1 (par-par-birdie-par), R2 (eagle-birdie-birdie-par), R3 (birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie).

After finishing No. 160 in the FedExCup last season, McDowell is attempting to advance to the FedExCup Playoffs for the fifth time in the last six seasons. He entered the week No. 33 in the rankings and is currently projected No. 28. McDowell has yet to make it all the way to the TOUR Championship.

Shawn Stefani and Peter Malnati

Shawn Stefani (9-iron) and Peter Malnati (8-iron) both aced the 156-yard, par-3 16th holeSaturday.

Stefani’s two previous aces on the PGA TOUR came at the 2013 U.S. Open and 2015 CareerBuilder Challenge. It represented Malnati’s first ace on TOUR.

Stefani and Malnati’s aces are the third and fourth, respectively, in tournament history at No. 16 (Luke Donald/R1/2016, Derek Lamely/R2/2011). This week marks the first time the tournament has had three aces in a season (since 1983).

As the Official Mortgage Sponsor of the PGA TOUR, Quicken Loans will award one year’s worth of mortgage payments to Rich K. from Rancho Sante Fe, Calif. to commemorate the Stefani’s ace and Alberto F. from Bethesda, Md. for Malnati’s hole-in-one.

The Quicken Loans’ Hole-In-One Sweepstakes awards one year’s worth of mortgage payments to a randomly selected participant for every ace during official PGA TOUR events from the Waste Management Phoenix Open through the TOUR Championship. Fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting www.pgatour.com/quickenloans.

Miscellaneous Notes

One day after posting a 9-under 61 (which included a three-putt on the final hole), Lucas Glover carded a 3-over 73 to fall to T33. Currently 77th in the FedExCup, Glover is hoping to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Scott Langley’s 8-under 62 equals his career-best round on the PGA TOUR, set most recently during the first round of the 2015 Greenbrier Classic. The score helped him jump from T57 to T10 on the leaderboard. Langley is currently projected to move to No. 162 in the FedExCup standings.

Despite bogeys on two of his last four holes, D.A. Points (T10) carded a 7-under 63 Saturday, which fell two strokes shy of his PGA TOUR best round of 61 during the third round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. Points (currently projected No. 183 in the FedExCup) is seeking snap a streak of two seasons finishing outside the top 125 in the FedExCup. He finished no worse than No. 82 in the FedExCup for five consecutive seasons from 2009-13.

2013 Wyndham Championship winner Patrick Reed, who birdied his last hole Friday to make the cut on the number, posted a 64 Saturday to move to T18. Here’s a list of multiple winners at the Wyndham Championship:

8 – Sam Snead

3 – Davis Love III

2 – George Archer, Billy Casper, Danny Edwards, Sandy Lyle, Rocco Mediate, Byron Nelson, Doug Sanders

In his first start at the Wyndham Championship, World No. 8 Rickie Fowler followed 3-under 67s in the first two rounds with a 2-under 68 Saturday to move to T25. Currently No. 30 in FedExCup points, Fowler is angling to improve his standing this week to help ensure a start in the TOUR Championship for a fourth time and third-consecutive.

2007 Wyndham Championship winner Brandt Snedeker sits T6 through three rounds 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: Brandt Snedeker/2007 (T6), Patrick Reed/2013 (T18), Ryan Moore/2009 (T53), Webb Simpson/2011 (T67), Camilo Villegas/2014 (MC) and Arjun Atwal/2010 (MC).

Six players who just returned from the Olympic Games in Rio are in this week’s field: Rafa Cabrera Bello (2), Rickie Fowler (T25), Graham DeLaet (MC), David Hearn (MC), Danny Lee (MC) and Patrick Reed (T18).

FedExCup Implications

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.

The following players entered the week outside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and arecurrently projected to finish inside the top 125: Kyle Stanley (T14; projected to move from No. 127 to No. 116), Shawn Stefani (T25; projected to move from No. 133 to No. 125).

The following players entered the week inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and arecurrently projected to finish outside the top 125: Matt Jones (MC; projected to fall from No. 124 to No. 126), Whee Kim (MC; projected to fall from No. 125 to No. 127).

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

Here’s a look at Nos. 120-135 in the FedExCup standings through three rounds at the Wyndham Championship:

Player
FedExCup Rank
Entering Wyndham
R3 Position
FedExCup Rank
PROJECTED
Blayne Barber
120
T25
112
David Toms
121
WD
123
Seung-Yul Noh
122
MC
124
Sung Kang
123
T41
122
Matt Jones
124
MC
126
Whee Kim
125
MC
127
Scott Stallings
126
MC
128
Kyle Stanley
127
T14
116
Nick Taylor
128
MC
129
Steve Marino
129
MC
131
Bronson Burgoon
130
MC
132
Morgan Hoffmann
131
MC
133
Chris Stroud
132
T71
134
Shawn Stefani
133
T25
125
Chad Collins
134
MC
135
Steve Wheatcroft
135
MC
136

Twenty-two players have qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs in each of the first nine seasons of the FedExCup, with 16 of those players entering the week ranked inside the top 125. Here’s how the list looks through the third round:

Player
FedExCup Rank
Entering Wyndham
R3 Position
FedExCup Rank
PROJECTED
Adam Scott
3
DNP
3
Brandt Snedeker
6
T6
6
Phil Mickelson
7
DNP
9
Matt Kuchar
16
DNP
18
Sergio Garcia
18
DNP
20
Bubba Watson
21
DNP
24
Ryan Moore
23
T53
23
Charley Hoffman
29
DNP
34
Bill Haas
31
T10
27
Charles Howell III
38
DNP
39
Zach Johnson
49
DNP
49
Justin Rose
50
DNP
50
Jerry Kelly
77
T14
69
John Senden
93
DNP
98
Luke Donald
99
T3
71
Jim Furyk
106
T3
76
Jeff Overton
157
WD
160
Ian Poulter
169
DNP
173
Hunter Mahan
182
MC
184
Rory Sabbatini
190
DNP
192
Nick Watney
201
DNP
204
Pat Perez
223
DNP
223

Prior to this season, the last six players ranked No. 125 in the standings entering the Wyndham Championship have remained inside the cut line entering the FedExCup Playoffs. That streak is in danger of being snapped this week, with current No. 125 Whee Kim missing the cut this week:

Year     Player                          Wyndham         Rank entering Playoffs
2010    Michael Letzig              T18                  No. 118
2011    Camilo Villegas             T9                    No. 109
2012    Rod Pampling              T28                  No. 116
2013    Steven Bowditch          T29                  No. 120
2014    Paul Casey                  T18                  No. 118
2015    Charl Schwartzel          T3                    No. 96
2016    Whee Kim                    MC                   Projected No. 127

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).

No player outside the Playoffs bubble entering the Wyndham Championship has successfully negotiated his way to the 30-player TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

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), Scott Pinckney (67).

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

R3: Luke Donald (64), Harris English (68), Bill Haas (65), Billy Horschel (64)

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
R3                    33.040             34.907             67.947             69.073

The par-4 18th hole has played the toughest this week at 4.302, while the par-5 fifth hole has been the easiest (4.341).

Spencer Levin withdrew prior to the third round for personal reasons.

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