The PGA Tour shifts to North Carolina on Thursday (AEDT) as the 2019 Wyndham Championship tees off from Sedgefield Country Club.
With $6.2 million in prize-money up for grabs, this time-honoured tournament hosts a handful of the worlds top players – including Australian hopeful, Cameron Smith.
Celebrating its 80th year on Tour, the Wyndham Championship is the perfect leadup event into next month’s BMW Championship, so be sure to read our entire preview below.
2019 Wyndham Championship Best Bet
Patrick Reed – $23.00
Reed had a nice month of July finishing 10th at The Open before a T12 last week at TPC Southwind. The 28-year-old won this tournament in 2013 in a playoff against Jordan Spieth, and now has four consecutive top 25 finishes to his name. Reed’s short game has been outstanding this season where he ranks ninth in the PGA’s around-the-green rating. That should come in handy on the difficult 18th hole at Sedgefield that couples a difficult tee shot with a steep slope on the green.
2019 Wyndham Championship Top 5 Finish
Viktor Hovland – $7.00
Three straight Top 20 finishes makes Viktor Hovland one of the sleepers in this year’s tournament. The Norwegian has shot eight straight rounds of 69 or less across his last two starts, and although he’s never played at Sedgefield, Hovland should continue to make a name for himself.
2019 Wyndham Championship Top 10 Finish
Jordan Spieth – $5.00
The ups and downs continue for the three-time major winner. After missing the cut at the Travelers last month, Spieth has strung together two finishes inside the Top 20 to give himself a strong chance this weekend at Sedgefield. The 26-year-old will be hungry to put an inconsistent season behind him, as well as his bitter disappointment on the same course back in 2013. Spieth lost in playoff fashion to Patrick Reed in his tournament debut.
2019 Wyndham Championship Field
Webb Simpson – $10.00
The five-time Tour winner finished outright second at TPC Southwind last week after carding four consecutive rounds of 69 or less. Simpson owns six Top 10 finishes at the Wyndham Championship and opens as the weekend favourite with plenty of strong form on his side. Since a T5 at Augusta, Simpson has registered five Top 20 finishes to rank 12th in putting and 15th in the PGA’s approach-the-green rating.
Hideki Matsuyama – $15.00
The 27-year-old has slipped away from the winners’ circle in recent weeks after missing the cut at The Open Championship before a sloppy T43 finish last week at the St. Jude Invitational. Even so, Matsuyama is well overdue for a win after a T7 finish at the 3M Open earlier in July while his form at Sedgefield more than stacks up. The Japanese sensation tied for 11th at last year’s Wyndham Championship after tieing for third two years prior.
Collin Morikawa – $17.00
The American has enjoyed a phenomenal month earning back-to-back top-five finishes at the Travelers Championship and the 3M Open. Morikawa is in red-hot form and after a fairly light workload so far, he should continue to make bank with the putter.
Paul Casey – $23.00
Casey enjoyed a late run at last week’s St. Jude Invitational to finish inside the Top 30 with a strong final round 67. He’ll make his return to Sedgefield for the first time since 2015 where he tied for third. As the eighth-best player off-the-tee, Casey’s accuracy with the driver should help him enormously this weekend.
Billy Horschel – $26.00
Made up for a disappointing run at The Open with a T9 at TPC Southwind last week. Horschel typically saves his best performances for late in the season, and he should feel confident heading into the weekend after last year’s T11 and 2017’s T6 at Sedgefield.
Brandt Snedeker – $26.00
The defending champ returns to Sedgefield hoping to carry over last week’s encouraging performance at TPC Southwind. Snedeker owns five Top 10 finishes at the Wyndham Championship and is currently ranked third around-the-green. The putter has been Snedeker’s best weapon so far this year, and with plenty of experience on the course, he should figure somewhere towards the top of the leaderboard.
Cameron Smith – $34.00
Things looked extremely promising for Smith at the St. Jude Invitational last week before a disappointing day three hindered his winning chances. Even so, the Australian has taken some real strides over the last month to finish inside the Top 30 in his last three starts. Smith also owns a pair of Top 20 finishes at Sedgefield with a T18 in 2015 and a T7 in 2017.