Sergio Garcia: Sergio is the defending champion here at the Wyndham Championship and is having a solid season on tour. He has made the cut in all 12 events that he has entered including eight top-25s, four top-10s and a third place finish at WGC Cadillac Championship. In recent memory Garcia has played well in this event finishing solo fourth in 2009 and winning last year’s edition. Garcia is first on tour in strokes gained putting, eighth in scoring average, and 36th in total putting on tour in 2013. The defending champion is on the short list of contenders this week.
Zach Johnson: He is winless in 2013 but that does not paint the whole picture. He made 16 of a possible 20 cuts with eight top-25s, five top-10s, a third and a playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic. His last four events on tour, including two majors, have been no worse than a tie for eighth. In 2008 he finished tied for 26th at the Wyndham Championship so has a familiarity with the course. Johnson is 12th on tour in driving accuracy, fourth on tour in greens in regulation from 125-150 yards and 28th in total driving efficiency. He is playing to well to be winless and this week he just might break through.
Jordan Spieth: What a 2013 for Jordan. He has made 13 of 17 possible cuts including eight top-25s, six top-10s, a second place finish and his first victory at the John Deere Classic. Even though he missed the cut at the PGA Championship he still has a win, tie for 23rd and a solo six place finish in his last five events. Spieth is 23rd in driving accuracy and scoring average, 12th in total driving, fifth in the all-around and third in scrambling from inside 30 yards in 2013. More importantly is that he is young and does not know that he is not supposed to win. He will be on the contenders list often over the coming years.
Bill Haas: The former Fed Ex Cup champion is quietly having a very nice season making 15 of 20 possible cuts with 13 top-25s, nine top-10s, a third place finish and a victory at the AT&T National. He carries a level of success at Sedgefield Country Club with a tie for seventh in 2012, a tie for 28th in 2010 and a tie for 10th in 2009. Haas is on form with four top-25 and three top-10s including the win in his last five starts. He is 12th in greens in regulation, 18th in scoring average, 16th in ball striking and third in Par-4 scoring. He is on the short contenders list without a question.
The Pick: Brandt Snedeker
Brandt is having a very solid year. In fact he made the cut in 13 of 17 events in 2013. Of those 13 he has 11 top-25s, eight top-10s, a third and two second place finishes. Oh and then of course are his two wins at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the RBC Canadian Open. In his career at the Wyndham Championship he racked up a tie for 28th in 2012, tie for eighth in 2010, tie for fifth in 2009 and won the event in 2007. He did not play well last week at the PGA Championship but that has not stopped him from playing well at Sedgefield Country Club. He likes this course and it appears being past the final major eases his mind.
In 2013 Brandt is 10th in strokes gained putting, fourth in birdie average, ninth in scoring average, second in the all-around and third in par breakers. He has the game to conquer the Wyndham Championship and has proven it already. The undulating greens at Sedgefield Country Club will challenge many of the professionals this week but Snedeker’s incredible putting stroke will be the key to mastering these greens once again. I expect Snedeker to have a solid final regular season event culminating in a victory with a full court press into the Fed Ex Cup playoffs in defense of his title.
Who will win the 2013 Wyndham Championship?
- Brandt Snedeker (23%, 15 Votes)
- Zach Johnson (23%, 15 Votes)
- Bill Haas (22%, 14 Votes)
- Other (17%, 11 Votes)
- Jordan Spieth (9%, 6 Votes)
- Sergio Garcia (6%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 65