2015 Wyndham Championship Picks + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following the birdie plethora that was Jason Day’s victory last week at the PGA Championship, the PGA Tour treks to Greensboro, NC and Sedgefield Country Club, host of this week’s Wyndham Championship.  Yep, sounds like a major hangover of an event; however, given that it’s the final week to play-in to the top 125 for the upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs and yep, a lot of late positioning and final crazy sprints towards the finish are sure to ensue.

Last week at the PGA Championship, all 4 of my picks made the cut, but only Brooks Koepka posted a strong finish (t-5th).  I did spot on nail my BUST of the week on Tiger Woods, as he predictably missed the cut for the third straight major.

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

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Furyk t-30th, Bubba t-21st)

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas
– They say that you always remember your first…PGA Tour event that is.  Somehow, a player born in 1993 played his first PGA Tour event already 6 years ago.  SIX years!  Yep, that means that he was practically in need of a chauffeur just to drive himself through the gates as he was a ripe 16 year old teeing it up with the big boys for the first time.  Well, that 16 year old made the cut that week and has continued to impress since, racking up top 25s galore at the elder age of 22.  His t-18th last week at the PGA Championship followed up finishes of t-5th at the John Deere Classic and t-4th at the Quicken Loans National.  That first win will inevitably be here sooner than later.

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka
– Despite CBS refusing to show him on Sunday until he made a sensational eagle on the 16th hole, ultimately finishing t-5th, it was yet another high finish for the long-bombing 25-year-old.  Seven straight top 25s, already a winner on Tour this season, it’s going to be a big FedEx Cup Playoffs for Brooks, so may as well sprinkle in yet another top 10 while he’s at it this week.  Also helps that this is his second appearance here too (t-38th last year, including a final round 64).

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Koepka t-5th)

Roberto Castro
Roberto Castro
– This carrot top has been slowly regaining the form that led him to a Tour Championship berth just two seasons ago, stringing together four straight cuts made for the first time all season.  Just two seasons ago he racked up six top 15 finishes in just a three month span from late June through September, including going t-9th, 15th and t-9th to cap off a solid FedEx Cup Playoffs run.  Ok yes, just two seasons ago Tiger Woods also won five times, so 2013 is far away for some people, but in Roberto’s case it’s top form that is just around the corner.  Add in that he finished t-18th at the Wyndham last year and he makes for a great value play this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Tiger MC)

Carl Pettersson
Carl Pettersson
– So yeah, the self-proclaimed Swedish redneck is a course horse to be sure, but he’s also Carl Pettersson folks.  Among the top finishes (all-time leading money winner at Sedgefield) he’s also sprinkled in two missed cuts in his past five appearances.  The masses will gravitate his way this week simply because of course history, which makes it all the more appealing to be in full fade mode.  Stay away and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Westwood t-43rd)

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
– No, he’s not a gray ghost…pgatour.com just apparently hasn’t picked up on a player who finished t-4th at the U.S. Open and t-25th at last week’s PGA Championship.  Well, this recently turned 22 year old (today’s his birthday actually) will have his picture out there sooner than later, as he’s chalk full of talent and future potential.  Throw in the fact that he’s no doubt extra motivated this week seeing fellow Aussie Jason Day break through and capture his first major title last week and boom, lovin me some Cam Smith this week.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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