Now that the PGA Championship is officially underway, the FedEx Cup playoffs are the next thing on the minds of golf fans everywhere.
With some big names still on the outside looking in there are plenty of questions. Combine that with the curiosity surrounding the season’s final major, and you’ve got a lot of questions — which is good, because I’ve got answers:
Jake S., Manchester, New Hampshire – “Who are two sleeper picks this week at Whistling Straits?”
Two guys I love this week are Robert Streb and Brooks Koepka. I know a lot of people like Koepka so he’s not an “according-to-hoyle” sleeper, but I don’t think he’s coming in to Whistling Straits with any real expectations of a win. If he doesn’t get the bad side of the draw or come out sluggish, he could have a shot.
Streb is a guy who I don’t feel gets the credit he deserves. He’s a solid player who have won on tour and certainly deserves a look this week. He’s off early, and if he gets off to a hot start he could hang around all week.
Ryan N., Ocala, Florida – “Should Tiger Woods play in the Wyndham Championship next week? Or call it a season?”
If Tiger wants any shot at getting into the FedEx Cup playoffs, he’s probably going to have to — not that it’ll matter much if he keeps playing the way he is. At this point, he needs to almost win the PGA Championship and then score a top-10 at the Wyndham. About the only thing now that will actually get him into the playoffs would be a win — but do you see that happening anytime soon?
Greg S., Los Colinas, California – “Can Rory contend this week with his bum ankle?”
I don’t think you can ever count Rory McIlroy out. He said the ankle is 100% and, honestly, from what I’ve seen thus far at Whistling Straits this week, there’s nothing to discredit that statement. He played well here in 2010 and is the defending champion of the PGA Championship, so to think he’s not at least going to contend, I think would be foolish.
Jarrod P., Long Island, New York – “Do you think the PGA Championship should go back to the match-play format?”
I don’t know how successful the change would be, but I personally would love to see it return to the match-play format. There’s few things I’d like to see more, actually. I love match-play and I wish there’d be at least one more on the schedule. Stroke play is great, but I think match play is far more fun, more entertaining and give a lot of the smaller guys an opportunity to make deep runs.
Colby H., Spencer, Massachusetts – “Who are your FedEx Cup sleepers for 2015?”
Well, after last year, it was a bit of a surprise to see Billy Horschel come away with the $10,000,00o prize. This year, I don’t think it’s going to be a surprise. I really think it’s the year of Jordan Spieth and no one is going to unseed it. I guess, if I have to say, my guess would be Jimmy Walker — though it’s hard to consider a guy who’s been in the top-5 in FedEx Cup points a sleeper. That just goes to show how good Jordan Spieth is this year.
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