Published: Aug 17, 2011 7:02 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 18, 2011 6:30 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (AP) - This week's Wyndham Championship has attracted one of its best fields, partly out of desperation from the players.

The final tournament before the start of the U.S. PGA Tour's playoffs offers one last chance for players to climb the FedEx Cup rankings and claim a spot in The Barclays.

Several would relish a big week in North Carolina. Ernie Els is at No. 126 and needs to move up one spot to reach the playoffs. Padraig Harrington is No. 130. Meanwhile, No. 106 Retief Goosen wants to solidify his spot in the standings.

Tournament director Mark Brazil says it's the best field in 20 years. Bill Haas said the playoffs are "playing a role in the fields."