Golfstradamaus: Wyndham Championship

Last year at the Wyndham Championship, a talented young man from Augusta, Ga., collected his first career win. Since then, Patrick Reed has won two more times on the PGA Tour — including the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral — and has turned himself into one of the game’s biggest lightning rods following his proclamation that he was a top-five player in the game. 

Since the comments, there hasn’t been much “top-five” to Reed’s game. That, coupled with the fact that Rory McIlroy is taking a week off to celebrate career major No. 4, means there will be a new winner in Greensboro this week. The smaller field also guarantees there will be some surprising names near the top of the leaderboard, mixing it up with the likes of Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker and other top players on the outside looking in at the Ryder Cup team. Got your pencils ready? Let’s go! 

Wyndham Championship
Sedgefeld Country Club – Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 14-17, 2014

ODDS to Win:
Brandt Snedeker 15/1
Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Webb Simpson 20/1
Patrick Reed 20/1
Bill Haas 25/1
Tim Clark 30/1
Ernie Els 30/1
Carl Pettersson 40/1
Nick Watney 40/1
Brian Harman 40/1
Brooks Koepka 40/1
Billy Horschel 40/1
Francesco Molinari 40/1
Robert Karlsson 50/1
Charles Howell III 50/1
Freddie Jacobson 50/1
Justin Hicks 50/1
Paul Casey 50/1
Brendon de Jonge 50/1
Bo Van Pelt 60/1
Martin Laird 60/1
Chad Campbell 60/1
Michael Putnam 60/1
Kyle Stanley 60/1
Bud Cauley 60/1
Matteo Manassero 60/1
John Huh 60/1
Robert Garrigus 80/1
Scott Piercy 80/1
Aaron Baddeley 80/1
Joe Durant 80/1
Retief Goosen 80/1
Andres Romero 80/1
Scott Brown 80/1
Stephen Gallacher 80/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 80/1
Luke Guthrie 80/1
William McGirt 80/1
Scott Langley 80/1
Shawn Stefani 100/1
David Toms 100/1
Camilo Villegas 100/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 100/1
Jonathan Byrd 100/1
Patrick Cantlay 100/1
Peter Hanson 125/1
Padraig Harrington 125/1
Ryo Ishikawa 125/1
Fred Couples 125/1
Field (all others) 5/4

 
Expect to see some fresh faces vying for their first career win or their first win in a long time. The first name to watch is Brooks Koepka. I’ve taken Brooks before and he hasn’t played well when I’ve picked him — but he has played very well when I haven’t. Depending on your belief in things like curses or jinxes, you may stay away. I, however, feel like the stars will align and Koepka will collect PGA Tour win No. 1 this week. He needs it to get into the FedExCup playoffs, and at 40/1, a win would be huge for you, too. 

brooks-koepka-anchor

Another guy playing good golf and getting 40/1 money in North Carolina this week is Billy Horschel. After a painfully slow start, the man in camo frog pants experienced a resurgence in June, rattling off six straight finishes of T-26 or better. He played well at Valhalla until stumbling in miserable conditions on Sunday, and won his only PGA Tour event last year in New Orleans. Based on his recent play, win No. 2 could be in the works soon. I think this week at the Wyndham is as good a time as any. He’d also be in consideration for one of Tom Watson’s three Ryder Cup captain’s picks should he come out on top.

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The third guy this week has had a ton of success in this tournament and at this particular course at Sedgefield Country Club. Carl Pettersson hasn’t been heard from too much since the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah, but this week he has every opportunity to shine. A winner here in 2008, Pettersson also has two T-4 finishes since then. He also co-owns the course record (61) at Sedgefield. Because of this, you really would be remiss not to give a look at Pettersson. At 40/1, he offers a great return on investment at the Wyndham. 

Carl Pettersson anchor putter

Brandt Snedeker doesn’t want — he needs a win this week. His 2014 campaign has been dismal — especially by the former FedExCup champion’s standards. He hasn’t won yet, which is pretty disappointing considering he’s won five times in the last three years. It seems, however, that his game is rounding into form at just the right time. A win would do wonders to raise his Ryder Cup stock and his confidence headed into the FedExCup playoffs. At 15/1, he’s the favorite this week.

Brandt Snedeker

The last name probably won’t win — but you never know. Fred Couples has already made two starts on the PGA Tour in 2014, missing the cut at the Northern Trust Open and finishing T-20 at the Masters. On the Champions Tour, however, Couples has played great, finishing no lower than T-13 at the Senior Open Championship. There aren’t too many players on the Champions Tour who can still play up with the PGA Tour guys — but Couples is one of them. It’ll take a miracle for sure, but at 125/1, stranger things have happened. 

Fred-Couples-Ashworth

That’s all for this week, kids. Best of luck to you — we all know the tour pros aren’t the only ones looking to hit it big in Greensboro. Until next time, go and choose wisely. 

– Golfstradamaus

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