A short jaunt from Quail Hollow to Sedgefield this week for the 2017 renewal of the Wyndham. The course is inviting to the punter as we can narrow our search for a winner due to it's intricacies. The course is a shortish par 70 that rewards accurate driving and stellar wedge play. The great and the good of wedge players have always fared well here down the years and I expect this time around to be no different. The weather is set to be very fair all week so I expect the usual profile of contenders here. This course always yields low scores and it will take towards the 20 under par mark to take home the spoils.
Henrik Stenson heads the market and I wouldn't put anyone off supporting the swede this week at these odds. He has gotten his game together in recent weeks and in the big events of the last five weeks he has only finished outside the top 25 once. Two missed cuts here at Sedgefield put me off somewhat as theoretically speaking the course should be right up his street with his accurate long game.
I've tried to find reasons as why not to back Kevin Kisner this week and I can't come up with many. With two top tens in his last two appearances at Sedgefield he surely has a massive chance of going well once again. The course rewards the exact type of game that Kisner has. A solid enough wedge game to marry with his superb striking off the tee and an ever improving short game to hole the putts necessary around here to contend. Overall I was expecting him to be solid enough favourite this week and given the course form he has here and his close call in the PGA I'd have thought he would be shorter than Stenson. He may be physically and mentally tired from last week but I think he is more than capable of overcoming that. Earlier in the year he finished 6th at the demanding Memorial event after winning the week before at the Dean and Deluca. He also finished 2nd prior to winning the RSM so clearly his winning / runner up form can come in bulk. He is mentally very strong and a determined character so I believe the 18/1 is worth snapping up.
I'm only having the two bets this week as I see no other value in the market but I think Bud Cauley must also be worth a play. He is another with two top tens here in recent years and with his game developing all the time this could be his moment to finally get into the winners enclosure. I have been quite cautious with this lad down the last few years and this will be the first time I have ever invested him but I think now he is ready. His 33rd placed finish in the PGA last week showed a maturity to his game and with his previous performance on the tour resulting in a tie for 12th at the John Deere he is clearly in decent form. The John Deere is an event that rewards an accurate long game and solid wedge play just like Sedgefield so I think it is no coincidence he has form on both. A top ten at the Heritage earlier in the year again shows his fondness for courses like these. Hanging with his buddies around the Wanamaker trophy last week will have fuelled his desire even more so this may just be Bud's week.