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DraftKings Preview: Names to watch at Wyndham

by Will Gray
Updated On: August 12, 2020, 2:54 pm ET

A shortened and rescheduled PGA Tour regular season comes to a close this week at the Wyndham Championship.

With the first major of the year in the rear-view mirror and the playoffs a week away, a pit stop in Greensboro offers several big names a chance to go low in a low-pressure environment. It's also a place where we've seen players like Patrick Reed, Si Woo Kim and J.T. Poston break through to notch their first career wins.

From a former champ to a grizzled veteran and a couple names you might not expect, here are some players to consider before locking in your lineups for this week's event at Sedgefield:

Favorites

Webb Simpson ($11,200 on DraftKings): Simpson is a threat at this event regardless of current form, but now he returns to one of his favorite tracks as a Player of the Year contender. Already with two wins under his belt among a handful of top-5 finishes, Simpson headlines this week's field on a course where he has finished T-3 or better three straight years and T-11 or better eight times in the last decade. His Sedgefield scoring average since 2017 is an eye-popping 65.25, and this is one of those instances where it makes sense to pick the chalk to begin a lineup.

Justin Rose ($9,900): It's difficult to pass up Paul Casey given his course affinity and play last week at San Francisco, but at $10,300 his price tag seems overly influenced by last week's result. Instead consider another Englishman in Rose, who hasn't played here since 2009 but did finish T-5 in his lone trip around Sedgefield. Rose has been hit-or-miss since the break, including a run of three straight missed cuts. But in his three other starts he has finished no worse than T-14, including a ninth-place showing last week at the PGA.


Value Plays

Kevin Kisner ($8,300): Southeast course, Bermuda greens, emphasis on iron play. Time to roster Kiz. The South Carolina native plays his best golf in this part of the country, including at this event where he has never missed a cut and twice cracked the top 10. Kisner placed third in Detroit last month on another Donald Ross layout and has a pair of top-25s in his last two starts. Sedgefield should be much more conducive to his game than either Southwind or Harding Park.

Jim Furyk ($7,200): Furyk is chugging right along at 50 years young and could add another strong performance this week on a course where he has finished inside the top 10 in each of his three prior trips. That includes a T-4 finish two years ago, when he closed with 63, and he is coming off a win two weeks ago in his PGA Tour Champions debut. Furyk can't hang with the longest hitters on Tour, but this week he doesn't have to. An iron game that ranks 17th on Tour this season should shine brightly.


Sleepers

Ryan Armour ($6,800): Armour has missed each of his last three cuts, but don't let that scare you off. The veteran has shot 13 under or better each of the last three years at this event, racking up a pair of top-10 finishes in the process. And just last month he was contending at another Donald Ross layout, where he played in the final pairing en route to a T-4 finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Armour misses his fair share of cuts, but on weeks where he stays through Sunday he can be a threat.

Josh Teater ($6,200): Last year Teater came to this event in need of a big week to salvage some status, and this time around he finds himself in a similar position. Teater's T-6 finish a year ago is one of three top-25 finishes the Kentucky native has notched at Sedgefield. It included three rounds of 65 or better, and Teater also went low earlier this year en route to a runner-up finish in Puerto Rico. He has spent much of his time since the break hovering around the cut line, but this is a course that suits his eye and one that could provide another spark. At No. 139 in points, he'll likely take an aggressive approach in order to crack the top 125 and qualify for next week's playoff opener.

Will Gray

Will Gray joined Golf Channel in 2007 and currently serves as a staff writer for GolfChannel.com. Gray has been covering fantasy golf since 2012 and is a regular contributor to the Golf Central blog and covers several PGA Tour events each year. He's also a regular contributor to several digital properties on GolfChannel.com, including Stat Man, On the Clock, Fantasy Central, Grill Room and the Monday Scramble podcast.