HARRIS ENGLISH (USA) 28/1 – £5EW SKYBET 8 PLACES
HENRIK NORLANDER (SWE) 80/1 – £4EW BETFAIR 8 PLACES
SI WOO KIM (KOR) 35/1 – £5EW SKYBET 8 PLACES
KEVIN KISNER (USA) 40/1 – £5EW PP 8 PLACES
BRENDON TODD (USA) 40/1 – £5EW WILLIAM HILL 8 PLACES
The Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open, and Sedgefield Country Club, the tournament’s current home, was one of the original host courses. In its early years, the tournament was contested on the courses at both Sedgefield and Starmount Forest Country Clubs – both in Greensboro. From its inaugural tournament in 1938, won by eight-time champion Sam Snead, through the 1942 event, two rounds of official tournament play were contested at each course.
When the tournament resumed in 1945 following World War II, the event began alternating courses each year – a process that continued through the 1950, but the next 10 tournaments were played at Starmount. Alternating between Sedgefield and Starmount was a popular arrangement that suited almost everybody until the 1960 tournament, which followed a hard winter and found Starmount not in the best of condition. After winning the tournament for the seventh time, Sam Snead, who for years was said to have buried his money in tomato cans in his back yard, jokingly suggested that Edward Benjamin, who owned Starmount, dig up a few of his tomato cans and fix up the course before the next tournament. Benjamin was not amused. He banned Snead from Starmount for life and created a serious problem for the host courses, but with the tournament growing rapidly; it turned out to be a blessing. Sedgefield, with vastly more space to handle the crowds, became the sole home of the tournament until 1977 when it moved to Forest Oaks Country Club southeast of Greensboro for the next 31 years. (Later, the Starmount membership purchased the club from Benjamin and renamed the road leading to the clubhouse Sam Snead Drive; it remains so today.)
In 2007, Sedgefield Country Club restored its Donald Ross-designed gem to its original design and lengthened it to accommodate the modern PGA TOUR golfer. The $3 million restoration process, led by Donald Ross course restoration expert Kris Spence, took 10 months to complete and resulted in a stellar, classic course covering some 7,117 yards and playing to a par 70. In 2008, after more than three decades at Forest Oaks, the Wyndham Championship went home to one of the courses on which it began.
- Course Par Value: 70 • Course Yardage: 7127
|2010||Arjun Atwal||260||David Toms||261|
|2011||Webb Simpson||262||George McNeill||265|
|2012||Sergio Garcia||262||Tim Clark||264|
|2013||Patrick Reed||266||Jordan Spieth||266|
|2014||Camilo Villegas||263||Bill Haas||264|
|2015||Davis Love III||263||Jason Gore||264|
|2016||Si Woo Kim||259||Luke Donald||264|
|2017||Henrik Stenson||258||Ollie Schniederjans||259|
|2018||Brandt Snedeker||259||Cheng Tsung Pan||262|
|2019||J.T. Poston||258||Webb Simpson|
HARRIS ENGLISH (USA) 28/1
Talk about been knocking on the door over the past few weeks to getting that third PGA Tour title. His last four read:
- RBC – 17th
- Memorial – 13th
- 3M Open – 18th
- PGA Championship – 19th
I feel these odds are a bit of a steel this week to be honest, 28/1 with Sky Bet and William Hill both paying 8 places.
What the team did like watching him on Monday was his putting drills, you can see why he sits in 14th place on strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour. This week will also feature players who have positive streaks going their way, he ticks a lot of boxes here as well.
Consecutive birdies streak five, consecutive holes below par five, and he has also gone 99 holes without picking up a single three putt.
He must feature and play well here this week.
£5 EW with Sky Bet 28/1 8 places.
HENRIK NORLANDER (SWE) 80/1
Mr Norlander has really benefited from having a break during lock down. He has spent so much time fine tuning his game, I feel this week he could shine. Had a good run at the Memorial but closed poorly with a 71/74 but still managed a top ten finish. We liked the look of him at the 3M Open where the weekend golf was a bit more like what he can deliver.
If he can put all four rounds together soon he will be hard to beat, again another player who ticks the right boxes here. Good driving accuracy, good strokes gained putting and very good strokes gained tee to green.
Great price 80/1 across many bookies, I have gone BetFair 80/1 paying 8 places, bet £4EW.
SI WOO KIM (KOR) 35/1
Not played Si Woo for quite some time. He was on our short list for the Memorial but had so many covered that week I could not get him in. What’s to like since the return he had two missed cuts at the Charles Schwab and the Travellers’, but since then seven straight cuts made three top twenty’s.
We got to follow most of his play at the PGA last week and boy what golf 69/68/68/68 to finish at seven under par. This will be a much weaker field here this week with a lot of the world’s top taking a break.
Nothing in his overall stats stand out for me, but that is a good thing because he seems to always deliver on strokes and scoring average. Twice a winner on the PGA Tour and could be in the hunt for number three if his play from last week continues.
35/1 with many. I am going £5EW with Sky Bet paying 8 places.
KEVIN KISNER (USA) 40/1
Kevin for us is a money making machine, he nearly always delivers and gets us a return when we play him.
There are a few golfers in the field this week that just love to play Bermuda grass venues and especially Donald Ross designed tracks. Kevin sits top of this tree and playing well coming into this week, a third place at the Rocket then at the WGC St Jude a top twenty five and last week at the PGA a solid top twenty with a good Sunday round to close 67.
He maybe does not take advantage of a lot of birdie putts, but this week I think will be different, like we said he loves Bermuda grass and a shorter design this week should be right up his alley.
40/1 across the board here. I am going £5EW with Paddy Power 8 places.
BRENDON TODD (USA) 40/1
We all know what this guy accomplished this season joining a rare breed of winning back to back times on the PGA Tour at the Bermuda and then followed that at the Mayakoba. He then went 4th at the RSM and 3rd at the QBE shootout very impressive.
So since the restart another player who is trending in the right direction for me this week, 11th place at the Travelers’, 15th at the WGC and 17th last week at the PGA.
One of the best putters on tour so will be looking for him to make plenty of birdies this week. If he starts well he could run away with the victory this week.
Staying with a £5EW bet with 40/1 with William Hill paying 8 places.
NICOLAS COLSAERTS (BEL) 50/1 – £5EW PP 7 PLACES
JAMIE DONALDSON (WAL) 66/1 – £5EW WILLIAM HILL 6 PLACES
GAVIN GREEN (MY) 40/1 – £5EW PP 7 PLACES
MARCEL SCHNEIDER (GER) 250/1 – £2.5EW PP 7 PLACES
- Measures 7,493 yards off the back tees
- Built to stage The 2010 Ryder Cup
- Par of 71
Twenty Ten Course
Built to stage The 2010 Ryder Cup, the first course to be built specifically for golf’s greatest team tournament, The Twenty Ten measures a robust 7,493 yards off the back tees and has a par of 71.
With water hazards on half of its holes, the course has six signature holes and presents many more memorable tests and risk-and-reward dilemmas. One of the features of the spectacular course is its variety with many of the earlier holes having a links-like feel with long rough and greenside swales, before the middle section reveals the full extent of the lake-lined challenge.
A tough finishing stretch culminates in a real sting in the tail at the 18th.
2014 – JOOST LUITEN
2013 – GREGORY BOURDY
2012 – T JAIDEE
2011 – ALEX NOREN
2010 – GRAEME MCDOWELL
NICOLAS COLSAERTS (BEL) 50/1
The old guard Nicolas is a good bet this week. Been showing a lot of good form in 2020 top twenty at the Oman Open in March, then a couple of missed cuts after returning from lockdown is to be expected.
Last week was a special week to gain a very good top ten finish at the English Championship. We have played this track many times over the years, pretty easy to score on so should be a low one again this week.
Three time winner on the ET Tour with his last coming at the Open de France only last year, he looks good out there in practice and very relaxed.
Betting £5 EW odds 50/1 Paddy Power 7 places
JAMIE DONALDSON (WAL) 66/1
Flying the Welsh flag for us this week has to be Jamie. Plenty of experience around here and knows how to get the job done, you must remember that Ryder Cup appearance back in 2014 WOW.
Another three time winner to the ET Tour and I feel peaking and trending at just the right time to pick up his fourth title here this week.
His last two events read:
- Hero Open – 15th -10
- English Champ – 14th -14
Totally sets up for his game around here and with his added accuracy off the tee we could see him setting up plenty of birdies this week. Watch for him to start fast this week and should be a feature come Sunday.
Betting £5 EW 66/1 William Hill 6 places
MARCEL SCHNEIDER (GER) 250/1
So it has been a while since we have hunted down a good challenge tour player, but we have been following Marcel for quite some time now. We feel this could be the best week to play him as the course and set up should be very suitable to his game.
He is sitting at number one spot on the road to Mallorca rankings, and with good reason. He has played four events in a row now on the ET Tour and made the cut in all four, picking up a great second place at the Austrian Open at the start of July.
Shot four rounds under par last week with an average tied 53rd position. We caught up with the young German on Monday and he said he is buzzing for this week as he remembers watching the 2014 Ryder Cup and dreamed of playing on this great track.
He is 250/1 with six bookmakers with some going 300/1. We are staying with PP £2.50EW paying 7 Places.
GAVIN GREEN (MY) 40/1
My last pick for this week goes to Gavin Green. He ticks so many boxes for me this week ok so his first event back last week at the English Championship started well shooting rounds of 69/69 just missing the cut.
I feel he is such a good player this will only drive him onto this week to get the job done. Another player who was on a roll before the lockdown:
- Saudi – 3rd
- Oman – 18th
- Qatar – 12th
He will win an ET Tour title soon he has the ability and has already shown us he has what it takes, topping the Asian order of merit in 2017 which in turn got him onto the ET.
Stats that stand out for me this week taken from the ET:
- Driving Accuracy – 64.28 – Rank 12th
- GIR – 72.86% – Rank 30th
- Putts per Round – 29.23 – Rank 31st
- Stroke Average – 69.38 – Rank 6th
Should go low and set up a lot of chances and if the putter gets hot who knows.
£5EW with 40/1 PP paying 7 places