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Golf Glance: Final push for FedEx Cup Playoffs

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Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (Abraham Ancer)
THIS WEEK: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, N.C., Aug. 12-15
Course: Sedgefield Country Club (Par 70, 7,131 yards)
Purse: $6.4 million ($1.157 million)
Defending Champion: Jim Herman
FedEx Cup Leader: Collin Morikawa
HOW TO WATCH
TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)
PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Featured Holes); Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Featured Holes)
NOTES: The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings after this event will qualify for the first leg of the playoffs next week. The bottom three spots are currently held by Patrick Rodgers, Matt Kuchar and Bo Hoag, with Nos. 126-130 currently occupied by Scott Piercy, Nate Lashley, Michael Thompson, Camillo Villegas and Rickie Fowler. … Adam Scott (121st), Kuchar, Justin Rose (138th) and Ryan Moore (142nd) have qualified for the playoffs every season during the Cup era. Another, Charles Howell III (137th) is not in the Wyndham field and will miss the playoffs for the first time. … Fowler has not failed to qualify for the playoffs during his first 11 years on tour. World No. 35 Tommy Fleetwood enters this week 136th in the standings. … An average of 2 1/2 players during the Cup era have entered the final week of the regular season outside of the top 125 and played their way into the playoffs. … Patrick Reed withdrew on Tuesday to rest ahead of the playoffs and was replaced in the field by Josh Teater. … Sedgefield is the only Donald Ross original design that serves as a regular tour venue.
BEST BETS: Webb Simpson (+1000 at DraftKings) won the event 10 years ago and has a scoring average of 65.31 in his past 16 rounds at Sedgefield. … Hideki Matsuyama (+1400) was a late entry after playing in the Olympics and the WGC the past two weeks. He’s coming off a T2 in a playoff at TPC Southwind. … Louis Oosthuizen (+1600) has three runner-ups in his past seven starts, but would enter the playoffs as the top seed with a win. … Jason Kokrak (+2200) is already a two-time winner this season. He has three top-20s in his past four starts at the Wyndham. … Will Zalatoris (+2800) is ranked 29th in the world but as a Special Temporary Member on tour he needs a win this week to qualify for the playoffs. … Mito Pereira (+6500) is a sneaky longshot. Seeking his maiden PGA Tour victory, Pereira won two straight events on the Korn Ferry Tour and reeled off three consecutive top-10s on the PGA Tour and Olympics before a T39 at the Barracuda Championship.
NEXT WEEK: The Northern Trust, Jersey City, N.J., Aug. 19-22

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: Olympics (Nelly Korda)
THIS WEEK: Women’s Scottish Open, Fife, Scotland, Aug. 12-15
Course: Dumbarnie Links (Par 71, 6,453 yards)
Purse: $1.5 million
Defending Champion: Stacy Lewis
Race to the CME Globe leader: Korda
HOW TO WATCH
TV: Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
Streaming: Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (NBC Sports app and golfchannel.com)
NOTES: The 144-player field will be cut to the top 70 and ties after 36 holes. … Lewis beat Cheyenne Knight, Azahara Munoz and Emily Pedersen with a birdie on the first playoff hole last year. … Each of the four previous winners since the Women’s Scottish Open became an official LPGA Tour event are in this week’s field: Lewis, Mi Jung Hur (2019), Ariya Jutanugarn (2018) and Mi Hyang Lee (2017). Top-ranked Korda is not playing this week. … Dumbarnie Links, which opened in May 2020, plays host after the championship was held for the past four years at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. … The event was first played on the LET in 1986. … Jutanugarn and Korda are the only multiple-time winners on the LPGA Tour this year. … The Solheim Cup will take place Sept. 4-6. Korda leads the United States rankings with 579.50 points, followed by Danielle Kang (495.50), Ally Ewing (290.00), Austin Ernst (263.50) and Lexi Thompson (260.50).
NEXT TOURNAMENT: AIG Women’s Open, Carnoustie, Scotland

Champions Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: The Senior Open Championship (Stephen Dodd)
THIS WEEK: Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary, Aug. 13-15
Course: Canyon Meadows G&CC (Par 70, 7,086 yards)
Purse: $2.35 million (Winner: $353,500)
Defending Champion: Wes Short, Jr. (2019)
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Jerry Kelly
HOW TO WATCH
TV: Friday, 8:30-10:30 ET; Saturday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
NOTES: This is the first major professional golf tournament to be played in Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Mike Weir, the only Canadian to win a major (2003 Masters), will play his first Champions event in Canada. … Two-time winner Scott McCarron (2017, ’18) isn’t in the field due to injury. … Bernhard Langer is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup. He enters with a streak of three consecutive top-10s.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Boeing Classic, Snoqualmie, Wash., Aug. 20-22

–Field Level Media

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