PGA Tour best bets: Wyndham Championship

August 2, 2022 09:53 PM
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Tony Finau became the first player since Brendon Todd in 2019 to win in back-to-back weeks on the PGA Tour with his victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Finau, the 12-1 pre-tournament second choice, led the field for Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, Greens in Regulation (66-for-72, 91.7%) and Scrambling (11-for-13, 84.6%). He also ranked second for Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (+ 1.54 per round), third for Driving Accuracy (50-for-56, 89.3%) and sixth for Strokes Gained: Approach (+ 1.33 per round) to post a score of 26-under-par. He won by five shots over Taylor Pendrith (tipped in this column at 65-1), Cameron Young (who now has seven top-3s in his rookie season) and Patrick Cantlay (who posted his third runner-up finish of the season). In Finau's victories at the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic, he shot a combined 44-under-par (49 birdies, five bogeys), hit 86.8% of Greens In Regulation and gained almost 25 strokes Ball Striking (Off-the-Tee plus Approach). Fortunately for the rest of the PGA Tour, Finau is taking this week off. 

The Wyndham Championship is the final event before the three-week FedEx Cup playoffs begin next week in Memphis. It’s also the final week for players to improve their positions and play their way in or out of the Top 125. 

Sungjae Im (14-1) has consecutive top-10 finishes here in 2019 and 2020. Shane Lowry (16-1) is making his fifth appearance in Greensboro and finished seventh in 2017. Will Zalatoris (16-1) would love to earn his first career PGA Tour victory, not too far from where he played college golf at Wake Forest. Former Demon Deacons star Webb Simpson (22-1) earned his first career PGA Tour victory at the Wyndham Championship in 2011. In fact, he and wife Dowd named their third child Wyndham. Taking out a finish of 72nd in 2016, Simpson's form at the Wyndham from 2021 back to 2014 reads 7-3-2-2-3-6-5. That’s why Simpson is such a short price on this week's board considering he missed eight weeks with a neck injury and has zero top-10 finishes on tour this year. 

Billy Horschel (20-1), who won the Memorial this year, probably should have won this event in 2020 but settled for runner-up. Another player looking for redemption at the Wyndham is Russell Henley (28-1), who nearly led this event wire-to-wire last year only to give it away on the back nine. He missed out on a six-man playoff which was won by Kevin Kisner (40-1 this week). Si Woo Kim (28-1) and Adam Scott (35-1) were also part of that playoff. Other players priced in the 25-1 to 40-1 range include Corey Conners (25-1), Tyrrell Hatton (33-1), Harold Varner III (40-1), Brian Harman (40-1), Denny McCarthy (40-1) and Pendrith (40-1). Tom Kim (33-1), whose birth name is Joohyung, is only 20 years old but clinched his PGA Tour card last week in Detroit with a final-round 63 to finish fourth. 

The Event

The Wyndham Championship was established in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open and has been the site for several PGA Tour records. In 1965, Sam Snead set records for being the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event (52) and for most wins at an event (eight). Fifty years later, in 2015, Davis Love III won here at 51 and became the oldest player to win on the PGA Tour in the Champions Tour era (dating to 1980).

The Top 125 on the points list after this event move on to the playoffs. Three players jumped inside the Top 125 last season when Chesson Hadley, Roger Sloan and Scott Piercy knocked out Ryan Armour, Bo Hoag and Patrick Rodgers. 

This year's bubble looks like this:

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