5 Potential PGA TOUR Golf Sleeper Picks: Wyndham Championship

Written By John Haslbauer on August 2, 2022
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The greatest week in golf is upon us as the PGA TOUR makes one final stop in Greensboro, North Carolina at Sedgefield Country Club for the 2022 Wyndham Championship before the FedEx Cup playoffs are underway. Let’s attempt to navigate some potential sleeper Wyndham Championship picks.

My bias aside from all the Kevin Kisner theatrics, the Wyndham Championship was to me, the most entertaining tournament outside of the Majors in 2021. It featured an ace from Chesson Hadley to secure his place in the FedEx Cup playoffs, a heartbreaking Sunday collapse from Russell Henley, a loaded 6-man playoff on the hardest hole on the golf course, an improbable pushed 4-footer from Adam Scott to continue on with the playoff, and ultimately a nice little community win on Kevin Kisner.

Below we will look at five possible 2022 Wyndham Championship picks among sleepers in this week’s golf oddsClick on the odds anywhere below to bet now on the best available prices in your state. 

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COURSE INTRODUCTION

Sedgefield CC is the type of course you really can bet with conviction at, as we know the types of players who have annually played well in this event. The archetype of accurate drivers who are strong on approach from under 175 yards and top-tier putters, particularly on Bermuda greens, seem to always rise to the top at this event. If past winners of Kevin Kisner, Jim Herman, JT Poston, Brandt Snedeker, and Henrik Stenson are any indication, there really is no advantage for longer hitters on this track, like we’d seen at last week’s Rocket Mortgage Championship.

The tight fairways and nuanced, undulated greens are the best defense on this Donald Ross design. There are some bogeys to be had on this course, but it’s still a layout which has produced winning scores near 20-under par most years. With easier scoring conditions in store, and some nuanced greens complexes, this will be my second week in a row treating above-average long term putting as a pre-requisite skill.

For a deeper dive into the course, read my Wyndham Championship preview. Without any further delay, let’s get to our Wyndham Championship picks with a focus on longshots and sleepers for your DFS lineups.

POTENTIAL SLEEPER WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP PICKS

From a golf betting perspective, Denny McCarthy is going to win. So I could put together a single bullet card, but if the 2021 Wyndham Championship taught me anything, it’s good for the mental health to have some back up horses in the race. But because of the certainty behind McCarthy’s impending first career victory, we have some freedom to get loose on some outright longshots.

In terms of DFS, there is value in going back to players with strong course history, even if they have some down form leading in, as the formula of repeated wedge shots here is not quite matched on the other events we’ve seen over the last couple months. By removing distance and elite ball-striking from the equation, it opens the floor to plenty of viable value options.

Below, find my favorite value leverage plays and longshots for the 2022 Wyndham Championship. Stats pulled across Last 36 Rounds unless otherwise noted.

Adam Svensson (, $7,500)

Adam Svensson has eclipsed “sleeper” status to this point, as he’s been a popular DFS play over the last couple months with his trending form resulting in five top-25 finishes over his last six starts. Despite that sustained run at the top of leaderboards, his Draft Kings price has remained in neutral in the mid-$7K range, which should make him a popular play once again this week, but a sensible one at a great value for what Sedgefield CC demands.

Svensson has made one start at the Wyndham Championship back in 2019 where he finished T31. That finish came despite losing 2.6 strokes putting, but he proved he has the skillset to navigate this course well, finishing 6th in the field in SG: T2G for the week. This time around, Svensson’s putting has drastically improved, having gained 6 more strokes putting on average over his last 5 events than his preceding form in 2019. That’s an encouraging trend for a player like Svensson whose ball-striking form has otherwise stood out in this field.

Svensson was a surprise popper in my model this week, climbing to No. 3 overall, thanks to a No.1  rank in Par-4: 400-450 scoring, and top-3 ranks in Birdies or Better Gained and SG: Ball Striking (<7,200 Yard Courses). With accompanying top-25 ranks in SG: APP, Comp Course History, and Weighted Putting, Svensson has all the tools needed to contend at Sedgefield CC and will be on my outright betting card.

Alex Smalley (, $7,500)

The most cliché talking point each year at the Wyndham Championship has usually been that Webb Simpson named his daughter Wyndham because of how much he loves this event. After this year however, I have a feeling that Duke graduate Alex Smalley’s membership at Sedgefield Country Club is a narrative we’ll continue to hear ad nauseum in the future. Be that as it may, you have to like the rookie’s chances to play well on a track has played hundreds of times before.

It’s been a very solid rookie season for Smalley, who currently ranks 67th in the FedEx Cup standings to safely secure his TOUR card for next year. He’s posted six top-16 finishes on the season, including two within his last three starts at the Scottish Open and John Deere Classic. He ranked top-20 in both SG: T2G and SG: Ball Striking in this field, with a cold putter standing in the way of contending more regularly. If there was ever a place to expect a spike putting week from Smalley however, it has to be here on his home course where he’s already gained 4.3 strokes putting in his Wyndham Championship debut in 2019. I’m happy to chase a home locker narrative and will have Smalley on my outright card at long odds.

Andrew Putnam (, $7,000)

My favorite value play this week is, without a doubt, Andrew Putnam. Putnam is for all intents and purposes a discounted version of Denny McCarthy leading into the event, and I like him for many of the same reasons I like McCarthy so much here. Putnam is a putting specialist who has displayed the ability to spike week-to-week, as evidenced by the 6+ strokes he gained on the greens at last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic on similar Donald Ross greens. A trip to Bermuda greens in Greensboro should suit Putnam well too, as he’s gained more strokes on average on Bermuda than any other grass type.

Beyond just the putter, Putnam’s complete game seems to be rounding into form, as he’s now made it through the cut in four consecutive events, with two top-15 finishes over his last six starts between the 3M Open and Charles Schwab Challenge. Both courses comp well to Sedgefield Country Club between the Donald Ross and target golf connections, so I’m willing to overlook the two MC’s in his first two Wyndham Championship appearances given the quality form leading in this year.

Putnam ranks No. 5 in Par-4: 400-450 and No. 10 in Fairways Gained, a perfect combination to suit Sedgefield CC when combined with the ability to pop on Bermuda greens. We’ve seen plenty of accurate putting specialists find success in this event, so I’m happy to take a chance on the outright and double down with high exposure in DFS.

Nick Taylor (, $6,800)

Nick Taylor hasn’t done a ton to wow you of late this season, and that means he’ll need to be fully focused this week, as he currently sits right on the cusp of qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs, ranking 130th in the latest standings.

While it’s been an up and down season for Taylor, his best results have come on the shorter courses, with top-30 finishes at the Mayakoba Championship, Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Honda Classic, Wells Fargo Championship, and RBC Canadian Open. That success on shorter courses which primarily reward precision off the tee and strong iron play has also manifested in strong results at the Wyndham Championship, as he’s finished top-10 here in two of the last three years.

Having made just one cut in his last five starts, Taylor’s price has dipped down to the $6K range despite the strong history here. The form hasn’t been all bad, however, as he still ranks top-30 in the key stats of SG: APP, Prox 100-175, and SG: Ball Striking (<7,200 Yard Courses). He hasn’t put himself in contention much this season, but I’m happy to get my exposure to Taylor in DFS and the top-20 or top-30 markets on the notion of course and comp course fit alone.

Richy Werenski (, $6,300)

If you’re really desperate for salary relief or just feel like hoisting a somewhat viable bomb at 400-1+ odds, you could do much worse than siding with Richy Werenski. Like Nick Taylor, Werenski has some appeal based on the course history alone, as he’s a perfect 4-for-4 in made cuts, highlighted by a T10 finish in 2017. His form and results have been all over the place to close out the 2022 season, but a T30 at last week’s Rocket Mortgage Championship leaves some room for encouragement. And while his stats off the tee rank near the bottom of the field, it’s possible there is something about Sedgefield CC that will catch his eye better, as he’s gained OTT in every prior trip to this event.

His recent stats won’t fly off the page, but if you’re looking for a cheap GPP leverage play with upside, Werenski’s combination of course history and preceding form from last week is appealing enough to secure him a spot in my DFS player pool.

Best of luck making your Wyndham Championship picks!

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John Haslbauer writes about golf betting and advanced golf metrics for TheLines.com. He is a passionate golf fan, golf writer, and (casual) golfer. A graduate at Syracuse University, John works out of Jersey City as a Director of Media Strategy for HBO and HBO Max. He created the website thepgatout.com at the start of 2021 and is active on Twitter (@PGATout). No, he is not a tout. The Twitter handle is a joke. Touts are lame. We hate touts.

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