The PGA Championship has passed as Brooks Koepka fended off Tiger Woods for a thrilling win this past Sunday. Now, the golf world has taken a collective deep breath as the schedule winds down after the final Major of 2018. That means the Wyndham Championship becomes a perfect place for PGA golfers, such as Webb Simpson, to pick up a win as many of the big names take a week off. 

Simpson enters Thursday’s opening round at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina as the favored player to add another win to his resume. The 38-year-old golfer is a local favorite and played his college golf at nearby Wake Forest. Simpson already has a win in 2018 when he bashed the field at the PLAYERS Championship and he’s improved to being ranked No. 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Behind Simpson on the list of favorites from Vegas are Henrik Stenson and Hideki Matsuyama. Stenson, who trails Simpson (+1200) at +1400, is the defending Champion as he won the Wyndham in 2017. Stenson put on a show going toe-to-toe with Ollie Schniederjans before winning by one stroke with a -22 on the tournament.

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The excitement factor for many fans is that this is the final chance for players to qualify for the FedEx Championship. A footnote about the 2017 Wyndham Championship mentioned above – Simpson was lurking close behind the leaders finishing in third at 18 under.

Top-Ten, Plus 3, from Vegas

Here’s a look at the top-ten favorited players for the Wyndham Championship. The list has 13 players instead of ten due to a five-way tie at +3300.

Webb Simpson+1200
Henrik Stenson+1400
Hideki Matsuyama+1600
Rafa Cabrera Bello+2200
Shane Lowry+2200
Brandt Snedeker+2500
Sergio Garcia+2500
Joaquin Niemann+2500
Daniel Berger+3300
Russell Henley+3300
Ryan Moore+3300
Billy Horschel+3300
Ollie Schniederjans+3300

If you’re looking for a surprise player in the favored listing, you may well settle on Sergio Garcia at +2500. The 2017 Masters Champion has had a disappointing 2018, to say the least. He started strong at the beginning of the season with a 7th place finish at the World Golf Championships in Mexico and a 4th place run at the Valspar Championship. Since then, he’s failed to make the cut in eight events including the PGA Championship last week and in both the U.S. Open and British Open.

Futures for the Wyndham Championship

Webb Simpson12/1
Hideki Matsuyama15/1
Henrik Stenson18/1
Brandt Snedeker22/1
Rafa Cabrera Bello22/1
Shane Lowry23/1
Ryan Moore25/1
Billy Horschel28/1
Joaquin Niemann30/1
Ollie Schniederjans30/1
Daniel Berger33/1
Russell Henley33/1
Sergio Garcia33/1
Si Woo Kim40/1
Harold Varner III45/1
Jason Dufner50/1
Julian Suri50/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick50/1

Sedgefield Country Club by the Numbers

Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, was designed by famed course designer Donald Ross in 1926. It’s the only Ross-designed course still hosting a PGA Tour event.  The course features the natural rolling terrain of the area with few major changes in elevation.

The course underwent an extensive renovation in 2007 to better accommodate modern PGA players but an emphasis was put on retaining the natural beauty of the links. Everything is lush green from the fairways to the rough and the age-old trees lining the fairway.

Bunkers are designed in a classic style with grass lining the banks. Water hazards come into play on three holes but there is a small creek that winds itself through the course. But, the scenic views and movie-set-like qualities mask over some tough holes! There are several par-three holes that force accurate tee-shots, or a player will find themselves notching bogies on their scorecards.

The course features twelve par 4 holes, two par 5, and four par 3 holes. The 18th is a par 4 during PGA tournament play but a par 5 for members. The tee shot is a deceptive straight shot with a tight start that opens into sloping landing area that forces an accurate second iron shot.

The green, which is protected by two forward bunkers, is nestled in front of the covered gallery with fan standing areas both left and right. A well-placed ball could end in a birdie, but hitting the backside of the green may cause a few players to card a bogey on the final hole as they will have to play over a roll between them and the hole depending on pin placement. 

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Designers: Donald Ross
                    Kris Spence (2007)
Established: 1926
Par: 70
Length: 7,127 yards
Course rating: 75.3
Slope rating: 143
Greens: Bermuda
Fairways: Bermuda

Canadian Open TV Times - all times ET

Thursday: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Golf Channel    
Friday: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Golf Channel        
Saturday: 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM, Golf Channel
                3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, CBS Sports
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM, Golf Channel
               3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, CBS Sports

There will be several options for viewing online including’s featured groups. There will also be Facebook Live broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday. The CBS Sports App and will also include live streaming.

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