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Wyndham Championship Preview

The tour moves to Greensboro, North Carolina to tee it up at Sedgefield Country Club (Ross Course) in the final tournament before the FedEx Cup payoffs begin.

The tour moves to Greensboro, North Carolina to tee it up at Sedgefield Country Club (Ross Course) in the final tournament before the FedEx Cup payoffs begin. There are some bigger names here even after the The Open and a WGC event the past two weeks.

Purse: $6,200,000

Champion: $1,116,000

Weather

TV Schedule

  • Thursday August 1st: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Friday August 2nd: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Saturday August 3rd: 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Saturday August 3rd: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on CBS
  • Sunday August 4th: 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Sunday August 4th: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on CBS

Whose Teeing Off

Collin Morikawa tees off during the final round on Sunday at the Barracuda. GETTY IMAGES

Not too many big names are here this week after two big tournaments, but there is still some star power. Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, and Paul Casey are some names most will recognize. Also exciting young guns like Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff, and Viktor Hovland are here. Morikawa won last week at the Barracuda and Wolff won a few weeks ago at the 3M.

Thursday Hole #1 Tee Time/Friday Hole #10 Tee Time

  • 12:50 PM/7:40 AM: Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff, Adam Long
  • 1:00 PM/8:00 AM: Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Jordan Spieth

Thursday Hole #10 Tee Time/Friday Hole #1 Tee Time

  • 7:50 AM/12:50 PM: Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Si Woo Kim
  • 8:00 AM/1:00 PM: Chez Reavie, Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel

Recent History

Brandt Snedeker after winning the Wyndham Championship in 2018.

This tournament has a lot of guys playing and not playing year after year so there are very few with consistency besides Webb Simpson. The young guns have obviously never played here, and guys like Reed, Spieth, and Casey are playing here for the first time in awhile. Before we look at some track records, here’s the past four years of winners and runner-ups.

  • 2018: Brandt Snedeker (-21)
    • Runner Up: Webb Simpson, CT Pan (-18)
  • 2017: Henrik Stenson (-22)
    • Runner Up: Ollie Schniederjans (-21)
  • 2016: Si-Woo Kim (-21)
    • Runner Up: Luke Donald (-16)
  • 2015: Davis Love III (-17)
    • Runner Up: Jason Gore (-16)
  • Snedeker won in 2018, and he also won way back in 2007, although that was at a different course. Besides that he as a T3 in 2016 and T5 in 2014. 2015 he finished T43
  • Webb Simpson has gone T2, T3, T72, T6, T5 the past five years here. He also won in 2011.
  • Spieth hasn’t played here since 2013 were he finished second to Patrick Reed.
  • Patrick Reed hasn’t played here in two years, but finished T22 in 2016, and T24 in 2014. He had that win in 2013.
  • Paul Casey has a T3 in 2015, and T18 in 2014. But hasn’t played here since 2015.
  • Billy Horschel has played here the past four years and went T11, T60, T5, MC.
  • Hideki Matsuyama got T11 last year. Took 2017 off, finished T5 in 2016, and MC in 2015 and 2014.

The Course

Sedgefield Country Club is a 7,127 yard Par 70 course. The two Par 5’s on this course EASY. Last year, there were 70 eagles recorded on those two holes combined. The greens here are small and made out of Bermuda grass, but that hasn’t effected scoring in the past as you could tell from the scores of recent winners. What is telling here is driving accuracy, and good Par 4 scoring. So basically guys that hit the fairway, then have good irons (9, PW, W) to hit the greens in regulation. If someone finds a hot putter, they can go really low here. The course record is 59. Let’s take a look at some notable holes.

Hole #7: 223 Yard Par 3

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Long Par 3 here with a downhill tee shot. The green is basically surrounded by a creek, although you have to hit a pretty poor shot to get it in there.

Hole #12: 235 Yard Par 3

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Another long Par 3, I love long Par 3’s. This hole doesn’t have water but it has two deep bunkers on each side of the green.

Hole #15: 545 Yard Par 5

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Downhill tee shot where the players will have to avoid a creek. From there, they can get to the green in two but will have to navigate a few green side bunkers, and go over some water. The green also slopes from back to front, towards the water.

Picks

One & Done: Jordan Spieth. Haven’t sued him yet. Finished T20 the past two tournaments. Maybe he puts everything together, I have only four tournaments left to pick guys, gotta use the most talented guy in the field here.

Betting Winner: Patrick Reed (+2200), Kevin Streelman (+6600), Joaquin Niemann (+5000), Cameron Smith (+3500), Jordan Spieth (+1600)

Top 10: Alex Noren (+400), Si Woo Kim (+1200), Ryan Armour (+1100), Webb Simpson (+120), Viktor Hovland (+300)

Daily Fantasy Lineup:

  • Lucas Glover
  • Adam Hadwin
  • Si-Woo Kim
  • Martin laird
  • Roger Sloan
  • Jordan Spieth

One & Done Picks:

  1. Waste Management Open: Matt Kuchar – $293,467 (T4)
  2. Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Shane Lowry – $0 (Missed Cut)
  3. Genesis Open: Hideki Matsuyama – $177,600 (T9)
  4. WGC-Mexico: Jon Rahm –$65,000 (T45)
  5. The Honda Classic: Sergio Garcia – $183,700 (T9)
  6. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Rickie Fowler – $35,000 (T40)
  7. The Players: Jason Day –$350,000 (T8)
  8. The Valspar Championship: Webb Simpson – $0 (Missed Cut)
  9. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Brooks Koepka – $53,000 (T53)
  10. Valero Texas Open: Bud Cauley – $0 (Missed Cut)
  11. The Masters: Paul Casey – $0 (Missed Cut)
  12. RBC Heritage: Xander Schauffele – $15,559
  13. Zurich Classic: Patrick Reed –$0 (Missed Cut)
  14. Wells Fargo Championship: Tony Finau – $17,064 (T60)
  15. AT&T Byron Nelson: Keith Mitchell – $17,301
  16. The PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy – $264,395 (T8)
  17. Charles Schwab Challenge: Kevin Kisner – $0 (Missed Cut)
  18. The Memorial Tournament: Patrick Cantlay: $1,638,000 (WINNER)
  19. RBC Canadian Open: Henrik Stenson – $220,400 (T8)
  20. U.S. Open: Dustin Johnson –$57,853 (T35)
  21. Travelers Championship: Bryson Dechambeau – $194,400
  22. Rocket Mortgage Classic: Gary Woodland – $0 (MC)
  23. 3M Open: Joaquin Niemann – $49,105 (T23)
  24. John Deere Classic: Scott Brown – $0 (MC)
  25. British Open: Justin Rose – $91,350 (T20)
  26. WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Justin Thomas – $143,625 (T12)
  27. Wyndham Championship: Jordan Spieth –
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