Recap of last weeks bets
|To Win||Stewart Cink||Lost|
|Top 20 Finish||Jason Kokrak||Lost|
|Match Bet||Tyrrell Hatton||Won|
|Bogey Free Round||Daniel Berger||Won|
|Winner in Final Pairing||“No”||Won|
|Profit/Loss (This week) – Profit of $127.50 to a $10 Stake|
|Profit/Loss (Overall) – Loss of $85 to a $10 Stake|
On to this week’s event
Greensboro, North Carolina, hosts the Wyndham Championship every year. The Greater Greensboro Open is a competition that began in 1938. When Wyndham Hotels & Resorts took over as title sponsor in 2007, the event was renamed the Wyndham Championship. Sam Snead set a PGA Tour record with his eight victories at the event, including his victory in 1965 at the age of 52, making him the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event.
Previously, the event was held in April/May, but due to a scheduling change in 2003, it was moved to the end of the season. It was then shifted from a fall date to August, and it is currently the final PGA Tour event before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. It’s a key qualifying tournament for the postseason playoffs because it’s the last FedEx Cup event. As a result, only the top 125 earners will be entirely exempt for next season after this week.
Part of what makes the Wyndham so intriguing is the sub-plot of another million-dollar event. Only the top 125 players in FedEx Cup points at the end of this week will advance to the Playoffs, with Rickie Fowler (130th), Tommy Fleetwood (136th), and Justin Rose (138th) among the outsiders. Their careers aren’t in jeopardy, but Rose will undoubtedly believe it’s now or never when it comes to his Ryder Cup chances.
The Wyndham Championship is held at Sedgefield Country Club, which Donald Ross built. Sedgefield Country Club’s distance off the tee is slightly over 7,100 yards, making distance off the tee almost unimportant. However, off the tee, precision and exact placement are crucial as with most Donald Ross layouts. The course is designed for the golfer who plans his route around the course with solid course management and a focus on striking greens in regulation.
On to our picks for this year…
Webb Simpson +1000
It’s hard to look past the favourite for this week’s event as he has an incredible record around here that can’t be ignored. Some players have a particular affinity with a golf course, and this is one of those bonds. While it could be argued that Simpson is using this tournament as a tune-up for the FedEx cup, you can’t argue that he is a player in good form and who loves the course, a recipe for making some bucks. Simpson is efficient off the tee, has solid approach play, and is one of the best around the green, which could be vital this week as many of these greens are small, and players could find their wedge getting heavily utilized.
Top 20 Finish
Ryan Moore +400
Ryan Moore is another of those who seem to thrive around this golf course. Since winning the championship back in 2009, he has placed inside the top ten on two occasions. Moore is currently outside the top 125 in the FedEx standings and needs a beautiful week to trouble those above him. He is one of the most accurate drivers on tour this season which is confirmed by having hit the middle of the fairways more regularly than any other player. If he can get things going with the putter, who could have another good week here.
Match Bet – Ryan Armour vs. Joel Dahmen
Ryan Armour -110
Although he missed the cut at the Barracuda Championship last week, Armour has been playing exceptionally well recently, having finished fifth at the Barbasol Championship and sixth at the 3M Open. Armour is another who appears to like this golf course as he has finished inside the top 25 the last four years running. He is deadly accurate off the tee and is a decent putter of the ball. If his short game stands up, he should be no match for Dahmen.
Wire To Wire Winner
This isn’t something that happens every week on the PGA Tour, but given how the weather forecast is looking, I believe there is a decent chance of this happening this week. With much of the field playing for placings, it could mean someone might slip the field quite easily. However, you may also find some players taking a conservative approach once they find themselves in those top 125 FedEx standings.