Donald Ross’ season continues on the PGA Tour as we head to Sedgefield Country Club after last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Ross-designed Detroit Golf Club. The Wyndham Championship marks the final event of the PGA Tour regular season, which will leave players battling for position in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The Sedgefield Country Club has given fantasy golf players some strong correlations over the years. It’s one of the strongest historic courses on the PGA Tour, and it often rewards driving precision over distance, with an emphasis on putting. The nuanced greens tend to benefit those with a few years of experience on these Bermuda grass surfaces. Expect plenty of birdies with the winning score usually in the 20 under par range.
Here are the players who have my interest — and those who definitely don’t — this week at the 2022 Wyndham Championship.
Mark Hubbard ($7,900 DraftKings | $9,200 FanDuel)
Hubbard made an ace but missed the cut last week, ending an eight-straight cut streak. I would recommend forgiving quickly, given that Sedgefield Country Club might be one of the best touring setups for Hubbard. It is short off the tee but very precise, which has been the combination of success at this event. He has twice top-25 finishes in the Wyndham Championship in his last three trips, highlighted by a T-15 in 2020.
JT Poston ($8,200 DraftKings | $10,600 FanDuel)
Poston won this event in 2019, so the course fit is definitely in his favor. Poston is playing much better now than he was in 2019 – when he missed five cuts in the nine events leading up to Wyndham that year. This year, Poston has a win at John Deere, a second-place finish at Travelers and three more top 11s in his last 11 events. He is brimming with confidence and will have lots of good vibes when he arrives in Greensboro.
Corey Conners ($9,600 DraftKings | $11,000 FanDuel)
Conners hasn’t played since The Open Championship, but his game should fit perfectly at Sedgefield Country Club, where Conners can rely on his elite ball-striking. Conners has won strokes in the ball-striking (off-tee plus approach) categories in 11 of his last 13 starts, according to golf database RickRunGood.com. With an improved putt this year, Conners could make a lot of noise this week.
Joohyung Kim ($8,600 DraftKings | $9,800 FanDuel)
Kim refuses to take her foot off the pedal, finishing with a 66-63 over the weekend last week to move up the standings and finish seventh. He has played in seven PGA Tour events this year and finished in the top 26 five times, including a third-place finish at the Scottish Open. He’s firing on all cylinders and will use this as his final event to earn enough temporary membership points to earn his card for next season.
Rory Sabbatini ($6,900 DraftKings | $8,300 FanDuel)
There aren’t many ideal stops for Sabbatini, but Sedgefield Country Club is certainly one of them. In his last six trips to Greensboro, he has earned four top-10 finishes, including one last year. It will enter this week with two straight cuts and offers a decent upside at this price.
Will Zalatoris ($10,900 DraftKings | $11,900 FanDuel)
Zalatoris was impressive at Detroit Golf Club last week, finishing T-20 on a course that didn’t quite suit him. I don’t think Sedgefield suits him much better, but it’s certainly more positive. If he can keep it in the fairway, he can attack some of the longer par 4s better than his peers. Even with a few disappointing finishes lately, he still has nine top 28 finishes in his last 12 starts with six top six finishes in that span.
Chez Reavie ($7,400 DraftKings | $9,000 FanDuel)
Think of the most successful golfers at this event, and Kevin Kisner, along with Webb Simpson, will jump to the fore. Reavie is cut from the same fabric. He is the most accurate driver on the course over his last 24 rounds, according to the RickRunGood.com golf database. He consistently played off the fairway, which led to his victory at Barracuda and a T-8 finish at Travellers. He has yet to crack the code at Sedgefield Country Club, but the fit of the course, on paper, is just too good to overlook.
David Lipsky ($7,000 DraftKings | $8,800 FanDuel)
Lipsky’s game is starting to change, earning two solid finishes in his last three starts. Lipsky constantly plays off the fairway, sitting in the top 30 on tour within driving distance. He’s also one of the best mid-range putters on the court, which will come in handy as the winner will need to rack up birdies from 15-20 feet.
Austin Smotherman ($7,000 DraftKings | $8,000 FanDuel)
Smotherman passed out the weekend at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, shooting 74-73. He was still able to make the cut, which marks four straight weekends for Smotherman. He is an excellent ball driver, both long and precise, which is so essential at Sedgefield Country Club. Even more impressive: He’s won ball shots in 15 consecutive events, a streak that dates back to late January.
Nick Hardy ($7,300 DraftKings | $8,700 FanDuel)
It looks like a low buy point on Hardy, who missed the cut last week in Detroit. Keep in mind this was his first missed cut since April, an eight-event streak. He is proving to be a solid player who can definitely hold on at this level. His ability to hit a ton of greens in regulation and put well is a combination that can get hot in an instant. He will have to tap into that ceiling this week.
Webb Simpson ($10,700 DraftKings | $11,600 FanDuel)
It is true that it is a bit dangerous. Simpson has been turned off at Sedgefield Country Club, scoring an astonishing 10 top 11 finishes in his last 12 trips. However, I am afraid that it is not this golfer more. He’s lost shots from tee to green in three straight events, something he hasn’t done since mid-2016, according to golf database RickRunGood.com. Combine this tee-to-green game with its worst season since 2016, and I get even more worried. Then you factor in that price and the VERY high ownership potential for Simpson, and that’s enough to drive me away.
Taylor Pendrith ($8,500 DraftKings | $10,400 FanDuel)
Pendrith shuffled last week and played well, eventually finishing second to Tony Finau. This now gives Pendrith four consecutive top-13 finishes. As exciting as it sounds, Sedgefield Country Club might be one of the worst courses on the program for him, requiring accuracy and precision from the start, not power. Add to that the emotional toll Pendrith might have taken from being in the final group on Sunday, and I’ll find a way to play him later this year.
Davis Riley ($8,000 DraftKings | $9,900 FanDuel)
I’m a big believer in Riley long term, but I’m worried about his prospects this week. His last three starts have ended in two missed cuts and a T-64. When you see results like that at this stage of the season for a young player, you fear that fatigue is starting to get the better of him. I’m also worried about the putting surfaces at Sedgefield. They are filled with nuances and the experience cannot be replaced. This will be Riley’s first trip to the event, and he apparently has an uphill battle ahead of him.
Chris Gotterup ($7,600 DraftKings | $9,300 FanDuel)
Gotterup is clearly one of the rising stars on the circuit with heaps of talent. However, you could say Sedgefield Country Club is one of the worst places on the calendar for him. With a focus on steering precision, Gotterup might struggle given that he finds short grass much less frequently than his peers. Combine that with erratic play with the putter, and no experience at this event could wreak havoc on Gotterup’s week.
Callum Tarren ($7,300 DraftKings | $8,800 FanDuel)
Tarren continued his excellent run last week with a T-20 finish, highlighted by a Sunday 66 to move up 20 spots in the standings. The secret is out on Tarren, who is in the middle of three consecutive top-25 finishes. While I’m optimistic for him in the long run, I worry about his talent for spraying it off the tee, and fear his popularity will turn detrimental by the time Thursday morning rolls around.