2021 Wyndham Championship Betting Odds, Picks, Predictions: Top 5 Course Fits; Preview at Sedgefield Country Club
Andy Lyons / Getty Images. Pictured: Sungjae Im
- The PGA TOUR heads to Sedgefield Country Club for the final tournament before the FedEx Cup playoffs.
- Some of the biggest names are taking the tournament off for a final bit of rest, but there's still plenty of compelling players looking to close the season on a high.
- Shane McNichol takes a look at which golfers may be best suited for success at the Wyndham Championship.
The PGA Tour marks a pivotal week in Greensboro, with the Wyndham Championship serving as the final regular season tournament before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Sedgefield Country Club will host, as it has annually since 2007, with pros battling for both the top spot on the leaderboard and crucial placements along the season-long chase for FedEx Cup points.
Few tournaments carry as much week-long pressure and action as the Wyndham Championship does in occupying this spot on the schedule. A season or a career can radically shift based on a player’s standing after Friday’s cut or Sunday’s final round.
For bettors, a player’s position on the playoff bubble could be a huge factor, though at the end of the day, the most important indicator will still be finding the types of players best suited for success at Sedgefield Country Club.
Webb Simpson (+1000)
Surprisingly, Simpson has the shortest odds in the field this week. Make no mistake, there is good reason behind those odds. The North Carolina native has always relished the chance to play close to home, especially at the Wyndham Championship. No player in this week’s field has played more professional rounds at this course than Simpson.
No one has gained more strokes, adjusted for field strength, in this event than Webb Simpson, per Data Golf. He won the event in 2011 and has finished among the top three finishers in each of the last four tournaments at Sedgefield Country Club.
The course rewards accuracy off the tee and Simpson is prepared for that challenge. He ranks 19th on Tour this season in finding fairways. Coming off a top 15 finish last week, Simpson’s game is dialed as he strolls onto one of his favorite courses on Tour.
Sungjae Im (+3000)
Though he’s only played this event on two occasions, Im has excelled in Greensboro. He’s finished in the top ten in each of those appearances, in 2019 and 2020. Im has gained more strokes per round on the field in his time at Sedgefield than any other player in the field this week.
Like Simpson, Sungjae Im is able to navigate around Sedgefield with accuracy off the tee. He ranks 14th in that stat on Tour this season, despite struggling in other areas of his game relative to prior seasons.
If Im’s putting and chipping around the green can hold up, he has a real chance at victory this week.
Si Woo Kim (+4000)
Im has not been the only notable South Korean to fare well in recent trips to Sedgefield. Si Woo Kim has similarly found himself near the top of the leaderboard in each of his last two appearances in Greensboro.
In 2019, Kim finished in fifth place at the Wyndham Championship, before improving that position with a tie for third last season. In each of those two tournaments, Kim ranked in the top four in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green for the week.
Kevin Kisner (+5500)
Analytics from DataGolf suggest driving accuracy is the most critical skill required at Sedgefield Country Club. That should play well for Kevin Kisner, one of the most accurate drivers of the golf ball in the world in recent years.
He has parlayed that expertise into high finishes in this event. Kisner has made the cut three consecutive times at the Wyndham Championship, including two top tens in that stretch.
After an ugly stretch earlier this season that included four straight missed cuts, Kisner looks to be returning to form. Sedgefield is the perfect course for him to continue his ascension, with the FedEx Cup Playoffs looming in the near future.
Camilo Villegas (+2200 — Top 10)
It has been a while since Villegas has been a consistent name atop leaderboards on the PGA Tour, yet his odds this week simply don’t match with his past performances at Sedgefield Country Club.
Villegas is a past champion of this event, finishing in the top spot in 2014 thanks in large part to two rounds of 63 in the same tournament.
In his 26 rounds at this event, Villegas has averaged to gain +0.92 strokes on the field per round. The last time he appeared at the Wyndham Championship, Villegas earned a tie for 16th place, using his course knowledge to finish with the fifth best week on the greens in terms of Strokes Gained: Putting.
He’s a long shot to win the event, though it should not be a shock to see Villegas post four quality rounds at a course where he has always played comfortably.