The last week of the regular season is upon us as we head to Sedgefield for the Wyndham Championship. Sedgefield is an old Donald Ross course that yields low scores and puts a high emphasis on short irons and putting. This course has one of the highest rates of approach shots from 150 to 175 yards on the PGA Tour at 27 percent. So if you’re looking to target a player this week, look for overall approach play with an emphasis on 150 to 175 yards and an ability to get red hot with the putter. Let’s take a look at three players to consider:
Si Woo Kim $9,000
Si Woo Kim has a great track record at Sedgefield. In his last six appearances, he has four top-five finishes, including a win in 2016. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as he leads the field in proximity from 150 to 175 yards, the biggest indicator of approach game success at this event. Kim already has a win in 2023 at the Sony and a narrow loss by one shot to Jason Day at the Byron Nelson. The $9,000 price seems like a bargain especially considering many of the higher priced players aren’t in great form.
Denny McCarthy $8,700
In five appearances at this event, he has made the cut four times and has two finishes inside the top 15. If you look at some of the previous winners of this event like Brandt Snedeker, J.T. Poston, and Webb Simpson, it becomes clear that it can become a putting contest at times. Who better to back in a potential putting contest than McCarthy, who leads the field in putting by a good margin. I’m not quite sure why the 32nd ranked player in the world is priced only at $8,700. He already has eight top-20 finishes in 2023, including a playoff loss at the Memorial. He has a lot to play for this week sitting 26th in FedEx Cup points and 15th in the Ryder Cup standings. A win in the next few weeks may be enough for him to make the team as a putter like his could be invaluable to that team.
Brandon Wu $7,200
Wu finished eighth here a year ago and ranks second in this field in approach from 150 to 175 yards. He is a high variance player who can contend when his game is on but can really fall off a cliff at times. He is the 86th ranked player in the world in a year he has finished runner-up at Pebble Beach, third at Mexico, and ninth at the Canadian Open. He has missed the cut, however, in eight of his 19 events this year. He had similar performances in 2022 with four top-eight finishes but 12 missed cuts. Last week, he finished 57th at the 3M Open. If we dig into the metrics, we see that Wu lost 5.4 strokes putting but gained 2.7 strokes on approach, which was his fifth most strokes gained on approach in the last two years. On top of that, he gained 2.5 strokes off the tee, something he also has only done five other times in the last two years. His ballstriking is in great form and he heads to a course with good memories and fits his skillset. He currently sits 54th in FedExCup points so this week is pivotal if he wants to have a chance to make it to the Tour Championship this year and improve his status for the 2024 season.
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