There is now just one week remaining in the PGA Tour season before the Fed Ex Cup playoffs officially get underway! The 2019 Wyndham Championship kicks off this Thursday from Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina and we have a full preview and betting tips below!
For many players, the Wyndham Championship this week will be the last chance they have to earn the required points to force their way into the top 125 of the Fed Ex Cup standings and earn a spot in the start list for the Northern Trust.
13 players currently sit within 50 points of the 125 player cut-off line in the Fed Ex Cup standings, and they will take centre stage this weekend as they attempt to secure the vital points. Richy Werenski, Patton Kizzire and Daniel Berger sit in 124th, 125th and 126th position currently and are in danger of dropping out without a solid performance this week.
Some players who are already in the top 125 will also be attempting to secure points to ensure they get into the top 70 to make their road to the second playoff event just a bit easier. Jordan Spieth currently sits in 67th place and will line-up this weekend to secure points.
Alongside the Fed Ex Cup hopefuls will be the defending champion of the Wyndham Championship, Brand Snedeker, who picked up his second title in 2018 after winning all the way back in 2007. Other former winners who will be lining up include Henrik Stenson (2017), Si-woo Kim (2016) and Patrick Reed (2013).
Other top ranked players who will be lining up this weekend include Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, Colin Morikawa, Paul Casey, Matthew Wolff, Viktor Hovland and Alex Noren.
Sitting at around 7,100 yards as a Par 70, the Sedgefield Country Club will host the Wydham Championship for the 12th consecutive year this week, and it has acted as a host for the tournament in some fashion since all the way back in 1938, when Sam Snead won the ‘Greater Greensboro Open’.
Built in 1925 by Donald Ross, the course features small, undulating greens and places a strong emphasis on good course management and hitting greens in regulation. We’ll be targeting accurate players this weekend both off the tee and on approach. With no real super-stars in the field this week, we’ll be looking for high percentage fairways and greens in regulation players.
Last year’s winner, Brandt Snedeker, blitxed the competition in Round 1, shooting a course record 59 before shooting another three rounds under par to finish -21 for the tournament and win by three strokes.
We love the form of Cameron Smith at the moment and the young Aussie will be desperate to secure a strong performance to move into the top 70 of the Fed Ex Cup standings. He currently sits just 20 points behind the 70th placed Charley Hoffman and with 500 points up for grabs to the winner at Sedgefield, Smith could move all the way into the top 30 with a win.
Smith looked fantastic in The Open Championship a few weeks ago, maintaining a top five position until a final round 76 threw him out of contention. He has played 21 events in the 2019 season and has three top 10 finishes with eight top 25 finishes. While his season rank of just 159th in GIR% isn’t ideal, he has improved in that aspect over his past few tournaments and has consistent stats in most other areas.
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