The Wyndham Championship is the last tournament before the FedEx Cup play-offs, bringing some added significance to the event contested at North Carolina’s Sedgefield Country Club.
There will be a desperate jostling for position this week, with some looking to put themselves in a good position ahead of the four-tournament series, and others trying to force their way into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings and qualify for the first play-off event, The Barclays.
Sedgefied is a well-know golf course with a reputation for good scoring, and whilst the course hasn’t been lengthened, the putting surfaces have been changed from Bentgrass to Champion Bermuda, increasing their speed and the amount of break on putts.
Last year, Webb Simpson triumphed with an 18-under-par total. He is a 12/1 favourite this week despite a missed cut at the PGA Championship, where he looked very rusty, meaning there is good value on some other players.
Carl Pettersson, at 16/1 with Ladbrokes, is rightfully one of the favourites. He contended at the US PGA last week, finishing in a tie for third, and currently sits 11th on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained – Putting. What’s more, he won at Sedgefield in 2008, and finished in a tie for 4th at the Wyndham last year.
Bill Haas, at 25/1 with Ladbrokes, looks to be coming back into form. He finished inside the top 20 at the Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and played some good golf last week. He has been working hard on his game of late, resides in the Carolinas and typically plays good golf at this time of year. Haas has a good record at the Wyndham and grew up on Bermuda greens.
Gary Woodland, at 50/1 with Ladbrokes, has the length to overpower this golf course. He has struggled this season and currently sits outside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings. He will be determined to make it into the play-offs, and that determination, coupled with confidence gained from a good showing at the PGA Championship, should propel him to a good finish this week.
Ken Duke, at 80/1 with Ladbrokes, has become one of the most consistent performers of 2012, with six top tens to his name. Four of those top tens came on Bermuda greens, so he is at home on this type of putting surface. He ranks 11th in Strokes Gained – Putting, third in Total Birdies and will be confident and relaxed heading into this week, having already secured his card for next season.
Greg Owen, at 100/1 with Ladbrokes, looks to be a good bet this week. He is sixth on the PGA Tour in Greens in Regulation, 28th in Birdie Average, and has two top tens and five top 25s to his name this season. Furthermore, all eight of his rounds at Sedgefield have been par or better.
Wyndham Championship advised bets:
2pts outright on Carl Pettersson at 14/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Bill Haas at 25/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Gary Woodland at 50/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Ken Duke at 80/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Greg Owen at 100/1 with Ladbrokes