17 August 2017: The Sedgefield Country Club, on a green patch, southwest of the city centre in Greensboro will host the eleventh edition of the Wyndham Championship this week. The tournament, the final event on the regular calendar of the PGA TOUR is of significance to Indian golf for giving us our first victor on American soil. Arjun Atwal, energized by his recent form and the sweet memories of having won here in 2010 will return to hunt for more glory. Anirban Lahiri, pride dented by his self avowed disappointments in the Open Championship and PGA Championship, will look for redemption on the par-70, 7,127-yard course.
With an average winning score of under-17, it will take a host of early birdies to surge into contention before sailing away with the silver on Sunday.
An eminently driver friendly course, the Donald Ross design puts a premium on the approach game backed up by some efficient work on the greens.
That will make the tournament a good opportunity for Anirban to recover his mojo by rediscovering the putting skills he showed us in Macau last year.
Interestingly over the past year, Anirban has shown us his quality and skills at various times, without being lucky enough for all of the pieces to fall in place through the week.
The conscientious young man will look to address his problems with consistency in the coming few weeks as he plays Wyndham and in the FedexCup events beyond that.
Atwal has been in good nick recently. He shot a 64 this July in the third round of the Barbasol Championship, where he finished T35. With Sedgefield holding warm memories for Atwal, anything is possible for the putting wizard of Indian golf.
Anirban is among the early starters while Arjun will have an afternoon tee off. There are 40% chances of thunderstorms in Greensboro on Thursday. The players need to be ready to face a few interruptions without letting it affect their rhythm.