Wyndham Championship First-Round Leader Odds, Predictions & Best Bets

Wyndham Championship First-Round Leader Odds, Predictions & Best Bets

Russell Henley hitting a shot from the fairway

Russell Henley hits from the second fairway during Round 3 of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit on Saturday, July 30, 2022.

The Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, tees off Thursday, August 4th, 2022
Will Zalatoris and Shane Lowry are +2200 co-favorites to be atop the leaderboard after day one
See the best bets and Wyndham Championship first-round leader odds in the article below

The final regular-season PGA Tour event of the season heads to Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham Championship. It’s the final opportunity for those outside the top-125 on the FedEx Cup points list to jump inside to make the playoffs. Will Zalatoris and Shane Lowry have no reason to worry about that, as they’re comfortably in, and they represent the co-favorites to win the title.

The only top-20 players competing are Zalatoris and Billy Horschel. That means there are plenty of opportunities for sleepers and longshots to make some noise given the relative lack of high-end talent competing this week.

In this article, we’ll explore which players have the best chance of being the leader after day one, along with which players have been fast starters on Thursdays this season.

2022 Wyndham Championship First-Round Leader Odds

Golfers
Odds
Tee Time
Will Zalatoris
+2200
7:56am
Shane Lowry
+2200
1:00pm
Sungjae Im
+2500
7:56am
Billy Horschel
+2500
1:00pm
Webb Simpson
+2800
7:45am
Harold Varner III
+3500
12:27pm
Corey Conners
+3500
12:38pm
Adam Scott
+3500
1:11pm
Si Woo Kim
+3500
1:11pm
Tyrrell Hatton
+4000
7:34am
Denny McCarthy
+4000
12:16pm
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
+4000
12:16pm
Russell Henley
+4000
1:22pm
Justin Rose
+4500
7:34am
Kevin Kisner
+4500
7:45am

Odds as of August 2nd at DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

 

The forecast calls for it to be mainly sunny throughout the day with a risk of thunderstorms in the early evening. Temperatures will be mid 70’s for those teeing it up first, hitting low 90’s for those playing in the afternoon. The wind will be pretty docile for the duration of Thursday, with gusts reaching between seven and eleven miles per hour.

A benefit for those teeing it up in the morning is the exact same as it is every week – less bumpy greens with fewer players chewing them up.

Si Woo Kim Loves This Track

Si Woo Kim (1:11pm tee time) has a brilliant track record around Sedgefield Country Club. It was the site of his first PGA Tour triumph, when he won it in 2016. He’s had quite a few brushes with the title after that, most notably last year, where he dropped a playoff.

In his last twelve spins around this course, his ‘strokes gained’ stats are fantastic.

Kim’s Strokes Gained Ranks Last Twelve Rounds At Sedgefield

Tee-To-Green
Total
Approach
Around-The-Green
Ball Striking
Short Game
Off-The-Tee
Putting
1
2
2
2
4
5
19
28

The last three years at this championship, Kim has gone 5th, T-3rd, T-2nd. He’s also coming in with some strong form, posting back-to-back top-15’s, including one at the Open Championship.

Pick: Si Woo Kim (+3500)

Russell Henley a Fast Starter

Russell Henley (1:22 pm) has made a habit of getting off to strong starts on the campaign. Of those competing this week, he’s tops in scoring average on Thursday’s, with a mark of 68.56. He had been coming off a lull in his play, but rebounded with a T-10th last week in Detroit.

2021-22 PGA Tour First Round Scoring Average Leaders

Golfer
Average Score
Odds
5. Russell Henley
68.56
+4000
8. Aaron Wise
68.90
+4500
10. Webb Simpson
69.06
+2800
13. Patton Kizzire
69.27
+11000
T-14. Jhonattan Vegas
69.29
+7000
T-14. Jonathan Byrd
69.29
+16000
17. William McGirt
69.31
+18000
19. Denny McCarthy
69.32
+4000
T-22. Sungjae Im
69.40
+2500
T-22. Davis Riley
69.40
+5500

The other thing going for Henley was his dominance last year at this tournament, until a 72nd hole bogey made him miss the six-man playoff by a single stroke. He had been leading the tournament wire-to-wire up to that point.

That resulted in his second straight top-10 at the Wyndham. In his last eight rounds at this track, the Georgia native ranks fourth in strokes gained: tee-to-green, and fifth in total strokes gained.

Pick: Russell Henley (+4000)

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Scott Stallings Playing Quality Golf

Scott Stallings (1:44pm) has put together a string of strong performances, racking up three straight top-10 finishes. Those were a T-8th at the Travelers, T-4th at the John Deere and T-10th at last weeks Rocket Mortgage Classic.

In his last twelve rounds, Stallings has tremendous statistics across the board.

Stallings’ Strokes Gained Ranks In Last Twelve Rounds

Ball Striking
Approach
Total
Tee-To-Green
Off-The-Tee
Short Game
Putting
1
2
3
3
8
26
31

With his recent fantastic run, one would think his odds would be shorter than +6500 to jump ahead after 18 holes. There is a slight caution to consider in that he hasn’t been particularly strong at this course in his career. However, given his recent play, Stallings is most certainly a viable option as a sleeper contender.

Pick: Scott Stallings (+6500)

 

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Michael “Hound Dog” Harrison is well known in the sports industry as the resident statistician for the SC with Jay Onrait Show. He has worked at TSN for over 16 years, where he’s been featured on Sportscentre, That’s Hockey, That’s Hockey 2Nite, The Masters preview shows, and several more.

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