Wyndham ChampionshipTees Off: Thursday, August 15
Sedgefield Country Club – Greensboro, NC
|FIELD (Any other golfer)||11-to-5|
The final tune-up before the FedEx Cup Playoffs tees off in North Carolina, as Sedgefield hosts the Wyndham Championship for the sixth consecutive year. This field has its typical lack of star power, but there should be plenty of excitement as the week shapes up as another wide-open shootout. Here are the week’s best bets…
Bill Haas (18/1): Haas seems to have found his footing in an uneven season. Since the beginning of June, he has four top-10's and five top-25's over seven starts (the other two being missed cuts at majors). He’s gone top-10 in two of his past four starts at Sedgefield, including a T7 last year.
Webb Simpson (15/1): The 2011 champion at Sedgefield, Simpson has had a solid summer even though he’s still searching for his first win of 2013. He’s gone top-25 in three of his past five starts, including a T5 at the Travelers. Last year, it looked like he was going to make a run at another title at Sedgefield, opening with a 66-63 before fading to a T22 finish.
Brandt Snedeker (12/1): Snedeker hasn’t quite built off his win at the RBC Canadian three weeks ago, going T33 at the Bridgestone Invitational and T66 at Oak Hill last week. But he has two top-10's at the Wyndham since the tournament moved back to Sedgefield in 2008, and he had a solid T28 finish last year. Seemingly healthy, he’s one of the best in this field. The faster greens installed at Sedgefield last year emphasize the importance of a strong short game, which is Snedeker’s calling card.
Tim Clark (40/1): Last year’s runner-up at Sedgefield, Clark finished two strokes behind Sergio Garcia while shooting a 63 and three 67's. He also posted a T6 here in 2008. Despite a rough summer so far (since a T7 at Colonial, he’s missed two cuts and finished no better than T44 over five starts), he has a shot to contend this week.
Carl Pettersson (50/1): Pettersson has had a rough go of it this year (no top-25's since March), but he has owned Sedgefield in the past. Last year, he opened with a 62 before settling for a T4 finish after three straight 68s. He won in the tournament’s return to Sedgefield in 2008 – his 61 that year still stands as a course record – and he went T4 in 2011.