Wyndham Championship preview: European stars try to earn last-ditch FedEx Cup points

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Henrik Stenson (Getty Images)

Fresh off a thrilling PGA Championship, this week’s Wyndham Championship offers players one last shot at FedEx Cup points before the playoffs.

Henrik Stenson saved his season last year with a win here, improving his position in the FedEx Cup standings. He’s back to defend his title in need of a good week to improve his Ryder Cup hopes.

Some big stars are in desperate need of FedEx Cup points to secure their places in the playoffs, including 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia (131st) and former FedExCup champion Bill Haas (147th).

Course

Sedgefield Country Club (Ross), a 7,127-yard par 70, is the only Donald Ross design to serve as a regular PGA Tour stop. The course features small, undulating greens that have made birdies hard to find.

Defending Champion

Stenson rallied Sunday to separate himself from a four-man pack for his first victory since the 2016 Open Championship. He birdied three of his final four holes to finish one stroke ahead of Ollie Schneiderjans.

Injuries have plagued Stenson this season, which has hurt his FedExCup and Ryder Cup standing. He’s in need of a good week again this year, but he’s not alone among European stars.

Favorites

North Carolina native Webb Simpson, ranked 20th in the world, has four top-25s since his win at The Players Championship. He’s also a past champion here, and looks poised to contend this week.

Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia have experienced disappointing seasons, but they’ve hinted that better form is on the horizon. Like Stenson last year, this could be the tournament they use to kick-start their seasons.

Sleepers

Matthew Fitzpatrick and Rafa Cabrera Bello, two European Tour stars who played on the 2016 Ryder Cup, are looking to enhance their positions in the FedEx cup standings and catch the eye of European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. Neither has secured an automatic roster spot, so each will be trying to earn a pick.