There may be no player more confident than Harris English heading into the Wyndham Championship. Seven top-20 finishes in his last eight starts have helped lift the 31-year-old into the top 30 in FedEx Cup points and given that he started the season without full status, his has been one of the success stories of the year. English now arrives at a course he knows and loves, where he saved his card in 2018, and never has his form been as solid as it is now. He seems sure to go well.
In value terms the bet of the week is Russell Henley, who is hitting his ball as well as just about anyone in the game. This formerly top-class putter need only find something on the greens to go really close, and he’s entitled to improve in that department now swapping West coast for East, where he grew up and is much more comfortable. Three starts here have yielded so-so results, but never has he arrived at Sedgefield with his swing so finely tuned and on paper the course is ideal for him.
Ask Kevin Kisner where he most enjoys playing, and he’ll say either North Carolina, South Carolina (where he’s from), Texas or Georgia. He’s simply a southern boy through and through, which is why last week’s top-20 finish on a big-hitters’ golf course in California can be marked up significantly. That’s his third strong performance in four events dating back to third place on a similar course to this one in Detroit. His iron play is almost as hot as his putter and that combination can be deadly in this low-scoring event.
If you’re looking to take a real flier in the Wyndham, consider top young talent Will Gordon. Like last year’s winner JT Poston and habitual contender Webb Simpson, Gordon was born nearby and played Sedgefield plenty of times in his junior days. That could be massive given that he’s been rocking up on invites at courses he does not know, yet he’s still managed to finish third in a stronger field at the Travelers. Last time he played three good rounds in the Barracuda and he’ll be much more comfortable within an hour’s drive of his home town.
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