The Chalk: Webb Simpson (+1000) – Simpson won this event back in 2011 and is coming off of a second-place finish at the St. Jude invitational last week. The Wyndham will be skipped by some of the top players, most notably Brooks Koepka, who are in no jeopardy of missing the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, and Simpson falls into this category. Kind of makes you wonder why he’s entering in the first place, although perhaps he is looking to better his T2 finish in this event last year, which makes him a chalky selection in our Wyndham Championship picks.
Needs a Win: Jordan Spieth (+1600) – Many of the best online sportsbooks are dealing Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey, and Collin Morikawa all ahead of the 2015 PGA Tour Player of the Year and FedEx Cup champion in their Wyndham Championship odds. It’s not all that surprising considering that Spieth has had only one PGA Tour event in which he has placed in the top five this season. This field will be a bit marginalized due to some of the top-tier players taking a rest before the FedEx Cup, which makes Spieth a big fish in a somewhat small pool.
Defending Champ: Brandt Snedeker (+2500) – Last year’s Wyndham winner shot a 21 under par over the four-day event and was three shots better than second-place finishers Webb Simpson and CT Pan. Snedeker sneaks a bit under the radar in most tourneys but he has an affinity for the track at Sedgefield and could find himself at the top of the leaderboard once again this year.
Gator Time: Billy Horschel (+2800) – If you chat with Billy Horschel for any length of time you will soon find out he is a proud alumnus of the University of Florida. But what he might not mention is that he has never won a major and traditionally fares much better in lower stake’s tournaments. Last year he tied for 11th at the Wyndham with a combined 14 under par and took him home a cool 200 G’s for his ninth-place finish at the St. Jude Invitational last week. The 32-year-old pro is a money player who makes a nice chunk of change living on the edges of the major events and raking it in on the minor tournaments. Although the Wyndham Championship is not a third-tier event by any stretch, it will be without some of the more notable players which could give a guy like Horschel the giddy up he needs to place high in this one.
Aussie Strikes: Cameron Smith (+3300) – After taking seventh place at the Wyndham Championship in 2017, the 25-year-old Aussie skipped the tournament last year but is back to take another crack at a course he has openly admired since he was introduced to it a few years ago. Smith has sharpened up his game recently and came 12th at the St. Jude Invitational last week after finishing 20th at the British Open the week before. This is a course that plays well to his strengths and could be a perfect fit at some rather generous odds.