Learn about the Wyndham Championship and what types of golfers are likely to succeed on it for PGA DFS.
Before jumping into the details of this week’s PGA Tour Event, I wanted to mention a timeline for all PGA DFS items that you can expect each and every week from Frank and myself:
- Monday: Course/Event Preview
- Tuesday: Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet, DFS Stream
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer lineup questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event.
Event: Wyndham Championship
Dates: Thursday August 12th through Sunday August 15th
Course: Sedgefield CC
Field: 156 players
Cut: 65 and ties
Past Winners: Herman (2020), Poston (2019), Snedeker (2018), Stenson (2017), Kim (2016), Love (2015)
- Thursday/Friday: 3pm-6pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Saturday/Sunday: 1pm-3pm (Golf Channel), 3pm-6pm (CBS) plus PGA Tour Live
- Sedgefield CC is an old style country club that places a premium on accuracy and precision over distance. The course is a par 70 Donald Ross design just over 7,100 yards
- Par 5s: Only 2 (509 and 553 yards) but both have over a 55% birdie rate so it will be necessary to take advantage of these 2 holes.
- Par 3s: There are varying distances on the par 3s and this is where some of the length of the course is found (178, 226, 238, 184).
- Par 4s: 5 of the 12 par 4s are 403 yards or less; driver may not be required on all of these holes as being in the fairway is important if looking to make a birdie
- Off the Tee:
- This course places a larger emphasis on accuracy over distance. Gaining strokes off the tee isn’t a necessity at this course. The largest importance will be on approach play.
- Approach Shots:
- This will be the most important stat of the week. In particular, you will see the largest distribution of approach shots from 150-175 yards. An average week on Tour has 20% of shots from this yardage but that jumps to 29% this week with no other yardage bucket above 20%.
- The greens this week are going to be quick but not absurdly fast and you should see a lot of putts holed especially if players can keep the ball below the hole and leave themselves an easier putt.
- Putting is the 2nd most important stat this week behind approach play. Putting accounts for 36% of the strokes gained in this event among top finishers.
- Around the Green:
- We typically see a larger number of greens hit in regulation here compared to a normal Tour event. As such, there is a decreased importance on around the green game as that only accounts for about 10% of strokes gained per round.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- I see one clear path to victory at this course:
- The path to victory here is simple: Keep the ball in play off the tee (don’t have to be super long), have a superb mid to short iron game and have the ability to hole makeable putts by the bunches.
What areas of a player’s game will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Approach (particularly 150-175 yards)
- Smaller emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Putting
- Accuracy off the Tee
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and DFS Stream