The contenders in the Wyndham Championship 2021 will tee off earlier than planned and also will deal with a slower track at Sedgefield Country Club after overnight rains. The early tee times are in response to another round of storms that are expected later on Sunday.
Russell Henley is in the best spot going into Sunday’s final round, leading the tournament by three strokes over Tyler McCumber.
Henley shot a 126 in the first two rounds, tying the best 36-hole score on the PGA Tour this year, but posted a one-under 69 on Saturday to end the day at -15. He’s a three-time winner on the tour and is solidly in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, so there isn’t any further pressure on him Sunday that wouldn’t normally be on anyone looking to close out a victory, and he’s an overwhelming -130 favorite.
Henley said that he’s never been so far ahead in a tournament before, and he was dealing with some anxiety while trying to play it safe and retain the lead. “I’ve never had a four-shot lead, so just kind of dealing with all the thoughts that are not wanted in my head and just trying to focus on what I want to do,” Henley said. “These rounds are kind of what make and break really good tournaments, so I’m really thankful to be under par today.”
Henley is right that it’s hard to hold a lead, especially on Sunday. He’s the fourth golfer to lead a tournament after each of the first three rounds this season, and the previous three did not win the event (Sam Burns at the Genesis Invitational, Louis Oosthuizen at The Open Championship, and Harris English last week at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational). So, it may be worth a flier on the other competitors.
McCumber sits with Webb Simpson at +1500, and there are six golfers at -11—four shots behind Henley. Rory Sabbatini, Scott Piercy, and Roger Sloan are three of them who also started the weekend on the outside of the FedEx Cup playoff picture but could make it with a strong finish Sunday. Brandon Grace, Kevin Na, and Kevin Kisner are the others tied at -11.
Sabbatini (+1600) is worth a look, as he’s been playing great golf as of late. He won the silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics two weeks ago, and he’s now projected at No. 122 after starting the weekend at No. 141.
Among those who need a strong round on Sunday to advance to the playoffs next week is former FedEx Cup champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose, who is currently at 126th—the first man out of the 125-golfer field.
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