The final event of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season is upon us with the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. The event was founded 85 years ago in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open, originally scheduled earlier in the season. This is the final week for players to try and play their way into next week’s opening round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Tom Kim captured his first PGA Tour victory here last season with a total score of 260 (20-under par). Kim breezed to victory with a five-shot advantage over runner-ups John Huh and Sungjae Im. The win was Kim’s first of two PGA Tour wins in a span of three months.
Low Scores Expected at Sedgefield
One of two layouts designed by famed golf course architect Donald Ross on the Tour schedule, Sedgefield features your typical Ross staple of small, rolling greens. A short track, measuring just under 7,100 in length, plays as a par-70. The course opened for play in 1926.
In 2007 the course underwent an extensive reconstruction to bring back many of the original Ross features, including an overhaul of the greens, bunkers, and tee boxes.
Six of the previous seven winners at this tournament have fired 20-under or better, and three of the last seven champions were first-timers on the PGA Tour. The two par 5s on the scorecard are gettable in two for almost all hitters, making them must-birdie holes if players want to contend.
Drama within the Field this Week
Wyndham is the final chance for players to earn one of the 70 spots in next week’s playoffs but also secure their Tour card for next season. Notable players in the field this week that currently are on the outside looking in include past FedEx Cup champions Justin Thomas and Billy Horschel.
Other notable players sitting outside 70th are past major winners Shane Lowry (76th), Adam Scott (81st), and Gary Woodland (97th).
All ten players ranked 66th through 75th are in the field this week looking to solidify their playoff spot or play their way into it. Austin Eckroat sits in 70th, while Ben Davis trails Eckroat by two points in 71st place.
Players who fail to make the playoffs will move into the newly created FedExCup Fall, which will consist of seven Tour events to finalize the 71-125 ranked players in the standings.
Betting Favorites at Wyndham
There is a four-man race at the top this week for the tournament favorites. Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, Russell Henley, and Si Woo Kim all enter the week with +2000 odds heading into Thursday’s first-round action.
Im has played exceptionally well here in the four times he’s teed it up at Sedgefield, finishing inside the top 10 in three of four tournaments and no worse than T24. Matsuyama has finished T16 or better in three of his last six events.
Sam Burns and Denny McCarthy are available at +2500. Both players will be teeing it up next week in the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the opening event of the playoffs, but look to get one more tune-up this week. Burns hasn’t played since missing the cut at the Open Championship but has one victory (WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play) and five top 10s this year.
J.T. Poston (+3000 at BetOnline) comes to Greensboro after a T2 last week at the 3M Open. Thomas, Lowry, and Alex Smalley round out the betting favorites at +3300, with Thomas needing a high finish to sneak into the playoff picture.