Last playoff train for Sergio García and Cabrera Bello

The Wyndham Championship, which won't feature many stars like Rahm or Morikawa, is the last chance to get into the FedEx playoffs.


Golf has entered its decisive stretch of the year. Fifteen days ago the WGC St. Jude was played, with the victory of Justin Thomas. A week ago, it was the turn of the PGA Championship, in which Morikawa won and Rahm regained the world number one. Now it is the turn of the Wyndham Championship, the prelude to the FedExCup playoffs, divided into three events and which will kick off next week.

The Sedgefield Country Club of Greensboro (North Carolina), will host the last tournament of the North American circuit before the playoffs. Many golfers, especially those who have stood out throughout the year and are assured of their presence among the top 125 of the FedExCup -number of players who access The Northern Trust, the first event of the playoffs-, will rest during these days and will not play the Wyndham, recovering from the last efforts with the objective set in the coming weeks (in a month the US Open will also be disputed). This is the case of Jon Rahm, who is guaranteed to remain number one in the world for another week, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods.

Those who will play the Wyndham Championship from this Thursday are the players who have not shone too much throughout the season, and their presence in Boston, where the Northern Trust will be played, hangs by a thread. Two Spaniards find themselves in this emergency situation: Sergio García and Rafa Cabrera Bello, who march 134 and 133, respectively, in the FedExCup. To be among the top 125 in the standings and thus guarantee their presence in the playoffs, Sergio and Rafa will need a good weekend. Borriol's will try to repeat his sensational victory in this same field and tournament in 2012, so surely the Sedgefield Country Club brings good memories to García.

Other important players will be in Greensboro looking to secure their participation in the Northern Trust, or trying to climb positions in the classification to facilitate being in the BMW Championship (the top 70 pass) and the Tour Championship (only the top 30 will be). On the tee will be golfers the likes of Webb Simpson, Sungjae Im, Patrick Reed and Brendon Todd, all in the top 10 of the FedExCup. With more difficulties come Tommy Fleetwood (85º), Brooks Koepka (92º), who continues to recover sensations, Jordan Spieth (94º), who signed a disastrous PGA, Justin Rose (103º) or Charl Schwartzel (125º). Outside of the playoff positions, and with the need to climb positions, prominent names such as Shane Lowry (130º), the two Spaniards, Danny Willett (143º) or Luke Donald (188º) arrive .

In addition, at the end of the tournament, for the second consecutive year, a total of 10 million dollars (about 850,000 euros) will be distributed among the top ten classified in the FedExCup. Justin Thomas, with the first place already guaranteed, will receive 2 million dollars (1,700,000 euros). Jon Rahm is on the wire as he is in 10th position. Despite having many chances of not being ousted, the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, the Chilean Joaquin Niemann, and the Americans Adam Long and Harris English can lower Rahm from tenth place and deprive him of the half million dollars (about 430,000 euros) that right now they correspond to him and that he already won last year. The number one achieved by the Spaniard in the PGA Championship is not in danger this week, although in the Northern Trust he will have to defend it against the threat of Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa.

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