2014 Wyndham Championship + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #MajorHangover

After the wild/crazy/bizarre/soggy/Roryified week that was last week’s PGA Championship, the PGA Tour moves to Sedgefield Country Club, host of this week’s Wyndham Championship.  Now, that might not sound overly thrilling in print, but add in that it’s the final week to play-in to the top 125 for the FedEx Cup Playoffs + to solidify Tour cards for next season and yep, a lot of late positioning and final sprints towards the finish will certainly spice up the interest level this week.

A solid week for my picks last week at the PGA Championship at Valhalla as I nailed the late charges to make the Ryder Cup teams by Sneds, Hunter and Westwood, as they all finished in the top 15.  I also spot-on called Dufner missing the cut (he WD’d with injury after being +8 thru 10 holes).

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Sneds t-13th, Hunter t-7th)

Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker
– After a rocky opening round at Valhalla last week, Snedeker surged the final 3 rounds to the tune of 68-66-67 to finish t-13th overall and clearly has re-discovered his game’s high strides.  It’s too late to auto-qualify for the Ryder Cup team, but definitely not too late to keep impressing Captain Watson.  As I wrote about in my pick of Sneds last week, don’t forget about the MasterCard commercials where Watson jokes saying, “Sneeeeedeker.”  Tom absolutely wants Brandt on that team (Tom loves good putters for the Ryder Cup), and once Sneds finishes in the top 10 again this week he’ll be a guaranteed captain’s pick come September 2nd.

Justin Hicks
Justin Hicks
– Wait, who?  You’re probably asking yourself that question, but you shouldn’t be, as this Tour journeyman has been playing some mighty stellar golf of late.  Hicks finished solo 3rd at the RBC Canadian Open and solo 2nd the following week at the Barracuda Championship (you know, the event opposite the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone).  Hicks has vaulted all the way up to 44th in the FedEx Cup season Standings and yet still flies way under the radar each week.  I don’t care that he’s 0-for-2 in career cuts made at this tourney (’11 + ’13), I’m simply riding the hot hand and say that he continues his torrid play this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Reed t-59th)

Freddie Jacobson
Freddie Jacobson
– This might be more of a gut feeling type of play than anything, but I really see Freddie playing well this week.  He hasn’t played this joint since finishing t-12th here back in ’10, but he closed with a career low 62 that week so clearly he’ll have some good vibes flowing around this track.  His record of late has been a bit spotty to say the least, but hey, every once in a while you gotta just trust that good ‘ol gut feeling.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last Week: Dufner WD)

Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley
– Just because Kyle finished t-12th at the RBC Canadian Open and t-8th at the watered down Barracuda Championship doesn’t mean that he’s suddenly a consistent player or that he actually knows how to putt.  He’s one of the streakiest players on Tour and in fact those past two aforementioned finishes were his only two top 15s of the season.  I’m riding the fade train on Stanley this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Westwood t-15th)

Carl Pettersson
Carl Pettersson
– Big Carl is a definite horses-for-courses type of guy, as he rarely seems to play well in big events, but there’s a select few smaller tier events that he seems to thrive in, and the Wyndham Championship is definitely one of those.  With the exception of a MC here last year, Carl finished t-4th here in both ’12 and ’11 and won here in ’08.  He’s also not that far removed from playing some good golf of late, as he finished t-3rd and t-7th in back-to-back events in June.  He’s currently ranked 87th in the FedEx Cup Standings and no doubt wants to gain some momentum going into the Playoffs, and what better way to do so than on a course that he loves.  This self-proclaimed “Swedish Redneck” is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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