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'Bubble' players in spotlight

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It's time for the PGA Tour's “bubble” players to take centre stage.

The field at the Wyndham Championship once again is packed with players trying to play their way into golf's post-season and keep their tour cards for 2019.

Only two of the top 30 players on the points list will tee it up today when the tournament begins at par-70 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

But of the 100 players who are at Nos. 90-190, all but nine of them are in the field.

Scores routinely are low at the Donald Ross-designed course, with 2017 winner Henrik Stenson setting a tournament record with a 22-under 258 a year after Si Woo Kim tied the previous mark with a 259, so the chance is there for players to move up the standings.

“It's going to turn into a birdie-fest like it always does because the course is in great shape,” 2007 winner Brandt Snedeker said yesterday.

The top 125 qualify for The Northern Trust next week in Paramus, N.J. and also will be fully exempt on the tour next year, if they aren't already.

Every player from No. 122 (Jhonattan Vegas) to No. 132 (Harris English) is playing here, and among those squarely on the bubble are No. 124 Martin Piller, No. 125 Tyrone Van Aswegen, and No. 126 Chad Campbell.

In the 11 years since the Wyndham Championship took on its role as the last chance to make the playoffs, an average of 2.7 players have played their way into the post-season.

Four did it last year after two pulled it off in 2016.

“If you play well, you jump up quite a bit,” Peter Uihlein said.

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