Another week, another 20-something-under winner.
Congrats to young Si Woo Kim on his first Tour title!
Final Thoughts from Wyndham
It was hardly a shock when Kim posted 21-under to win this week, especially after tossing up a sweet 60 on Friday. Sedgefield had ranked as the easiest par 70 on Tour for two years running and nothing we observed this week should knock it off such a perch. With light rough, manageable green speeds and not much need for driver, score again plummeted. As I opined on Twitter during the round on Sunday, I’m happy the Tour will return to “normal” scheduling next season as three weeks in a row of birdies galore without chances for bogeys is hardly entertaining. Jim Furyk shot 58 on Sunday three weeks ago and didn’t hit the podium. That’s, er, well, interesting, to say the least. Up the bogeys and doubles this week at Bethpage Black.
Kim was excellent and nothing should be taken away from him. He becomes the second-youngest winner in the event after 20-year old Seve Ballesteros so that’s hardly chopped chips. Gamers should forget that he had multiple chances to win at Barbasol but his putter let him down. That wasn’t the case this week and showed to be a quick learner. My only MINOR knock is that his best results (see below in my Golfweek article) have been on some of the easier tracks used on Tour that require buckets of birdies. I like guys who have won and he’s won on Tour in each of the last two years (Web.com last year). Not bad for 21 and almost 2 months!
Gamers had one very important lesson reaffirmed this week: Guys outside the 125 don’t play any “harder” or “desperate” knowing that they are going to lose their jobs. There’s a reason they’re down there in the first place and it’s not one shot here or there. This year, only two players from outside the top 125 forced themselves into the Playoffs on points:
Kyle Stanley: from No. 127 to No. 114
Shawn Stefani: from No. 133 to No. 123
- 2015: Five players
- 2014: One
- 2013: None
- 2012: One
- 2011: Three
- 2010: One
Good luck at selecting which of the outsiders will crack this very exclusive club. It’s not a smart angle.
Bubba Watson at Travelers.
Zach Johnson last week.
Webb Simpson and Bill Haas this week.
Woof. Course horses with big pedigrees have bombed out killing gamers in every format where they’ve inserted these “sure things”. Fantasy golf is hard.
Henrik Norlander: Rattled off eight in a row before MC this week.
There’s never been a repeat champion or defending champion since the move back to Sedgefield in 2008. The best of that bunch this week was a quiet T-22 (Patrick Reed).
Ricky Fowler added this event to his schedule as another chance to audition for the Ryder Cup team. He was just six shots off Kim’s lead after 36 holes but a pair of indifferent 68’s on the weekend saw him finish T-22, his first top 25 in four events.
Jimmy Walker couldn’t rekindle his magic from his first major win at Baltusrol or here in 2012 when he opened 67-62 (T-4) as he MC. Opening 74 never gave him a chance.
Tyrell Hatton and Rafael Cabrera-Bello both needed a win to make the Playoffs, as did Jon Rahm. None of them did so we’ll see them on Tour in 2016-17 for their next use in our formats.
Wesley Bryan’s battlefield promotion lasted two weeks. He needed a solo second or better to make the playoffs. He MC but is a full member for 2016-17.
Limping in to the Playoffs
The “new” bubble this week will concentrate on the 100 that will advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship next week in Boston. Only Heath Slocum (No. 124) in 2009, Morgan Hoffmann (No. 124) in 2014 and Kevin Streelman (No. 102) in 2010 are the only triple-digit players to reach The Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Three dudes since 2007.
There’s a reason for this in my opinion. The fields are deep as you’d like and the Barclays is usually played on a traditional layout that rewards the better player. I’m not saying it CAN’T happen but…
- No. 105: Francesco Molinari
- No. 104: Tyrone van Aswegen
- No. 103: Zac Blair
- No. 102: Robert Garrigus
- No. 101: Brett Stegmaier
- No. 100: Jonas Blixt
- No. 99: John Senden
- No. 98: Steve Stricker
- No. 97: Vijay Singh
- No. 96: Lucas Glover
- No. 95: Robert Streb
Ricky Barnes finished T-5 in two of his last three tournaments; fantastic course horse at BPB.
Robert Garrigus has had extended stays in 10 of his last 11 on Tour; six of the last seven are T-29 or better.
Kevin Kisner has had a quiet ’16 after blazing out in the ’15 portion of the schedule; T-26, T-18 and T-10 in his last three, including a closing 63 last Sunday, has gotten my full attention.
Robert Castro made it 10 in a row on the weekend this week. Balls struck weekly.
Lucas Glover didn’t show much rust with his tee-to-green game as he returned to action for the first time since the end of June. Whatever the issue was didn’t bother him much in shooting 61 on Friday and finishing T-22. He won the 2009 U.S. Open at BPB.
Check out my recap for Golfweek magazine below for all of it!