With a scintillating PGA Championship -- the final major of the season -- now behind us, attention turns back to the PGA Tour and the race for the FedExCup Playoffs.
This week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., is the final regular-season event, so surely players are there to either improve their standing, or crack into the top-125 to earn a spot in next week's Barclays.
Tiger Woods is playing in this event for the first time in his career. He's going to likely need to finish no worse than second to sneak into the PGA Tour's postseason.
Here are the five players I'll be watching closely this week.
5. Webb Simpson
Best finish in 2014-15 season: T2 at Wells Fargo Championship
Reason to watch: Webb Simpson is so found of the place where he won his first PGA Tour event in 2011, that he and wife, Dowd, named their third child, a daughter, "Wyndham Rose." Luckily for his daughter, Webb's first win didn't come at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas (which also happens to be the site of his last win on Tour in 2013). This is a tournament Simpson always seems to play well in. Since his victory, his worst finish in his next three starts was a T22. He finished T5 a year ago. At 49th in the current FedExCup standings, Simpson is a lock for the Barclays, but he'll be looking to improve his position at one of his favorite events on the PGA Tour schedule.
4. Justin Thomas
Best finish in 2014-15 season: T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and Quicken Loans National
Reason to watch: All indications are that Thomas is poised to join the group of elite young players on the PGA Tour. The one thing that the others have that Thomas doesn't to this point is a victory. His season best to this point was a T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship last November at the start of the wraparound schedule and another T4 recently at the Quicken Loans National. All in all, Thomas has seven top-10 finishes this season. He's currently No. 36 in the FedExCup standings and looking to rise. Thomas' only other start in the Wyndham Championship was as an amateur in 2009. He tied for 78th.
3. Billy Horschel
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Third at the Valero Texas Open
Reason to watch: Horschel, the reigning FedExCup champion after a magical end to the 2013-14 season, enters this week in a much better spot than he was at this time a year ago -- 43rd. Some figured that Horschel's late-season heroics a year ago would truly propel him this season. It hasn't been a bad season, but it also hasn't been exceptional. If last year is any indication, we could assume that the exceptional stuff is still to come. Horschel hasn't missed a cut since the Masters, so he's been playing solid golf. Now he just needs to string together four great rounds -- something, in his own words, he has yet to do this season.
2. Bill Haas
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Won the Humana Challenge
Reason to watch: Currently 23rd in the FedExCup season, it's been a nice season for Haas, who snagged his sixth PGA Tour win overall back in January. That was one of four top-10 finishes this season in his 20 starts. While he has yet to win the Wyndham Championship, the 2011 FedExCup Champion has three top-10s in the tournament, including a T2 a year ago. Haas needs to get things going if he plans on making dad Jay's U.S. Presidents Cup team on points -- he's currently No. 15 in the standings. The top 10 make it on points.
1. Brandt Snedeker
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Reason to watch: The Wyndham Championship is a special tournament for Snedker -- currently No. 13 in the FedExCup standings. It was the tournament where Snedeker claimed his maiden win on the PGA Tour in 2007. Since then, Snedeker has added six more wins, including the 2012 Tour Championship on his way to winning the FedExCup that season. In his last seven starts, Snedeker has four top-10 finishes, highlighted by a T2 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He also finished T12 last week at the PGA Championship. Snedeker is in a nice spot standings-wise for the playoffs right now, so he can breathe easier than most and perhaps that will free him up for some fun, aggressive golf.
Here's how my 10 to watch fared last week at the PGA Championship:
10. Rory McIlroy -- 17th
9. Jim Furyk -- T30
8. Zach Johnson -- Missed cut
7. Martin Kaymer -- T12
6. Bubba Watson -- T21
5. Phil Mickelson -- T18
4. Rickie Fowler -- T30
3. Jason Day -- Won
2. Jordan Spieth -- 2nd
1. Dustin Johnson -- T7