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The curtain has come down on the major competitions of the 2017 golf season with Justin Thomas' W at the PGA Championship. But you'll have to wipe that tear from your eye, because unlike, say, every other sport, when the last big tournament is over (with all due respect to the FedEx Cup Playoffs), the season carries on.
“Carrying on" takes the form of this week's Wyndham Championship, which your grandfather still calls the Greensboro Open. Sam Snead won the tournament seemingly 100 times, but he's not in the field this week, because he is dead. Instead, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner, and Jason Dufner headline a predictably weak lot at 7,127-yard, par 70 Sedgefield Country Club (Ross course).
The only Donald Ross course that's a regular stop on the PGA Tour, the pros regularly beat up on this 1925-built track. A Carolina-style track, regularly the easiest par-70 layout on the PGA Tour calendar, Sedgefield's lack of length means hitting the fairway isn't critical. Hitting the green, however, is vitally important, as without 12 or 13 looks at birdie per round, players won't have a shot at winning.
Iron play is the name of the game this week. Proximity and iron play from 150 to 200 yards are key. As this is a full-on birdie buffet, it's better to favor players who hit it close ahead of those who are excellent putters. An average putter makes more 10 footers than a great putter does 16-footers.
Creme de la Creme
Kevin Kisner: $11,300
Kisner didn't get the job done at Quail Hollow, but obviously he's in form if he's contending in a major championship. Fatigue and letdown are concerns, but with this weak field, you have to take a long look at Kisner. This is especially true in light of his course form: Top-10 finishes in his last two turns at the Wyndham. 18th in strokes gained: approach. Seventh in total strokes gained.
Webb Simpson: $10,000
Simpson didn't impress at the PGA Championship, finishing tied for 33rd, but he hasn't missed a cut in his last eight starts and ought to do well against this field. He's certainly a horse for the course, winning at Sedgefield in 2011 and tallying an addition three top-10 finishes. 29th in strokes gained: approach. 39th in total strokes gained. 17th in proximity.
Chez Reavie: $8,100
Reavie arrives in North Carolina after a top-25 showing at the PGA Championship. While he's missed the cut in his last three turns at Sedgefield, he does have two career top-10 finishes at the course. 23rd in strokes gained: approach. Tour leader in proximity to the hole.
Chad Campbell: $7,900
Campbell finished top 20 in his last three starts and has made his last four cuts. He finished fourth at the Wyndham in 2012. 25th in strokes gained: approach. The best play in the $7,500 to $8,000 range. 17th in proximity.
Kevin Na: $7,500
Na's pedigree is distinguished relative to the competition this week. His recent form, however, isn't, as he's missed the cut in two of his last three starts. In two turns at Sedgefield, however, Na hasn't finished worse than 18th, so this is a good place for him to bounce back. 21st in strokes gained: approach.
Tyrone Van Aswegen: $7,100
Under the assumption that Euro Tour players are always under-owned in PGA Tour DFS, Tyrone Van Aswegen should have only minimal ownership this week. While he's played this event twice with little success, Van Aswegen finished top 20 in his two most recent PGA Tour starts, which makes him worth a look from a “recent form" standpoint.