FanDuel Strategy

FanDuel Fit: Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club

by Josh Culp
Updated On: August 11, 2021, 11:13 am ET

The regular season comes to an end this week at the Wyndham Championship. 

There is a lot on the line for most of the field as they try to play their way into playing status for the 2021 campaign or a spot in the Playoffs. 

Heading to Sedgefield Country Club, this course has been used since the 2008 edition. There is lots of course history to lean on but when we're trying to find value options for our DFS lineups, we need to think outside of the box and go beyond just course history. 

That is where course fit comes into play and this week I'm going to look into two angles. Past performance on courses with bermudagrass greens and past performance on less-than-driver courses. 

 

Bermudagrass Greens

Similar to last week in Memphis, the field will face off with bermudagrass tuff this week. 

Let's see who has gained the most strokes per round on courses with bermuda greens, over the last two years: 

Webb Simpson
Will Zalatoris
Patrick Reed
Hideki Matsuyama
Sungjae Im
Chris Kirk
Tommy Fleetwood
Jason Kokrak
Louis Oosthuizen
Adam Scott
Denny McCarthy
Lanto Griffin
Brendon Todd
Gary Woodland
Robert MacIntyre

We can also look at a golfer's performance versus their baseline to see who over-performs most. Here is that list: 

Camilo Villegas
Denny McCarthy
Chris Kirk
Michael Thompson
Peter Malnati
Kramer Hickok
Webb Simpson
Aaron Wise
Matt Every
Jim Herman
Joel Dahmen
Bill Haas
Brian Gay
Scott Piercy
Harold Varner III

Overlap List: names that show up on both lists include Webb Simpson, Chris Kirk, and Denny McCarthy.

As a University of Georgia grad and longtime Georgia resident, Kirk is very comfortable on bermuda. 

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Less-than-Driver Courses

Sifting through past quotes at the course, it's clear that driver is not required on many of the tee shots at Sedgefield Country Club. 

"I think it’s position off the tee and then it’s a second shot course" - Brice Garnett

"I lay back a decent bit. A lot of 5-woods off the tee. I’m just trying to put the ball in the fairway. If you put the ball in the fairway out here, you can shoot a score." -Mackenzie Hughes

"We don’t play enough courses like this; shorter, tree lined, doglegs, tight fairways. So it’s just fun to play a course like this where you just don’t get on every hole and bomb a driver." -Webb Simpson

Here are the top performers per round, when playing less-than-driver courses, over the last two years: 

Webb Simpson
Kevin Na
Patrick Reed
Gary Woodland
Lucas Glover
Russell Henley
Hideki Matsuyama
Brendon Todd
Jason Kokrak
Will Zalatoris
Kevin Kisner
Sungjae Im
Chris Kirk
Brian Harman
Zach Johnson

We can also look at a golfer's performance versus their baseline to see who over-performs most. Here is that list: 

John Senden
Lucas Glover
Jim Herman
Kevin Na
Nelson Ledesma
Seamus Power
Camilo Villegas
Tyler Duncan
Gary Woodland
Richy Werenski
Chris Baker
Russell Henley
Kramer Hickok
Brendon Todd
Webb Simpson

Overlap List: the names that show up on both lists include Lucas Glover, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland, Russell Henley, and Webb Simpson

Woodland is always interesting to see on this list. He's been a longtime member of the less-than-driver specialist club, though. He can find more fairways while clubbing down off the tee but he can still pop it out there around 300 yards, even with his irons and woods. 

FanDuel Focus 

Kevin Na ($10,300): For a while he was a week-to-week threat to WD due to concerns with his neck but when he's healthy, this style of course is right up his alley. He relies on precision over power and he can catch fire with the putter as well as anyone. He doesn't make this an annual stop but he is 3-for-4 at Sedgefield with all three paydays doubling as top 20s. 

Webb Simpson ($12,100): When it comes to course history and course fit, he checks both boxes. Simpson is 11-for-12 at Sedgefield CC with a win and eight other finishes of T11 or better. That includes four straight podium finishes. Simpson is a good "safe" option to anchor your lineups this week. 

 

Good luck with your lineups this week and check back tomorrow for some more course-fit analysis. 

Josh Culp

Josh Culp joined NBC Sports Edge in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.