2017 Wyndham Championship
The majors are all done for the year and the Fed Ex Cup playoffs does not start till last week so we are left with the Wyndham Championship to fill the void this week. As you might imagine this is not an event many people are circling on their calendars, and if they are you probably want to reevaluate associating with them as this tournament is awful. On the bright side, there are some giant GPP’s in the lobby and a ton of people who may not know who half the players in the field are so there is plenty to play for this week.
Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina is where players will be teeing it up. The course is pretty easy so expect players to go low on this par 70 that measures out around 7125 yards. At first glance the course seems straightforward, you want to be in position off the tee and be able to dial it in with the irons. Distance always helps, but it seems the one way to get yourself into trouble is by spraying off the tee. If you are in the fairway you should be able to attack all week and rack up plenty of birdie looks on these Bermuda greens. You want guys who are solid off the tee and with the irons, mostly midrange unless they are super short or long off the tee then it may be slightly adjusted in terms of their yardage into most of these holes. Obviously with Bermuda greens, slight boost to guys who prefer that surface , but that is more of a secondary factor than something I am actively looking for.
This is an anti-major field with a lot of randos to choose from , but we do have an angle this week to keep in mind which is the Fed Ex Cup Playoff standings. This is it in terms of securing your Top 125 spot which ensures you keeping your card, so take a look at guys around the bubble (~125) as they have extreme motivation to get it done this week.
What a wild ride last week, I got the full treatment of why DFS golf is a roller coaster. Long story short I was crushing after Friday which means nothing, watched my entire team implode on Saturday capped off by Day’s Sportscenter not top 10 idea on 18, but saw them rise from the dead Sunday and really make a charge late. Ended up having my best week of the year which I did not see coming, and appreciate everyone who was rooting me on throughout the week.
In terms of the actual golf props to JT he really got it done, and Fowler again seemed like he was right on the cusp of breaking thru. As most of you know I had an all-out Hideki fade which was not my best idea, but was able to survive it thanks to a Louie, Moli and some other top finishers. Rory seems lost, heard he might take the rest of the year off which I hope he does because clearly something is wrong.
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Henrik Stenson 11.5k DK/$17.8k FDraft – Have to mention him although I am not sure exactly what I am going to do. Far and away the most talented player in the field, but has been underwhelming basically the entire year. Motivation is definitely an issue with Henrik so if he does not get off to a fast start you could see him mail it in or even WD which is a killer. Going to monitor this one as the week progresses, but as it stands right now I plan to try and cancel the field and not let Henrik beat or kill me this week.
Webb Simpson $10k DK/$16.5k FDraft – Has Carolina roots, solid course history including a win, and is in good form which checks most of the boxes this week. In such a weak field, he is priced above where we usually see him, but there is no reason Webb cannot contend for a win this week at Wyndham. After an opening round 76 last week he settled in and had 3 solid rounds Friday – Sun which he can hopefully carry into this week where he faces much less competition.
Ryan Moore $9.6k DK/$16.2k FDraft – Barely knew he was in the field last week, as his season was derailed with injury and he has been forgotten by most. Seems to be back in form with a solid showing the last two weeks and the talent to compete here. Awesome with the irons, certainly not a bomber and his around the green game is suspect, but if he comes in sub 10% I will be overweight against the field this week with Moore.
Byeong Hun An $8.9k DK, $15.1k FDraft – Earlier this year Benny An was one of the more popular guys every week, but lately he has been MIA. I had a little at like 2% last week and he was solid, and this course should suit his game. Stupid good with the irons, but his putting is down in Paul Casey territory of god awful so that is something we will have to dodge if we are looking for An to contend this week. Still the talent is there and if we get a somewhat decent putting display we should see Benny An in one of the later groups come Sunday.
Seamus Powers $8k DK/$14.1k FDraft – Overpriced, but he is 123rd on the fed cup point list which is basically squarely on the bubble. 6 straight cuts made for Seamus so the form is there and the extra motivation I think is enough to justify the increase in price for him this week. No course history here, but good with the irons and talented enough to contend in a field like this.
Kevin Tway $7.8k DK/$14.2k FDraft – Do not really get this price, although he is not an ideal course fit. Tway bombs it, but always outscores his placement which is even bigger if this turns into a scoring fest. Needs to avoid spraying it, but should be hitting super short irons or wedges into a lot of these holes and can get on fire at any time. Probably not someone I want in cash, but GPP’s I will definitely have some Tway this week.
Ollie Schniederjans $7.6k DK/$14k FDraft – One of the best with the irons, so his style should be a good fit on a track like this. Ollie never really broke thru this year and lately he has been pretty poor with no top 25 finishes in the last 10 weeks. Still, in a field like this he is one of the more talented players yet his price is basically where it is most weeks against much stronger competition. Not someone I am jamming in, but a nice mid-range target this week who has the upside to get back on track and crack the top 20.
Emiliano Grillo $7.5k DK/$14.4k FDraft – I know he has been awful lately, but with this field and that price I have to take a good look at Grillo in this spot. He is still above average T2G , his short game has been the real issue so far this year. Not many stats to rely on with him since he is in poor form, but if he goes overlooked and can regain some of his past form he will be a steal this week at little to no ownership.
Trey Mullinax $6.9k DK/$12.6k FDraft – Another player right around 125 in the standings so he needs a big week. Powerful off the tee, but also a solid putter which is a deadly combo when both things are clicking. Competed at the US Open so clearly he can play with anyone, and in a scoring fest he should be well suited as he has shown the ability to go very low when dialed in.
Fades & Notes
Kevin Kisner – This one hurts because Kis might be my favorite golfer on tour. Do not think this is an all-out fade spot, basically just going with the angle of having a chance to win a major only to lose it late Sunday and then a quick turnaround to a tourney that is not important at all. Have to assume there is a little hangover effect, but Kis does like this place which is why I may end up have a little, but will still be underweight against the field.
Good luck everyone!
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