Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Updated: August 15, 7:49 PM ET
Wyndham experts' picks
Each week of the season, our experts will share their insights into which players fit the criteria for our four categories: Horse for the Course (a golfer who knows the track inside and out), Birdie Buster (a guy who could take it low this week), Super Sleeper (a player who could unexpectedly contend) and Winner.
This week's tournament: the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Horse for the Course
Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Billy Horschel
The University of Florida grad caught a serious break when Spencer Levin withdrew. He's gotten 13 starts this year and only missed two cuts. A good week this week could get him in the FedEx cup playoffs as he sits 147th in the standings there, so he's gonna feel the pressure. Billy is a guy that likes playing under a little extra pressure so I expect him to play well. Either that or as soon as this gets posted he'll eat some bad shrimp and have to pull out, too. My bad, Billy!
Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Carl Pettersson
The 34-year-old Swedish-born North Carolinian won the 2008 Wyndham Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club. Last year he finished in a tie for fourth in the tournament. His 13-under-par total included rounds of 63 and 65. Last week at Kiawah, he had a career best for a major with a T-3 in the PGA.
Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Webb Simpson
A North Carolina resident, the U.S. Open champion more or less launched his career in winning this event a year ago. He missed the cut at the PGA after a lengthy break for the birth of his second child.
Michael Collins: John Daly
Talk about a guy having a resurgence. Daly has a tie for fifth and finished tied for 18th last week at the PGA Championship. For a guy counting on sponsors' invitations, he's missed only two cuts in 11 tournaments. You notice how no one now is talking about him doing anything negative on a golf course; that silence is saying something extremely positive. Expect a top-10 this week from Big John.
Farrell Evans: John Daly
The two-time major champion has had a T-5 and T-18 in his past two starts. That T-18 at the PGA was his best finish in a major since the 2005 Open Championship at St. Andrews, when he had a T-15.
Bob Harig: Carl Pettersson
The North Carolina Swede had a solid week at the PGA Championship, where he would have been second were it not for a tough-luck, two-stroke penalty. He's also won this tournament in the past.
Michael Collins: Hank Kuehne
Remember when he was the guy everyone was talking about watching on the driving range? Well, after what many considered a career-ending back injury, Kuehne is back. He's made only two of his eight cuts so far this year, but he's had since Memphis (in June) to get his game right. I think he has.
Farrell Evans: Blake Adams
Most of us didn't know much about this 36-year-old former Georgia Southern star until he shot a first-round 66 at the Players earlier this year. He's still a relative unknown outside the PGA Tour, but after he tied for seventh last week at the PGA, we should watch his progress more closely.
Bob Harig: Davis Love
The U.S. Ryder Cup team captain has missed cuts at the Open Championship and PGA Championship, and finds himself 119th in FedEx Cup points and needing to hold on to make it to the first playoff event.
Michael Collins: Trevor Immelman
Now this is how you get off the bubble for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Immelman is 122nd coming into the week in the FedEx Cup rankings, but his game has been slowly coming into form. A 61st-place finish in Canada followed by a 27th-place finish at the PGA shows me that this major champion is about ready to hold another trophy.
Farrell Evans: Jason Dufner
Twice a winner on tour in 2012, the 35-year-old former Auburn star missed the cut last year at the Wyndham after opening the tournament with a 66, but in third place in the FedEx Cup standings, he has a lot to play for in Greensboro to better his position heading into the playoffs.
Bob Harig: Sergio Garcia
It's been an up-and-down year for the Spaniard, who has fallen out of the top 10 qualifying places for the European Ryder Cup team. A win here would go a long way toward locking up a spot on the European team, whether it's through the world points list or getting an at-large pick.