The PGA heads down to Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend for the final regular season tournament: the Wyndham Championship. And the field looks quite a bit different than we’ve seen in previous years since the FedEx Cup Playoffs have nearly halved the number of players eligible to participate.
So get excited since some of the top golfers that usually give this event a miss are looking to close the year off with a strong finish and qualify to keep their season going, like Justin Thomas.
Storylines in NC, and Which Player Can Still Qualify for the FedEx St. Jude
The biggest storylines for the weekend at Sedgefield Country Club come down to who is playing. Unlike previous years, the postseason of the PGA Tour has been dramatically limited in the number of players, down to the top 70 rather than the usual 125. While this probably won’t impact the FedEx St. Jude Championship result, it does mean quite a few top level players who are not under the cut are playing in the Wyndham Championship.
Justin Thomas is arguably the most notable, and, given his current ranking at 79, has a chance to make the jump into the top 70 with a strong performance in Greensboro. It’s fair to say this has been a pretty disappointing season for Thomas, who is always a threat to win at any tournament, but even he isn’t actually favored to win Wyndham.
In order to claim a spot in the playoffs, Thomas will need a solo finish of 3rd or higher (though with some lucky breaks and bad showing from other golfers he could crack the top 70 with a solo 18th place).
The current favorite to lift the trophy on Sunday is Hideki Matsuyama, but given he is already locked in to appear in Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude, there is a little less on this line which opens the doors wide for players needing a strong showing to perform at a higher level.
Billy Horschel is another name not many expected to be struggling to make an appearance in the postseason PGA event, but right now he is well out of the running at 116th place, and will need a win this weekend to make the 26 position jump. That being said, a win doesn’t seem likely considering his lackluster play all year, and he sits well out of the top ten on most of the country’s top betting apps.
Favorites to win the 2023 Wyndham Championship:
- Hideki Matsuyama (+1800)
- Russell Henley (+2000)
- Si Woo Kim (+2200)
- Sungjae Im (+2200)
- Denny McCarthy (+2500)
- Sam Burns (+2800)
- Shane Lowry (+3300)
- J.T. Poston (+3300)
- Adam Scott (+3500)
- Aaron Rai (+3500)
- Justin Thomas (+4000)
Current odds via FanDuel
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