After a fun week in Kentucky where we were treated to another Brooks Koepka win, this time by way of comeback, we head farther east to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship.
Brooks’s win was a surprising one coming off of The Open Championship where he loves to peak.
It was nice to see even if we didn’t pick him.
Koepka held off the jet and stress lag from what turned out to be an ugly Sunday for conditions as well as scorecards at Royal Portrush and proved he’s not “just” a front-runner in major tournaments.
As far as out picks go, Brandt Snedeker and Chez Reave both were in contention for top 10s after the first round or two but eventually, slid back outside of the top twenty in such a thick field.
The “little veteran that could” Nate Lashley saved us, though, finishing 20th for a (+400) payout. Hopefully, you guys at least broke even or maybe made a few bucks thanks to the 36-year-old from Nebraska.
Last week’s runner-up at the St Jude Invitational, Webb Simpson, makes his return to the great state of North Carolina where he was born and raised.
The 33-year-old Wake Forest alum from the nearby state capital of Raleigh will have many eyes and betting slips on him this week as Sedgefield Country Club is his home course.
Simpson has been on an absolute tear all summer dating back to his 5th place finish at The Masters in May.
Patrick Reed is another hot name this week.
He has recently enlisted the help of leading swing coach David Leadbetter and it has shown in his scores.
He has a couple of top 12 performances in the last two weeks on difficult courses playing alongside the world’s best both times.
Rookie sensations Matthew Wolff, Viktor Hovland, and Colin Morikawa will each be down in Greensboro this week as well. I would expect at least one of these three to finish inside the top ten.
Defending champ Brandt Snedeker will be in the field as well as iron-master Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth who are both in solid summer form.
BetOnline has the lines this week.
Let’s make some picks!
First Round Leader
Dylan Frittelli: +5000
A bit of a stretch, sure, but he’s got the numbers to at least be a solid pick on paper.
While he skipped the Wyndham last year, his first-round finishes in the previous four years stand out to me.
11th, 9th, 10th, and a 3rd place first-round finish in 2017.
The only thing working against him is his 12:30 PM tee time. Most of the previous first-round leaders have been early starters but there’s less than a 50% threat of thunderstorms in the evening, and that’s not until 1800 hours.
Dylan ranks 15th on the season in first-round finishes. The value is there. Give him a few bucks.
Scott Piercy: +5000
It’s been a few years since Piercy has played the Wyndham but Scott was the leader after the end of Thursday play in 2015.
In his previous start to that, he was 6th.
He has an 8:10 tee time which is a bit more favorable and ranks a respectable 27th on the season in this statistical category.
The Las Vegan will be well-rested and coming off of a 14 under par performance in his last outing at the 3M Open.
Jordan Speith: +110
After 3 straight top-ten performances in May including a 3rd place finish at the PGA Championship behind Koepka and DJ, Jordan slowed in June but bounced back this month,
He finished 20th at The Open and 12th at last week’s St Jude Invitational.
Hopefully, he can make it another 3 in a row streak for us.
Jordan is on the inside looking out in the playoff standings but if he gets into a major slump in August, he could easily fall out of the running for the FedEx Cup.
Proper putting will be a priority for players this week, and we know that is where the former phenom has always excelled.
I think he will likely do considerably better than 20th this week but playing it safe with even money sounds nice to me.
Wyndham Clark: +550
Why not right?
He’s got the name.
He rates out very well here.
Clark has also played solid golf as of late.
He was 17th at the Rocket Mortgage and 5th at the 3M Open.
Webb Simpson: +1000
Yes, he’s the popular pick but the favorite for a reason.
I’m not saying you guys should always follow the crowd in life but the stars have aligned.
The man is hot!
Not like that, but not ugly either.
If it weren’t for the best player in the world, he would have won last week on a tough course in a thick field.
He did hurt us finishing 30th at the Open. One stroke better would have meant two more winning tickets but I still have faith in the Demon Deacon.
16th at the US Open…
Then came another runner up to a world top 3 player when he couldn’t catch Rory McIlroy at the Canadian Open.
As I said earlier, we could keep going back, past the Masters really, illustrating his excellent year.
He’s due for a win and I believe he secures it this week on his home course.
The metropolis of Greensboro, North Carolina…
It’s where my parents went out on their big dates to the drive-in theater or bought spirits past 9:00 PM.
Not far from the popular golfing city of Charlotte, Greensboro is home to the Wyndham Championship.
I really like the field and the value to be had this week.
There isn’t a field packed to the rim with killers and it isn’t the John Deere Classic or Barbasol Championship where rookies are the favorites.
We found some solid first-round leaders that are 50 to 1.
They have each knocked on the door here several times before.
Jordan Speith is playing well plus he’s a great putter along with hometown boy Webb Simpson.
Enjoy the links and drinks this weekend.
Summer is on the way out in just a few weeks.