Regular PGA Tour season comes to an end in North Carolina
With just 125 places available in the lucrative end of season play-offs, this week marks the final chance for Tour players to book their spot. With many of the big names already assured of their place it is not the strongest field ever assembled, but there is a sprinkling of stardust in North Carolina including Tiger Woods who is making his first appearance at the event.
Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Wyndham Championship.
Low scores expected at Sedgfield with so much at stake
For the ninth season in a row, the Wyndham Championship is the final chance for players to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs, which start next week. The Wyndham is the final stop on the regular Tour season and there are lots of players for whom a place in the play-offs – and their place in the Tour itself – could come down to one event.
What this means is that there are likely to be some low scores this week on a course that offers plenty of birdie opportunities. Sedgefield was the easiest par 70 on Tour last year (at -0.79 strokes to par) and the field averaged around 70 per cent in greens in regulation.
Last year’s winner Camilo Villegas led the field in scrambling last year and it’s worth noting that all but two of the 11 golfers inside the top 10 finished the tournament inside the top 15 in scrambling.
Your golf betting favourites
Last week we suggested that Brooks Koepka should be on your list of players to follow at the US PGA Championships. The 25 year old offered great each-way value at 39/1 and backers were rewarded when a 6 under par final round saw the European Tour’s 2014 Rookie of the Year finish in a share of 5th place.
Had it not been for an opening round 73 then Koepka would have challenged for the title and the American has now recorded top 20 finishes in his last six events around the world. On current form there are few better and he shot a 64 on his debut at this event last year. Keopka is the 14/1 favourite.
If you’re looking for a man who is the perfect horse for this course then it could pay to back Brandt Snedeker. The 2007 Wyndham champion has enjoyed three further top 10 finishes since his victory and he placed an excellent T5 last year.
Snedeker is coming into form after a T12 in the PGA Championship and can go well here at 17/1.
It is surely only a matter of time before Justin Thomas wins on the PGA Tour and after a great recent run he could break his duck this weekend.
The 22 year old’s last three finishes are T5, T4 and T18 and 17 of his last 18 rounds of tournament golf have been par or better. He’s only played the tournament once – in 2009 as an amateur – but he offers excellent value at 22/1.
Tiger among your golf betting outsiders
One man currently outside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup race and set to miss out on the lucrative end of season play-offs is Tiger Woods. The former world number one has provided a boost to the Wyndham organisers by announcing he will play at the event for the first time and only a tournament win will guarantee Woods his place in the play-offs.
“I need to get more consistent with everything and start stringing together not just holes, not just rounds, but tournaments,” said Woods. “That’s why this tournament is important to me. Hopefully I can win and get in the Playoffs and start playing a bunch of golf.”
Woods is 49/1 to win and save his season while another former world number one, Luke Donald, is the same price. Donald currently sits 124th in the FedEx Cup race (“well inside!” the top 125, he says) and needs a good performance to extend his season.
Cameron Smith may not yet be a household name but the young Australian rookie has been going about his business in an effective fashion over the last few weeks and could be one to watch this week.
The 22 year old has finished inside the top 25 at the two final majors of the season, following up a T4 at the US Open with an impressive T25 at the US PGA. He has made six of his last seven cuts and would rank in the top 10 of Tour players for ‘birdies or better’ if he qualified.
Smith is a terrific each-way bet at 69/1.
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