Wyndham Championship History
The Wyndham Championship is played in Greensboro, North Carolina and was originally known as the Greater Greensboro Open. It was renamed in 2007 when Wyndham Hotels & Resorts took over as the main sponsor. It was also moved from April/May to mid-August and is the last PGA Tour event before the Playoffs for the FedEx Cup.
The tournament was founded in 1938 and is famous for eight-times winner Sam Snead who became the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event in 1965. The first European winner was Seve Ballesteros in 1978. Sandy Lyle is the only British player to win the event having won it in 1986 and again in 1988.
It is played at Sedgefield Country Club, which is a 7,130 yards par 70. It is the only regular PGA Tour event to be played on a Donald Ross design and is notable for its small, undulating greens.
Wyndham Championship Stats
Sweden’s Carl Pettersson holds the 72-hole record of 259 set in 2008, a score that includes a 61 in the second round. His 18-hole record has since been equalled on three occasions; Arjun Atwal (first round, 2010), Kevin Na (third round, 2010) and Tim Herron (second round, 2012).
Nobody has come close to matching Sam Snead’s incredible eight victories here. Two-time winners include Rocco Mediate and Davis Love III.
Wyndham Championship Betting Tips
Henrik Stenson (tipped here at 30-1) gave us plenty of hopes at the PGA Championship but eventually had to settle for third place. His each-way payout was enough to keep us ahead of the game whilst Graeme McDowell (12th), Martin Kaymer (33rd) and Keegan Bradley (19th) all played well without threatening to get involved at the business end.
This event always attracts a decent field and there are a host of top names again this week. Among them are Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson. The clear pick from those has to be Zach Johnson who is performing at the top of his game.
He was on the fringes of the action last week with four solid rounds that left him tied eighth on Sunday evening. He has now gone 2nd, 6th, 4th and 8th in his last four tournaments including the British Open and the PGA and is the man to beat this week.
Defending champion Sergio Garcia continues to delight and frustrate in equal measure. His performance in the PGA sums up his season to date: 69, 68, 75, 76. His victory here 12 months ago ended a four-year drought on American soil and he closed out with two rounds of 66. He had previously shown his liking for this venue when frittering away a three-shot lead in 2009 so the Spaniard clearly warrants respect.
Carl Pettersson simply loves this place after his record victory here in 2008. He has finished fourth for the past two seasons and scored 63 and 62 in the process. It would be no surprise to see his name on the leaderboard at some stage and he represents a great each-way bet at 66-1. My wild card this week goes to Brendon de Jonge from Zimbabwe who has flattered to deceive a couple of times here but could be due a big tournament.An extra incentive for the players this week is the opportunity to book a FedExCup playoff ticket by moving into the top 125 on the points list. Players who could do just that include Martin Kaymer (119th) and Nicolas Colsaerts (126th). Kaymer makes the most appeal by virtue of his mixed bag of play in the PGA. A third round 78 spiked his chances of victory but he was otherwise in brilliant form and that could have been the launch pad for victory this week.
Zach Johnson 16-1 PaddyPower
Sergio Garcia 18-1 Skybet
Martin Kaymer 25-1 PaddyPower
Carl Pettersson 66-1 Skybet
Brendon de Jonge 66-1 PaddyPower