- Sedgefield Country Club
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- Par 70
- 7,127 yards
- Donald Ross design built in 1925 (played on this course each year since 2008)
- Bermuda greens and fairways
- Small undulating greens
- Some water hazards again this week but they won’t be as penial as last week at the St. Jude Invitational in Memphis
- Average winning score is right around -20
- Distance isn’t crucial here, it’s more about backing well-rounded ball strikers and guys that find greens in regulation at a higher clip — because of this (and the fact that Sedgefield CC is a birdie-fest) the Key Stats are fairly basic this week
- SG: tee-to-green
This is the last regular season event before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs so many golfers are looking for a seat at the table while the cream of the crop are largely taking the week off. Webb Simpson is the highest priced player this week so I could imagine most people try to make somewhat balanced lineups this week.
Big Dogs ($9,000 and up on DK)
- Collin Morikawa ($10,400 DK – $11,600 FD) – the week after finishing 2nd at the 3M Open, Morikawa finished 4th at the John Deere Classic and just two weeks later (this last Sunday) he picked up his first win on Tour at the Barracuda Championship. He is coming into the Wyndham Championship with the best form out of anyone in the field and he should be relaxed and ready to go after cashing a few massive checks.
- Patrick Reed ($9,700 DK – $11,200 FD) – Reed’s year is just starting to peak as he is coming off of a 10th place finish at the Open and a 12th place finish the following week at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He’s also played here twice in the last five years finishing 24th in 2014 and 22nd in 2016. Patrick has been one of the better short game players throughout his career and has shown that when he dials in with his driver and irons he can beat just about anyone on the planet.
- Hideki Matsuyama ($10,900 DK – $11,800 FD) – Hideki snapped a made cut streak that had been alive for over a year when he missed the cut in Northern Ireland at the Open Championship. After that he came to Memphis and only finished 43rd out of the 64 golfers in the WGC. At Sedgefield he missed the cut in 2014 and 2015 but went on to finish 3rd in 2016 and 11th last year. I’m hoping the recent hiccup and spotty history keeps his ownership low because he is the ideal tee-to-green player that fits the mold this week.
- Joaquin Niemann ($9,100 DK – $10,600 FD) – Niemann is cut from a similar cloth to Matsuyama in some regards, he’s 24th in SG: tee-to-green this year and 11th in proximity but 170th in SG: putting. He also missed the cut at the Open but before that was very consistent and even had a top 10 and two top 5’s in his four events leading up to the Open. Joaquin played here last year and finished 33rd so he is also familiar with the track. He’s a good “swing for the fences” kind of guy but I’m hoping his price and coming off a missed cut will make him slightly less popular this week.
- Webb Simpson ($11,200 DK – $11,900 FD)
- Paul Casey ($9,800 DK – $11,400 FD)
- Rory Sabatini ($9,200 DK – $10,100 FD)
Value ($7,300 – $8,900 on DK)
- Lucas Glover ($8,700 DK – $10,700 FD) – Glover took a stumble back in June where he missed two straight cuts but since then he has a 7th, 10th, and 20th place finish in his three events leading up to the Wyndham Championship. He’s also made three straight cuts at Sedgefield since 2015 and hasn’t finished worse than 28th in that stretch. This is another guy that has been one of the better tee to green players in recent history so he checks the box in recent form, course history, and the stats department.
- Vaughn Taylor ($7,400 DK – $8,700 FD) – the big drawback on Taylor is his lack of distance off of the tee but that shouldn’t kill him too much here. On the flip side he has been one of the more accurate players in the last few years; rating inside the top 25 in driving accuracy in each of the last three seasons and inside of 30th in proximity in each of the last four years. He has some experience at this course, albeit not great finishes, but in two of his last three events he has a 4th and 6th place finish so I like him to continue that good fortunate here this week.
- Kevin Streelman ($7,800 DK – $9,300 FD) – since his 4th place finish at the Memorial, Kevin Streelman has started to trend in the wrong direction finishing 15th, 35th, 34th, and 57th in his four event since then. Also the only time he has played here in recent history was in 2017 where he missed the cut. This might turn people off of him this week but Streelman’s been in the top 40 in driving accuracy in each of the last six years and he’s been in the top 25 in GIR in four of the last five years (including this year for both) so he has a lot of scoring potential on a course like this.
- Bill Haas ($7,600 DK – $8,900 FD) – Haas has been really shaky for a couple years now but looks like he might be starting to turn the corner. In his last two events he’s finished 10th and 11th at the John Deere Classic and Barbasol Championship respectively… but those are two weaker events. He’s made four out of his last five cuts in this event with a runner up finish in 2014 and 6th place finish the following year. It’s possible that we are about to catch him right on the upswing of a resurgence — or a minor peak before he returns to his state of perpetual struggle.
- Martin Kaymer ($8,600 DK – $10,200 FD)
- Adam Hadwin ($8,500 DK – $10,300 FD)
- Martin Laird ($7,900 DK – $9,700 FD)
Sleepers ($7,200 and under on DK)
- J.J. Spaun ($7,000 DK – $8,700 FD) – it’s not often that I’m on J.J. Spaun but seeing as how this is a course that would somewhat fit his style of play, this could be a popular “Spaun for sleeper” kind of week that we see every blue moon (especially because he finished 16th here two years ago). Since he has been playing on Tour he has been inside of the top 50 in GIR each year (that’s since 2017). He also has decent scoring numbers and if you look at his par 5, par 4, and par 3 scoring averages since 2017 he has never been outside of the top 100 in any year in any of those categories. That isn’t world ending stuff but he is a great DFS play a few times a year and I believe this might be one of those times.
- Nick Taylor ($6,800 DK – $8,000 FD) – Taylor was an MDF at the Travelers Championship but has been so-so since: 35th, 46th, 33rd, and 15th two weeks ago. He missed the cut here in 2015 and 2016 but finished 50th in 2017 and last year he made his way into the top 10 with an 8th place finish. Taylor has been solid at avoiding bogeys and finding greens in regulation over the last four years so he seems to have a relatively high floor coming into this week.
- Nick Watney ($7,200 DK – $8,800 FD) – Watney missed the cut by a wide margin at the 3M Open but bounced back after that at the John Deere Classic where he finished 6th. He’s missed his last two cuts at this event but before that he has a 5th place finish here in 2014 and a 31st place finish in 2015. I’m hoping people don’t dig too deep into his course history because the last two years could really turn people off of him but he has a better chance to top 10 than many people might think at first glance.
- Sam Ryder ($6,800 DK – $8,100 FD) – Ryder has only missed one out of his last five starts, which was a narrowly missed cut at the Rocket Mortgage, but his only time finishing better than 34th in that time was at the John Deere Classic where he ended up at 18th. He’s been fairly accurate off of the tee and into the greens in his short career on Tour which sets up nicely for this course but what most interests me is his 34th on Tour in birdie or better average, 19th in bogey avoidance, and 19th in par 4 scoring.
- Troy Merritt ($7,200 DK – $9,000 FD)
- Peter Malnati ($7,100 DK – $8,100 FD)
- Roger Sloan ($7,100 DK – $7,900 FD)
- Talor Gooch ($6,700 DK – $7,200 FD) – Gooch made the cut but finished 73rd at the 3M Open then was an MDF at the John Deere Classic in his last event. His only time playing in the Wyndham Championship was last year where he missed the cut and finished 90th. His distance isn’t bad but his accuracy off of the tee has killed him this year so if he can club down this week and improve his ability to find fairways then his more than capable iron game will be able to carry him on Sedgefield.
- Johnson Wagner ($6,600 DK – $7,900 FD) – Wagner was an MDF in his last event but before that finished 23rd at the 3M and 37th at the John Deere. His driving distance has been slowly getting worse over the past couple years but, conversely, his driving accuracy has been steadily improving. The best sign regarding his stats is that his GIR hasn’t been worse than 69th since 2015 and this year he rates out at 4th in GIR on Tour. Johnson also seems to like playing on this course because he’s made four of the last five cuts here and hasn’t finished worse than 38th in those four events.
- Jonathan Byrd ($6,700 DK – $7,300 FD)
- Jonas Blixt ($6,600 DK – $7,200 FD)
- Roberto Castro ($6,500 DK – $7,500 FD)
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