The FedExCup Playoffs are on the next tee, just a week away. But many PGA TOUR pros are scrambling at this week’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. Wyndham Championship odds will feature many names hoping to make the playoffs, as FedExCup points are still up for grabs.
This week is the final event before the FedExCup Playoffs begin at Liberty National and the Northern Trust. However, the Wyndham event will not include most of the top-ranked players as they take the week off and get ready for the big-money playoffs.
2021 Wyndham Championship Odds
Last year’s event lacked a strong contingent of top-ranked players as the event followed the PGA Championship. Now the Wyndham falls between the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational that attracted 48 of the top-50 players in the world, and the start of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed return as favorites for the 2021 Wyndham, along with the only top-10 player in the field, Louis Oosthuizen. Simpson had four rounds of 65 or better in last year’s event for another top-three finish and strong performance on a course he has flourished. Reed finished T9 last year. But a huge longshot of 500/1 captured the Wyndham title last year, as Jim Herman fired 61 on Saturday and 63 on Sunday for a one-shot win over third-round leader Si Woo Kim, who finished T3. Kim will be among the contenders and top 10 in the odds to win the Wyndham.
Odds will be posted here by Monday evening, with full field odds at legal sportsbooks like DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM.
TOP GOLFERS IN THE WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP
A total of 14 of the top-50 players in the world rankings will tee it up at Sedgefield, potentially opening the door for a longshot in the Wyndham Championship odds. Oosthuizen is the only player in the field currently in the top 10 of the FedExCup Standings.
Other players in the top 30 of the FedExCup Standings and are leading contenders to win the Wyndham include: Jason Kokrak, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Sungjae Im and Kevin Na.
Will Zalatoris is ranked No. 30 in the world, and he’s earned enough points to be in the top 30 of the FedExCup Standings; however, he’s a non-member and has not yet earned his PGA TOUR card. He needs to win this week to qualify for the playoffs.
Si Woo Kim and Brian Harman are inside the top 40 of the FedExCup Standings. Kim has moved up from No. 95 in the world to start the year to No. 54, while Harman started the year at No. 91 and is up to No. 42.
Webb Simpson plays in this event annually and is the 2011 winner. He has eight top-10 finishes, including runner-up in both 2018 and 2019. He also finished third in 2017 and 2020. Simpson is the world’s No. 16-ranked player looking to move up after starting the year in the top 10. Simpson fired a final round 64 at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude to move into the top-50 of the FedExCup Standings.
Tommy Fleetwood is ranked No. 35 in the world and playing in the Wyndham Championship. But he’s outside the top 125 in the FedExCup Standings and scrambling to get into the playoffs. So too is Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose, who will both need a good week at Wyndham to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.
Two-time Wyndham champion Brandt Snedeker (2018, 2007) will be in the FedExCup Playoffs, and he shot a course record 59 when winning the 2018 event.
U.S. Open champion (2019) Gary Woodland has a little breathing room just inside the top 115 as he tees it up at Sedgefield this week. He’ll have to sweat it out if he misses the cut with players moving past him in the standings based on the FedEx points distribution.
Bubba Watson and 2019 Wyndham champion and North Carolina native J. T. Poston will be looking to move up at the Wyndham and next week’s opening Northern Trust playoff event. They both sit just outside the top 70 in the FedExCup Standings, which is the cutline to make the BMW Championship for the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Finishing in the top 30 following the first two FedEx Playoffs events earns golfers a spot into the Tour Championship at East Lake and a spot into every majors in 2022.
Wyndham Championship Winners and Runners-up:
- 2020 – Jim Herman (-21), Billy Horschel
- 2019 – J. T. Poston (-22), Webb Simpson
- 2018 – Brandt Snedeker (-21), Webb Simpson, C. T. Pan
Players who have finished top 15 in the Wyndham at least once the past two years and returning for the 2021 event include:
- Jim Herman
- J. T. Poston
- Webb Simpson
- Doc Redman
- Sungjae Im
- Si Woo Kim
- Kevin Kisner
- Brian Harman
- Harold Varner
- Patrick Reed
- Russell Henley
- Denny McCarthy
- Jason Kokrak (T6)
- Brice Garnett
- Rory Sabbatini
FedExCup Playoffs Bubble
While many players and bettors will be watching the leaderboard this week, others will be watching the scoring and position of the players on the bubble below. All of them are near the cut line for earning their way into the FedExCup Playoffs starting next week.
Players who finish in the top 125 of the FedExCup Standings qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs and also retain their PGA TOUR privileges if not already exempt.
Just inside the top-125 bubble:
- Scott Stallings
- Brice Garnett
- C.T. Pan
- Adam Scott
- Ryan Armour
- Patrick Rodgers
- Matt Kuchar
- Bo Hoag
Outside of the top 125:
- Scott Piercy
- Nate Lashley
- Michael Thompson
- Camilo Villegas
- Rickie Fowler
- Roger Sloan
- Chesson Hadley
- Austin Cook
- Justin Rose
- Chase Seiffert
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Justin Rose
- Francesco Molinari
- Rory Sabbatini
- Ryan Moore
COURSE AND TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
- Course: Sedgefield Country Club
- Location: Greensboro, NC
- Date: Aug. 12-15, 2021
- Par: 70 / Yardage 7,131
- Purse: $6.4 Million / Winner $1.2 M
- Fairways/Rough: Tif-Sport hybrid Bermudagrass
- Greens: Champion Bermudagrass
- TV: Golf Channel and CBS (Sat-Sun)
- Live Streaming: CBSSports.com. CBS Sports App and PGA Tour Live
- Twitter: @WyndhamChamp
The Donald Ross design at Sedgefield has hosted the event since 2008, and previously in the 1960s and 1970s. This is the 82nd event, and it’s been played every year in Greensboro, NC. Sedgefield features rolling terrain, and strong putters and short game specialists that can scramble have excelled. The raised, severely undulating fast bermuda greens can be tricky. Properly positioned approach shots are key, and runoff areas brings more scrambling into play.
Driving accuracy and solid ball striking will set up players for lower scores, and it’s taken at least 21-under-par to be the champion each of the past five years of the Wyndham event.
Correlating courses as you consider your golf betting strategies and Wyndham Championship odds include TPC Sawgrass, Harbour Town and two other Donald Ross designs on the PGA TOUR – Detroit Golf Club and East Lake.
Since 2010, the average strokes gained approach ranking of the winner is 7.2, and six of the last eight winners ranked fourth or better on approach.
Tee-to-Green stats are of significance this week along with putting on bermuda. Also add par-4 scoring and proximity from 150-175 to your research and stats models.
As you watch and wager and consider your pre-tournament strategies and live in-play options. Know too that first-time winners have won the Wyndham seven of the last 14 years. Also, three of the last five winners at the Wyndham have ranked first or second respectively in the field for SG: Tee-to-Green during their winning weeks.
On the Sedgefield course specifically with at least eight rounds played, Webb Simpson ranks No. 1 in SG: Tee-to-Green, Approach and Ball Striking. Charl Schwartzel is top three in those three categories while Ryan Moore and C.T. Pan are top-10 in all three. Two names to watch in Wyndham Championship odds.
The top putters at Sedgefield are Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Reed, Kevin Kisner and Brice Garnett.
Louis Oozthuizen leads the field in Approach and No. 2 in Putting over his last 24 rounds overall, but he makes his debut at Sedgefield.
Next week it’s The Northern Trust as the FedExCup Playoffs tee-off from Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.
Golfers To Watch
Sungjae Im ()
Few fit better here than Sungjae Im, who has a pair of top-10 finishes in the Wyndham the last two years and has shot 65 or better five times with 10.6 and 8.4 strokes gained Total. Tee-to-Green stats with accuracy will be of more significance at Sedgefield, and an emphasis on ball placement in the fairway, angles into the greens and approach placement will determine how low players go. Sungjae Im is one of the most accurate golfers from the tee ranking top-15 on Tour this season and No. 2 in Good Drives Gained and top-20 in Greens in Regulation Gained over his last 36 rounds. He’s gained strokes on Approach in five straight Tour starts and 5-of-6 Tee-to-Green. The 23-year-old also had high finishes on a few other comp courses this year with top-20’s at Harbour Town and TPC Sawgrass, and top-10 on the Donald Ross design in Detroit at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Im was striking it very well last week, but his putting really let him down. He’s still a reliable putter on Bermuda, and this week Sungjae will set himself up for plenty of good looks at birdie and a win should be within reach and +250 for top-10 seems likely again. FedEx Cup rank: 28.
Taylor Gooch ()
Gooch ranks 2nd in the field over his last 36 rounds in Approach, and top-21 in Ball Striking, Tee-to-Green and strokes gained Total. He was especially strong in those categories in two of his recent events at Colonial and Murifield, and Gooch has gained strokes putting in six of his last seven U.S. events. The 29-year-old was good at least year’s Wyndham opening with 65-65 before a Sunday fade left him T25. He can improve his FedEx Cup standing this week playing loose and currently sitting at No. 61.
MacKenzie Hughes ()
Some value on putting and short game specialist MacKenzie Hughes this week. After a string of five straight missed cuts in May, he’s posted three top-15 finishes in five events including both majors. The 30-year-old Canadian heated up last year at this time and made it all the way to the final 30 and East Lake in the playoffs thanks to his strong Putting and Around the Green game. The rest of his stats don’t pop, but his last visit to Sedgefield was in 2019 when he was not playing as well, and Hughes finished top-25 with a 63-66 start. FedEx Cup rank: 67.
Ryan Armour ()
Ranked No. 201 in the world and sitting on the bubble of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at No. 122, Ryan Armour is up against it as well. But he has some positive profiles to draw from at Sedgefield, where he ranks 3rd in scoring and has finished top-25 in all four Wyndham starts including a pair of top-10s. Over 16 rounds at Sedgefield, Armour has posted 66 or better 10 times. His No. 1 ranking in Par 4 efficiency from 400-450 yards far exceeds his struggles and Tee-to-Green and Approach stats over his last 36 rounds. But Armour’s top-10 Short Game and top-5 Putting stats and proven performance over the course make him a big longshot to watch with full focus this week.