Last Updated: 2019-07-30
The last regular season event is upon us for the PGA Tour. The FedEx Cup Playoffs begin earlier and end quicker, as PGA Tour officials made the call not to go head-to-head with the NFL for ratings in the late summer and early fall. This week’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC is the last chance for players to get into the top 125 in order to qualify for the playoffs.
That means that there are a lot of motivated players this week in what was formerly known as the Greater Greensboro Open. This is one of the weaker fields that we’ve seen, with a lot of top players sitting out after a major and a WGC event, but there are still some big names commanding big salaries.
As always, our goal in this particular DFS piece is to find the good value options to fill out your roster with some upside at a low price. Also, check out Brian Blessing’s picks for this weekend in the video embedded above.
Salaries are from DraftKings.
Sungjae Im ($8,300) – It is time to come back in on Sungjae Im. Im had a string of five straight top-30 finishes snapped two weeks ago. He didn’t qualify for last week’s WGC event and skipped the Barracuda Championship. Two weeks off should be good for the youngster, who has played a ton of tournaments in his first full season on Tour. Im’s worst finish since the Memorial is 26th in terms of events where he has made the cut. He’s just outside the top 20 in ball striking as far as this field goes. He’s safely inside the top 30 in FedEx Cup points, but he can put himself in a great position to make the Tour Championship no matter what if he can accumulate some more points this week.
Sepp Straka ($7,700) – Sepp Straka is in the top 125 right now, but his chances of advancing to the BMW Championship are slim. He ranks 110th in points right now after moving up nine spots from his top-15 finish last week at the Barracuda Championship. That was the second top-15 finish in a row for Straka, who was third at the Barbasol Championship during the week of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude. He’s back in a stronger field here with no alternate events, but he was 26th at the John Deere and had 10 birdies against five bogeys at the 3M Open, but narrowly missed the cut at 1-under. Straka has never played this event, but he’s rounded into nice form over the last month and ranks just outside the top 10 in ball striking among the players in the field.
Bud Cauley ($7,300) – This course and event have been pretty kind to Bud Cauley in the past. Cauley was 10th in 2016 and third in 2012. He’s also had two missed cuts and two finishes outside the top 40, so this one may be something of a reach, but those could very well be worth taking given the stakes. Cauley snagged a top-20 finish three weeks ago at the 3M Open. This isn’t really an event that lends itself well to big hitter or anything like that. Cauley isn’t a big hitter, but he tends to play well around the greens and that has been an important element for most of the stronger finishers. Cauley has seven straight rounds in the 60s and nine of the last 12, so he’s playing pretty well of late.
Wyndham Clark ($7,300) – Wyndham Clark had a setback at the John Deere Classic, but it appears that it is time to come back on him. He was cut after 54 holes and got a chance to work on his game and get a little R&R in. Clark had three straight top-20 finishes from June 20 to July 4 and shot 11 of his 12 rounds in the 60s in that time. Clark has been among the PGA Tour leaders in strokes gained putting all year long and he’s also a guy that can get it out there off of the tee quite well. The 25-year-old has never played this event, but a little bit of rest should be good for him in anticipation of making a push in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 70 make the BMW Championship and Clark sits 88th in points. He has two weeks to get himself below the playoff cut line and should be in good shape to start this week.
Pat Perez ($7,000) – Pat Perez hasn’t been particularly sharp of late, but this course seems to fit him better than the most recent courses have. Perez isn’t a big hitter and this is more of a fairways and greens course. He hasn’t played here since 2013, which tells you how important this event is to him this time around. He is 122nd in FedEx Cup points, so he could really use a good showing here. The same can be said about Richy Werenski, who is 127th and was the other candidate for the last spot at $6,500. Werenski was actually 10th here two years ago and has made four straight cuts. Either one would be a fine option to fill out your roster if you’re cheap on funds.
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