Expert picks & analysis provided by: Jerod Kieler
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What a way to finish the last major of the season as Jason Day held off Jordan Spieth to win his first career major championship. Although Spieth was not able to capture his third major of the season, he did become the world’s number one ranked golfer by finishing solo 2nd. This week, we close out the PGA Tour regular season at the Wyndham Championship. Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina will host the event for the 8th straight year. As of now, Tiger Woods has accepted an invitation to play in the event for the first time as he looks to earn enough points to make his way into the FedEx Cup playoffs2. Adam Scott headlines the field that included nine of the top 30 golfers in the world. Camilo Villegas won last year’s event by one stroke over Bill Haas and “Up and Down” Freddie Jacobsen.
I would like to thank all the people that came up and said hello to us at the PGA Championship on Saturday. It was great to meet all of you.
Brandt Snedeker (4): Sneds comes to Sedgefield CC fresh off a T12 finish at the PGA Championship. In his last seven starts overall; Snedeker has five top-15 finishes. Snedeker won this event in 2007, but it was then held at Forest Oaks CC. Since returning to Sedgefield, Sneds has three top-10s in seven career appearances.
Hideki Matsuyama (1): Prior to finishing 37th in each of his last two events, Matsuyama had a string of 11 straight top-25s. Included in that run were top-5 finishes at the Northern Trust Open, The Masters, and the Memorial. In his two trips to Sedgefield CC, Matsuyama finished solo 15th in 2013 and missed the cut last year.
Nick Watney (2): Watney has been pretty terrible this year, but he has made the weekend in six of his past eight events. Last week at the PGA Championship, Watney tied for 30th. Watney was the 54 hole leader at last year’s Wyndham championship, but a final round 70 dropped him into a tie for 5th.
Scott Piercy (1): Since winning the Barbasol Championship, Piercy has tied for 79th at the Canadian Open and shared 48th at the PGA Championship. Last week at the PGA, Piercy was tied for 7th after 36 holes, but final rounds of 74 and 75 did him in. Piercy tied for 8th at the Wyndham in 2010 and shared 12th last year.
1) Justin Thomas (5): Thomas faded late on Sunday at the PGA Championship, but still managed to finish in a share of 18th. Prior to last week, Thomas finished T5 at the John Deere Classic and T4 at Quicken Loans National. Thomas has not been able to close out an event this year, but the probable rookie of the year could just find himself doing so this weekend.
2) Will Wilcox (1): I am going to continue to ride the Willie Wilcox train this weekend. In his last nine events, Wilcox has seven top-25 finishes. Wilcox has finished inside the top-10 in three of his past four. Willie’s best finish came at the Barbasol Championship where he finished runner-up to Scott Piercy.
Other Golfers Considered:
1) Billy Horschel (Tier A): Billy Ho has not won this season, but he has made 11 cuts in a row, including seven top-25s. Last week at the PGA Championship, Horschel put his name near the top of the leaderboard, but faded on Sunday and ended up in a tie for 25th. In three career trips to Sedgefield CC, Horschel has one top-30 finish.
2) Brooks Koepka (Tier B): Koepka is actually my pick to win this week, but I have used him the maximum amount of times. Koepka is coming off a T5 finish at the PGA Championship and has carded top-10s in three of his past four events. If you have him left, I would strongly suggest using him this week.
3) Branden Grace (Tier C): Grace has not played that well in the smaller events this year so I am going to refrain from using him this week. However, Grace is coming off a solo 3rd finish at the PGA Championship, his second top-5 in a major this season.