The Wyndham Championship has been played at the Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina since 2008. Notable champions at Sedgefield include Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed. Henrik Stenson won last year’s edition and is back to defend his title.
Stenson, the world number 17, will be the highest-ranked player to tee it up at the 7,130-yard Ross Course. The course features tree-lined fairways, thick rough and mostly uphill or downhill tee-shots into small, undulating greens. There are plenty of birdie opportunities. The course record total of 21-under-par is held jointly by Kim and Carl Pettersson. This is the last regular season event, and the field is packed with players from the bottom of the Fed-Ex Cup standings. All are attempting to prolong their campaigns into the lucrative play-offs, open to the leading 125 players.
The Wyndham Championship Favourites
Local resident Webb Simpson has an excellent record at this tournament. He won the 2011 edition, finished third last year and came third in the 2012 US Open. The champion leads the betting at best odds of 14/1* with bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral and BetVictor. Hideki Matsuyama hasn’t had a top 10 finish since the 30-man Tournament of Champions in January. However, the world number 16 is second in the betting at 16/1* across the board. Stenson is the third favourite at 20/1* with Ladbrokes, Coral and BetVictor. Shane Lowry is available 25/1* everywhere and other leaders include Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Brandt Snedeker and talented Chilean teenager Joaquin Niemann.
The Wyndham Championship Tips
Ryan Moore won this event back in 2009 and finished 10th at Sedgefield in 2015 and the world number 75 has been showing the sort of form recently that suggests he could be due another big week. He has placed just outside the top 10 on three of his last six starts, including at The Open at Carnoustie, while he recorded three top 10 finishes earlier in the season. He’s available at 33/1* with just about every bookmaker, so take your pick.
Keith Mitchell will be around for the FedEx Cup play-offs, a reward for a promising first season on the PGA Tour that has seen him post four top 10s and miss only three cuts in 2018. The 26-year-old finished in a share of seventh place at the recent John Deere Classic, runner-up in the Dominican Republic and third at the Byron Nelson. He’s an 80/1* chance with a number of firms, including Ladbrokes and William Hill.
Chris Kirk has missed only one cut in his last 14 tournaments and put in an encouraging performance at the PGA Championship at the weekend, where he shared 31st place. He has recorded top 10 finishes at the FedEx St Jude Classic and the Valero Texas Open over the last few months and is assured of his place in the play-offs after reaching 60th place in the standings. He’s at 50/1* with William Hill. But Ladbrokes are offering the attractive each-way price of 80/1.*
*(all odds subject to change)