At the halfway stage of this year’s Wyndham Championship, the tournament is wide open.
With the majority of top PGA stars opting not to play this week, this year’s Wyndham has allowed some of the tour’s lesser lights to notch a rare victory.
The leaderboard is tightly stacked with 66 players within seven shots of the lead which is currently held by a trio of players.
Leading the field on -9 are Kim Joo-Hyung, Brandon Wu and Ryan Moore. Hot on their tails and one stroke behind is another trio of players which are led by Sung Jae-Im and Russel Henley. Another three players will start day two behind on -7.
For those towards the top of the leaderboard, the round of the day belonged to Kim Joo-Hyung who shot an impressive six under, 64.
The fact the South Korean leads the way is impressive. He started his tournament disastrously with a quadruple bogey, however since then he has been playing some blistering golf.
Ryan Moore used to be a fixture inside the world’s top 100, but some poor form and injuries have curtailed his career and he now finds himself down at 414 in the rankings. Through two rounds it looks like Moore has rediscovered some of his best form and after starting his tournament with successive bogeys he has kept his card clean ever since.
Both Sung Jae-Im and Russell Henley will hope to pressurise the leaders today and both have been impressive. Henley is the only player in the field not to have recorded a single dropped shot and a repeat of that over the weekend will see him in the mix.
Despite sitting a shot off the pace it’s Sung Jae-Im who is the current bookie’s favourite. The South Korean tends to play most weeks but his form has been up and down. His second round contained three bogeys and you feel Im will need more consistency if he is to win for the third time.
Carrying great momentum into the weekend is Im’s countryman Kim Joo-Hyung. Despite being a lesser known name, Hyung shouldn’t be slept on as the South Korean has recorded top ten finishes in two of his last four events and finished a respectable 23rd at this year’s US Open.
Rounding off the top three in the betting is Russell Henley. Henley often finds himself in this position and has developed a reputation for being one of the most consistent players on Tour. It’s not uncommon to find Henley near the top of the approach play charts, but he will need to take his chances if he is to emerge victorious this weekend.
This really is a tournament that is wide open and there are several established names at big prices further down the betting list.
Tyrell Hatton will start his third round four shots off the leaders and the Englishman will be hoping to mount a weekend charge. This is Hatton’s first event since finishing 11th at The Open and he will be hoping to build on that positive showing here.
The highest ranked player in the field this week is American Billy Horschel and he starts the day five strokes off the lead. Horschel won this year’s Memorial and is one of the finest putters on Tour. If he can get the flat stick working he could rocket up the leaderboard and play a major part in proceedings.