Sedgefield Country Club, Greenboro, North Carolina
Par 70, 7127 yards
After all the excitement of The PGA Championship in Valhalla last week, the PGA Tour now travels to North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship, which is the last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Sedgefield Country Club has been the host of this event for the last six years following a spell in Forest Oaks Country Club that ended in 2007. Sedgefield has small undulating greens, forgiving tree lined fairways and is quite short by PGA Tour standards. There wouldn’t be a huge emphasis on driving distance, but driving accuracy will be a big plus here. Par 3 and par 4 scoring will be important as there are 12 par 4’s, two par 5’s and four par 3’s.
The greens are tricky and undulating with some having big slopes so finding the right part of the green with your approach shots will be key this week. Good putters with good GIR, par 3 and par 4 scoring stats should be worth looking at here.
Bill Haas 28/1
After a respectable six under par total finishing T27 in Valhalla last week, local boy Bill Haas comes here showing some steady form. With the exception of a W/D at The RBC Heritage, Bill hasn’t missed a cut once so far this season. He hasn’t exactly been in brilliant form, but he has played well the last few weeks with a top 10 at The Memorial back in June finishing in T8 and followed that with two top 20’s at The Greenbrier and The PGA in Valhalla last week.
He is very much a horse for the course here with two top 10’s and two top 20’s in his last six appearances. His best finishes came back in 2012 where he clinched a T7 and again in 2009 finishing T10. With a mediocre field this week, I think Bill has a big chance here.
Tim Clark 28/1
When it comes to short par 70’s, Tim Clark is the man to keep an eye on. He had a great week at The RBC Canadian Open shooting two opening 67’s and finishing 64, 65 to be crowned the winner on 17 under over Jim Furyk. Clark also played well the week before at TPC Deere Run settling for a T5, which included a second round 63 and third round 64.
Tim is another player with a good history at this event finishing a respectable T26 last year, second in 2012 and sixth in 2008. Statswise, he ranks third in driving accuracy, ninth in par 3 performance, first in proximity to the hole, first in GIR from 75-100 yards and 15th in GIR from 125+, which will be a big help with approaches into the 12 par 4’s.
Brian Harman 33/1
After a brilliant performance at The John Deere Classic shooting rounds of 63,68,65,66 on his way to victory and 22 under par in total, Brian Harman is another man to keep your eye on here at Sedgefield this week. Since winning a few weeks ago, Harman hasn’t missed a cut in his last three events. He finished in a respectable T26th at The Open, 65th in Firestone and T41 last week in Valhalla, bearing in mind that two of these were majors and the other was a WGC.
However, Brian finished well here last year with a T3 and could be more comfortable with the field this week being similar to when he won the John Deere a couple of weeks ago. Harman ranks 11th in par 3 performance, 22nd in approaches from 100-125 yards and 13th in approaches from 150-175 yards, which will be a big plus hitting approaches into the par 4’s.
Nick Watney 40/1
Nick Watney has had come into some form late in the season and has posted three top 12 finishes including a top 10 in his last seven starts. His form took a turn for the better at The Travellers where he posted a ten under par total to finish T11. He then had another good week at The Canadian Open shooting four steady rounds to settle for a T12 and then followed that with a T8 at The Barracuda Championship.
Last week at Valhalla, Watney opened with two 69’s and finished 70,72 to post a respectable T33 and four under for the tournament. He ranks 10th in total driving, fourth in proximity to the hole and 48th in GIR. His best finish here is T31 back in 2012 but he comes into this week in much better form.
Carl Pettersson 40/1
With two top 10’s in his last five starts, Pettersson comes here in reasonable form and should be well rested after taking last week off. He played well at The FedEx St Jude and finished T3 after shooting four very consistent rounds in the 60’s. Carl then did the same the following week at The Travellers Championship finishing T7 and 11 under for the tournament. It’s worth noting that both TPC Southwind and TPC River Highlands are both par 70’s, which seems to suit Pettersson’s game.
He has a superb record at this event with a win in 2008 and back to back T4’s in 2011 and 2012. He has proven he is a real horse for the course and shouldn’t be underestimated here at Sedgefield this week.
Bill Haas 1.5 pts EW
Tim Clark 1.5 pts EW
Brian Harman 1 pt EW
Carl Pettersson 1 pt EW
Nick Watney 1 pt EW
Total staked = 12 pts
Good luck and enjoy the golf,
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