Final Round Preview – PGA TOUR– Wyndham Championship – Sedgefield Country Club – Greensboro North Carolina —
South Korea’s So-Woo Kim (18-under) tees up at 2 p.m. local time in North Carolina protecting a 4-shot advantage through 54 holes at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.
After rounds of 68-60-64, Kim is trying to break through for his maiden tour title.
He plays alongside Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who finished 4th last week in the Rio Olympics. Kim, who finished 2015 at 272nd in the Official World Golf Rankings, is currently 115th and already inside the Top 125 to advance into the FedEx Cup Playoffs next week.
A host of proven champions are within striking distance including former World No. 1 Luke Donald, Mr. 58 Jim Furyk and two-time
PGA Tour champion Kevin Na. The trio sits 13-under and four back of Kim, who opened the week as a 125-to-1 long shot at www.skybet.com.
Kim’s four-shot lead could be the difference. The close rate on tour for this type of lead through 54 holes is about 80 percent. Kim should have learned from a near victory a few weeks back when he finished runner-up at the Barbasol Championship – playing opposite of the Open Championship. Kim lost the tournament in a playoff to Aaron Baddeley.
Don’t overlook those at 12-under, who will look a low 60s round to challenge for the win. That group includes former FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel, past champion here Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama and former Open champion Graeme McDowell.
Sneds shot 61 here in 2014 en route to a T-4 finish. But, Kim’s led looks strong for a big payout for those with a 125-1 sports ticket. If he slides, Cabrera-Bello was listed at 35-1 and Donald was also a hefty 125-1 selection.
Other Golf News:
- Inbee Park of Korea reminded the world of golf why she was Rolex Ranking No. 1 for so long and nearly won the Grand Slam. The 7-time major champ ran away with the Rio Olympic Golf Medal winning by five shots at 16-under. Lydia Ko was second at 11-under for the Silver and Shanshan Feng took the Bronze. Park, injured most of 2016, opened the week as a 40-1 betting pick in Rio.
- American Paul Peterson (15-under) turned some heads winning the European Tour’s C+C Real Czech Masters. He shot 64-67 on the weekend to edge defending champion Thomas Pieters by a shot. It marked Peterson’s maiden European Tour title. Ranked 398th in the world, his best finish this season had been a T-25 in Thailand last March.
- The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs begin next week at the Barclays. The four-tournament playoffs trim the field each week climaxing at the TOUR Championship with just 30 players competing in Atlanta for the title.