The Wyndham Championship will be the last of the regular season PGA Tour stops and the top 125 players in the Fedex Cup standings will be confirmed for The Playoffs. 500pts are on offer for the winner at Sedgefield and those around the bubble will be looking to consolidate their places for The Barclays next week. Luke Donald and Charl Schwartzel - both priced at 51.00 - surprisingly occupy #124 and #125 in the rankings as things stand so they'll be looking for a strong showing.
We have a tougher than normal field in Greensboro this year. One of golf's rising stars Brooks Koepka (17.00) comes in as favourite off the back of fantastic year in the major championships, following a T5 at Whistling Straits. Par 4 scoring average will be key at Sedgefield and Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama - 21.00 - lies T3 in that stat. He's been loitering of late and another win looks on the cards. Reigning Fedex Cup Champ Billy Horschel - 26.00 - found some form last week sandwiching two rounds of 68 for a Top 25 finish. Local man Bill Haas - 26.00 - topped the GIR% stat here last year and narrowly missed out.
The course - Sedgefield Country Club
Sedgefield Country Club generally plays to a par of 70, circa 7,130 yards in length. An annual birdie fest, the Bermuda Grass strain took over on the greens in a remodelling process back in 2012 but low numbers still remain. Sedgefield is a lush, deeply tree-lined Donald Ross design. A feature of Ross designs is sloping greens and Sedgefield has a number of surfaces that run from back to front with numerous catchment areas. Many are protected by white sands and there’s a premium on positioning off the tee. We will see a lot of players use 3-woods and even irons for accuracy. Interestingly, both GIR% and scrambling are prominent stats on recent leaderboards.
Three from the pack
Brandt Snedeker - 19.00 or 4.75 - is one of the first players I look at annually at Sedgefield. First up, he's openly admitted a strong liking for Donald Ross designs in the past. The tracks tend to fit his eye and set up well for his game. A rank of fifth in scrambling is a strong reason why: with all the run offs at Sedgefield, there will be plenty of up and downs required. Greens are set to run at 12' on the stimp and Brandt seems to be back to his best with the flat stick this year, lying seventh in strokes gained putting. Winner of the Wyndham at Forest Oaks, the American also owns three top 10s at Sedgefield. He comes here off the back of a confidence building T12 at the PGA Championship
Webb Simpson - 26.00 or 6.00 - is another previous winner, but at Sedgefield in 2011. Simpson has an average finish of 9.4 in his last five appearances here. The Wake Forest alum and North Carolina native is well and truly at home on the track in question. Webb is currently simmering with T40, T25 and T54 finishes at the Open, WGC Bridgestone and US PGA. Simpson is 30th in scoring average and 18th in scrambling.
Carl Pettersson - 41.00 or 9.00 - is a member and a course specialist on this track. He owns both the tournament low (259) and the course record low (61). He hit these en route to winning the inaugural Sedgefield hosted Wyndham Championship in 2008. The big Swede has recorded two top fours here since and leads the all-time earnings at this event. Pettersson was bang in the mix again here last year after opening 67-65 but stalled in round three and carded a T18 finish. The North Carolina resident has notched top 5 finishes at the Travelers Championship and the Quicken Loans National in recent weeks. He lies 34th in scrambling in 2015.
David Toms - 101.0 or 19.00 - is an extremely live sleeper pick this week. He recovered from a slight wrist injury to post progressive 19-5 finishes at Barbasol and the Barracuda. In Reno, Toms ranked ninth in driving accuracy, fifth in GIR% and third in par breakers. He missed the cut at Whistling Straits but Sedgefield is much more suited to Toms' game. The veteran's form line here reads 2-17-mc-16-18 since 2010.