Wyndham Championship

We are now at the season finale in the PGA Tour before we’ll be turning our attention to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. This week we find ourselves at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship. The Ross-designed course is an ‘easy’ Par 70, 7,127-yard course where the greens are slightly smaller than the tour average, but still fairly easy to hit. And when you do miss them, scrambling isn’t particularly difficult. Scoring has been historically low, with last year’s winner in Brandt Snedeker shooting 21 under par. We have a full field of 156 golfers, many of whom will be scrambling to finish in the top 125 to qualify for full time status on the PGA tour for next season. Those who end up finishing 125th to 150th head to the Korn Ferry playoffs to fight out for spots for next season, so there will be a lot of anxiety and desperation from these players who find themselves in this position.

Players who are in the ‘bubble’ spot include:

Aaron Wise (123rd)
Alex Noren (125th)
Austin Cook (126th)
Peter Uihlein (130th)
Daniel Berger (131st)
Bill Haas (140th)
Beau Hossler (143rd)
Martin Kaymer (146th)

I wouldn’t be too heavy on these golfers in DFS, but it’ll be interesting to see if any of these end up falling out. We do, however, have all but 10 players ranked from 85-185 set to tee it up this weekend, so there are plenty to choose from that are fighting to be part of the FedEx field. Also included in the field are the three young guns in Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland, who all look to continue their hot start in their professional careers. 

When looking at the course statistics this week, rotogrinders.com have suggested the following key stats:

Key Statistics (In Order of Importance)

1) Strokes Gained Approach
2) Birdie or Better Percentage
3) Par 4 Scoring
4) Strokes Gained Off the Tee
5) Greens in Regulation

There’s nothing too much out of the ordinary this week. I would look to target good ‘plodders’ who don’t get into trouble and hopefully get on the birdie train. 

This week Draftkings have posted a $600,000 Champ Series Drive the Green for an entry of $5.00. The mini-max is also available for $1 entries for a total prize pool of $50,000. At Draftstars a $6,000 contest has been posted along with the 3-ball $1,000 contest at $3 per entry. The slate locks at 2100pm AEST. 

Let’s see who are this week's picks for the Wyndham Championship!

Webb Simpson ($11,200 DK / $23,000 DS) - Don’t over think this one, 2nd in the WGC last week and has been in the top 30 last 8 starts. He has 7 top top 12 finishes in his past 9 starts at the course. 5th in the Field for SG: Approach and 1st in the field for Par 4 scoring. Hell, he even has a child named Wyndham after winning here. Paid the money this week. 

Patrick Reed ($9,700 DK / $20,000 DS) - Everyone’s 'favourite' golfer on tour is on a hot streak of form, with his last five starts including a 12th, 10th, 23rd, 5th and 30th. Whilst the statistics are not exactly jaw-dropping, they're consistent across the board. The only query is that driving accuracy is poor, but if he clubs down on this course we might get that W. 

Viktor Hovland ($9,500 DK / $17,890 DS) - Out of the three rookies to go pro this season, Hovland had the brilliant US Open, but has since been overshadowed by Wolff and Morikawa, who now have won on tour. He will be itching to join the other two on the winners list. Whilst we do not have enough rounds so far to breakdown his stats, he has finished in the top 20 in his last three starts and is making a ton of birdies.

Sepp Straka ($7,700 DK / $13,780 DS) - If we are going to look at one of these golfers on the 'bubble', then I'm going to target Straka. What the Draftstars site does not show is that Straka was 3rd in the Barbasol Championship shooting 63 on the Saturday and had all four rounds under 70. He backed that up with a 12th at the Barracuda Championship, which is a modified stableford format. 17 birdies and 2 eagles in that tournament. Currently 110th in FedEx standings so will need to keep this form up. 16th in the field for SG: Approach.

Vaughn Taylor ($7,400 DK / $11,960 DS) - To be honest, I haven’t taken much notice lately of Taylor due to the fact he hasn’t played recently. But his recent form is very impressive. 4th at the Travellers, and T6 at the John Deere which means his recent statistics are excellent. 2nd in the field for Strokes Gained Putting and 18th in the field for Birdies or better %. Is going to be a popular play on DraftKings and hopefully under-owned on Draftstars. 

Jordan Speith ($10,600 DK / $20,490 DS) - This week’s fade is Speith, who was a late entry into the field. The objective I gather is for him to guarantee a spot in the second week of the playoffs, as he's currently ranked 67th in the FedEx standings. The only thing Speith has going for him at the moment is the putter, and he's rather expensive on this slate. 137th in the field for Driving accuracy and 86th in the field for SG: Approach. An easy fade from me.   

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The Daily Fantasy Rankings "Dragon" has scoured the Australian sports betting markets and found some great value picks for this event. Check out his picks for the day below and click on the links to follow his betting plays!

Dragon's Picks Odds Sportsbook
Viktor Hovland - Top 10 $5.00 Bet now at Sportsbet!
Patrick Reed - Top 5 $5.50 Bet now at BetEasy!
Winner of Group A - Webb Simpson $3.00 Bet now at Pointsbet!
Casey vs Howell III vs Spieth - Casey $2.60 Bet now at Neds!


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