Following the FedEx St Jude last week, where the best of the best were in action, the PGA Tour train travels on to its final destination before the FedEx Cup playoffs, which is the Wyndham Championship. 2020 winner Jim Herman will be looking to defend his crown, but he’s not the only previous winner in the field.
PGA Tour Wyndham Championship General Information:
- Date: Thursday, August 12th – Sunday, August 15th, 2021
- TV-Time: Golf Channel, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Venue: Sedgefield Country Club
- Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
- Cut: 45 golfers
- Price Money: $6,400,000 ($1,125,000 1st Place)
- Winner last year: Jim Herman
Tournament, Conditions & Course Info
The Wyndham Championship takes place at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, where plenty of sun is expected over the first few days of play, though forecast rain on the Saturday and Sunday could add to the test.
Ahead of the FedEx Cup playoffs many of the top players won’t feature here, though there’s no shortage of talent with the likes of Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns, both of whom narrowly missed out in a play-off last week, playing, while other big names include Tommy Fleetwood, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.
Measuring out at 7,127 yards, Sedgefield Country Club isn’t a course that demands distance off the tee, but accuracy is important, while precise approach has always been one of requirements to win here. As has been the case in each of the recent renewals of this tournament, strokes gained: approach is paramount. None of the last four winners have ended the week ranking lower than fourth in that category.
Expert Pick #1 – Sungjae Im to Finish Top 10 @+350
Sungjae Im has been in steady form of late, making the cut in each of his last six events, but it’s not his recent form that makes him stand out as a bet here. Instead, it’s his previous form at this venue, where he played very well in both 2019 and 2020.
Finishing sixth in 2019 on his Wyndham Championship debut and ninth last year, the South Korean has shown a fondness for Sedgefield Country Club, and he has the game to do well here again. He ranks eighth in this field for driving accuracy on the PGA Tour, which is positive given the need for accuracy off the tee that this course demands, while he ranks third for strokes gained: total at this venue in the last five seasons. Such a stat is hard to ignore. Those looking for a solid top ten option could do far worse than Im, who is yet to finish outside of the top ten in this tournament.
Fedex Cup Rank: 28 | Fedex Cup Points: 1,141 | OWGR: 30
Expert Pick #2 – Si-Woo Kim to Finish Top 20 @+210
Onto the second pick and it’s another South Korean who gets the nod. Si-Woo Kim hasn’t been in great form of late, but like his compatriot, he has a clear liking for this place, so much so that you might call him a horse for this course.
The winner of this event back in 2016, Kim finished fifth in 2019 and third last season, so it’s fair to say that he’s got plenty of positive form in the book. What he also has are an excellent set of strokes gained numbers, ranking fifth in this field for the all-important strokes gained: approach, as well as fourth for strokes gained: tee-to-green.
A man who knows how to plot his way round Sedgefield Country club, the 26-year-old is worthy of support to finish inside the top 20, especially at what appear to be slightly generous odds.
Fedex Cup Rank: 38 | Fedex Cup Points: 1,015 | OWGR: 54
Expert Pick #3 – Ryan Armour to Finish Top 20 @+1600
Let’s get right into it. There’s no way that Ryan Armour should be priced this big to break into the top 20. Like the other two picks, Armour knows how to do well at this venue. The American has finished inside the top 20 in two of the last four renewals of this tournament, finishing fourth in 2017 and eighth in 2018, and while he didn’t make the top 20 in either of the last two seasons, he was very close, finishing 22nd and 25th.
We know this is a course for accurate drivers, so the fact that Armour ranks fourth on the PGA Tour for driving accuracy bodes well, while his strokes gained data is strong too. The man who recently finished inside the top ten in both the 3m Open and the Barbasol Championship ranks as the fifth-best in this field in terms of strokes gained: total at Sedgefield Country Club.
At the end of the day, if you’re looking for an outsider with genuine top 20 hopes, the Ryan Armour is your man.
Fedex Cup Rank: 121 | Fedex Cup Points: 434 | OWGR: 201
2021 Wyndham Championship Odds
*Odds as of 08/10/21 at 3:24 pm ET
2021 Wyndham Championship Additional Picks
Webb Simpson (+350)
Webb Simpson finished strongly last week to narrowly miss out on a top ten place in the fiercely competitive FedEx St Jude Invitational and with many of the big-name players missing out, his task isn’t as hard this week.
On paper, Simpson is the man to beat having won this event in 2011, finishing inside the top ten on no fewer than seven other occasions. Recent renewals have proved that the North Carolina native is still a force to be reckoned with on this track. He’s finished either second or third in each of the last four years, so as top five options go, Webb Simpson is about as solid as it gets.
Hideki Matsuyama (+250)
There are few players in better form than the 2021 Masters winner right now. After losing out in a play-off for Bronze at the Olympics, Matsuyama once again played his way into contention last week in the FedEx St Jude, shooting -7 on the final day, only to lose in a play-off again.
Has form here, finishing third in 2015 and 11th in 2017, while he ranks highly in both strokes gained: approach and strokes gained: tee-to-green. Of those in this field, only Louis Oosthuizen is ranked higher in the world rankings, so don’t be surprised if this elite player once again finishes high up the leaderboard.
Kevin Na (+240)
A player in solid form having finished 23rd and second in his last two events, Kevin Na has the game to do well this week.
In this field he gains more strokes on average at this venue, or at least has done in the last five seasons, than all but one other player, which is why he’s not finished lower than 10th in either of his last two appearances at the Wyndham Championship.
Sungjae Im (+4000)
During his short time on the PGA Tour so far, Sungjae Im has played some of his best golf at this venue, and he’s tended to come out of the gate quickly too.
In two appearances at Sedgefield Country Club, Im has held the lead after the first round on one occasion and been inside the top five at the end of day one on the other. As a man who ticks plenty of boxes ahead of this week, the South Korean is up there with the best FRL bets.
The Big Hero
Ryan Moore (+9000)
If you’re looking for a small play on a big outsider this week, then Ryan Moore could be your man at odds of +9000.
Moore probably isn’t your typical +9000 shot as he’s won this tournament previously. It is now over 12 years since he emerged victorious in Greensboro, but he’s posted plenty of encouraging efforts since, finishing inside the top ten twice since 2015, while his strokes gained number suggest he’s certainly capable of outplaying his huge price tag.
In the last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs, there are plenty of players with chances, but few look to have better credentials for the test this week than South Korean pair Sungjae Im and Si-Woo Kim, who both have lots of encouraging form at Sedgefield Country Club.