After the excitement of the first Major of the year, golf comes back down to earth to an extent with the 2020 edition of the Wyndham Championship. It’s one of the oldest events on the Tour, having been first held in 1938 but, as it comes on the back of the PGA Championship, we can expect a slightly weaker declaration.
Some big names may be missing but that often means that there can be some value in the outside bets as J.T. Poston proved in 2019 as he won his first, and so far only professional trophy.
We may not have picked Poston last year but we enjoyed a good week at the PGA last time out. Collin Morikawa and Dustin Johnson both delivered in the top 10 finish markets so let’s see if USAbetting can keep that momentum going.
While there are fewer big names this week there are some top players out looking for more FedEx points. Among them are Webb Simpson and Brooks Koepka who are first and second favorites in the outright betting at the leading oddsmakers in places. Simpson (+950 with Bovada Sportsbook) is a standout not only due to form but also a stunning record that includes victory at the Wyndham Championship in 2011 and two runners up slots in the last two editions.
Webb is 10 from 10 here and we can add a third place into that overall list. In contrast, Koepka (+1100) is making his first appearance at the tournament since a tie for sixth in 2015. Both men are genuine favorites but there’s lots of interest in the field behind.
The third favorite this week is Patrick Reed (+1600 or 16/1) who is another former champion, having lifted the trophy in 2013. Since recording that first Tour win, Reed has been back here three times and has finished inside the Top 25 on each occasion.
Further back are the English trio of Paul Casey (20/1), Tommy Fleetwood (16/1) and Justin Rose (20/1). Both Rose and Casey had strong weeks at the PGA Championship and could use that form to prosper in a weaker field.
Next up is Harris English (25/1) who is attracting interest and appearing in a lofty position in the Power Rankings once again. He is consistent without really threatening the very top of the leaderboard but English could certainly be a contender in the top 10 finish markets.
Listed in the 33/1 range are Sung-Jae Im, Billy Horschel, Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner. Of those names, Kisner is particularly interesting and a perfect record of five from five puts him in second place in the power rankings this week.
After briefly threatening to rediscover his best form, Jordan Spieth (33/1) has dipped once again and he finds himself as a relative outsider. He has a runner up slot from the Wyndham Championship back in 2013 where he lost out to Reed in a playoff so there could be some interest in 2020.
Ryan Moore, Shane Lowry and Sergio Garcia are further back while another former champion lurks at an even longer price. Brandt Snedeker has been a favorite of ours in the top 10 finish betting but his victory here came way back in 2007. Others to consider from among the outsiders include Chez Reavie, Tom Lewis, Lucas Glover, Matt Wallace and our defending champion J.T. Poston.
Our Preview’s Wyndham Championship Predictions 2020 & Picks Verdict with Course & Betting Trends
The Ross Course at Sedgefield Country Club has been home to this event since 2008. The venue has hosted the event on a rotational basis in the past and the Wyndham Championship has always been held in the Greater Greensboro area since its inception in 1938.
Originally known as the Greater Greensboro Open, the tournament has seen some notable veteran winners over the years with Davis Love III and Sam Snead both claiming the title after the age of 50.
This year’s event will see a par 70 course at a shade over 7100 yards so the absence of length has to be compensated for elsewhere. Last year’s winner J.T. Poston posted some interesting stats as he led the field in strokes gained: tee to green, co-led for greens in regulation and tied for second in fairways hit.
In truth, there isn’t too much punishment waiting off the fairways but those are key stats and it suggests that it’s going to be a case of hitting the greens in regulation and settling down for a battle with the putter. The Bermudagrass greens are expected to reach around 12 on the stimp.
Taking all options into account, this 2020 Wyndham predictions’ preview is edging towards Patrick Reed as the type of quality player who can take advantage of some high-profile absentees. Consistency is missing but he has won here before and has the all-round game to deliver a repeat on Sunday. These are our betting picks: