Weekly Preview: Wyndham Championship

Wyndham Championship Preview

Brofessional Golfer’s Weekly Preview: Wyndham Championship

August 18th – 21st

Sedgefield Country Club

Greensboro, NC

 

How and When to Watch:

Thursday and Friday:

Golf Channel 5:00-7:00 PM E.T.

Saturday

CBS 3:00-6:00 PM E.T.

Sunday

Golf Channel 1:00-2:30 PM E.T.

CBS 3:00-6:00 PM E.T.

 

Past 5 Winners:

2015 – Davis Love III

2014 – Camilo Villegas

2013 – Patrick Reed

2012 – Sergio Garcia

2011 – Webb Simpson

 

Purse: $5,600,000

Winning Share: $1,008,000

FedEx Points: 500

 

Analysis:

Ah Wyndham, we meet again. Last but certainly not least for PGA tour regular season events. The Wyndham Championship may be the final tournament before the FedEx Cup Playoffs start, but it’s not one to sleep on. One of the easiest tracks on the PGA tour, this 7,1127 yard par 70 course promises to dole out some low scores on the leaderboard. Let’s not forget that Davis Love III (DL3) won here in 2015 at the ripe age of 51…Davis freakin’ Love the Third and it was his THIRD Wyndham Championship.

Davis Love III Wyndham Championship Winner

Last year’s Wyndham was also the last we saw of Tiger Woods on tour, and he was in the hunt on Sunday finishing -13 and T10. This gave us all some hope that Tiger would return to his old form of sinking putts and nailing sluts.  As we all know, that glimmer of hope was annihilated in 2016. No Tiger in this year’s field, however there are plenty of big names to keep you on the edge of your seat before the FedEx Cup Playoffs begin.

Fellow Americans Patrick Reed (+1600) and Rickie Fowler (+2000) make their return to the PGA tour after representing the greatest country in the world in Rio for the long awaited Olympics de Golf. Fowler may have struggled mightily, but he did sneakily shoot his lowest round of the year with a 64 in the third round, which may help him build some much needed confidence heading into the Wyndham Championship as well as the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The BG staff is also hoping he received some words of wisdom from that guy in the Lincoln commercials.

Rickie Fowler with Matthew McConaughey

Rafael Cabrera Bello, who placed 5th in Rio, and Ryan Moore (+2200), who just won the John Deere last weekend, may be two of the hottest golfers in the field. Moore did win this event in 2009 so he may have some added tenacity returning to a course he knows well. Jim Furyk (+2200) or Jimmy 58 (Yes, that’s his new nickname as far as I’m concerned) will be making his return to golf after his record breaking round in Cromwell, CT two weeks ago. Last year, the scoring average at Wyndham was 68.86 with the low score of the week being a 61 followed by five 62’s. Realistically, Jimmy 58 could easily evolve into Jimmy 57 this weekend if he can string together a similar run to that of his legendary Sunday at the Travelers.

Jim Furyk 58 Travelers

This field is chock full of players needing to make a push to make the top 125 and move on to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Prepare yourself for a feast of birdies, hole outs and aggressive play from this tournament. I’m salivating just thinking about it. If you're looking for some betting advice, I'd toss some of the bi-weekly paycheck on Kevin Kisner (+4000) who finished T18 at the Open Championship and has five top 10 finishes this season and sits in 11th place on the FedEx Cup standings.

My personal gut pick for this week is going to be Bill Haas (+2800). The North Carolina native has yet to get a win this season despite coming in 3rd at the Quicken Loans National and 2nd at the Valspar Championship. The 2016 Wyndham Championship's skimpy field and picnic of a course is primed for a Bill Haas victory. Haas finished T6 last year and T2 in 2014 at this event. You know he’ll be gnawing at the bit like a Rottweiler with rabies.

 

BG Staff "Expert" Picks:

The People's Golfer – Jon Rahm

Neves – Justin Thomas

Schank – Paul Casey

Rico Dangles – Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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