The final regular PGA Tour event of the season takes place this week, with players battling to keep their cards and qualify for the first play-off event by reaching the top 125 on the FedEx Cup standings, writes Phil Casey.
Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina hosts the Wyndham Championship, where the pressure will be on the likes of Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington to produce the result required.
McDowell has to finish in the top 35 to move inside the top 125 from his current position of 131st, while Lowry is ranked 145th and needs a top 10. Harrington’s task is even harder, with only second place or a win good enough to jump up from 199th.
While the pressure may inspire the Irish trio to come up with the goods, the top end of the market offers more appeal for the first of our Wyndham Championship betting tips, namely former Open champion Henrik Stenson.
Stenson has let us down before when well fancied this season and has not been at his imperious best, but the Swede has compiled three top-20 finishes in his last three starts, including an under-the-radar tie for 13th at Quail Hollow.
His course figures of MC-MC-WD look dreadful, but they date from 2010-2012 when he was starting one of two major slumps in his career and the world number nine is a completely different prospect these days. Stenson can be backed at 14/1 to take advantage of a relatively weak field.
Luke Donald’s form is nowhere near as good as Stenson’s, with a missed cut in the US PGA his fourth early exit in his last five starts.
However, the former world number one was always going to struggle on a course measuring 7,600 yards and will have no such issue at Sedgefield, which is just over 7,100 yards long.
Donald was also second here last year and with a place in the top 125 all-but assured, he can be backed to rediscover his form at 100/1 in the outright market or 9/1 for a top 10.
Former winner Ryan Moore was a contender for our final choice after finishing 13th alongside Stenson in the US PGA, but the 22/1 feels a little short and that means his fellow American Bud Cauley gets the nod instead at 33/1.
Cauley was among the players who waited around to congratulate their friend Justin Thomas on his victory on Sunday, with Cauley having finished 33rd hours earlier.
Cauley finished 10th in the Wyndham last year and was third back in 2012, while it would be no surprise to see him inspired by Thomas’s success as he seeks his breakthrough PGA Tour victory.
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