As you may have realised Ron and I have decided to make the golf article more occasional than weekly which was my idea – with Glorious Goodwood last week I simply could not give the golf my full attention, and I am a great believer in doing a job right – or don’t do it at all.
That said, with the Wyndham Championships being the last tournament of the regular PGA season, I could not resist having another go as we return to the Sedgefield Country Club for some good old-fashioned golf. Few holes offer big advantages to the bombers here, this is a course built for skill and finesse more than raw power, and maybe because I can’t hit my driver 300 yards plus, I am looking forward to watching this more than some events I have covered in recent months.
A short par-70 weighing in at 7,131 yards with just the six holes having any water in play, I would be expecting a winning score of -20 or better assuming the winds stays away, and we should see a feast of birdies or better from start to finish. With many of the top players resting up this weekend others have their chance of some time in the spotlight, and I am hoping I have found three who are in with a decent chance – enjoy.
Selections with reasoning:
***NOTE*** Different bookmakers are offering different each way terms so do shop around for best odds and best place terms and any special offers with the bookmakers to steal the most value and DO check the exchanges for bigger prices – I can’t put them on here accurately as they differ by the minute. Betfair prices quoted are as indicators only and were correct at the time of writing.
1pt each way Si Woo Kim 25/1 top 8 places William Hill and others (28.0 Betfair)
For the first time in living memory I think the bookmakers have made a mistake here, and the 25/1 came as a very pleasant surprise. Bermudagrass greens suit the 27 year old, who hails from the Republic Of Korea, and if you are looking for evidence, he won this event in 2016, as well as the Players Championship in 2017, and the American Express in 2021 – there is a pattern emerging here. Short courses clearly play to his strength and his record here is sublime – as well as his 2016 success he has come home fifth (2019), third (2020) and second last year, and although nothing is guaranteed in this game as I am learning every week, he should not be a 25/1 shot, and is my number one each way pick here.
1pt each way Billy Horschel 22/1 top 8 places William Hill (24.0 Betfair)
One of only two golfers taking part who sit in the current top twenty (Will Zalatoris is the other and I just hope I have picked the right one), he has an obvious chance on the rankings at least. He may be thought of by many as a “nearly man”, but he has won the Workday Memorial this year as well as coming home second in the Zurich Classic and the Arnold Palmer invitational and has a decent record in this event which is what caught my eye. Fifth in 2016, sixth in 2019, and second last year, a repeat of any of those will see us land place part of our bets, and in this competitive field that will do for me.
1pt each way J.T. Poston 33/1 top 10 places Boylesports (50.0 Betfair)
Although he is available at a bigger price with other bookmaker, discretion is the better part of valour and 33/1 for a top 10 finish may be the way to go (your call, obviously). He shares the record for the lowest score here when hitting -22 in 2019 to win here which is a massive feather in his cap, and as a “local” he will have the fans very much on his side. He arrives here n the form of his life as well after a win in the John Deere was followed by a second and a third before an eleven thin the £m behind the on-fire Tony Finau. Althoug not at his very best that week he did card a seven-under 64 on the Saturday, and all I can add is that in the absence of three who finished above him there, he would still hit a top eight here on that form, which represents a payout for us – and he should be far better suited by this course!