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PGA DFS & Fantasy Golf Preview First Look for the Wyndham Championship 2022

Geoff Ulrich



The PGA Tour heads into August with just four events left on the schedule. The Wyndham Championship is indeed special, though, as it marks the last full-field tournament of the season before the FedEx Cup Playoffs start and there are more reduced fields. For daily fantasy golf purposes, that means it may be the last time guys like Doc Redman and Rickie Fowler are playable for a while and also the last time there will be extremally low 6-for-6 success rates (lineups with all players making the cut) in large-field tournaments on DraftKings.

There’s lots to wade through this week, with the FedEx Cup bubble in play as well, so don’t forget to check out the Stokastic projections, which have both scoring data and ownership projections. Stokastic projections come out on Monday and will be updated throughout the week. These are helpful in finding both higher-priced studs to build around and those low-owned fliers who could produce a big week in North Carolina, at what should be another low-scoring event.

PGA DFS Preview | Wyndham Championship 2022

Last week wasn’t the 3M Open, but it sure felt like it. For the second week in a row, Tony Finau put on an absolute golfing clinic and simply leaned on a weaker, albeit very solid player in Taylor Pendrith until he broke. Pendrith certainly showed more moxie on the weekend than Scott Piercy in Minnesota, but the finish in Detroit also felt more inevitable. Finau is now rolling into the FedEx Cup playoffs with two wins in a row and looks likely to be a major factor in the season-ending playoff events. Somewhat lost in the Finau runaway win was the fact Patrick Cantlay and Cameron Young both grabbed runner-up spots and now have seven second-place finishes between them on the year.

Wyndham Championship PGA DFS Picks and Preview

This week marks the final event before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin. As such, it’s one of those tournaments within a tournament. Obviously, everyone in the field is shooting for the main prize and a win, but there are several players who will be fighting to stay within the top 125 players in the standings and retain their full PGA Tour card for 2023.

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Here’s a list of the players between 120 to 130 in the standings and some notable names around the bubble as well.

  • 120 John Huh
  • 121 Ryan Brehm
  • 122 Tyler Duncan
  • 123 Matthias Schwab
  • 124 Patton Kizzire
  • 125 Stewart Cink
  • 126 Webb Simpson
  • 127 Pat Perez
  • 128 Lucas Glover
  • 129 Kevin Tway
  • 130 Nick Taylor

Notables: Jason Day (115), Rickie Fowler (133), Cameron Champ (141), Doc Redman (147)

It’s jarring to see Simpson at 126, but injuries have plagued him for much of the season. Sedgefield is his favorite venue, so it seems like Simpson will likely eke out a top-125 finish. This week could mark the end of Rickie Fowler on the PGA Tour, who seems destined for LIV Golf status and quite frankly would make for a perfect fit with the vibes that tour is throwing out at the moment. The event itself will be a full 156-man field with three top-25 players in Will Zalatoris, Sungjae Im and Shane Lowry.

Wyndham Championship Course Preview

Sedgefield Country Club (Greensboro, North Carolina): Par 70, 7,131 yards

Greens: Champion Bermudagrass

Designer: Donald Ross (see below for list of other Ross designed venues)

Similar Courses:

  • Detroit Golf Club (Rocket Mortgage)
  • Pinehurst No. 2 (U.S. Open Rota)
  • East Lake (Tour Championship)
  • Aronimink Golf Club
  • Plainfield

The Wyndham will mark the second week in a row at which players will tee up at a Donald Ross design. Despite the same course architect, the venues have some rather large differences. Detroit Golf Club was an expansive par 72 where players could take driver off most holes — aka a bomber’s paradise. Sedgefield Country Club is a more claustrophobic par 70 that plays short by PGA Tour standards. This is a venue where scores have gone insanely low, and it was only a few seasons ago that Brandt Snedeker opened with a 59.

This week also switches from the Northern Midwest to the Southeast in North Carolina, which means a change in green surfaces. Bermuda grass and tight fairways make Sedgefield a great comparable for a lot of other similar tracks on tour, and it gives another boost to shorter hitters who prefer this surface over the poa found up north or on the West Coast.

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Course Correlations

Some other venues on tour have similar tendencies and have leaderboards worth checking out. These are shorter venues with Bermuda greens and tighter layouts that are the most comparable.

Waialae Country Club (Sony Open)

  • Russell Henley (T7 Sedgefield, winner Sony Open and Honda Classic)

PGA National (Honda Classic)

  • Sungjae Im (T6 Sedgefield, winner Honda Classic)

Harbour Town Golf Links (RBC Heritage)

  • Kevin Kisner (Winner Sedgefield, runner-up Harbour Town, runner-up Sawgrass)

TPC Sawgrass (Players Championship)

  • Webb Simpson (Winner Sedgefield, multiple runner-ups Sony Open, winner Sawgrass, winner Harbour Town)
  • Si Woo Kim (Winner Sedgefield, winner TPC Sawgrass and runner-up Hilton Head)

Wyndham Championship Past Winners and Stats

2021 – Kevin Kisner (15 Under Par)

  • Won in a six-man playoff against Adam Scott, Kim, Kevin Na, Roger Sloan and Branden Grace.
  • Four of the playoff participants gained over five strokes on approach for the week. If a guy isn’t hitting it close, don’t bother.
  • Scoring got difficult in final round and leaders fell off on Sunday in 2021.
  • Highest scoring at this event since Davis Love III won in 2015.

Strokes Gained: TTG +5.9; APP +3.4; OTT +0.8; ATG +1.2; PUTT +4.4

2020 – Jim Herman (21 Under Par)

  • Had an incredible weekend, shooting rounds of 61 and 63.
  • The best ball striking of the last three winners; he needed it, though, as he also lost strokes around the green.

Strokes Gained: TTG +9.4; APP +6.2; OTT +4.3; ATG -0.7; PUTT +5.9

2019 – J.T. Poston (22 Under Par)

  • Shot a 62 on Sunday and started final round three shots back.
  • Like all of the last three winners was insanely positive on approach and putting and did little gaining around the green.

Strokes Gained: TTG +10.5; APP +6.8; OTT +1.7; ATG +1.9; PUTT +4.1

Wyndham Championship Course Horses to Watch

These are players who continue to defy logic with how consistent they have been at this week’s venue. This section will try to decipher what they do so well and why it allows them to flourish at this venue, but some of this is just player preference.

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Top Five Strokes Gained at Sedgefield (Past Five Years)

  1. Webb Simpson: Simpson loves this event so much he named his daughter after it, and he just destroys Sedgefield every season. His seventh last year is his worst finish in over five seasons at this event.
  2. Billy Horschel: Horschel was beaten out by Jim Herman in 2020 and then was so sad he skipped the event last year.
  3. Ryan Armour: Armour finished fourth at this event back in 2017, which is a long way back, and he missed the cut at this event last season. It might be best to potentially ignore this one, with old data from five years ago bumping him up.
  4. Rory Sabbatini: How is he not on LIV yet? Seriously though, the fact Sabbatini is on this list says about how easy Sedgefield plays. He was 10th at this event last season.
  5. Denny McCarthy: McCarthy lands on another Donald Ross course, where he has much better history than last week’s Detroit Golf Club. He fits the approach/high-end putter mold of past winners to a tee.

Short Term Form: Strokes Gained on Approach (Last 24 Rounds)

  • Russell Henley
  • Shane Lowry
  • Harold Varner III
  • Scott Stallings
  • Mark Hubbard

Long Term Form: Strokes Gained on Approach (Last 100 Rounds)

  • Russell Henley
  • Will Zalatoris
  • Shane Lowry
  • Corey Conners
  • Harold Varner III

Top Five Total Strokes Gained Total (Last Six Weeks)

  • Joohyung (Tom) Kim
  • Callum Tarren
  • Taylor Moore
  • JT Poston
  • Taylor Pendrith

Wyndham Championship Weather Forecast

2021 saw this event play with higher scoring than normal, with the winner posting just 15 under par. The early lean is to expect 2022 to revert back to an outright birdie fest. Some rain is in the forecast for the week, but it’s not bringing in high winds and a lot of the rain will occur in the p.m., which will soften up the course. Winds also don’t seem high on any of the four days, although Friday a.m. could be worth watching.

Thursday a.m.: 75-85 F, Winds 5-7 mph

Thursday p.m.: 85-94 F, Winds 7-9 mph, light rain potential evening

Friday a.m.: 72-84 F, Winds 7-8 mph

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Friday p.m.: 84-88 F, Wings 8-9 mph, light rain potential afternoon/evening

As of now, this isn’t a week where wave stacking should play a massive role in strategy, but it is always a good idea to take a look at forecast again on Wednesday or watch the Wyndham Championship PGA DFS Live Before Lock show Wednesday night on the Stokastic YouTube Channel.

Wyndham Championship Early Betting Leans

Aaron Wise to Win | +4600 BetMGM

Wise hasn’t played for a few events but ranks sixth in short-term strokes gained on approach and eighth in long-term form. His only PGA Tour win (2018 Byron Nelson) came at 22 under par as well, so a birdie fest shouldn’t scare him at all. He’s a nice early-week target and looks undervalued at this price considering the field.

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