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Wyndham Championship betting tips – who wins at Sedgefield?

It’s the last regular season event of the PGA Tour season. Who will come out on top at the Wyndham Championship?

 

It’s a make-or-break week for many as the PGA Tour’s regular season concludes with the Wyndham Championship.

Those outside the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings are aiming to make a move up to reach the Playoffs.

But who will win at Sedgefield Country Club? Matt Coles takes a look at some of those aiming to lift the trophy on Sunday…

Wyndham Championship betting tips and preview

Venue: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina
Date: August 3-6, 2023
Course stats: Par 71, 7,078 yards
Course summary: Opened in 1926, the course is the only designed by Donald Ross to be on the PGA Tour schedule. A longer back nine, including two 500+ yard par-4s, will be sure to test the field throughout the week.
Defending champion: Tom Kim (-20)

Wyndham Championship betting tips

Hideki Matsuyama @ 18/1 with William Hill

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is trending in the right direction as he aims to assure himself of a place in the latter stages of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

After winning three times in a nine-month spell in 2021 and 2022, Hideki Matsuyama is yet to win again.

He became the first Japanese male player to win a major tournament when he was victorious at the Masters in 2021. Wins at the Zozo Championship and the Sony Open in Hawaii shortly followed, but he has now gone 18 months without a victory. That might well change this week.

Matsuyama currently sits in 56th in the FedEx Cup standings and he is basically guaranteed a spot in the first Playoff event, the FedEx St Jude Championship. The formers Masters champion will be aiming to move up into the top 50 to assure himself of a berth in the BMW Championship a week later.

Matsuyama finished T30 at the 3M Open in Minnesota, but had it not been for a poor third round, where he was one-over, he may well have been inside the top ten. During the other three rounds, he was high up on the Strokes Gained list, and if that continues this week, Matsuyama could very well be back in the winners’ circle.

J.T. Poston @ 25/1

Another man in good form is J.T. Poston. He also happens to have won at Sedgefield Country Club in the past, having shot an aggregate record 22-under-par 258 to win by a single stroke in 2019. That was his first PGA Tour victory, and he won again last year at the John Deere Classic.

After missing back-to-back cuts at the US Open and Travelers Championship, Poston has three top-ten finishes in his last four tournaments. In his attempts to defend his John Deere Classic title, he came home in a tie for 6th. He travelled to the UK, and also finished T6 at the Genesis Scottish Open.

Following a T41 finish at the year’s last major, the Open Championship, Poston then showed some of his best golf in Minnesota. He made the journey to TPC Twin Cities from Royal Liverpool, and finished in a tie for 2nd alongside Martin Laird and Kevin Streelman.

Poston knows his way around the par-71 Sedgefield Country Club course and, with three top-tens in the last couple of months, he is a favourite this week to win a third PGA Tour title.

Alex Smalley each way @ 50/1

Alex Smalley Wyndham Championship

Sitting a couple of places above Poston in the FedEx Cup rankings is Alex Smalley. This might seem like an outside pick, but Smalley is a member of the Sedgefield Country Club – this week’s venue for the Wyndham Championship.

Playing on home turf, the 26-year-old has a big advantage. He will have played this course hundreds of times in the past and the boost of performing in front of friends and family.

The Duke University graduate has two top tens in his last four events on Tour, including a runners-up result, the second of his career. Smalley came home T9 at the Travelers Championship, before then finishing in a tie for 2nd at the John Deere Classic as Sepp Straka made that incredible charge on the final day.

Home field advantage, a top-15 finish last year and playing arguably the best golf of his career – could this be the week that Smalley gets over the line to claim a maiden PGA Tour victory?

Best of the rest…

Adam Scott, Shane Lowry and Justin Thomas: All three require a solid week to have a chance of making the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The trio all currently sit outside the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings and need at least a top ten finish to get in.

Scott finished runner-up at the Wyndham Championship in 2021 and, at 22/1, he could be a solid bet for another PGA Tour win.

At 25/1, Lowry has finished in the top 20 in four of his last five events on American soil. JT is the man in trouble. He has been in poor form recently, but with the pressure of making the Playoffs, this could be the week he turns it around. At 30/1, it’s the highest price for Thomas at a PGA Tour event for some time.

Ludvig Aberg: A young Swede making waves on the PGA Tour in his debut season, he has only played 11 times but already has a T4 finish to his name.

That came at the John Deere Classic at the beginning of July. His name has been thrown around for a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup. Another 30/1 shot for the Wyndham Championship, if he was to win this week then it would certainly give European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald something to think about.

Akshay Bhatia: Fresh off his first career win at the Barracuda Championship a couple of weeks ago, could Akshay Bhatia make it two wins in quick succession? The young left-hander is 66/1 for the Wyndham Championship this week and after a victory in the modified stableford format, he will be after his first stroke play win on the PGA Tour.

Fancy a punt on this week’s action? Take a look at the latest odds with William Hill.

What do you think? Who is going to do well at Sedgefield Country Club this week? Let me know with a tweet.

Wyndham Championship betting

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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