August 13 – 16
Sedgefield Country Club, Ross Course
Par 70, 7127 yards
Greensboro, North Carolina
This week the PGA Tour moves into North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship, an established fixture on the calendar and founded 82 years ago as the Greater Greensboro Open. The course was designed by the well-respected architect Donald Ross and in recent years has been an easy test for the professionals with circa twenty-one under par needed to win.
Donald Ross did design the course in Detroit that has hosted the Rocket Mortgage Classic for the past two seasons and there is often a correlation between players that perform well on his courses to use this week plus strong results correlation that has been found between Sedgefield Country Club and several others particularly Hilton Head Golf Links that hosts the Heritage Classic.
With the FedEx Playoffs looming we have a stronger field than previous years. How will that affect our bets this week?
Certainly, we need to respect the top of the market more than previous years when +50000 shots Davis Love and Arjun Atwal have been a couple of big shock outsiders to win. There is though a problem for many of the leading players who had a tough tournament at last week’s PGA Championship at Harding Park TPC, San Francisco.
The one leading player of the current season that can always be relied upon to tee it up at the Wyndham Championship is Webb Simpson. A winner here back in 2011 he has five other top 6 finishes here to illustrate his liking for Sedgefield Country Club. We know he has been in superb form in 2020 with an impressive win pre-Covid-19 at the Phoenix Open and a win pre-Covid-19 at the Heritage Classic. Simpson arrives here in probably the best form of his career, so he requires the utmost respect.
Brandt Snedeker is the other course favourite worthy of a mention this week, champion here in 2007 and 2018 he has a long-standing bond with Donald Ross designs on the PGA Tour. His post-Covid-19 form has been a concern after a superb start to 2020 at the Sony Open and Farmers Insurance Open. Last week at the PGA Championship was more encouraging for Snedeker particularly in round 2 with a round of 66 and the chance to draw on the many good memories this week can only be a plus as Brandt Snedeker attempts to restore equilibrium to his game.
If Si Woo Kim hadn’t played seven successive weeks, I would be smashing into him for a second title here having been the 2016 champion and 5th last year. He has been simmering under the surface of many leaderboards in recent weeks without reaching the higher echelons. If he is not feeling the effects of fatigue Kim has to be worth a small win bet twinned with the top 20 market this week.
PGA Golf Picks and Predictions
- Brandt Snedeker – Win @ +4000
- Brandt Snedeker – Top 5 @ +900
- Si Woo Kim – Win @ +3300
- Si Woo Kim – Top 20 @ +200
PGA Golf Banker
A player I’m keen to support in the place and match bet markets this week is Brice Garnett who is developing a strong affinity for the course in recent season’s with three top 20 finishes with a best 6th in 2019 when he held a winning opportunity before the final round. He is already a winner on the PGA Tour in 2018 when he took the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. He won twice in 2017 on the Korn Ferry Tour; at the Utah Championship and Portland Open to gain promotion to the PGA Tour. He has become a solid journeyman professional and at the age of thirty-seven is a late bloomer.
Already in 2020, he has accumulated three top 20 finishes and importantly was 26th at this last tournament; the 3M Open. With all that information to hand it makes him our banker play this week with a small stake as our longshot. Bet on Brandt
Ryan Armour would have been close to our banker pick this week but on a run of three missed cuts in succession, our mood is tempered slightly. That said before the three missed cuts he looked in superb form at the Travelers Championship and Rocket Mortgage Classic where he was 6th and 4th respectively. He was 4thin 2017 and 8th in 2018 at the Wyndham Championship on a course that suits him well.
It has been a long time since Kevin Kisner won a strokeplay event, in fact, we have to go back to the Colonial of 2017, over three years ago now. He has however won the World Matchplay last season and his consistency has accounted for thirteen top 10 and another eight top 20 finishes in his eighty PGA Tournaments since that last win.
Last week at the PGA Championship he played solidly and has previously expressed a liking Sedgefield Country Club that has been illustrated by a couple of top 10 finishes in previous years makes him a strong selection in Match Bets, place markets and Top American this week.
PGA Golf Banker
- Brice Garnett – Top 20 @ +450
- PGA Golf Pick
- Kevin Kisner – Top American @ +2000
- Kevin Kisner – Top 10 @ +350
PGA Match Bet
- Kevin Kisner to beat Shane Lowry @ -110
- Si Woo Kim to beat Jordan Spieth @ +109
PGA Golf Longshot
- Brice Garnett – Win @ +10000