With his DeLoreon hidden behind some local shrubbery, our man from the future is back with some wisdom for The Wyndham.
Kevin Kisner 18/1
Yes there may be some scarring after slipping to a T7 finish at Quail Hollow but where better for a guy who has just gone T2 in both the driving accuracy and GIR stats to next tee it up than Sedgefield? Top 10 in two of last three starts here, I think each way at 18/1, he’ll ride the wave one more week.
Ryan Moore 28/1
Regular readers will know I hate tipping Ryan Moore but with several of the top names on sabbatical there’s hay to be made while the proverbial sun shines this week for the Las Vegan. His T13 at the PGA (like Kisner’s) was constructed with a superb driving and irons performance, both historically critical if you want to succeed around this par-70. And he’s done so already, winning in 2009.
Byeong Hun An 40/1
With Si Woo Kim not defending this week it got me thinking about the chances of Ben An, who is mooching along mostly under the radar on the PGA Tour this year. 98th in the FedEx rankings, he’s coming off a T28 at the PGA Championship and will benefit from the tree lined vibe in the USA. Only missed cuts this year were the US and British Opens; having come T18 on his debut in 2015 I expect him to contend.
Webb Simpson 25/1
Simpson is the local favourite this week living just about 80 miles from the course. Straight driving has been the foundation for good showings at Greensboro, The Travelers and Dean and DeLuca this season and the former US Open champ made solid cuts at Birkdale and Quail Hollow. Last year’s forgettable showing at Sedgefield aside, Webb is the horse for the course with a win and four top-11 finishes since 2010. Needs to putt well.
Chez Reavie 50/1
Chances for Chez come few and far between on the PGA Tour’s monster courses which is why he’s in my shortlist for this week. The straightest driver in the field in three of his last five starts and top 20 Greens In Regulation in five of his last six. Hasn’t featured high on the leaderboard at Sedgefield since top 10’s in 2010 and 2011 but I think he’s brought his game up a level since with excellent showings at the US Open and PGA.
Long Odds Glory Shots
Rory Sabbatini’s form curve has been on the up again of late and he’s way overpriced at 110/1. T8 here in 2013 and has a wealth of experience when he gets into position.
I also see Martin Flores at 100/1 this week. He’s 139th in the FedEx Cup rankings with only the top 125 to keep their PGA Tour cards after the Wyndham, the final regular season event. Flores comes in off a T19 in Canada and T18 at The Barbasol, with five of his last eights rounds in the 60’s. Needs must this week or its off to the Web.com Finals for a painful run of four events. My pick to succeed in the battle of the bubble!