With the first Major of the year done and dusted, the PGA Tour will head to North Carolina this week for the Wyndham Championship. ANDRE HUISAMEN picks five players to challenge for the win.
The world No 6 already has two Tour wins to his name this year and is beginning to build towards something special with his current form. After a quiet 2019, Simpson is becoming consistent in being one of the danger men on Tour and it’s no surprise why he has the strongest odds of claiming victory at the Wyndham Championship come Sunday. He’s also been a real threat in the top five since the PGA Tour got back under way and his victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic was proof that he is determined to be one of the best golfers in the world. Despite finishing in T32 at the PGA Championship, Simpson sits at 10/1 to outplay the rest of the field this week.
A former winner at Sedgefield Country Club after overcoming Jordan Spieth in a playoff back in 2013, Reed is favoured by the bookies at 16/1. The 30-year-old finished strongly at the PGA Championship and in general he has been in excellent form this year, while making a strong return on the Tour’s resumption. Reed won the WGC-Mexico Championship in February and has a number of top-10 finishes to his name. He also has the ability to finish his seasons on a high and a victory this week could be rich reward for his determination to always be in contention.
Last year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge winner is still searching for his first victory on the PGA Tour and the Wyndham Championship could just provide that. Fleetwood has been somewhat inconsistent this year but provided some glimpses of decent form recently. He started the Tour’s revised schedule a bit later than some of the other players but, yet the bookies have him at 18/1 to win this week. If he channels that big-match temperament then he could be a force to be reckoned with.
Todd poses strong ability from the tee and according to the experts, Sedgefield requires a lot of focus and accuracy to reach the greens. A strong approach from the box could give him plenty of opportunities to score low if his irons are warm this week. The 35-year-old is carrying some decent form into Thursday’s start, following a T17 at last week’s PGA Championship – not to mention his two wins already this season. At 40/1 Todd is a very underrated bet that could yield a decent payout should he rise to the occasion.
The South African appears to be delivering outside the spotlight and has silently worked his way up the Official World Golf Rankings in recent weeks. Despite overcoming Covid-19, Frittelli looks focused and resilient to notch a second PGA Tour victory at some stage. If he remains consistent this week and finish strongly then he will undoubtedly be in contention at the business end of the Wyndham Championship. The bookies rate him at 70/1 and many believe he is a dark horse to watch throughout the four rounds.