By News Team
11th August 2020
After a turn-up for the books in the PGA Championship last week with Colin Morikawa lifting his first Major title of the year, the PGA Tour moves across to North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship this week.
Four-time Major winner and world number seven Brooks Koepka headlines a strong field where 14 of the world’s top 50 line up, including England’s Paul Casey, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood.
The Wyndham Championship is the traditional regular season-ender before the FedEx Cup Play-offs begin, and it has been won in the past by greats such as Seve Ballesteros, Sam Snead and Gary Player.
Casey and Henley look the right approach
With it’s small, well-guarded and undulating greens, approach play could count for a lot around Sedgefield Country Club this week when the action gets under way on Thursday.
Third in the PGA Tour’s list for approach play is Englishman Casey and given he’s in the groove at the moment (runner-up at the PGA Championship last week), he is currently at 20/1. He’s as good as anyone from tee to green at the moment and just needs to whole a couple of putts to win an event like this.
At more than double Casey’s odds, 50/1 chance Russell Henley could play his way into contention and looks overpriced in this field. Finishing -1 at the PGA Championship last week was very respectable and he’s also a player who tends to hit tough greens.
Reed a value bet this week
Many people will be taking a chance on Koepka at 11/1, and he’s definitely the class act in the field, but those odds look skinny enough for a man who’s coming into this off the back of a 74 at the PGA Championship. Webb Simpson, meanwhile, is the favourite to secure victory at 10/1.
Instead, it’s interesting to see Patrick Reed not taking a break for the PGA Tour’s regular season finale and he could be the one to follow off the back of a steady Major effort last week. The 2018 Masters winner shot a splendid -4 at TPC Harding Park on Sunday and sneaks in here at 16/1.
If the form of the PGA Championship is carried into this week at Sedgefield Country Club then Reed and Casey have to be the value bets over Koepka, while Henley is a handy outsider who could hit the frame.