This weekend’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina is a significant stop on the PGA Tour because it marks the last chance for many golfers to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which start next week.
The top 125 golfers in the standings qualify, and many big names who are ranked in the top-50 in the world may not participate based on their performance on tour this season. Included in those are Ricky Fowler, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, and Tommy Fleetwood. It will be interesting to see if anyone in this group is aggressive and goes for the top of the leaderboard or if they will play it safe, try to make the cut, and finish as high as possible without taking too many risks that could sink their playoff chances.
Sedgefield has been a birdie haven in recent years, as players have won at -21 or -22 in each of the last five years despite it being a par-70 course. Without many par 5s, accuracy is key off the tee and on the approach. A solid putter is also a necessity to rack up birdies. Jim Herman won last year with a 259 (-21), and J.T. Poston and Henrik Stenson share the course record at 258 (-22), which they set in 2019 and 2017, respectively.
Webb Simpson (+1100) is the betting favorite after Louis Oosthuizen was a late dropout. Simpson is safely in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, but he is ranked No. 13 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, so a solid effort here will boost him into that field. Simpson was runner-up at Sedgefield two years ago and has top 20s in his last two tournaments—last month’s Open Championship and the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last week.
Will Zalatoris (+1800) is one player who will be aggressive in going for a victory because, despite being ranked No. 29 in the world, he needs to win to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. That’s because he doesn’t have his PGA Tour card yet even though he has had an amazing season. He will have it next year regardless, but it would be nice to see him be rewarded for a great season by reaching the playoffs. Like Simpson, he also has Ryder Cup positioning at stake.
Hideki Matsuyama, despite not winning recently, is also on a hot streak and one of the favorites here at +1200. His strokes-per-round average from tee to green stands at 2.4 over his last 20 rounds, and no other golfer is better than 1.6. If his putter cooperates, he could easily win here after contending at the Olympics and reaching a sudden-death playoff last week at the WGC-St. Jude.
|GOLFER||ODDS TO WIN 2021 WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Charl Schwartzel / Tommy Fleetwood||+3500|
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