I would like to welcome everyone to the 2011 Wyndham Championship. This week the Touring Professionals will be tee it up in gorgeous North Carolina at Sedgefield Country Club. Tensions will be high this week as this is the player’s final tune up prior to the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. The first leg of the playoffs allows the Top 125 players in the Fed Ex Cup Rankings to compete in the tournament. Look for plenty of putts on Sunday to be extremely important on the 18th hole.
Players will have the opportunity to make plenty of birdies this week, as Sedgefield has been one of the easiest courses on Tour over the past 3 years. At only 7117 yards in length, and playing as a Par 70, players have the ability to go very low at this North Carolina golf course. Greens in Regulation are extremely high due to shorter rough and moderately difficult fairways. The greens are extremely receptive and allow players to even spin the ball out of the rough. Look for a winning score this week to be around 22 under.
Many of the Tour’s big dogs are sitting this week out as they have already secured their spot in the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. Some of the Top players competing this week include Webb Simpson, David Toms, Brandt Snedeker and Charles Howell III. With a lack of Top end talent this week, we have an excellent opportunity to get some great value out of players who are not as well known to the average fan.
Here are the 6 players I see having both excellent value and a great shot at winning this week. Enjoy the picks.
STEVE’S SIX PACK
Brandt Snedeker 24/1 – Winner of this event in 2007, Brandt has always played well at Sedgefield Country Club. He posted a T5 in 2009, and then followed it up with a T8 last year. Brandt is the best putter on Tour this year as he is 1st in Total Putting. He is also 2nd in Total Strokes gained from putting with a .866 total. Possibly one of my favorite statistics is that Brandt is 5th on Tour in Final round scoring average. Easily my favorite pick this week and I highly suggest him as a Top Play.
Bill Haas 23/1 – One of the best players on Tour at hitting Greens in Regulation (7th on Tour) hitting just over 69%. Look for Haas to give himself plenty of birdie opportunities at a course he has played extremely well previously at. Haas has 6 Top 10’s this year and is currently riding an 8 straight tournament streak of made cuts. Look for Bill to go extremely low one or even two days.
Trevor Immelman 44/1 – I would have never thought Immelman would have been a selection all year after his struggles with injuries but here he is. Lately Trevor has resurrected his career with some excellent finishes. He followed up a T14 finishes at The Greenbrier with a T12 finish at The PGA Champsionship. Look for this excellent all around player to continue his success this week in North Carolina.
Davis Love III 60/1 – What a great story Davis has been this year. His caddie and him both agree that he has never hit the ball as well as he has this year. Look for David to hit plenty of long and straight drives, setting up a plethora of birdie opportunities. Though he struggled scoring in his last two tournaments, Davis is still hitting very solid golf shots. His track record in North Carolina is not stellar, but I see him playing well this week. Solid pick at 60/1.
Steve Marino 66/1 – This guy has to win a tournament. He continues to put himself in positions to win but comes up slightly short. He also seems to rise to the Top as soon as the big name players take a week off. In 2009 he finished T10 here and has played some excellent rounds on this North Carolina golf course. Is this the week he breaks through? Let’s hope so.
Scott McCarron 175/1 – Here is another Steves Special Long Shot. I have given you players all the way from 100/1 to 635/1 this year that have been in contention on Sunday, and I see the same thing in Scott McCarron this week. This selection is solely based on past success here, as Scott has not played well at all this year. He does however love this golf course. In the 3 tournaments he has played here, he has finished T12 (2010), T17 (2009) and 2nd in 2008. Look for him to continue his success at Sedgefield Country Club this week thanks to an excellent understanding of how to score on this very easy golf course.
I hope you all enjoy the Golf this week and have a great Sunday PayDay.