After some over-zealous spending at Edinburgh Fringe last weekend, we need our magic man to pull another rabbit from his forever willing hat.
Webb Simpson is the local hero living just a couple of hours drive from Greensboro and since winning the event in 2011 has added three more top-10’s since including a solo third last year. Winner of The Players of course this season also, T10 at the US Open, T12 at The Open and T19 last week in Bellerive where he finished T4 in Greens in Regulation and shot four rounds in the 60’s.
Doc’s Top 5 Best Each Way Bets
Shane Lowry 25/1
It’s Shane’s third visit to Sedgefield and he did great here last year with a T7 finish. Since splitting with caddie Dermo and employing his bro Alan, Shane has managed T12’s in Canada and at the PGA Championship last week. The anatomy of that result was a solo second in driving accuracy and T4 in Greens in Reg. If he can manage a better return than last weeks’ 117 putts, Shane can contend.
Brandt Snedeker 25/1
History dictates that straight batters and solid putters thrive at the Wyndham and with the winning score north of 20 under in the last two stagings it should suit Sneds. Poor Majors aside, he was T8 in Canada and T3 at the Greenbrier in his last two regular starts and has a wealth of experience at Sedgefield with a win in 2007 and T3 when he last played in 2016 among his 10 starts.
Rory Sabbatini 66/1
I remember tipping Rory in the Long Odds Glory section at 110/1 last year and he paid out handsomely with a T4 finish. The man everyone used to hate may be a sedate character these days but looked competitive again in Canada last time out where he finished T12.
Billy Horschel 33/1
There’s two ways this tip can go depending on Billy Ho’s putting this week. Because his iron play is off the charts good pretty much every week. Gets the nod over Ryan Moore at the same odds because he’s coming off a T2 at The Barbasol and T35 at Bellerive where he scored a T4 Greens in Reg clip. The putts fell at one and not in the other. See what I mean?
Si Woo Kim 60/1
Lots of missed cuts along the way this year including last week at the PGA Championship but the winner on his last visit here in 2016. T10 at the WGC Bridgestone thanks to finding form with the flat-stick. Solid each way bet.
Long Odds Glory Shots
Johnson Wagner 100/1
This week is all about the guys in the top-125 bubble on the money list trying desperately to make it to the playoffs. And with Johnson Wagner currently 136th, he needs a big week. Now on a run of five made cuts with a recent best of T16 at the John Deere, he’s throwing in very low rounds almost every week but offsetting them with poor ones. T5 here in 2016 and will be grinding hard.
Hunter Mahan 100/1
Sedgefield is one of the few quirky courses on Tour that can throw up surprises and one blast from the past that has been on my radar lately is Hunter Mahan. Improving results in his last three starts culminating in a T7 at the Barbasol where he ranked top of the greens hit stats. T16 last year and at 157th in the Fed Ex Cup rankings he’ll be one of the many giving this one welly.