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The Wyndham Championship is the final event of the PGA Tour's "regular season." Unfortunately, unlike other sports, it isn't really going out with a bang as the field is limited. Most of the top players are already in the playoffs, so resting makes sense. © Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Will Zalatoris is an interesting bet.
There is a little more drama, though, because some spots in the playoff field opened up due to suspensions. (Thank you, LIV Golf.) There is still upward and downward mobility for a number of golfers.
To get a sense of the limited field all you have to do is look at the odds table. With most events, we have a favorite in the 10-1 range. This week, we are well above that threshold.
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Riley Gates revealed his PGA fantasy picks, DFS lineup advice, sleepers and predictions for the 2022 Wyndham Championship wraps up Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club. The tournament, which tees off Thursday in Greensboro, N.C., is the final event of the PGA Tour regular season, and players need to break into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings to advance to next week's St. Jude Championship. The weakened field as players rest for the postseason provides an opportunity for players on the bubble like Rickie Fowler (123rd) and Cameron Champ (130th).
There are not a lot of par-fives on this course, and traditionally we have seen a lot of low scores. Look for that again, even though a lot of the top golfers are taking the week off.
Wyndham Championship event details
Dates: August 4-7
Course: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North CarolinaPurse: $7,300,000
- Will Zalatoris 16-1
- Shane Lowry 16-1
- Webb Simpson 18-1
- Billy Horschel 20-1
- Sungjae Im 20-1
- Corey Conners 25-1
- Russell Henley 28-1
- Adam Scott 30-1
- Taylor Pendrith 30-1
- Justin Rose 35-1
- Joohyung Kim 35-1
- Denny McCarthy 35-1
- Davis Riley 35-1
- Tyrrell Hatton 35-1
- Si Woo Kim 35-1
- Harold Varner III 35-1
- Aaron Wise 40-1
- Keith Mitchell 40-1
- Kevin Kisner 40-1
- Brian Harman 45-1
- Sebastian Munoz 45-1
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout 45-1
- Jason Day 45-1
Bets to consider
Si Woo Kim 35-1
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It is harder to have a much better history on a course than Kim has posted at Sedgefield. Since 2016, when he won, he has posted second-, third- and fifth-place finishes. There is one missed cut in there too, but it is hard to find someone with that level of recent success on a particular course back-to-back. His recent form is solid, too, with back-to-back top-15 finishes.
Will Zalatoris 16-1
This is chalky because he is at the top of the odds table, but 16-1 for that position is a really nice value. You know he is going to get that first win on the Tour at some point, and you don't want to miss it. This feels like a perfect spot to break through for the first time.
Webb Simpson 18-1
Like Kim, Simpson has had a lot of success at Sedgefield. He won his first Tour event there, and 75% of the time he has finished in the top 11 on the course. He needs to play well to confirm his spot in the playoffs, but there is no reason to expect him to be tight given his success on the course in the past.
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Patrick McDonald has analyzed the Wyndham Championship 2022 field at Sedgefield Country Club and locked in his best betsFeb 24, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Dustin Johnson plays his third shot from a bunker on the second hole during the final round of the WGC - Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec.
Taylor Pendrith 30-1
The Canadian has yet to win on the tour but he just finished second at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and has played well on courses like this one in the past. In this range, he is definitely worth a shot, especially in a lighter field overall.
Adam Scott 30-1
He was in the playoff of this event last year (eliminated on the first hole). Since then, he has been up-and-down, but as long as he is putting well, he can hang with the leaders this week. He has not won on the tour lately, but in a modest field, he has a great shot.
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The 20 best fictional golfers
While golf fans are restricted to watching tournaments on television at the moment. We can also stick with the TV (or your favorite device to stream) to check out some the best golf movies, short films or associated programs.With that comes some of the most memorable fictional golf characters we've had the pleasure with enjoying a round or so. Some make us laugh, some wince and even get us to shed a tear. Here's a look.
20. Christopher 'C-Note' Hawkins (Who’s Your Caddy?)
Critics panned this film - maybe worse worse than Caddyshack II. Hawkins (Big Boi), plays a rap/hip hop star (shockingly type cast) who wants to join a swanky country club, but is denied membership. Hawkins goes to some interesting lengths to be a member, and some entertaining moments ensue. But just enough to make this list.
19. Gary Potter (Happy Gilmore)
We actually don't see much of Potter (Kevin Nealon) playing golf, but he provides plenty of comic competence as a fellow tour member of Happy Gilmore. He's known for his nonsensical wisdom, and believes there is more to the game than just physical talent. That makes him one of the more underrated fictional golfers in movie history.
18. Shivas Irons (Golf in the Kingdom)
While the the 2010 film was nowhere near as popular and critically acclaimed as the novel, Irons deserves a spot on this list. Irons (David O'Hara) is a veteran golfer who befriends one Michael Murphy. He offers guidance, knowledge of the game and also some spiritual advice that makes him somewhat of a magical character that we'll kind of revisit later on this list.
16. Luke Chisholm (Seven Days in Utopia)
Lucas Black does a nice job as a talented, young golfer, who tries to rebound from an on-course meltdown. As is kind of a theme on this list, Luke is helped by a mentor of sorts. In this case, one played by the great Robert Duvall. It's a movie that's likely off many radars, but well worth the time for golf fans who like a little personal drama with the sport.
15. Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld)
Ok, Kramer (Michael Richards) was not a professional golfer - he wasn't even an amateur competitor. However, some of Kramer's more memorable moments involved golf. From the infamous round with "Stan the Caddy" to the tee incident involving a potentially murderous former pro baseball player to driving golf balls into the ocean, Kramer was quite the duffer.
14. Dorf (Dorf on Golf)
Tim Conway is one of the true legends of comedy, and his run as the diminutive Dorf should rank up there with some of his best roles. Through this series of short films, Dorf offers plenty of golf advice. Which really should only be followed if one wants to actually become worse at the game. Still, just the sight of Dorf, before witnessing his dysfunctional instruction, gets the laugh machine started.
13. David Simms (Tin Cup)
The antagonist, and somewhat rival of one Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy. Simms (Don Johnson) is one fine golfer, but he's arrogant as most sports movie "bad guys" seem to be. Though, Simms is not mean-spirited, there's enough of him to loathe. Especially, because he's got something Roy wants that has nothing to do with the game of golf at all.
12. Chubbs Peterson (Happy Gilmore)
Happy Gilmore's mentor, Chubbs (Carl Weathers) was once a great golfer in his own right. Of course, he was forced to give up his competitive career after his hand was ripped off by an alligator. When it comes to golf coaches, it's hard to beat Chubbs. He can be rough, gruff and annoyed by Happy's antics, but he knows what it takes to be a winner.
10. Joe Anthony (The Caddy)
Another trip back to the 1950s. While Jerry Lewis is the star as a golf instructor turned caddy, Dean Martin's Anthony is also quite entertaining. Joe, though, grows arrogant while earning some golf success. Ultimately, the two learn that the game is destroying both their professional and personal relationship - and maybe they are better off doing something else together.
9. Rannulph Junuh (The Legend of Bagger Vance)
While the film did poorly at the box office, Junuh (Matt Damon) is a strong enough character to earn a prominent spot on this list. A mental rigors of war have messed Junuh up pretty bad, but he finds solace in the game of golf. A pure talent, and wife the help a mysterious, but wise caddie (played by Will Smith), Junuh has the chance to prove his worth on the course against two of the game's greats - Bobby Jones and Walter Hagan.
8. Al Czervik (Caddyshack)
The truth of the matter is that Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) is not a very good golfer. He's pretty much on the links for comic relief. His business is real estate, and driving a certain judge at the famed Bushwood Country Club crazy. His wisecracks are legendary (You get a free bowl of soup with that hat?). Czervik might also possess the biggest golf bag in the history of the game.
7. Kenny Lee (Dead Solid Perfect)
Throwing it out there. This is one of the more underrated sports - not just golf - movies out there. From 1988, Dennis Quaid stars a pro golfer who has the talent to be successful. However, the drive and ambition might not always been there. It's actually an interesting view inside the life of a struggling touring pro, and the often off-centered Quaid delivers an above-average performance.
6. Judge Elihu Smails (Caddyshack)
Every country club has that one member who thinks he owns the place. Meet Judge Smails (Ted Knight). He's bossy, thinks he's best golfer in the club, and we'll, let's just say its winter rules all year round when the Judge is not playing well. Things did not go too well with his new boat and he's in the hole plenty to Al Czervik. Yet, Smails "Billy Baroo" might the most famous putter in the sport.
4. Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmore)
Easily the most popular golfing antagonist. Shooter (Christopher McDonald) is the best golfer on tour, and knows it. As seen by his famous finger-gun celebration. He also does not like the way protagonist Happy carries himself on the course, or how popular he has become with golf fans. Basically, Shooter is a weasel, who will do anything he can to win - and make others look bad in the process.
3. Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy (Tin Cup)
Kevin Costner has taken aim - quite successfully - at baseball, football and even cross-country roles. However, one that should be celebrated is his turn as a former golf prodigy who has dropped the game to run a crappy Texas driving range. Ultimately, he gets back into pro golf, trying to qualify for the U.S. Open. While Roy has the physical talent, his mental game needs some refining, but he's still an easy character to support.
2. Happy Gilmore (HappyGilmore)
This might be Adam Sandler's best comedic role. It's also one the casual golfers can appreciate, and like to imitate quite often. How many times have we've seen duffer take a running start to hit the ball off the tee or do the "bull dance" when hitting a great shot or sinking an important putt. Plus, how many people can go toe-to-toe with the great Bob Barker.
1. Ty Webb (Caddyshack)
His wry wit, subtle sarcasm and nonsensical advice are what we find most endearing about Ty Webb (Chevy Chase). Mr. Webb, as Danny Noonan liked to call him, is actually a pretty good golfer. He's a fan of night putting and hitting the links while blindfolded. He's apparently a self-made man, and owns a lumber yard. Though he's not sure where it's located. While Happy Gilmore gets a lot of attention, Webb is the ultimate golf nutjob.
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Clemson is favored to win the ACC at SI Sportsbook and Miami is poised to challenge in coach Mario Cristobal’s first season. Despite winning 10 games, 2021 marked a down year for Clemson as the program failed to win the ACC championship for the first time since Florida State completed the three-peat in 2014. Oddsmakers expect Dabo Swinney will enjoy a bounce-back campaign and lead the Tigers to a potential 12th consecutive double-digit win season. SI Sportsbook has installed the Tigers as prohibitive -143 favorites in an ACC conference that is more wide open than the betting odds indicate.