The dust has settled from the PGA Championship and the TOUR is in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship. Arjun Atwal will hope he can defend his title but this is the last opportunity to earn valuable FedEx Cup points before the playoffs begin next week at The Barclays.
Most of the buzz this week is about David Toms. Toms finished second to Atwal at this event last year and has a great 2011. Toms won the Crowne Plaza Invitational earlier this year earned a second place at The PLAYERS as well as a third place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It's been a true comeback year and 44 year old and now he's looking to make a run at the FedEx Cup.
Chasing Toms and Atwal this week will be names like Lucas Glover and Brandt Snedeker. Glover, a former major championship winner, showed signs of life this year with a win at the Wells Fargo Championship. It was his first win since the 2009 U.S. Open. The win is his only top 10 this year but he did finish in a tie for 12th at the British and a win this week could give him a boost in the FedEx Cup race. Snedeker won this event in 2007 and already has a win at The Heritage this season. He's finished in top 25 all but once when he has made the cut in 2011. It's a great opportunity to for Snedeker to join the list of players with two wins in 2011.
Three Groups To Watch at The Wyndham Championship
3. Tommy Gainey, Jason Dufner & Ben Curtis: These names you don't hear much but Curtis is a former British Open Champion and Gainey has finished 3rd twice this year. Who am I kidding? I want to watch this group to see how Jason Dufner reacts after a tough playoff loss at the PGA Championship just four days ago.
2. David Toms, Bill Haas & Webb Simpson: There is a Haas getting some credit this week on Twitter but his name is Hunter. Bill Haas is having a great year and a win could really cap it off for him. He's made the cut in 18 or 21 events and has six top 10 finishes with, two of them losses in a playoff. Webb Simpson is another "almost" guy this year. Making the cut in 16 of 19 events, he has two second place finishes to show for it too. He's my pick to win this week. David Toms is back and win here would really make things interesting!
1. Lucas Glover, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh: I though Vijay would win this year and if that's going to happen, it has to be now. He has three top 10 finishes including a second place at the Northern Trust Open. Jim Furyk won three times on the PGA TOUR last year and I was expecting big things in 2011. Needless to say, I was way off and Furyk has only two top 10's this season. As I mentioned above, Lucas Glover showed he can win again this year, can he add another 2011 victory in the final week?