The Wyndham Championship once again closes the curtain on the PGA Tour season this week. The final event of the year before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin next week with the Barclays takes place at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Amongst the strong field are a number of players looking for one more push to get inside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup rankings so that they can make it through to the finals and have a shot at the $10million jackpot that awaits the winner.
Although the Wyndham is a well-regarded tournament held at a great course, some of the best players often give it a swerve to prepare for the FedEx playoffs. So the fans in Greensboro will be delighted that the likes of Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama and Martin Kaymer will add a little bit of international flair. They’ll also get a first chance to see Tiger Woods who has never played at the tournament before but finds himself needing a good week to qualify for next week.
The par 70, 7,127 yard course often yields some very low scores but only for those players who possess good accuracy. Driving distance never hurts but it is more about where you hit it rather than how far. The greens are quite small so players with good scrambling stats are also to be looked at in terms of the betting.
The bookies’ favourite for the week is the American, Brooks Koepka. Koepka managed to finish tied for fifth place at the PGA Championship last week even though he had a very poor start to the tournament. Were it not for a horror show on his first nine holes, Koepka could have been in one of the final groups on Sunday but he still has many positives to take to Greensboro. A long hitter, Koepka can struggle with some wayward drives but he makes up for that with an ability to either hit the greens or get up and down for par with a solid short game. At 16/1 with Coral, Koepka offers good value for a favourite.
Another long hitter who should have a good week at the Wyndham is Justin Thomas. The 22-year-old has the lowest average score on the par fives in the field, a key stat for success in recent renewals. He’s also a great chipper but actually putts the ball better than Koepka. Thomas is a 28/1 shot with BetVictor which looks too big a price even though he is still without a win on the PGA Tour.
Billy Horschel found out last season how important it is to hit form at this point of the season. He was fairly average at the start of last season but turned it on at FedEx Cup playoff time. Horschel and his brightly coloured trousers made it through each round, eventually winning the coveted FedEx Cup picking up the winner’s cheque. The 28-year-old has learnt to not beat himself up too much and has found a way of making the most of his accurate iron play. At 25/1 with Bet365, Horschel looks a solid each-way bet.