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PGA DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Wyndham Championship (2023)

PGA DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Wyndham Championship (2023)

We’ve arrived at the final event of the 2023 PGA Tour regular season. After the Wyndham Championship is completed from Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, the top 70 players in the FedExCup rankings advance to the first playoff event at the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. Wyndham offers players on the fringe one final outing to improve or stabilize their ranking to qualify for the St. Jude Championship, so it’s particularly important to be aware of where each player is currently ranked when constructing DFS lineups ahead of Thursday’s opening round from Sedgefield.

The leaderboard is comprised of some quality players, starting with Sungjae Im and Hideki Matsuyama, who are the most expensive players to roster in DraftKings and FanDuel DFS contests this week. Si Woo Kim is actually the highest-ranked in the FedExCup standings at 18th, as he’ll return to Sedgefield, where he earned his first PGA Tour outright win back in 2016. J.T. Poston is another former winner at the Wyndham Championship, logging a bogey-free outright at -22-under-par to secure his first win here in 2019. Poston has been hot lately, producing three T6 finishes or better in three of his last four events, so he’s certainly a player on our radar during the return to his native home state of North Carolina.

As always, there’s quite a bit of value to acquire in the lower salary brackets when building your DraftKings and FanDuel lineups. We should’t hyper-focus on the FedExCup rankings since that eliminates a good portion of talent above and below the 70th spot. Birdie average, ball striking, total driving, and strokes gained putting are a few of the top metrics I’m valuing this week at a course like Sedgefield.

Without further ado, let’s recap previous winners at the Wyndham Championship, alongside relevant betting stats, an in-depth course overview, and wrap up with reasons to prioritize six of my favorite players in DFS lineups this week. As always, best of luck, and let’s enjoy this final weekend of the PGA Tour and cash contests to gain momentum entering the first postseason event at the FedEx St. Jude Championship next week.

2023 Wyndham Championship DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer

Previous Winners

  • 2022 – Tom Kim (-20)
  • 2021 – Kevin Kisner (-15)
  • 2020 – Jim Herman (-21)
  • 2019 – J.T. Poston (-22)
  • 2018 – Brandt Snedeker (-21)
  • 2017 – Henrik Stenson (-22)
  • 2016 – Si Woo Kim (-21)

Relevant Betting Stats

  • Total Driving
  • Birdie Average
  • Strokes Gained Approaching the Green
  • Strokes Gained Putting
  • Greens in Regulation percentage
  • Bounce back percentage

Course Overview

Sedgefield Country Club is a par 70 that runs 7.131 yards in length. Designed by Donald Ross in 1926, Sedgefield has hosted the Wyndham Championship annually since 2008, with few players able to secure the outright win twice. The undulating Bermuda grass greens form a difficult, fast-paced surface for players to generate quality putts, while the Bermuda rough is trimmed under three inches, creating manageable recoveries from errant lies.  The majority of the par 4s are under 450 yards, but it extends on the back nine, which includes a par 3 over a body of water on the 16th hole, ending with the 18th hole that features a par 4 at 507 yards.

Sand traps and water hazards are less frequent than we saw at TPC Twin Cities last weekend, but Sedgefield has plenty of doglegged fairways with creeks meandering through it to quickly erase quality tee shots and approach shots. The Bermuda greens are also on the smaller side of average when it comes to square footage area, meaning ball striking and shots gained on approach will be a priority when rostering players this week. Tree-lined fairways can create difficult lies, which is why the ability to drive the ball far and accurate off the tee will be another decisive edge at Sedgefield.

Recommended Plays: DraftKings

DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000

J.T. Poston: $9,200
Despite the tough loss on the 18th hole during the 3M Open, J.T. Poston is in full throttle mode right now. The 2019 Wyndham Championship winner has three T6 finishes or better across his last four events, where he’s generated 17 birdies or more, finishing with 85 – 118.5 FPPG. Poston ranks first in 75-100 yard approach shots, second in consecutive par 3 birdies, and can scramble with the best of them. The North Carolina native plays well at Sedgefield historically, so combined with his current form, Poston is a high-value blue chip prospect to prioritize inserting into DraftKings lineups.

Cam Davis: $8,800
Cam Davis is flying under the radar at a meager $8,800 on DraftKings this week. The Aussie is 69th in the FedExCup rankings, so he has every incentive to continue his surge on the golf course at a site he’s produced quality finishes in past outings. Davis has gone T22 and T15 at each of his past two appearances at the Wyndham Championship, but he hasn’t competed here since 2020, so others may be unaware of his fit with this course. Davis ranks ninth in strokes gained off-the-tee and sixth in fairway proximity, so he should have continuous good lies to give us 21 or more birdies, as he’s already reached this mark at the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic in two of his past three events. Lock Davis into lineups without hesitation at this price.

Callum Tarren: $6,900
One of the best ball strikers who doesn’t get enough credit is Callum Tarren. Yes, it may be due to inconsistency, but the Englishman is fresh off of sinking 20 birdies for a T13 finish at the 3M Open. Tarren is available at under $7,000 on DraftKings, which is a steal, considering he managed a T27 finish in his lone appearance at Sedgefield back in 2022. The stats aren’t sexy and the price is cheap, but Tarren nearly won the RSM Classic back in November, so he has the ability to produce red scorecards at a high rate. Plug Tarren into your lineups with confidence.

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Recommended Plays: FanDuel

FanDuel maximum salary is set at $60,000

Denny McCarthy: $10,700
After a brutal missed cut at The Ope Championship, Denny McCarthy returns stateside to compete at a course where he’s had strong success. Yes, McCarthy missed the cut at the 2022 Wyndham Championship, but I’m treating this as an outlier. The Maryland native previously went T22, T9, and T15 at Sedgefield, where he can brandish his strong iron accuracy and red-hot putter to contend for his first outright PGA Tour win. Excluding his missed cut at the links course, McCarthy has T2, T20, T7, and T6 finishes under his belt entering Thursday’s opening round. Buy the dip on McCarthy, who has the ability to give us 20+ birdies this week.

Alex Smalley: $9,500
Alex Smalley is another rising player on the PGA Tour circuit that has performed well at Sedgefield in previous years, including a T13 finish during the 2022 Wyndham Championship. The 26-year-0ld American competed at Duke University during his collegiate career, which is an hour down the road from Sedgefield. Plus, Smalley ranks second in consecutive GIR percentage, ninth in rough proximity, and top-4o for strokes gained tee-to-green and approaching the green. He’s delivered 19-24 birdies in three of his previous four events, which makes him a high-value addition to FanDuel lineups at $9,500.

Ben Griffin: $9,000
Another player with ties to the North Carolina area near Sedgefield is Ben Griffin. The 27-year-old UNC alum nearly pulled off his first outright win at the Wyndham Championship in 2022, winding up with a fourth-place finish thanks to going -12-under-par in the final two rounds. Griffin is another golfer battling for a top 70 rank in the FedExCup to advance, so expect him to put on a clinic. Griffin ranks 13th strokes gained around the green, 56th strokes gained putting, and is top-15 for sand save percentage. He also boasts an overall putting average ranked 29th, plus he averages close to four birdies per round. At $9,000 on FanDuel, we’re getting a steal on Griffin’s upside, which he’ll need to secure a playoff spot. Let’s invest in his irons and putter to give us the boost we need in DFS lineups this week.

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