Sedgefield CC takes centre stage in North Carolina this week as the regular PGA tour season draws to a close and makes way for the Playoff events. Sedgefield is a tree lined track which has always rewarded accurate driving off the tee. A solid wedge game I see very important around here as that will be the club which will be instrumental in getting close to the hole with your approach shots. It is very scoreable and despite some rain forecast it should yield low scores.
The front of the market is headed by Patrick Reed. Reed has been playing some solid stuff of late but I've been disappointed with him not contending much over the weekends in the last month or two. I'd have expected him to get close to a win the last number of weeks and he is a weak enough favourite for me. Matsuyama is tucked in behind and he is another who has failed to shine lately. I would be more inclined to back Matusyama at a tougher tee to green course than Sedgefield. Furyk arrives here after that tremendous 58 and probably represent the best value of out the top three considering there looks to be a fair bit of fight in the old dog yet.
There's no doubting for me who is my top bet here this week and we'll be going with Ryan Moore who did the business for followers of this column last weekend. Moore's full game was on song and if he arrives here with not too much of a hangover then I expect him to make a bold fist of this one also. He won here at Sedgefield in 2009 and posted a top ten finish here last year. He clearly likes the course. His driving last week was impeccable and I can barely think of an instance where he missed a fairway over the last two days. His putting was solid and he coasted to victory. With the Ryder Cup only a few weeks away there is usually somebody who makes a late bid, Moore just might be the one to Love's attention with his second victory in two weeks.
Of the bigger hitters who could go well around here this week I like the chances of Justin Thomas. After notching his maiden victory at the CIMB last November Thomas has gone on to post consistent results much of the year. He has posted third placed finishes at the Honda, The Players Championship and most recently a few weeks back at the Travelers. Thomas has a lot of talent and played reasonably well throughout last years playoff events. He has a solid wedge game and if the forecast rain does come in and make the course a fair bit more receptive, his attacking game could bode well.
Harris English is another who is a shade overpriced this week. For on the higher ranked golfers in the field he isn't given much of a chance by the bookies and I think he could give a fair run to those punters willing to stake a few quid at the big odds. English has a top ten here posted in 2012 and was 31st last year. He has been fairly consistent over the last few months making his last seven cuts on the trot. The best result in that run was a runner up spot to Jordan Spieth in the Dean and Deluca. This is the type of course the tall yank could play well on and with a solid wedge game he is definitely a shade of value around the 60-66 mark.