The PGA Tour regular season winds up in North Carolina and Steve Carroll is on hand to relay his Wyndham Championship betting tips
All set for the FedEx Cup play-offs? Well, there’s one more week of jockeying for position before the final field is revealed. So let’s see if we can go out with a bang with our Wyndham Championship betting tips…
The venue: Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Date: August 1-4, 2019
Course stats: Par 70, 7,127 yards
Course summary: The 12th year Sedgefield has hosted the tournament, this Donald Ross course is known for its small and undulating greens. Accuracy, and proximity to the hole, when approaching the greens will probably be a more important statistic than putting.
Purse: $6.2 million
Defending champion: Brandt Snedeker (-21)
Thursday: Featured groups, Sky Sports Golf, 6pm; Sky Sports Golf, 8pm; Sky Sports Main Event, 10.15pm
Friday: Featured groups, Sky Sports Golf, 6pm; Sky Sports Golf, 8pm; Sky Sports Main Event, 10.15pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 7pm; Sky Sports Main Event, 10pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 7pm; Sky Sports Main Event, 7.30pm
Wyndham Championship betting tips: Steve’s players to follow
Webb Simpson (11/1 with bet365) left himself with just a little bit too much to do to reel in Brooks Koepka, but a fabulous closing 64 at the WGC-Fed Ex St Jude Invitational should leave him perfectly primed to challenge at one of his favourite venues.
Tied runner-up last year at Sedgefield CC, Simpson boasts one of the best records in the field on this track – and must have a huge chance after last week’s heroics.
The winner here eight years ago, Simpson has only missed out on a top 10 finish twice in his last nine appearances and one of those saw him come home in 11th.
He stats well in all the metrics that would seem to matter at this North Carolina course. Twentieth in strokes gained approaching the green, 18th tee to green, 14th around the green and 21st in putting, it would be a surprise if he tanked this week.
Particularly since, in 17 PGA Tour events this season, he’s made 16 cuts with 11 top 25s and five top 5s.
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker (25/1) is also primed to put in another strong performance.
His record is certainly the rival of Simpson’s and last year’s victory followed a 3rd place finish in 2016, 5th in 2014 and two further top 5s in the last decade.
The 40-year-old may have missed the cut at the Open but he finished up nicely in Memphis with a closing 66 to climb to the coattails of the top 20.
Tied 5th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and tied 4th at the Canadian Open, Snedeker is ranked 3rd in strokes gained around the green, 8th in putting and should be feeling pretty good about his game at a venue where he is incredibly comfortable.
Coming off his best major performance in 12 years, Rory Sabbatini (40/1) is an interesting prospect.
The Slovakian finished tied 16th at Royal Portrush, continuing a season that has seen rise into the top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings.
After a run of three top 10s in four events in May and June – including the Byron Nelson – Sabbatini produced a very nice week to finished tied 3rd at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Four solid days in Northern Ireland, and a week off, sees him return to a venue where he was 4th in 2017 and 8th in 2013.
He hasn’t played here much but he has generally looked the part when turning up. Don’t be fooled by last year’s tied 57th. Sabbatini was doing pretty nicely again, helped by a third-round 64, until a closing 74 saw him plummet 44 places down the leaderboard.
Alex Noren (40/1) needs a strong week to stay in the FedEx Cup Play-offs but the signs are there that the prolific European Tour winner is starting to nicely return to form.
It’s been a depressing summer stateside for the Swede but tied 11th at the Open and tied 12th last week at the St Jude mean his playoff ambitions are in his own hands.
Currently last of the 125 who will get into the Northern Trust next week, this is Noren’s debut at Sedgefield CC. He’ll not want his season to end here.
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