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Wyndham Championship in a Difficult Schedule Slot: A Fan’s Take

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Next up on the PGA Tour schedule is the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. In a way I feel a little bit sorry for all the folks at the Wyndham Championship. The previous event on the 2012 schedule was the PGA Championship, the year's last major, and the next tournament on the schedule is the first event in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Yes, the Wyndham Championship has a tough slot to fill on the PGA Tour schedule.

The good folks in Greensboro have to know that most of the top touring pros are not going to be at their event. It is not like the top professional golfers play every tour event anyway but it is especially difficult the week after a major championship because many of the top players typically take the week off. This is doubly true when this event also precedes the FedEx Cup Playoffs which, if you play well, you can be assured of playing for four straight weeks, something else that the top players typically do not do.

There are some good players in the field for the Wyndham Championship. Defending champion and 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson will be competing. Sergio Garcia, Jason Dufner and Carl Pettersson are also teeing it up at the Wyndham Championship. Yet it still almost has an alternate field event feel to it.

The best thing about the Wyndham Championship is that it is the last opportunity for tour players to punch their ticket to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Only the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings qualify for The Barclays in Farmingdale, New York on August 23. That being the case, the golfers on the outside looking in will be doing all they can to qualify for the playoffs. Among the players currently out of the playoffs are John Daly, Gary Woodland and Y.E. Yang.

I am sure that the people at the Wyndham Championship will work hard to put on the best tournament they possibly can for the sponsors, the fans and the professional golfers. I am curious what kind of television ratings the tournament will receive. They likely will not be stellar, but imagine how much worse they might be if college football and the National Football League were already in full swing.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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