For those of you following me on Twitter (and if not, why not! => @GarryIrwin) you will have seen that I posted all the top 5 finishers for last weekend’s PGA Championship as my fantasy selections. If you haven`t moved up in the rankings after that, then you must already have been pretty high.
This week sees the PGA Tour head to Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina. This is the final `normal` week of the Tour before the four rounds of the FedEx Playoffs begin. It is also the winding down of the Fantasy Golf games. Yahoo Fantasy Golf finishes its winter segment at the end of September. Official PGA Fantasy will end at the tail end of September too but will start up again two weeks later in October. AVIS Fantasy Golf will also finish on the 27th of September, but that game only started in April and surely won`t wait until that far into next season to start again?
This weeks picks for the Wyndham Championship are a mix of past winners and in form players, plus a long shot or two. As always picks are divided according to their grouping in Yahoo Fantasy Golf, with AVIS picks given at the bottom of the post.
Since this tournament has been played at Sedgefield (2008) the winners have alternated between the U.S. and overseas. Last year Columbia`s Camilo Villegas was victorious, so perhaps an American will win this time out? Not very scientific, but something to think about! Past American winners here include Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. Simpson has always been there or there abouts over the last number of years here and should be within spitting distance of the top ten come Sunday evening.
Another former winner, and player who has always done well on the course, is Sweden`s Carl Pettersson. He holds the tournament (259) and course (61) records here. Just before this leg of the Tour moved to Sedgefield CC, it was held at Forest Oaks, and the winner in 2007 there was Brandt Snedeker. He finished in the top 5 here last year too, so will be fancied to do well.
Justin Thomas is an in form player coming into this weekend. A very credible 18th at the PGA Championship came after a fourth and a fifth at the Quicken Loans National and the John Deere Classic. Another young American with a bright future is Brooks Koepka. He comes to North Carolina having been inside the top 20 in every competition he`s entered since the disastrous 78 he posted on the final day of the Memorial Tournament back at the start of June. Look out for him to compete again.
So here are this week’s selections. Good Luck everybody.