This week it’s the turn of the Wyndham Championship golf which tees off on Thursday at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Traditionally, it’s the last Tour event before the FedEx playoffs so those who have already qualified tend to drop out. As a result, we can often have a mixed field so let’s see who’s lining up in 2021. We’ll conclude this preview with picks and betting predictions.
Webb Simpson has an exceptional record in this event and that has seen him installed as the outright favorite at 12/1 with most sportsbooks. Simpson was the champion here in 2011 and went on to land two consecutive runners up spots in 2018 and 2019.
Form isn’t as good as it was at this stage last season but, in the last four editions of this tournament, only six golfers have finished ahead of him and Simpson is a worthy favorite.
Reigning Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama is also quoted at 12/1 in places but, elsewhere, he can be found at industry best odds of 14/1. The Japanese golfer has competed in two consecutive playoffs and he has three top 15 finishes in six starts on this Sedgefield course. Then come Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen, both at 18/1. Oosthuizen has that string of runners up places while Reed is another former winner, recording a breakthrough victory in the Wyndham Championship back in 2013.
A gap subsequently follows to Will Zalatoris, Jason Kokrak and Brian Harman who are all on offer at best odds of 28/1. All three will attract interest but Kokrak has the better record with three top 20s on this course in the last four years.
Moving through the chasing pack, Sungjae Im and Russell Henley are at 30/1 while Si Woo Kim is listed at 40/1. Im could be the one to watch as his record and low scoring average of 66 at Sedgefield lifts him into second place in the Power Rankings this week.
This is the type of field where a long-odds winner can prevail, as defending champion Jim Herman proved twelve months ago. Herman is back in 2021 but there is little attraction in his best industry odds of 150/1.
Moving back to the start of the outsiders with the top American-friendly bookies, Kevin Na and Tommy Fleetwood are available at 45/1, followed by Adam Scott and Gary Woodland at 50/1. Woodland could be one to watch for a top 10 finish at the very least but he needs to find more consistent form moving forward.
Elsewhere, two-time winner Brandt Snedeker has to be worth a look at his best odds of 55/1. Sneds is second only to Webb Simpson in the Wyndham Championship all-time money earners list and he is in reasonable form with two top 20 finishes last month.
Other names to consider in this section include 2019 winner J.T. Poston at 80/1 while Bubba Watson at 66/1, Justin Rose at 70/1, Branden Grace at 80/1 and C.T. Pan at 90/1 could all cause an upset in this type of field.
Our Preview’s 2021 Wyndham Championship Predictions & Picks Verdict with Course & Betting Trends
This long-standing Tour event dates back to 1938 when it began life as the Greater Greensboro Open. It stayed that way until 1988 when Kmart became the first sponsors and the Wyndham Championship subsequently came along in 2007.
Sedgefield has been a part of the story since the very beginning and the course currently offers up a par 70 at just above 7,100 yards. Low scoring is common and this is the event where Brandt Snedeker returned a 59 on the way to a three-shot victory in 2018.
There are few specific challenges unless the weather deteriorates. It is a fairly standard course and things can often end in a battle with the flatstick as our defending champion proved last year. Jim Herman led the field in greens hit and finished third in Strokes Gained: Putting. He was consistent on those greens and also finished second in average distance of putts holed.
That makes it tough to pick a winner. It’s a mixed field and anyone can suddenly find their putting form. One man who can rise through is Patrick Reed. He has let us down once or twice this year but he’s a solid performer and should certainly remain in contention in a field where the big names are missing.
Reed gets one more chance as our winning pick, while three additional top 10 finish predictions are also part of our recommendations for this Wyndham preview:
- Patrick Reed to win @ +2500 (25/1) with Bovada. He is +2200 with Intertops, MyBookie, GTbets & BetOnline.
- Top 10 Finish Picks (odds from BetOnline in brackets): Reed (+175), Jason Kokrak (+200), Gary Woodland (+500) and Bubba Watson (+600).
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