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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Twofer Tuesday: Wyndham Championship

For the final event of the regular season, Twofer Tuesday heads out to my backyard -- the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro NC.

Defending champion Brandt Snedeker

While the name has changed numerous times -- it was perhaps most famously known as the GGO (Greater Greensboro Open) and for Sam Snead's eight wins there -- the Wyndham's historical significance remains the same. This event has been running since 1938!

As an interesting aside, both scoring records at the Wyndham are held by Swedes -- Jesper Parnevik holds the record for scoring relative to par (-23) while Henrik Stenson holds the aggregate scoring record (258). Just in case you need some trivia for the office water fountain!

Anyway, defending champion Brandt Snedeker has won this event twice, on two different courses -- at Forest Oaks CC in 2007 and at Sedgefield CC last year. His victory last year came up just one stroke short of Stenson's record, so he knows his way around this course.

But defending a win is difficult, so I'm not going with Brandt as one of my picks this week. Neither am I taking Shane Lowry, playing his first event since winning the Claret Jug -- although I'm certainly happy he decided to come to Greensboro. And Brooks Koepka isn't in the field, so I can't take him in hopes of an easy Top10. Hmmm...
  • For my Top10er I'm taking Billy Horschel. He's been playing well all season and has a decent record at Sedgefield. But as impressive as that is, he also tends to play better as the Playoffs draw near. While I can't guarantee a Top10 from him, I think he's one of my better choices this week.
  • And as my winner I'm taking Collin Morikawa. Last week's winner at the Barracuda has played very few tournaments since turning pro but has been remarkably consistent in them. And given that his last three finishes have been T2, T4 and a win, that he's currently #46 in the FedExCup rankings and that he hasn't played the full schedule most of the other players have, I'm willing to bet there's still more in the tank. I think Sedgefield is exactly the kind of course where he could pick up another victory.
GC's coverage starts Thursday at 2pm ET, and PGA TOUR LIVE's stream begins at 7:15am ET. There's no reason to believe we won't see some more history made this week!

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