The Wyndham Championship is played annually in Greensboro, North Carolina. The tournament was founded in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open. In 2007, the event was renamed the Wyndham Championship when Wyndham Hotels & Resorts took over as title sponsor.
Sam Snead set a PGA Tour record for his 8 wins at the event, as well as his 1965 victory at age 52, which made him the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event.
Previously the tournament was contested in April/May until a schedule change in 2003 which moved the tournament toward the end of the season. It subsequently moved from an autumn date to August and is now the last PGA Tour event before the Playoffs for the FedEx Cup.
The Donald Ross designed course at Sedgefield Country Club serves as the venue for the Wyndham Championship. As the last FedEx Cup event it is an important qualifying tournament for the post season playoffs and after this week only the Top 125 in earnings will be fully exempt for next season.
At 7,100+ yards distance off the tee around Sedgefield Country Club is pretty much irrelevant and like most Donald Ross layouts accuracy and precise placement off the tee is important. The course layout will suit the player who plots his way around with good course management and a premium on hitting greens in regulation.
Last year, JT Poston closed with a final round -8 (62) to tie the Wyndham Championship record -22 (258) held by Henrik Stenson (2017). He finished one stroke clear of Webb Simpson for his first PGA Tour victory.
Poston became the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to win a 72 hole stroke play event on Tour without a bogey.
“I probably haven’t had that many bogey-free rounds this year, to be able to do four in a row is pretty special, and finish it off with a 62 on Sunday is pretty awesome.”JT Poston
The 2018 champion, Brandt Snedeker shot a -5 (65) in the final round to win by three strokes from CT Pan and Webb Simpson. It was Snedeker’s ninth victory on Tour. He finished on a total score of -21 (259) which included a 59 in the opening round. His incredible first round set him up for a wire-to-wire win. Bad weather over the weekend resulted in Snedeker having to play 29 holes on Sunday.
In 2017 Henrik Stenson captured the Wyndham Championship finishing one stroke ahead of Ollie Schniederjans. The tournament was a late addition by the Swede as he needed to reach 15 starts on the PGA Tour to keep his card for the 2017-18 season. Stenson carded a final round -6 (64) that included birdies on four of his final six holes.
In 2016, Si Woo Kim closed with a -3 (67) for a five stroke victory and his first PGA Tour win. He had a -21 (259) total, tying the 72-hole tournament record set by Carl Pettersson. He finished the week 51st for Driving Distance, 6th for Driving Accuracy, T8 for GIR & and T5 in Putts per Round. The highlight of Kim’s play was a bogey-free second round 60 which included 8 Birdies and 1 Eagle.
In 2015, a 51 year old Davis Love III became the third-oldest winner on the PGA Tour when he captured the Wyndham Championship.
“This week I putted really well. Made some great putts today that won the tournament for me.”Davis III
Love ranked 3rd in the Strokes Gained Putting category gaining 2.2 strokes per round on the field average. He also ranked 8th in Strokes Gained Approach gaining 1.1 strokes per round.
History would suggest that Sedgefield is not a catch-up course with most of the halfway leaders going on to convert. The two Par 5’s on the course are gettable.
Wyndham Championship Betting Tips
Patrick Reed 16/1 (E/W) – a past champions at Sedgefield Country Club, he won here in a playoff in 2013. Has two Top 15 finishes in his last three starts which includes a T13 in last week’s PGA Championship. A strong showing in Par 4 Scoring helps him squeeze into the Top 30 in this week’s Stats Analysis. The 30 year old from Texas is also 10th on Tour for both Strokes Gained Putting and Scoring Average. Arriving in confident mood to a course where he has had past success demands attention. Should be one of the main protagonists this week.
Harris English 28/1 (E/W) – a regular visitor to the Wyndham Championship, his best result in the recent past is a T11 in 2018. Showing solid form of late with Top 20 finishes in each of his last four starts, puncuated by a T19 (and final round 66) at last week’s PGA Championship. Statistically well balanced, he places second in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 14th on Tour for Strokes Gained Putting, 11th for GIR and 5th for Scoring Average – all attributes that won’t go astray this week. His game is simmering nicely just off radar.