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Tournament: 2014 Wyndham Championship
Date: Aug. 14-17
Venue: Sedgefield Country Club
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
2013 Winner: Patrick Reed

This week the PGA Tour will play its final official event of the season before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin. The Wyndham Championship is sandwiched between some huge tournaments with two majors and a WGC event coming before it, and the playoffs immediately following for the next month. With that said the field is extremely thin, as it contains only one player (Hideki Matsuyama) from the top 25 of the World Golf Rankings.

This will be the final week in which some players have a chance to join the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings for The Barclays next week; the first of four events in the playoffs. Last season, Patrick Reed won his first career PGA event here as he defeated fellow young stud Jordan Spieth on the second playoff hole.

Spectators should expect plenty of action this week as the winning score has been 14-under or better in all six years since having the tourney at Sedgefield CC, which is a par-70, 7,130-yard course. This event is certainly open to all who are competing this week with names like Arjun Atwal, Brent Geiberger and Shigeki Maruyama taking home the trophy in the last decade.

Let’s take a look at a few players who have a chance to move up the FedEx Cup standings with a strong showing this week.

Golfers to Watch

Hideki Matsuyama (17/1): Matsuyama is the top player from the World Golf Rankings playing this week and while he has not been doing too well against the tremendous fields the past few weeks, he took a victory in the last event he played (the Memorial) where the talent was not quite as strong. The Japan-born player has the 17th-best scoring average on tour (69.96) and has scored a birdie or better 50.5% of the time on par-5’s this year (5th on tour). Matsuyama is poised to add to his six career professional victories (1 PGA, 5 Japan Golf Tour) this week.

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Patrick Reed (20/1):
He was the victor in this event last season and has won another two times since. The 26th-ranked player in the world is on the brink of being one of the young studs in the sport, as Reed has placed in the top-26 three times in his last five tournaments. He has been inconsistent this season, but has proven that he can catch fire in a moment’s notice and dominate the field.

Brandt Snedeker (11/1): It has been a down year for Snedeker in 2014, as his 69th-place ranking in the FedEx Cup standings is his lowest of his career by a wide margin. The six-time winner on the tour has been playing well in his past two events, nailing down a 12th-place finish at the Bridgestone Invitational followed by placing 13th last week at the PGA Championship. His solid putting (.467 strokes gained putting, 16th on tour) and pedigree should keep him among the leaders this week. Snedeker is also due for a win with at least one victory in each of the past three seasons.

Martin Laird (55/1): Laird has a lot to play for this week as he ranks 136th in the FedEx Cup standings and already has four top-25 finishes this year in his 19 starts. He has made the playoffs in each of the past four years and even made it to a playoff at The Barclays in 2010 that he eventually lost to Matt Kuchar. Laird is ranked 33rd in total driving (146), a stat that looks at both accuracy and distance off the tee, and this mark should allow him to have plenty of scoring opportunities on the week.

Kevin Kisner (140/1): He is in the midst of a career year and comes into this event with some momentum after two strong finishes, a T-20th at the John Deere Classic and a T-9th at the RBC Canadian Open, in his past two times out. Kisner has gained .401 strokes putting (23rd on tour) this year and could compete for his first career victory this week amongst a poor field.

Wyndham Championship Betting Odds - Provided by Sportsbook.ag

Brandt Snedeker 25/2
Webb Simpson 17/1
Hideki Matsuyama 17/1
Patrick Reed 20/1
Bill Haas 24/1
Ernie Els 27/1
Tim Clark 28/1
Charles Howell III 35/1
Brooks Koepka 35/1
Nick Watney 40/1
Francesco Molinari 40/1
Robert Karlsson 40/1
Carl Pettersson 40/1
Brian Harman 40/1
Billy Horschel 40/1
Justin Hicks 50/1
Paul Casey 55/1
Brendon De Jonge 55/1
Bud Cauley 55/1
Martin Laird 55/1
Chad Campbell 60/1
Kyle Stanley 60/1
Bo Van Pelt 60/1
Michael Putnam 60/1
John Huh 65/1
Freddie Jacobson 65/1
Matteo Manassero 70/1
Peter Hanson 70/1
Robert Garrigus 70/1
William McGirt 75/1
Andres Romero 75/1
Aaron Baddeley 80/1
Stephen Gallacher 85/1
Scott Piercy 85/1
Joe Durant 95/1
Camilo Villegas 95/1
Scott Brown 95/1
Retief Goosen 95/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 95/1
Luke Guthrie 95/1
David Toms 100/1
Jonathan Byrd 100/1
Michael Thompson 100/1
Shawn Stefani 100/1
Scott Langley 100/1
Johnson Wagner 110/1
Morgan Hoffmann 110/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 110/1
Fred Couples 120/1
Jhonattan Vegas 120/1
Boo Weekley 130/1
Ryo Ishikawa 130/1
Padraig Harrington 130/1
Billy Hurley III 130/1
Sang-Moon Bae 130/1
Brian Stuard 130/1
Jamie Lovemark 130/1
Ricky Barnes 130/1
Pat Perez 140/1
Martin Flores 140/1
Bryce Molder 140/1
Brad Fritsch 140/1
Andrew Svoboda 140/1
Chesson Hadley 140/1
Richard Sterne 140/1
Stuart Appleby 140/1
Robert Streb 140/1
Greg Chalmers 140/1
David Lingmerth 140/1
Scott Stallings 150/1
J.J. Henry 150/1
Danny Lee 150/1
Will Wilcox 150/1
Tommy Gainey 150/1
Charlie Beljan 160/1
Troy Merritt 180/1
Steven Bowditch 180/1
Hudson Swafford 180/1
Will MacKenzie 180/1
Roberto Castro 190/1
Sean O' Hair 190/1
Lucas Glover 190/1
James Hahn 190/1
Jeff Maggert 190/1
Ben Curtis 220/1
Trevor Immelman 220/1
Robert Allenby 220/1
Nicholas Thompson 220/1
Alex Prugh 250/1
Chad Collins 250/1
David Duval 250/1
Derek Ernst 250/1
Jim Herman 250/1
D.H. Lee 250/1
Eric Axley 250/1
Rocco Mediate 250/1
Glen Day 250/1
Andrew Loupe 250/1
Charlie Wi 250/1
Arjun Atwal 250/1
D.A. Points 250/1
John Peterson 250/1
Josh Teater 250/1
Ken Duke 250/1
Tyrone Van Aswegen 250/1
Matt Bettencourt 250/1
Steve Marino 250/1
Troy Matteson 250/1
Davis Love III 250/1
Dicky Pride 250/1
James Driscoll 250/1
Miguel Angel Carballo 250/1
Peter Malnati 250/1

  
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