PGA Picks: Wyndham Championship Predictions with Golf Odds
With this being the last tournament of the regular season, a large chunk of the field of 156 golfers is attempting to play their way into the FedExCup Playoffs and lock down some status for the 2021-22 campaign.
This might not be the most memorable field of the year. However, for many, the pressure will be intense trying to secure a spot in the playoffs which start next week.
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A Look at the Field
Here is a look at the Top 12 with the lowest golf odds to win it all at online sportsbooks.
Webb Simpson +1200 - Hideki Matsuyama +1600 - Louis Oosthuizen +2000
Patrick Reed +2500 - Will Zalatoris +2500 - Brian Harman +2800
Jason Kokrak +2800 - Russell Henley +3300 - Si Woo Kim +3300
Sungjae Im +3300 - Brandt Snedeker +4000 - Rickie Fowler +4000
If there is a course that is tailor-made to Simpson’s game, this is it. He’s played this event 12 previous times and owns a victory (2011), five Top 5s, and eight Top 10s, including finishes of 3rd-2nd-3rd-2nd the past four years. Enough said.
Matsuyama just missed a bronze medal at the Olympics and was in another playoff last week at St. Jude’s, finishing tied for 2nd. In terms of form and playing a similar course, he should be a contender.
Not sure why Oosthuizen is playing, since he’s in the postseason and a week off might keep him fresh. Puzzling. Reed tends to disappoint when expected to do well.
Zalatoris is not officially a card-carrying PGA Tour player. And despite having a resume that would easily get him in next week, he has to win. Sounds like an all-or-nothing tournament for this 24-year-old.
Kokrak, Henley, Kim, Im all have the game to be contenders for finish 50th or higher. Good luck trying to figure who does what.
Course Characteristics of Those Who Can Win or Secure Winning Golf Bets
Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro is the host site for the 13th straight year of this event. While most golf courses in general, and especially those on the PGA Tour, are always being tweaked, Sedgefield has added a grand total of 14 yards in that time frame to take it to 7,127 for this Par 70.
Much like last week’s tourney, this course is not difficult but is tree-lined with doglegs, suggesting you cannot just let the shaft out and bomb away.
The game plan in Greensboro is to keep in the fairway, yet shape drives to position yourself to have the proper angles into greens to maximize birdie potential. Those with errant tee shots will find the bermuda rough tricky to maintain distance control on their second shots. This is a second shot course for this level of play, and those who position themselves best should have lower scores.
The greens are undersized by Tour standards. For lovers of fast greens, these Bermudagrass putting surfaces are lightning-fast, with a stimp reading of 12 or higher, that feature a lot of slope depending on hole placement.
To recap, those that are accurate off the tee, hit solid second shots and understand pin placement, will have a chance for a good week. To be a title contender, being able to understand the pace of the greens with touch, will be near the top of the leaderboard.
Golf Picks: Who to Consider This Week
The recent history of this tourney suggests a long shot of 50-1 odds or higher is just as likely to win as the contenders. A player hits the ball in the fairway, finds a groove with his irons, and has one of those weeks putting, he turns into a champion. Though this could be a crapshoot pick, a Kevin Streelman (+5000), Matthew Wolff (+5000), Johnattan Vegas (+6600) or a Doug Ghim (+8000) could be that guy. These players could all have Top 20 possibilities, but research will be important.
For golf picks, it's hard to not include Simpson for almost any wager, but those -250 odds on a Top 20 are pricey.
Henley missed the cut at the British Open. However, before that, he had three Top 20s, and two of those came on courses that were easier like this week. Should be a nice fit for Top 10 and Top 20.
Kokrak had a pair of Top 15s the past two years at Sedgefield. He’s 13th in birdie average, 5th in strokes gained putting and seems like good value for a Top 10 finish.
Doug Upstone of Doc’s Sports was in the golf business for over 20+ years and understands the ins and outs of what it takes to find winners on the Tour.
Doug Upstone of Doc’s Sports has - 21 Documented No. 1 Titles - 94 Documented Top 10 Finishes - 25 Handicapper of the Month Awards. (Latest: MLB May 2021) Doug as a professional handicapper/writer has written for various well-known sports betting websites and several football newsletters.