Wyndham Championship 2013 Preview

By Michael McGill ( @MickSportsNews )

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The PGA Tour heads to Greensboro, North Carolina this week for the Wyndham Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club.

This will be the regular season finale as the players jockey for a position in the top 125 standings to extend their seasons.

Sedgefield Country Club has hosted this event since 2008. It is a Par 70 course measuring at 7177 yards. There are 48 sand bunkers and 13 water hazards that include twelve creeks and one pond.

The course was closed in May last year as the greens were converted from bentgrass to champion bermudagrass.

Teeing it up this week are seven past champions. Defending Champion Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Arjun Atwal, Carl Pettersson, Brandt Snedeker, Davis Love III and K.J Choi.

Joining them will be six winners from this season including Derek Ernst, Sang-Moon Bae, Boo Weekley, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas and Jordon Spieth.

The bookies have the Top 5 in betting as: 14/1 Webb Simpson, 14/1 Brandt Snedeker, 16/1 Zach Johnson, 18/1 Sergio Garcia and 20/1 Bill Haas.

The emphasis this week will be on ball placement. If you get the ball in the right place on the fairway it will give you the right angle to the green.

Look for good driving accuracy and GIR stats this week. Sedgefield has played as one of the easiest Par 70 courses on the PGA Tour roster. Which is evident when looking at the winning scores over the past five years. -18, -18, -20, -16 and -21.

It will also pay to be a good putter as the greens are still young and are very undulating. They slope from back to front.

Looking at the field this week two players spring to mind.

Rory Sabbatini 80/1

When it comes to a guy who has six PGA Tour titles to his name and has hit a purple patch of form you can not go past Rory. After starting the season with four missed cuts from six starts Sabbatini has his game back to where we know it should be.

Sabbatini stands out this week due to his last three tournaments. T17th Sanderson Farms Championship, T12th Canadian Open and T7th Reno Tahoe Open has him hitting form at the right time. With a field that is missing the calibre of player we expect to see each week you can expect to see Rory taking advantage of this and showing why he has those six tour victories.

Stats wise he is ranked 25th in greens in regulation, 3rd in birdie average, 12th in Par 3 birdie or better average, 32nd in Par 4 birdie or better average and 17th in GIR percentage from other than fairway.

Rory represents excellent each way value this week. His current form in a low class field makes him stand out.

Hideki Matsuyama 33/1

For anyone who reads my previews you will know my thoughts on Hideki. There is no need to go into his excellent amateur career or his sensational form on the Japan Tour. All those results and stats have been mentioned on several occasions.

Lets look at his PGA Tour form since June. T10th US Open, T6th The Open Championship, T16th Canadian Open, T21st WGC Championship and T19th PGA Championship. Are there any other golfers who spring to mind with that kind of form? If there was, what odds would they be in this tournament? Not 33/1 that is for sure!

Look at the quality of the fields in the above mentioned tournaments and then look at this weeks event. They are chalk and cheese. I am almost considering Hideki to be the one of the best bets of the year! He will win on the PGA Tour sooner rather than later.

Matsuyama is one talented player with a very bright future ahead. This week could be the break through week!

Good luck and good punting.

Last Week

Henrik Stenson and Zach Johnson both gave us good reason to cheer over the four days. Henrik finished 3rd giving us an each way collect while Zach managed a T8th finish.


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