After one of the best tournaments we’ve seen on the PGA Tour this year and one of the best majors this decade the PGA heads to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship.
Unfortunately, for the Wyndham Championship after the PGA Championship and with the FedEx Cup Playoffs around the corner most of the top players on Tour aren’t in North Carolina this week.
For hardcore golf fans and fantasy golf players that follow the sport week in and week out this is a chance to capitalize. With the smaller tournaments like the Wyndham Championship some players that don’t follow golf on a regular basis will struggle.
So, with that said, I have a few fantasy sleeper picks, under-the-radar, type players to keep your eye on this week. And I was surprised by how many golfers I found that I like this weekend towards the bottom of some of these fantasy games. I had to cut the list quite a bit and just keep it to the usual 3-5 golfers.
So, again, with that said, this list will feature a golfer I really like this week, a golfer that is very undervalued, a golfer that has been solid all year long, and a young potential future star on the PGA Tour.
John Huh- John Huh is who I really like this week. Last year, Huh battled in that fun duel with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, but Huh came up a little short of the playoff and finished in a tie for 3rd.
In 2012, Huh finished T-19 at Wyndham and I think this is a tournament Huh really likes. Sedgefield Country Club isn’t a terribly long course, it fits Huh’s short game well and Huh has produced so far in his two years of playing.
Huh is a talented young player that just hasn’t been able to consistently put it together week in and week out. And that’s been his problem, Huh has the game to compete…he has and done so, but he just needs to do it week in and week out.
Anyway, we’ll see what happens this week, Huh could miss the cut, or he could finish in the top 10, we’ll see, but I do believe in the latter. I think Huh makes the cut and finishes at least in the top 30 or so.
Camilo Villegas- It wasn’t too long ago where Camilo Villegas was apart of this young group of talented, golfers that were rising on Tour. Unfortunately, Villegas has fallen off and really hasn’t lived up to expectations.
With that said, Villegas is quietly having a pretty solid year. Not a great year, but a nice, solid year where he’s making the cut and playing on the weekend. In his last seven tournaments, Villegas has made the cut in five of those tournaments including a T-11 at the St. Jude Classic, and a T-26 at Greenbrier.
Not only that, but it seems as though Sedgefield Country Club fits Villegas’ eye well. Last year, Villegas finished T-29, in 2012: T-70, in 2011: T-9.
So, Villegas has been in pretty decent form and has played well in Greensboro. Factor in a weak field and, you know, Villegas might be a pretty good play to round out your team this week.
Pat Perez-When scrolling through the list of golfers this week I was shocked at just how low Pat Perez was. Perez really wasn’t on my radar heading into the Wyndham Championship, but he’s so low that you have a lot of flexibility with your team if you take him. You can very easily take some of the more expensive guys like Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama, Bill Haas, players like that.
I know Perez hasn’t been in good form of late, but he is so cheap that he is just massively under valued. In weak field, typically, Perez has a lot of success. This is a weak field and I would expect someone of Perez’ caliber to compete this week and given at how cheap he is I think he’s an absolute steal.
Now, again, he’s not coming in that good of form. He’s coming off a T-47 last week at the PGA Championship, before that he missed four cuts in six tournaments and in the tournaments where he made the cut he was T-75, and T-69. Not very good, but again he is massively under valued. He could very easily get on a run again and finish top 10 this week.
Patrick Rodgers- We touched upon this when talking about Huh, but last year Huh, Spieth, and Reed battled on Sunday. Eventually, Reed and Spieth played in a playoff with Reed coming out on top. But, it was a tournament that featured three of the brightest young, potential stars on the PGA.
This year, we may see something like that again this time with Patrick Rodgers. Rodgers is really just starting out his professional golf career and so far this year he has been a quality player.
Rodgers has played in seven tournaments this year and has made the cut in six of those tournaments. And one of those tournaments was the QuickenLoans National which was a high quality field and he was holding his own on Thursday and Friday. He had a bad weekend of 73-76 to finish in a tie for 55th, but all in all, it was a nice performance.
Sticking with the mini-theme Rodgers is a very talented, young player, and he may have a breakout performance at this year’s Wyndham Championship.