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Wyndham Championship: Picks and Preview

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Jason Dufner’s PGA Championship victory marked the end of major season on the PGA Tour. Now, the Tour chugs onward to this week’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. The Wyndham marks the end the Tour’s “regular season,” and is an opportunity for players to shore up (or secure) FedEx Cup positions heading into the first playoff event, The Barclays, next week.

Predictably, this week’s field is moderately weaker than at the average PGA Tour event, as the Wyndham Championship comes immediately after a major. However, notables Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas and Sergio Garcia will tee it up in Greensboro, N.C. this week.

It’s no great secret that Sedgefield Country Club is a toothless track, ranking as one of the easiest par-70 layouts on the PGA Tour calendar. Large, receptive greens, cool (and potentially wet) conditions set the stage for a shootout this week, and the winning score will likely be around 20 under par.

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Brandt Snedeker: 14-1 odds

This week’s favorite, Brandt Snedeker, enters the Wyndham Championship following a mediocre showing at last week’s PGA Championship, where he finished tied for 66th. Sneds has two top 10s in his career at Sedgefield, so he’s clearly comfortable at the 7,130-yard track.

His victory at the RBC Canadian Open at the end of July, and a schedule which has seen the Vanderbilt grad playing nearly every week for the past month prove that any discussion of Snedeker’s rib injury is beside the point. At this juncture in the calendar, Snedeker has indicated that he is in good health as the regular season wraps up. Were he not, last year’s Cup winner would likely be at home in Tennessee resting up before the beginning of the FedExCup Playoffs.

Snedeker is seventh on Tour in birdie average and 10th in strokes gained-putting. Given his quality play in recent weeks and the confidence he must be feeling heading into the playoffs, Snedeker is rightfully the front runner and the clear best bet to win this week.

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Webb Simpson: 14-1 odds

The 2011 winner at the Wyndham Championship, Webb Simpson has an obvious affinity for Sedgefield, where he has only missed the cut once. Speaking of cuts, Simpson has made six of them in a row and sent up a signal flair with his second-round 64 at last week’s PGA Championship.

Simpson is 38th on Tour in strokes gained putting. If he’s able to putt the way he has much of this year, and if the golfer takes inspiration from his quality showing at the PGA Championship he’ll likely be at 15-under or better on Sunday. His score should be good enough for a top-10 finish, to be sure.

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Jordan Spieth: 33-1 odds

Much has been written on the subject of Jordan Spieth’s rise this year to the point that it has become something of a trope. However, it’s worth restating just how good the 19-year-old has been in 2013: Spieth, who began the year with no status, has finished inside the top 10 six times and won once. He’s finished inside the top 25 in nearly half of his starts on Tour this year.

While it’s true that he hasn’t teed it up at Sedgefield before, the golfer is clearly comfortable at courses where he has little experience. He averages enough birdies (3.6 per round) to contend at Sedgefield this week, and he’ll be looking to bounce back after a missed cut at the PGA Championship.

If you’re looking for a sleeper pick, consider Jordan Spieth this week.

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  1. Troy Vayanos

    Aug 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I agree Ben Jordan Spieth is a really good chance this week at odds. He just keeps performing every time he tees it up on the PGA Tour.

    It’s scary to think just how good this young man could end up being.

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Imprisoned Masters champ to face second trial for ‘gender violence’

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As first reported by CBA24n, Angel Cabrera is set to stand trial once again this December.

The 2009 Masters champion was charged with threatening, assaulting and harassing former partner Cecilia Torres Mana in July of 2021 and is currently serving two years in Argentina for his conviction.

Since that case has concluded, there have been more allegations against the 52-year-old. Torres Mana is claiming that Cabrera had violated his restraining order against her on “multiple occasions.”

Now, a second accuser, Micaela Teresa Escudero, is claiming that she faced “coercion,” “coercion and threat” and “minor injuries” from Cabrera as well.

The former golfer is serving his time at Carcel de Bouwer, which is an infamous prison known as “El Penal del Infierno” or the “Prison of Hell.”

The trial is set to begin on December 1.

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Checking out how DAPCEP, PXG teach science and engineering through golf

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We all know that the PGA Tour is all about giving back to communities. Most of us don’t get to see where that money, time, and resources go, but I was invited by PXG to witness firsthand just one of the many programs. DAPCEP is a nonprofit organization in Detroit that offers students that ability to further their studies in fields they are interested in. PXG and DAPCEP joined forces during the Rocket Mortgage Classic to let students who are interesting in science, physics, and engineering to learn more about those subject through the game of golf.

CAPCEP students’ eyes were wide as they took in all of the golf equipment, putting greens, and fitting bays around the store. The first few minutes were filled with exploring the location and taking in everything it had to offer.

The morning was kicked off with introductions and PXG explaining how they are an engineering company that makes golf clubs. The first speaker was Caleb Kroloff, Senior R&D Engineer at PXG, and he talked a little about his path to becoming and engineer and why he loved the field so much. His mention of heading to college with no clear plan of what he would do for a career hit home with many of the students. Caleb also talked about how you can chase and research careers in passions or interests that you might have. He gave examples like looking at different sports and how someone has to design the materials and components that go into sports equipment. Engineering and problem solving are areas that have endless opportunities, if you just look a little deeper.

PXG had set up a few stations in the store that focuses on different educational subjects that required math and physics. Inside one of the fitting bays was a station that focused on full shot ball and clubbed speeds. Smash factor was not a term that any of these students were familiar with, but the math to calculate it was easy to learn. It was fun to see these young minds start asking questions about golf shots and how different variables affected the flight.

The next station focused on putting and the physics that face angle and speed had on putts. This station also allowed the students to try their hand at putting, while getting tips on how to hold a putter and getting to design their own alignment markings. The final station was built to show how C.O.R. was tested and calculated to ensure correct energy transfer off the face of a club. This again took a foreign concept and made it an easy problem to solve through math.

After the STEM learning at PXG all of the students went down to the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Country Club to watch the Wednesday practice round from the VIP box behind the 18th green. Not only did the students get a VIP tour of the PXG tour truck, they also got to meet a few celebrities as well. Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders and tour player Cameron Tringale both stopped by to meet these students and talk about education and opportunity. Out on the course major winner Zach Johnson stepped under the ropes to greet and take photos with these students.

By the end of the day you could see that some of the students really had grown and appreciation for the game of golf. So many also had their minds open to new goals and opportunities to chase. It was a great day to take it all in and enjoy seeing just a small amount of what partnerships like DAPCEP and PXG can do in communities across the country.

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Photos from the 2022 Wyndham Classic

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GolfWRX was on site for the final regular season (that’s pre-FedEx Cup Playoffs) event, the Wyndham Championship.

On the ground in Greensboro, we have eight general galleries for you dig into, WITBs for 10 players — including Jooyhung Kim — and a look at some new putters from Odyssey/Toulon.

Check out links to all our photos, below.

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