Expert Picks: Wyndham Championship

August 14, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The PGA TOUR travels to Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham Championship. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders:

How it works: Our experts from PGATOUR.COM select the player they think will win this week's event. By using a draft process, no two picks can be the same. The player who wins the previous week picks last the following week.
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Expert picks: Wyndham Championship
Pick orderPlayer selected
JAMIE DONALDSON. Donaldson has improved with each start in 2012. A tie for 60th at the British Open, then a T36 at Bridgestone followed by an impressive T7 last week. Donaldson is making his first PGA TOUR start this week and could be tough to beat.
CARL PETTERSSON. He's won there before and was in contention most of the week at Kiawah. There have been a few bounce back weeks this season and I expect this to be another one for the Swede.
If Wacker had the top pick ... Pettersson
JASON DUFNER. Dufner rebounded nicely on the weekend at the PGA and can take over the FedExCup points lead with a tie for second place or better at Wyndham. Ranks fifth in scoring average, third in all-around and first on my radar this week.
If Cooney had the top pick ... Dufner
BRANDT SNEDEKER. Hasn't done much since a T3 at the British Open, but Sneds is a past champ in Greensboro. His win at the Wyndham came at the event's previous venue, Forest Oaks, but he's also played well at Sedgefield (T5 in 2009 and T8 in 2010).
If Deason had the top pick ... Snedeker
WEBB SIMPSON. Missed the cut last week at the PGA, but two rounds at tough Kiawah were enough to get the juices flowing again after his baby layoff. Time to defend his Wyndham title and get ready for another strong Playoffs season.
If Schwarb had the top pick ... Simpson
NICK WATNEY. Had it going with five straight top 25s prior to the PGA -- where a second-round 82 in horrible conditions cost him the weekend. Ranks 51st in FedExCup points and a few big weeks could give him a shot at the title.
If Dunham had the top pick ... Watney
RYAN MOORE. Sedgefield produces some ultra-low numbers, which is why Moore won this thing in a playoff in 2009. He missed the cut at the PGA last week, but that was mainly due to the crazy conditions on Friday. Has missed only three cuts all year.
If Smithson had the top pick ... Pettersson
TIM CLARK. He's definitely trending upward -- comes off a T11 at the PGA and has three finishes of T15 or better among his last five starts. The only time he played Sedgefield (2008), he never shot worse than 68 and eventually finished T6.
If McAllister had the top pick ... Pettersson
BILL HAAS. Haas has been working hard on his game of late after a red-hot start that saw him win the Northern Trust Open and then taper off. He got things going each of the last two Sundays but couldn't quite finish it off. He'd be a popular winner here.
If Ross had the top pick ... Pettersson
KEN DUKE. The veteran's steady season has put him at 39th in the FedExCup standings. He's had six solid top 10s -- his best a T5 at Transitions -- and he could grind his way to a win this week to finish the regular season on a high note.
If Szeker had the top pick ... Snedeker
JOHN DALY. Certainly seems like a different Big John these days and, at 137th in the standings, he's motivated to make the FedExCup Playoffs and should continue a recent run of top form; T5 at Reno-Tahoe Open and T18 at the PGA.
If Swantek had the top pick ... Snedeker
Standings after 32 events
LAST WEEK: We didn't look too smart last week -- because we let Rory McIlroy fall all the way to 10th in the draft before John Swantek picked him up for his second win of the year. This is the final event before the FedExCup Playoffs, and we've still got a neck-to-neck fight for the No. 1 spot between Deason and Smithson, so it's Snedeker (Deason) vs. Moore (Smithson) for the Regular-Season title.
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s MCs FedExCup points
1 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator
4 9 11 19 4 3812.24
2 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer
4 11 14 22 4 3649.00
3 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
2 5 12 15 10 2620.15
4 Amanda Balionis
Host, PGA TOUR Today
1 8 16 19 9 2491.50
5 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents
1 5 7 18 7 2463.70
6 Brian Wacker
Site Producer
2 5 6 11 8 2017.03
7 John Schwarb
Site Producer
1 4 8 16 5 1982.15
8 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor
1 4 6 15 6 1947.10
9 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator
1 3 5 17 3 1829.49
10 Anne Szeker
Site Producer
0 4 11 19 1 1620.33
11 *Bill Cooney
Site Producer
1 1 2 6 3 853.50
*First event in Week 19 at HP Byron Nelson Championship

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