Rob Taylor (@RobTaylorSport) previews The Wyndham Championship and provides us with his best bets for this week’s event in America.
- 2019 Profit & Loss: +28.2pts
2019 The Wyndham Championship Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 01/08/19
- Time: First tee off 12pm (GMT)
- Venue: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Channel: Sky Sports Golf
Brooks Koepka may have won at a canter on Sunday at the WGC FedEx St Jude, but it was Webb Simpson who had all of my attention, securing a 2nd place finish and a 35/1 each way pay out for my preview. Whilst Justin Thomas came close, and Bryson Dechambeau disappointed, it was my largest odds pick who played with great intent, with a performance which sees him at 10/1 favourite for this week’s event.
The Wyndham Championship sees us reach the final regular tour event this season, before the top 125 players proceed to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Players will be vying to secure their place next week, so it throws up some interesting connotations for a number of players currently outside the line.
The field this week is a decent one, with with the likes of Simpson, Matsuyama, Spieth and Reed at the top of the market, along with the next breed of tour players, in Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland. Brandt Snedeker is the defending champion.
Recent winners of the Wyndham Championship
- 2018 – Brandt Snedeker 28/1
- 2017 – Henrik Stenson 14/1
- 2016 – Si Woo Kim 150/1
- 2015 – Davis Love III 500/1
- 2014 – Camillo Villegas 125/1
- 2013 – Patrick Reed 80/1
- 2012 – Sergio Garcia 40/1
- 2011 – Webb Simpson 20/1
Key Stats & Facts
Sedgefield is a 7,127 par 70, Donald Ross designed track in North Carolina. The tree lined fairways are typical of this area, and players will find this one of the easier par 70 courses on tour. Low scoring is often the formula to success here, with accurate approach shots to these undulating Bermuda greens, the key to success, in order to give players enough birdie chances to challenge.
Whilst the roll of honor suggests that long hitters do not hold a huge advantage around here, being able to be aggressive with their tee shot, players need to find the right areas on the fairway to attack the pins here. Water is on play on many of the holes and visually it is a striking layout.
Betting Odds – Top 10 (Sky Bet)
- Webb Simpson 10/1
- Hideki Matsuyama 14/1
- Collin Morikawa 16/1
- Jordan Spieth 18/1
- Brandt Snedeker 22/1
- Billy Horschel 22/1
- Paul Casey 22/1
- Patrick Reed 22/1
- Viktor Hovland 28/1
- Cameron Smith 35/1
With the final FedEx Cup playoff places up for grabs, a number of players have an extra incentive to perform well this week. My four players this week all have the current form to succeed here at Sedgefield, with the odd point to prove as well.
- Jordan Spieth – 2pts Each Way, 18/1, SkyBet
Short of backing Spieth off a cliff, I just cannot leave him out this week. His struggles earlier in the season have been well documented, but since a 3rd place at May’s PGA Championship, his performances have been impressive, with three top 10’s and three top 20 finishes. On a track like this here he can be creative and aggressive, I fancy Spieth to be close to securing his first win of the season. He hasn’t played here at The Wyndham since 2013, which is odd as he finished 2nd that year. Spieth has consistently been shooting in the 60s in recent weeks, something he’ll have to do again this week to compete at the top of the leaderboard. I’m convinced a win is close, and this could certainly be his time.
- Cameron Smith – 2pts Each Way, 35/1, SkyBet
Smith is absolutely back in form after a very impressive start to the season, which was followed by a spring time slump. 20th at The Open Championship was followed up by a very solid 12th place last week. Match that with a 7th place finish here at Sedgefield on his last visit in 2017, and Smith is a very attractive each way proposition this week. Four top 10s in the early part of the season, suggested big things this year, but an uncharacteristic decline has certainly been overcome. His ability to score well on tight tracks, along with his great short game and accurate iron play makes Smith my headline pick this week.
- Alex Noren – 1pt Each Way, 45/1, SkyBet
Noren is currently 125th in the FedEx rankings, right on the cut line. He needs a strong this week to secure his place in the play offs. The Swede is another player that is bouncing back into form nicely, at exactly the right time. Just like Smith, Noren has had two standout performances over the past fortnight, finishing 11th at The Open and 12th last week at the St Jude. The parallels with Smith don’t end there. This high performing player was also disappointing through the middle of the season, after a solid start. His iron play has been noticeably improved in the past few weeks, and with a liking for tree lined courses after his win at Wentworth in 2017, I like his chances this week.
- Matthew Wolff – 1pt Each Way, 45/1, SkyBet
I’m slightly confused by Wolff’s price this week. A PGA Tour winner in recent weeks, he finds himself considerably further down the prices compared to Morikawa, last week’s winner at the Barracuda and Viktor Hovland, who is yet to win. All the chat amongst the pundits is about how far Wolff can go in the game over the next few years, and despite his quirky swing, he seems to have the talent and the mentality to compete at the top for a number of years. This therefore is a pure price play, as at 45/1 he offers incredible value in this field. An aggressive style of play can suit him well, and when he won at the 3M Open a few weeks ago, he iron play was sensational, giving him chance after chance for birdie.