The door is wide open at the Wyndham Championship. I think I can even feel the breeze.
Here’s an event that saw the 158th-ranked player in the world go bogey-free in 2019 on his way to winning the golf tournament. If you think J.T. Poston has been the only surprise winner at Sedgefield Country Club in recent years, what about when Davis Love III won in 2015 at the age of 51?
Or how about when Arjun Atwal won here in 2010 as a Monday qualifier? Atwal entered that week ranked well outside the top 400.
With several of the big guns sitting out in preparation for the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, now is the perfect time to roll the dice on some long shots. With that in mind, here are four Wyndham Championship sleepers worthy of a bet.
Ryan Moore +5000
It’s fine to gloss over Ryan Moore when he’s sitting at +3300 to win like I’ve seen at some of the top golf betting sites. However, spotting Moore at +5000 (Bovada) to hoist the trophy is much more appealing.
Why he skipped the PGA Championship in San Francisco after finishing 12th the week before just 180 miles away in Lake Tahoe isn’t something I quite understand, but here’s what I do know.
Arriving in Greensboro on the heels of back-to-back 12th place finishes means Ryan Moore’s confidence is starting to brew. Case in point – Moore ranked inside the top 3 in driving accuracy and GIR in each of his last two starts.
Keep in mind, Ryan won the Wyndham Championship in 2009 and finished 6th the last time he was here (2018).
Maverick McNealy +8000
Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland are battling it out for Rookie of the Year honors, but don’t take a nap on the kid sitting 3rd in the 2019/2020 PGA Tour ROY race. Maverick McNealy is tied with Scheffler for the most cuts made among all the rookies (15) and is quietly positioned inside the top 60 in the FedEx Cup standings.
How’s he been playing lately?
Well, he’s got a pair of top-10s since the restart – including finishing 7th last time out at the Barracuda Championship
Considering his girlfriend just won on the LPGA Tour for the second week in a row, McNealy’s got all the motivation he needs to hit up the winner’s circle.
Harold Varner III +9000
After shopping the Wyndham Championship odds across multiple sportsbooks, I came across Harold Varner III at +9000 (MyBookie). Even with a cold putter, HVIII placed 29th at Harding Park. Look for him to handle the greens much better at Sedgefield Country Club.
The North Carolina native grew up about 110 miles away from this week’s venue and finished 10th here in 2017. In terms of recent form, Harold was the 36-hole leader at the Charles Schwab Challenge and has produced four top-32 finishes over his last seven starts (since the restart).
Varner III has all the tools necessary to win on the PGA Tour, it’s just a matter of putting it all together for four consecutive days.
Brian Harman +9000
I picked a former Georgia Bulldog to win in my Wyndham Championship prediction post, but Brian Harman is another guy who played in Athens for Chris Haack who I’m keeping tabs on in Greensboro.
Harman predictably slowed down at the PGA Championship following a blemish-free 68 on day one, but the setup at Harding Park wasn’t conducive to a guy ranked 150th in driving distance. Fast forward to Thursday at the Wyndham Championship and Harman will be licking his chops at the much more benign layout.
Sedgefield CC is a relatively short par-70 track that Brian shot -16 under at in 2019 (T-6th). And for what it’s worth, Harman’s last victory on the PGA Tour came in 2017 at the Wells Fargo Championship – another event that took place in the state of North Carolina.
Additional Wyndham Championship Betting Previews
Getting your hands on these Wyndham Championship sleepers is one way to bet on the tournament this week.
But there’s a lot more action to get in on.
Those of you who dip your toes in the Daily Fantasy Sports scene, feel free to check out my Wyndham Championship DFS picks. Those who would rather attack the head-to-head matchups, I’ve got you covered as well.
As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.
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