Wyndham Championship gives the best of the rest a shot this week

Originally Published: August 13, 2008

The Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., returns this week to one of the classic old golf courses in the southeastern United States.

The Sedgefield Country Club hosts this year's event after undergoing a major renovation. The club has hosted a number of previous PGA Tour events on a Donald Ross-designed course.

While many of the game's top players are taking the week off to likely rest up for next week's start to the FedEx Cup playoffs, that leaves the door wide open for some players to make a name for themselves on the PGA Tour.

So who will take advantage of the opportunity this week? Our experts break down their predictions in four separate categories.

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Wyndham Championship predictions
Bob Harig
ESPN.com golf writer
Jason Sobel
ESPN.com golf writer
John Antonini
Golf World senior editor
Ron Sirak
Golf World exec. editor
Horse for the Course David Toms. The PGA Tour is returning to Sedge-
field Country Club for the first time in 31 years, so nobody has a big advantage. But Toms played well at last week's PGA after a lengthy break and has an appreciation for golf course architecture (a Donald Ross design).
If Sam Snead was alive, he'd be 96 ... and might still pull a top-5 in Greensboro, where he won eight times. Instead, I'll go with Vijay Singh, who will someday break Snead's mark as the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event. They don't play at Forest Oaks anymore but Davis Love III won in 1992 and 2006 and if he wants to compete in his seventh Ryder Cup he best go for the hat trick. Brandt Snedeker. Closed with a 63 to win last year and his 266 total was one stroke off the tournament record.
Birdie Buster Vijay Singh. Missing the cut at the PGA Champ-
ionship obviously meant Singh wanted to get right back after it, even though he had won the week prior at the Bridgestone Invitational and has a busy stretch ahead with the FedEx Cup playoffs looming.
The top three birdie-makers so far this season? Kenny Perry, Steve Marino and Nicholas Thompson. No. 4 on the list is Dean Wilson, who's made plenty en route to a pair of T-3 finishes in the past month. Can a Duke win in Greens-
boro? Ken Duke played well enough last week to give himself a chance.
Jeev Milkha Singh. The highest finisher in the PGA Championship (T-9) in the field here.
Super Sleeper Bubba Watson. The long-hitting Watson has not won on either the Nationwide or PGA Tours, but Greensboro offers a great opportunity. And if he wins, does it give U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger something else to think about? After a solid PGA perform-
ance at Oakland Hills, Ken Duke could parlay a few strong weeks into potential candidacy for a Ryder Cup captain's selection.
Tim Clark doesn't hit it very long, but Sedgefield CC isn't a very long course. That could benefit the South African looking for his first tour win. Kevin Streelman. Learning how to put four rounds together. He has made nine straight cuts with a T-10 and a T-12.
Winner Paul Casey. The English-
man is a surprise entry in Greensboro, but he is looking to impress European Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo because Casey has not secured a spot on the team. He is also looking to move up the FedEx Cup points list, where he is currently 91st.
New course, same result. Brandt Snedeker joins Tiger Woods (Buick Invitational), Boo Weekley (Verizon Heritage) and Padraig Harrington (British Open) as the only repeat champs this season. The combi-
nation of a weak field and renewed confidence could be the right mix for Chris DiMarco, who is trying to turn things around with the help of swing coach Rick Smith.
Ken Duke. The second-highest finisher in the field here as the big guns reload for the FedEx Cup.