Wyndham Championship Preview And Betting Tips8 min read
The final PGA Tour event before the FedEx Cup playoffs start takes place this week with players needing to position themselves inside the top 125. The Wyndham Championship is the final opportunity to book a spot in the field for next week and low scoring is expected, in favourable conditions, at Sedgefield Country Club.
The Donald Ross designed par 70 course plays to 7,127 yards and players will need to take advantage of their wedge game to set up plenty of opportunities on the Bermuda greens. Distance is not a major asset this week with approach play and a hot putter more likely to lead to a title challenge in North Carolina.
Simpson to continue Wyndham love affair
Webb Simpson is a worthy favourite this week and the accurate American is fancied to win this tournament for the second time. Simpson, who lives in North Carolina, clinched his maiden PGA Tour title here in 2011 and his love of the course led to him naming his daughter Wyndham. The short, tree-lined layout is perfect for his game and Simpson has finished inside the top three here over the last two years.
Simpson’s comfort level at the track is clear for all to see and he comes in with his swing in excellent shape. The 33-year-old, who won the Players Championship last season, has finished runner-up in two of last four starts including on Sunday at the WGC FedEX St Jude Invitational. A closing round of 64 saw him take second behind Brooks Koepka and send him into one of his favourite weeks with a swagger. Fourth on tour for stroke average and 12th for strokes gained putting, Simpson has a huge chance this week at 10/1 each way.
Brandt Snedeker is a two-time winner at the Wyndham Championship and the defending champion could easily go close to a third victory this weekend. Snedeker opened with a sensational 59 in last year’s tournament and shot 21-under-par for his ninth and most recent PGA Tour title. His record at the event is almost as consistent as Simpson’s with six top tens including third place in 2016.
Snedeker started this season with a runner-up spot at the Safeway Open and was fourth at last month’s Canadian Open before finishing fifth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic – another Ross course. The 38-year-old ended his week in Memphis on Sunday with a promising 66 and his excellent short game, third for strokes gained around the green and 11th for putting, should give him plenty of chances to make birdies in Greensboro. Course specialist Snedeker repeatedly plays well at the same tournaments and another strong title challenge is anticipated at 22/1.
Sabbatini to contend at Sedgefield again
Rory Sabbatini is enjoying a renaissance and the experienced South African turned Slovak looks well-placed to challenge for a seventh PGA Tour title this week. The 43-year-old is playing some of the best golf of his career this season, with a tie for third last month at Detroit Golf Club in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He also posted top-six finishes at the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Sabbatini comes in off his best performance at the Open Championship after he continued his impressive form with a tie for 16th at Royal Portrush. In four course visits to Sedgefield, Sabbatini has managed fourth place two years ago and eighth in 2013. Ranked fourth this season for total birdies, Sabbatini has the confidence to go low again and threaten the each way places at 40/1.
Aaron Wise won the rookie of the year award last season after bursting on the scene with a series of superb performances on the PGA Tour. The talented 23-year-old won his maiden title at the AT&T Byron Nelson and was runner-up at Quail Hollow – another North Carolina course. He was also fifth in a high class FedEx Cup playoff field at the Northern Trust last year.
Wise has not reproduced the fireworks yet in 2019 although he was encouraged by his consistency after making the cut in all four majors. He made it all the way to the Tour Championship last season but his place in the playoffs is not yet assured, currently 120th in the standings. Wise comes in this week focused and motivated to make another run through the playoffs and can make an impact on his course debut. At 66/1, Wise is a tempting bet to threaten his second PGA Tour victory.
Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa have recently clinched breakthrough wins on the PGA Tour and Doc Redman could be the latest talented rookie to land silverware this weekend. Redman was mightily impressive last month with second place at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, shooting 19-under-par. The 21-year-old was rewarded with a place in his first major as a professional, at the Open, and looked comfortable on this stage as he tied for 20th in Northern Ireland.
The North Carolina native will not be short of support this week at Sedgefield and has the benefit of playing the course last year, missing the cut despite an opening 68. Redman, the 2017 US Amateur champion, returns with the confidence of his healthy recent form in the bank, surging up the world rankings from outside the top 1,000 to 153rd over the summer. A bet on Redman is prescribed this week at 80/1 each way.
Webb Simpson Each Way
Brandt Snedeker Each Way
Rory Sabbatini Each Way
Aaron Wise Each Way
Doc Redman Each Way