(CBS Baltimore) — The curler coaster that’s this PGA Tour season barrels into Sedgefield Nation Membership for the Wyndham Championship. With the revised schedule, the Wyndham follows Collin Morikawa’s masterful win on the PGA Championship, the yr’s first main, and precedes the beginning of the FedExCup Playoffs on the Northern Belief. Separate from the place it sits on the calendar, it additionally has the makings for an additional thrilling week of golf.
The sector on the Wyndham Championship, among the many Tour’s oldest occasions, contains six of the highest 20 gamers on the earth. Amongst them shall be Webb Simpson, who’s ranked sixth on the earth and has seven top-10 finishes within the occasion during the last decade (together with a win in 2011). Brooks Koepka, proper behind Simpson within the rankings, can even tee off. (Whether or not he reveals up for the non-major stays to be seen.) Koepka will play alongside 17th-ranked Justin Rose and multi-major winner Jordan Spieth in maybe essentially the most fascinating grouping.
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Loads of former champions past Simpson are additionally returning, together with J.T. Poston (2019), Brandt Snedeker (2018), and Si Woo Kim (2016). Every of them gained with scores higher than 20-under par for the event. Snedeker shot a first-round 59 to set the course document the yr he gained, turning into (then) simply the 10th participant in Tour historical past rating beneath 60.
Simpson remains to be the favourite getting into, given his robust historical past at Sedgefield. He’s completed within the high three the previous three years, with each spherical beneath par. His greatest single spherical was a Sunday 62 in 2018. And to take away any doubt about how a lot he likes this course, he named one in all his youngsters Wyndham.
“He’s from North Carolina, went to highschool down the highway at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem,” CBS Sports activities golf analyst and on-course reporter Mark Immelman factors out. “The golf course, a Donald Ross, it rewards a man who hits iron golf equipment nicely, as a result of the greens have loads of undulations, loads of motion on them. And that’s sort of Webb’s recreation. He’s a positional participant, he’s a strategic type of a man. He’s an ideal striker of an iron membership. So if he places himself within the fairway, he could make some hay round right here.”
Simpson may have some firm on the leaderboard. Koepka is seeking to end up the common season robust in his sixth consecutive occasion and enhance his standing within the FedExCup factors race. He presently finds himself at 92nd, adequate to make the Northern Belief however not adequate to advance past that. He’ll must shoot significantly better than the 74 he turned in final Sunday.
Koepka is definitely able to a turnaround and has already confirmed indicators. “That was a part of the story in Memphis on the WGC occasion, after which final week in San Francisco, on the PGA (Championship),” says Immelman. “There have been semblances of some good golf. He simply went the incorrect route on the ultimate day, which was straightforward to do, as a result of it was chilly out with some difficult winds. From the place we’re sitting proper now, the sport is sweet.”
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Sedgefield, the one Donald Ross-designed course within the Tour’s common rotation, performs at a par-70 measuring 7,130 yards. Distance will assist a participant, however provided that it comes with accuracy. The course prioritizes putting the ball in the best spot, which means conserving it on the green and discovering the best angle to the inexperienced. The small, undulating greens permit for fascinating pin placements. The greens are inclined to slope ahead, with some falling off the perimeters.
The course is routinely one of many Tour’s simpler venues. Low scores might be had at Sedgefield, because the final 4 champions have all proved. With the openness of the course and never a lot in the way in which of tough, search for that development to proceed.
“In the event you’re taking part in from the green, and also you’re hitting the golf ball nicely, you’re going to get your self a minimum of 5 or 6 seems with wedges in hand,” Immelman explains. “Get these shut and convert and the entire sudden you’re three, 4, 5 underneath.”
“It’s a recipe for a little bit of a birdie-fest,” says Immelman.
Listed here are the favorites this week on the Wyndham Championship:
Webb Simpson (10-1)
Simpson is the very best participant on this event and fairly probably the very best participant on this course. His common rating for the 28 rounds of his top-10 finishes is underneath 66. “There’s additionally the state of affairs with these guys the place you get to a golf course and it simply lays out nicely to your eye,” says Immelman. “And that is a type of locations for Webb.”
Simpson additionally has two top-10 finishes for the reason that return, together with a win on the RBC Heritage in June.
Brooks Koepka (11-1)
Koepka’s inconsistent season continued on the PGA Championship, the place he stumbled to a tie for 29th place. He’s additionally managed two top-10 finishes within the final two months, together with a tie for second on the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational a pair weeks in the past. “His recreation is sound,” says Immelman. He’s coming in right here with respectable kind. I really feel like he can flip it round.”
Koepka completed sixth on the Wyndham 5 years in the past within the higher of his two appearances at Sedgefield.
Patrick Reed (16-1)
Reed is ranked ninth on the earth and sixth within the FedExCup factors standings. He gained at Wyndham in 2013 however hasn’t cracked the highest 20 in any of his different 4 appearances. Reed has performed each occasion besides one for the reason that hiatus, with solely two top-10 finishes to indicate for it.