I’ll admit, I didn’t think Tiger could do it.
On Sunday afternoon, there Tiger was, after surging past Justin Thomas, Jason Day and so many others, chasing Brooks Koepka to try to capture the final major of the season. It was thrilling – a throwback to a Tiger that wins majors like these, alongside the latest, younger stars on the PGA Tour. The PGA Championship was one for the ages.
With that as a lead-in, the Wyndham Championship can’t possibly follow that. However, for many golfers who want to establish themselves as PGA Tour regulars, or golfers trying to impress their way onto the Ryder Cup, it’s a critical tournament.
There’s a lot of statistics you can look at for the Wyndham, historically one of the easiest stops on the PGA Tour. It’s a short Par 70, so wedge and iron play are king, and bombers are not a huge advantage (after all, last year, Henrik Stenson won this running away). But mostly, I’m looking at this event from the perspective of who needs this the most. Last year, Stenson needed a win here after a very rough summer. I sense the top of the leaderboard will be populated with guys that need a rebound desperately, and youner players.
Hideki Matsuyama ($11,300 – DraftKings, $11,900 – FanDuel)
A late addition to the field, Mats has been battling a wrist injury all summer and only recently seems to have found his form somewhat. In that sense, he fits the profile of Henrik Stenson last year – not to mention his short-game skill set. He fits what I’m looking for awfully well. And he’s an absolute steal on FanDuel.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello ($10,100 – DraftKings, $11,600 – FanDuel)
RCB is another guy who is a very strong short player who went through a really tough patch this summer, but finally clicked during the PGA Championships – just in time, too, to get on the radar screen for selection to the European Ryder Cup team. Though technically not for points, you have got to believe that Rafa is going to try to win this thing to make his at-large case for making the Ryder Cup. I love him this week.
Sergio Garcia ($9,200 – DraftKings, $10,900 – FanDuel)
Sergio has fallen far since winning the Masters, and he has struggled quite a bit all across the board. But like RCB, the Wyndham provides him a chance for redemption and a slot on the European Ryder Cup team. Some might say that he’s finished. But I think he will be attacking this birdie-filled course.
Si Woo Kim ($8,800 – DraftKings, $9,600 – FanDuel)
He’s mercurial and you never know whether you’l get Good Si Woo or Bad Si Woo, but this could be a good week to roll the dice and try to see if you get the Si Woo that won here a couple of years ago, as his skill set matched up well here, too.
Brian Gay ($7,100 – DraftKings, $10,000 – FanDuel)
Gay has had a terrific year, and the Wyndham is a course layout that suits his short-hitting game very well. I like him as a cheap punt that could get you a bunch of birdies.
Brice Garnett ($6,700 – DraftKings, $7,600 – FanDuel)
To me, Brice Garnett is the weak-field king. He’s not the type of guy you necessarily want to target for a major (though he did make the cut at the PGA Championship), but for a weak-field event like this he seems like a good bargain at such a pittance in price – especially on FanDuel.