The Wyndham Championship kicks off on Thursday morning in North Carolina, and brings with it the final chance for Tour players to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. And with the prizes on the line all throughout the next month, they definitely want to qualify. And you want to end your summer on a high note (or two or three). Here are some players to target to help make that happen. Good luck!
Brooks Koepka ($10,800) – He has seven top-10’s and only two missed cuts all season. He averages 80 fantasy points per weekend, with 100+ upside. He has six straight inside the top-20. And most importantly – his losses lately have been because other guys played better, not because he gave anything away. Last year, here, he shot a 64 on Sunday. I have a feeling that if he were to shoot a 64 on Sunday this year, he walks away with the title.
Brandt Snedeker ($10,300) – He has four top ten’s in this event, including a T5 last year, and a win back in 2007. With a T12 at the PGA Championship last weekend, he capped off a run of seven tournaments in which he finished T12 or better five times.
Martin Kaymer ($9,800) – Currently sitting at #141 in FedEx Cup points for the season, he is on the outside looking in. That is, looking in at tens of millions of dollars in prize money over the next few weeks. If that’s not motivation, I don’t know what is. With T12, T45 and T12 performances his last three times out, it’s safe to say he wouldn’t be in this position if he’d been playing that well all season.
Billy Horschel ($9,500) – He has quietly been playing some really solid golf of late, with no finish worse than a T33 at the WGC-Bridgestone since April. He has had seven top-25 finishes over that stretch, including three inside the top-15. And through that whole period, stretching over more than three months, he is averaging closer to 75 fantasy points than the 65 you’ll see next to his name as you scroll down the list.
Justin Thomas ($9,400) – With back-to-back T5 finishes before last weekend, he then finished a very respectable T18 at the PGA Championship, competing with the deepest of fields. He plays an aggressive style of golf, which means that when he is playing well, he is capable of plenty of scoring.
Charl Schwartzel ($8,900) – Currently sitting at exactly #125 in FedEx Cup points, his game can’t be falling apart this weekend – he need to make the cut and maintain. If there was ever a weekend for the A-game this is it.
Will Wilcox ($8,400) – He withdrew from the Canadian Open with a wrist issue, but bounced back at the QuickenLoans National without a single round over par and a T21 finish. Suffice it to say I think he’s alright. He is bringing a really great breakout year to a close even better than he might have hoped for, with two top-tens and that T21 in his last three outings. He doesn’t want to stop playing like that now.
David Toms ($7,600) – He’s been consistent here in the past, with a top-25 finish in five of the past six years, and he’s been on a bit of a hot streak lately, with a top-20 performance in three of his last four. For this price, a good chance at 70+ fantasy points is solid value. And he’ll be pushing for a good performance to move up from 140 in the FedEx Cup points race, so you could see that score approaching something more like 90.
Cameron Smith ($7,400) – With a T4 performance at the US Open and a T25 at the PGA Championship capping off his rookie season, Smith should be happy with what he’s done. But, he definitely also should be pushing to close the year off on a high note. He might be equally proud of the fact that he has only missed one cut since February – and you should like that too.
Daniel Summerhays ($7,100) – Prior to a missed cut at the QuickenLoans, his last two outings had been a T11 at the Canadian Open and a T8 at the John Deere Classic. He has been up and down all year, so there is certainly risk. But with his talent, he’s an interesting play in a field missing some of the top names, because he could find himself inching up the leaderboard by default if he is on his game.
Vaughn Taylor ($6,700) – He’s made five straight cuts, including two finishes inside the top-20. He’s been very consistent in limited action this season, with six top-25’s dating back to Pebble Beach in February.
Hudson Swafford ($6,700) – With only one missed cut in his last eight appearances, there is a good chance he at least returns even value. At this price, making the cut is basically all it takes to accomplish that much. But to outperform his price tag he’ll need to do more than just make the cut – but with 80+ fantasy points in two of his last three, he’s shown he is capable of that as well. Even since he broke out of a long stretch of missed cuts earlier in the year, he has shown serious upside: even his down weeks come with decent fantasy scores, like the 67.5 he scored in a T72 performance at the Canadian Open, on the back of 14 birdies. Yeah, there were eleven bogeys too, but we fantasy owners prefer that to a long boring string of pars, every time.