The Five: Biggest storylines at the Wyndham Championship

In what has been a dramatic 43-event, 11-month long journey, the PGA TOUR's FedExCup Playoffs race is reaching its climax this week at the Wyndham Championship. With the top 70 players still far from secured, this event promises a thrilling and unpredictable finish.

  1. Justin Thomas' Last Chance: Justin Thomas finds himself in unfamiliar territory, ranked 79th in the FedExCup standings. He has given his all, playing four straight weeks on the PGA TOUR for the first time since 2019 and making his first appearance at the Sedgefield Country Club since 2016. A minimum finish of 18th is required to break into the top 70, but he realistically needs to finish in a three-way tie for fourth to secure his spot.

  2. Other Big Names on the Bubble: Thomas is not alone in the struggle. Stalwarts like Shane Lowry, Adam Scott, Joel Dahmen, Akshay Bhatia, and Billy Horschel are also at risk of missing the Playoffs. They need strong performances to secure their spots.

  3. How Much Movement Can We Expect? Although many players outside the top 70 have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs, history suggests only two or three will realistically change their fortunes. The competition is tight, and only a few spots are up for grabs.

  4. Is a Longshot Lingering? While the most likely scenarios involve movement around the top 70 bubble, there are potential longshots that could make an impact. Players like Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Taylor Pendrith, and Doc Redman have shown promise and could be a surprise force at the Wyndham Championship.

  5. Incentives for the Top Finishers: While the focus is on the bubble, several significant incentives await players who have already secured their spots in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Six players can crack the Comcast Business TOUR TOP 10 with a victory, potentially earning a $1 million bonus.

Additionally, the AON Risk Reward Challenge is still up for grabs, with Adam Scott, Stephan Jaeger, and Tyrrell Hatton vying for the $1 million prize.

With so much on the line, the Wyndham Championship promises high-stakes drama, as players fight to secure their positions, extend their seasons, and seize opportunities for glory and rewards. The stage is set for an intense and memorable finale.