With Rory McIlroy winning his second career major at the PGA Championship last week, the PGA Tour now moves to North Carolina for this week's 2012 Wyndham Championship. Webb Simpson will look to repeat against a field that includes the likes of a dozen major winners, and should shape up to be a great event to watch. What follows are the top three players to watch at this week's PGA Tour event.
Webb Simpson won convincingly by three shots over George McNeill in 2011, and since then hasn't fared all that bad, winning the U.S. Open along with six top 10 finishes in 17 events played to this point in the year. The key for Simpson has not only been consistency but also a solid iron game, and that combined with a great putter has allowed him to compete in event after event. Watch for Webb to make a move on Saturday this week, as he ranks second on Tour in round 3 scoring average at 68.
After coming up short time and time again over the last few years, Dufner has finally broken through this year with two wins over a three event stretch (along with two top 5 finishes after that as well). He has been a better model of consistency this year than even Webb Simpson, making the cut in 17 out of 18 events with 11 top 25 finishes. Jason's main weakness is an inconsistent putter from time to time, but his long game is among the best on Tour these days, ranking 19th in driving accuracy and 7th in greens in regulation. This week's event features a golf course that is among the easiest on the PGA Tour to score upon, so if Dufner can get things going with his putter early on I think he has a great chance to pick up a third win on the year.
The 2011 Masters champion hasn't had as good of a year as he did in 2011, but Schwartzel can still be a dangerous threat to win a golf event. The South African has made nine cuts in 12 events this year with five top 25 finishes, but hasn't really put together four solid rounds over his past few events played. The main problem with his game right now is the irons, as he ranks 153rd on Tour in greens in regulation, and as we all know, if you can't give yourself many birdie opportunities it not only puts added stress on other parts of the game but it is also hard to compete. If Charl can somehow figure out what is going wrong with his approach shots I believe he is a player to watch this week.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade.
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