Following a month of top class golf and world class fields, some of the bigger names in the game are missing from the declaration for the 2019 Wyndham Championship. It gives us the perfect opportunity to go looking for some longer-priced winners.
This is the event that Brandt Snedeker tore up in 2018, hitting a 59 in the first round on his way to a three-shot win. So we should also be in for a thriller over at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
At the top of the Wyndham Championship outright betting, Webb Simpson (+900 with Bovada) leads the way over Hideki Matsuyama (+1400). Simpson tied for second behind Snedeker last year and as the runner up to Brooks Koepka on Sunday, form is in place to go one better. Simpson is a former champion of this event, although we have to go back to 2011 to find his sole success in the Wyndham Championship to date.
Webb leads the Power Rankings too but what of the second favorite Matsuyama? The Japanese player is one of the higher ranked golfers this week but he has a mixed record in this tournament with two Missed Cuts in five attempts.
The name of Collin Morikawa (+1400) is an unfamiliar one in these columns but the youngster enhanced his burgeoning reputation by taking out the Barracuda Championship at the weekend. Morikawa is co-second favorite ahead of Thursday, alongside Jordan Spieth.
It is a measure of Spieth’s slump that he can’t even lead the market in such a weakened field and he is making his first appearance at the Wyndham Championship in six years.
Behind Spieth is Paul Casey (+2200), who has been less reliable as one of our preferred top 10 finish predictions, and then we come to the defending champion. Brandt Snedeker (+2200) is some way down the list but in fairness, his 2018 victory came from nowhere after a battle with form and fitness. He comes into his 2019 defense in similar form to last year and will earn some bettors once again.
Also worth a look in the betting odds are Patrick Reed (+2200), Billy Horschel (+2800) and the emerging Victor Hovland (+2500). Of those names, Reed was a Champion here in 2013 and possesses good form and relevant stats coming into this week.
There are a number of prices that stand out from the bottom of the market but the distant odds next to Scott Piercy (50/1) look particularly interesting. While he’s down the pack, Piercy is seventh in the Power Rankings for Sedgefield and has an impressive scoring average here of 67.78.
Lucas Glover (40/1) is in a similar position. He comes into Thursday with six top 10 finishes this season and he hit his career best of 61 on this Sedgefield course in 2016.
Cameron Smith is also getting support this week while punters can also run the rule over Rory Sabbatini, Russell Knox, Byeong Hun An and Dylan Fritteli, who was a winner on Tour at the start of this month.
Our Wyndham Championship Preview’s Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks Verdict
This tournament first broke ground in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open and it has gone through a number of name changes since that point. It became the Wyndham Championship in 2007 and a year later the event moved to its current home on the Ross Course at the Sedgefield Country Club.
The venue is a brief par 70 at just over 7100 yards and with wide, accommodating greens, it can often come down to a straight battle with the flatstick. Before we get to the surface, accuracy from the tee is likely to prove the key stat as we move through the four days.
It’s a tough call as always: Webb Simpson has been gaining support and his win price has shortened through the week. Jordan Spieth tempts us once again but our call for the victory is Patrick Reed, who has been going under the radar with solid, if unspectacular form.
Reed also has the key stats needed to claim his second Wyndham Championship title and, along with these top 10 picks, we are looking for him to deliver a sound profit on Sunday evening.
So here are the Wyndham Championship predictions for this preview, with the best odds from the USA online betting sites for our tips: