Expert Picks for Wyndham Championship
Over his last four starts, Kim been all over the map. After finishing T5 in The Open Championship, Kim missed the cut at the RBC Canadian Open following a disastrous second round. Prior to missing the cut last week at the PGA Championship, Kim entered Sunday with the lead at the Greenbrier Classic only to finish T14. By posting great rounds and awful rounds often times in the same event, Kim is a true wild card.
Carl Pettersson [Yahoo Class C]
After winning this event in 2008 (when it was most recently moved to Sedgefield), Pettersson finished T67 the following year and missed the cut in 2010. The Swede has taken some time off since finishing T18 at The Greenbrier Classic. Pettersson ranks 29th in strokes gained – putting, but could be overvalued if owners start him based on his prior win alone.
Chris Kirk [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #79
Since winning the Viking Classic, Kirk has finished T49 at The Greenbrier Classic and T34 at the PGA Championship. The rookie has still posted impressive statistics along the way. He ranks 22nd in birdie average, 28th in greens in regulation percentage and 16th in All-Around Ranking.
Ian Poulter [Yahoo Class C]
This is Poulter’s first start at Sedgefield, perhaps an effort to improve upon his 107th-place position in the FedExCup standings. Since April, Poulter has yet to post a top-25 finish in eight Tour starts. He’ll likely stay in the top-125 and be eligible for the start of the playoffs, but will need to get to the top-100 to make the second round. Time is starting to run out and Poulter will need to come up big to stay in the picture.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #46
From 2007-10, Furyk has scored at least 13 top-25 finishes per year. With only seven such results this season, last year’s PGA Tour Player of the Year won’t reach that mark in 2011. However, Furyk has been playing better as of late. After missing four straight cuts, he’s made the cut in two majors and finished 23rd in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Furyk may not be worth the investment this week, but a strong performance could go a long way in ending the season on a positive note.
Kyle Stanley [Yahoo Class C]
With a runner-up performance at the John Deere Classic and a top-10 finish at The Greenbrier Classic, Stanley is suddenly on the radar. In fact, the stats show the rookie is a very capable player. Stanley ranks eighth in driving distance, 10th in eagles (holes per), 15th in birdies and 25th in All-Around Ranking.
Hunter Haas [Yahoo Class B]
Over his last three starts, Haas has finished T4 at the Viking Classic and T10 at the Reno-Tahoe Open while missing the cut at The Greenbrier Classic. Back in March, he finished T3 at Puerto Rico Open. When the field is lacking big names, Haas clearly has a knack for climbing up the leaderboard.
Chad Campbell [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #198
Following a surprise top-five result at The Open Championship, Campbell finished T22 at the RBC Canadian Open. He ranks sixth in greens in regulation percentage, 34th in scoring average and is playing well enough right now to warrant some attention.
After finishing T6 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Kim ended the PGA Championship T59. In addition, the native of South Korea has been a force this year on the Japan Golf Tour and the OneAsia circuit. After playing fairly tough fields during his stateside visits, Kim should find an easier path to navigate this weekend.
Despite owning some very impressive statistics, Couch just posted his first top-15 finish at The Greenbrier Classic since finishing T14 at The Heritage in late April. However, Couch has the skills to rack up these kinds of results far more often. He ranks fourth in total driving, ninth in birdie average, 15th in eagles (holes per) and sixth in All-Around Ranking.
Bud Cauley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #191
The 21-year-old product formerly from the University of Alabama will make just his sixth start since turning professional in June after he qualified for the U.S. Open Championship where he went on to finish T63. Since then, Cauley finished T24 at the Travelers Championship, T4 at the Viking Classic and T13 at the RBC Canadian Open. Although Cauley missed the cut at the Reno-Tahoe Open, he’s a deep sleeper and sure to come at the great value give his limited pro experience.
Josh Teater [Yahoo Class C]
A year ago, Teater finished T18 in his first start at Sedgefield. This season, he’s finished 13th or better in two of his last three starts while ranking 15th in driving distance and 82nd in All-Around Ranking. With the right mix of modest success and recent momentum, Teater is one of several legitimate sleepers in this otherwise limited field.
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