Final chance for leading Tour players to qualify for FedEx Cup play-offs.
It’s crunch time this weekend for dozens of PGA Tour professionals. The Wyndham Championship is the last PGA Tour event before the playoffs for the FedEx Cup and only the top 125 in the standings will qualify and earn fully exempt status in 2015 (as do the top 125 in earnings).
There is plenty to play for and a winner’s purse approaching $1 million. Keep reading for our preview of the 2014 Wyndham Championship.
Par 70 course suits big-hitters
The Wyndham has been hosted at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina since 2008 and is often won with a score well under par. Carl Petterson shot a combined 259 on the way to winning the tournament six years ago and also holds the course record at 61.
Players with good GIR stats are likely to do well at Sedgefield, as are those who can pick up strokes on the green.
The favourites for the Wyndham Championship
Many of the sport’s big names are taking a week off after the US PGA Championships and ahead of the play-offs. So, this is a great chance for a lesser known player to make a tournament breakthrough, as Patrick Reed did twelve months ago.
Since then, Reed has won a further two tournaments on the Tour and appears to have shaken off a dip in form earlier this year when he missed four out of five cuts. He has recorded top 30 finishes in three of his last five events including an excellent T4 at the WGC Bridgestone.
The defending champion could certainly go well again this weekend and is the 19/1 second favourite.
After a slow start to the year there are signs in recent weeks that Brandt Snedeker is beginning to find some of his best form. The 34 year old hasn’t missed a cut since May and has finished his last three tournaments at a combined 22 under par.
Snedeker shot a 66 and 67 at the US PGA for a share of 13th place, following up a T12 finish at the WGC Bridgestone. With six top 25 finishes in his last seven starts and two previous top 10 finishes at Sedgefield he looks the man to beat. The man from Nashville is the 12/1 favourite.
Japanese favourite Hideki Matsuyama has quietly risen to the world’s top 20 – he currently ranks 18th – and is another player on a solid run of form. The 22 year old won his maiden Tour title in June at the Memorial and since then he has made four straight cuts and hasn’t finished outside the top 40.
Ignoring the anomaly of the US Open, Matsuyama has finished under par in his last seven events and was placed 15th on his debut at the Wyndham in 2013. He could be one to watch at 19/1.
Some outsiders to consider in the betting for the Wyndham
Backing a man who has struggled in a strong field and who has missed four cuts in his last five events may not seem like a great decision, but the 75/1 available on John Huh demands closer inspection.
The 24 year old was 9 over par at the halfway stage at the US PGA last weekend but it is his performance the previous week and his record at Sedgefield which are more interesting. He finished T3 at the Barracuda Championship in Reno a fortnight ago and has recorded top 20 finishes in both his visits to Sedgefield.
Indeed, Huh hit a career-best 62 in the second round of the Wyndham last year on his way to a third place finish. This is certainly an event that he likes and so a small each-way investment at 75/1 could pay dividends.
Floridian Brooks Koepka needs a good result in order to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs and the 24 year old comes into this event on the back of some good recent form.
The 24 year old finished T4 at the US Open, his fifth top 25 finish of the season. Since then he hasn’t missed a cut and finished T15 at the US PGA last weekend. He ranks sixth on the Tour in driving distance – an important factor at Sedgefield – and ranked T6 at the US PGA in greens hit.
Koepka has yet to win on the PGA tour but could make the breakthrough this weekend at 35/1.
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