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Daily Fantasy Golf Picks & Plays for The Wyndham Championship

Welcome back for another week of PGA DFS at DraftKings and FanDuel. We’re here to give you the full report on fantasy golf picks for The Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield CC.

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The course

Sedgefield CC is one of the older courses on tour, and it presents as such. Built in 1926, it’s a classic Donald Ross design par 70 fully clad in Bermuda grass. Located on the outskirts of Greensboro, North Carolina, the course boasts gentle fairway undulations throughout. Mid-sized Bermuda greens greet players with clear quadrants for pin placement. Finally, 60+ bunkers and 14 water hazards are in play throughout Sedgefield.

How it plays

As one of the shorter and more technical courses on tour, Sedgefield annually sees one of the higher birdie and eagle rates of the year. That said, no particular skillset takes the cake here. Ross designed course that doesn’t favor distance and instead rewards consistent ball striking and strong putting to keep pace with the field.

In short, all the players at this level have a legit chance to compete here. The key to success is finding the correct side of the fairway with something less than a driver and leaving yourself a short iron into the correct quadrant; repeat as necessary. That’s a lame prescription, I know, but this is a boat-race kind of tourney. Be on the look out for guys who will fire all four rounds under 7 and snag the three-birdie and bogey-free bonuses each day. You can find my entire in depth video breakdown of Sedgefield here.

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The breakdown

This course is all about the mid length par 4’s and grabbing as many strokes as you can on the par 5’s. While the scoring average for the field is just below par for the mid-length par 4’s, you will need to have all six of your golfers averaging well below that mark on the par 4’s this week to compete. The par 5’s are very reachable here and will give up plenty of eagles too.

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Key stats

  • Strokes Gained Approach (Recent Form)
  • Mid Length Par 4 Scoring
  • Par 5 Scoring
  • Bermuda Putters

PGA DFS players

Note: In general we have a very weak field of golfers this week, and some prices may seem pretty steep compared to other weeks. This is a bit of a wide open event that annually sees some surprises at the top of the leaderboard. Therefore, don’t be afraid to take some chances in GPPs. This is also a home game of sorts for many North Carolina golfers, for what that’s worth. Off the top of my head, guys from the area include Webb Simpson, Harold Varner III, Scott Brown, Grayson Murray, and William McGirt.

Top Tier: $11.4K – $9.5K

Webb Simpson ($11.6K) 

Webb has produced some really strong results at this tournament in the past, and the course fits his elite T2G game very well. His increase in putting prowess should give more comfort this week on the greens. Webb is a solid play, but my only concern is his high price tag. Still, Webb is in play in all formats this week.

Rafa Cabrera Bello ($10.1K) 

Rafa gets a huge price increase this week because of the weak field and his stellar performance last week. RCB notched a top 10 at the PGA off the back of a 17th at the WGC. He is clearly in form, his ball striking is never in question, and he actually gained strokes putting last week. Rafa is also a positive strokes gained Bermuda putter. Ultimately, he is looking to back up his top five here from 2016.

Billy Horschel ($9.6K) 

The super streaky Horschel has been teasing some form lately with his top five at the alternate event. Then, he flashed some form at the PGA before falling back on the weekend. Even though he struggled to post solid rounds at that time, he still gained 6.5 strokes on approach last week. Horschel’s game fits this course well, and he is in form enough to pop for a big finish this week. This is right about the same time in 2014 that Horschel got so hot they reworked the Ryder Cup selection rules because of his play. Could he go on another multi-week tear?

Other to consider: Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama, Shane Lowry, Joaquin Niemann

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Mid Tier: $9.4K – $8K

Russell Henley ($9.4K)

On paper, Henley seems like the perfect golfer for this course despite his mediocre finish here in 2016. Henley is a strong par 4 scorer and a positive Bermuda putter who can put back to back sub-66 rounds together. Prior to the last two majors (MC/50), Henley posted back to back top 10s. I am going to overlook the Major performances a bit and take an overweight stance on Henley this week in GPP.

Daniel Berger ($9.3K)

Apparently dealing with a nagging wrist injury, Berger still rattled off a 12th place finish last week. He has been super inconsistent this year, but it is tough to look past his performance last week and not see good things in his 8+ strokes gained on approach. A super talented kid who can win on tour and is finding some form again, Berger will be among my GPP shares this week. I am not going to read too much into his only appearance here being a MC.

Julian Suri ($8.7K)

Suri’s isn’t a well known name yet, but you will likely be seeing more of him around leaderboards next year. Suri has been playing most of his golf on the Euro tour this year, but in his last three starts (two of them Majors), he has notched three top 30s, plus a top 20 at the PGA last week. Suri won’t show up in your stat models because the sample is too small, but trust me, the kid has what it takes to compete. This is a pick based on raw talent and opportunity in a weaker field to show his stuff.

Steve Stricker ($8.3K)

Time for the old guys section of this article, mainly because this is one of the “old guy” courses we have on tour. Distance being irrelevant brings the gritty, experienced ball strikers back into the fold. Stricker fits that bill perfectly. He can still hang with the youngsters due to never missing a fairway or green. He’s also one of the best putters on the planet. Stricker doesn’t have any course history here, but the course lines up great for him. He is in play in all formats.

Others to consider: Jason Dufner, Ollie Schniederjans, Ryan Moore, Harold Varner III, Si Woo Kim

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Value Tier: $7.9K and Lower

C.T. Pan ($7.8K)

My guy Pan is having himself a really strong year and seems to always pop off on these shorter par 70 tracks. Since we have a short par 70 on tap this week, you can bet I’ll be rolling out some of the “Taiwan Bomb” this week. Prior to taking some time off, Pan posted a 34th six weeks back; he gained 4.8 strokes on approach. He should be well rested and ready to go for a course that fits his all around game really well on paper. On the last two par 70s he played, he posted top 20s.

Johnson Wagner ($7.6K) 

The mustached assassin is back this week to level the piercing gaze of his lip caterpillar onto the mid-length par 4’s. Wagner is an all-around golfer with exceptional mid irons, and he always seems to do most of his damage on the mid-length holes. Wagner should be right at home this week as most of these holes fall into his wheel house. He is also a positive strokes gained Bermuda putter and has been gaining strokes on approach and putting well in his last three events. Wagner hasn’t lost strokes on approach since his 32nd place finish at the Byron Nelson. Wagner has posted a 24/5/MC/38/MC in his five appearances here.

Ryan Blaum ($7.2K)

A young golfer who’s flashed some form over the past eight events, Blaum could shine in this field and pop with another top 20. Blaum is a positive strokes gained Bermuda putter, who has gained close to four strokes approach his past two events. He’s also made six of his last eight cuts, including a top five and five top 25 performances. I am willing to overlook his MC from last year in his first appearance.

Mackenzie Hughes ($6.8K)

Mac Hughes is currently crushing the strokes gained approach category. In his last five events, he has posted 2.1/2.6/5.8/5.5/4.8 strokes gained approach. Hughes is also a strong Bermuda putter. He’s a second-tier player with the ability for a season-best finish at Sedgefield. While he doesn’t have any course history to draw from, I am going to lean heavily on the fact that he seems to be in complete control of his iron game lately.

Others to consider: Tyler Duncan, Doc Redman, Brian Harkins, Rory Sabbatini, Peter Uihlein, Bill Haas, Chris Stroud, Scott Brown, Steven Jaeger

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