- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - There’s always plenty on the line at the Wyndham Championship - in addition to the tournament itself.

For some, the regular-season finale is the last chance to play their way into golf’s postseason.

Others are trying to catch Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson’s eye and earn one of the three remaining spots on the U.S. team.

“Everybody is playing for something this week, and yeah, the field might not be as deep as some other weeks around it,” two-time winner Davis Love III said Wednesday. “But the guys that are here are here for a lot of different, very important reasons and playing hard to try to get something out of this week.

“It’s a fun week to watch.”

And a stressful week to play.

Even if the players say it’s not.

Webb Simpson - a Raleigh native who played at nearby Wake Forest and lives in Charlotte - insists it “kind of feels like there’s no pressure.”

He says he’s been texting Watson and “hopefully I’ll play well the next three weeks, or at least solid golf, to make it hard for him not to pick me.”

Simpson is one of two former Wyndham winners - along with Brandt Snedeker - who came to Sedgefield Country Club in pursuit of spots on the Ryder Cup team.

Simpson, the 2011 winner, finished 15th on the Ryder Cup points list while 2007 champion Snedeker was 20th. Watson will make his three captain’s picks next month.

Last year’s champion, Patrick Reed, has already secured his Ryder Cup spot, and at No. 9 on the FedEx Cup points list, is in good shape entering the playoffs.

All he has to worry about is defending his title.

With his wife carrying his clubs around this Donald Ross-designed course, Reed claimed his first PGA Tour victory when he beat Jordan Spieth on the second hole of a playoff.

“It really jump-started my career, that’s for sure,” said Reed, a two-time winner this season. “Playing really well here, and actually being able to cap it off and win, it led to me being able to play very well for almost a full year in a row and hopefully that will continue.”

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