Experts' picks: Wyndham Championship

August, 13, 2014
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Each week of the season, our experts 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, the PGA Tour heads to Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Horse for the Course

Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf analyst: Carl Pettersson
Sometimes all you want is to be home. That's where Pettersson is this week. Although I realize he missed the cut last year here, the previous time he did that at this event, he followed it up with two fourth-place finishes. Since 2007 he's also got a win and a fifth-place finish. I'd say he likes being close to home. (Raleigh is only an hour away.)

Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Webb Simpson
The 2012 U.S. Open champion took the 2011 Wyndham at Sedgefield CC with an 18-under total. Last year, the Raleigh native had a 63 in the final round of the event to finish in a tie for 11th.

Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Carl Pettersson
He's the all-time earnings leader at the tournament, won the first one played at Sedgefield and has two top-five finishes since.


Birdie Buster

Collins: Brian Harman
In 2012 on the practice green of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, this guy told me, "They're going to have to shoot me to get me off this tour man. I'm serious dude. I ain't ever going back to the Web.com Tour unless they try and drag me there." I believed him then and he reinforced it with his win earlier this year. Now coming off the 41st-place finish at the PGA Championship, he'll be tired but ready to make one last charge before the playoffs.

Evans: Ernie Els
Since missing the cut last month at the Open Championship, the 44-year-old four-time major winner has had a tie for 12th, a tie for 26th and a tie for seventh last week at the PGA Championship.

Harig: Ernie Els
A last-minute entry, Els made a run up the leaderboard on Sunday at the PGA Championship, shooting a front-nine 30 and finishing with a 65.


Super Sleeper

Collins: John Huh
Coming off three straight missed cuts, he finished third in the Barracuda Championship in Reno the week before the PGA Championship. Even though he missed the cut at Valhalla, Huh comes to a course where he finished third last year. Two years removed from his rookie win, he has fallen off most people's radar and for good reason after missing 11 of 24 cuts and being 93rd on the FedEx Cup points list. That is why he's a sleeper.

Evans: Ben Curtis
At 131st in the FedEx Cup standings and in the last season of a two-year exemption for winning the 2012 Valero Texas Open, the former Open Championship winner needs a good week to avoid going to the Web.com Tour four-event series to earn his 2014-2015 card. Last year in Greensboro, he missed the 36-hole cut.

Harig: Trevor Immelman
The 2008 Masters champion is on the outside looking in at the FedEx Cup playoffs, 143rd in FedEx Cup points. He not only needs a big week to qualify for the playoffs, but also to avoid returning to the Web.com Tour Finals, where he went to earn his card a year ago.


Winner

Collins: Brian Gay
A withdrawal and two missed cuts is the kind of run he's on right now. Did I mention he's missed the past two cuts at this event and he's 135th in the FedEx Cup outside the playoffs? But that's what this week is about ... a chance to be that guy to go from not playing until October to being in the playoffs. It's too great a story not to happen. It doesn't hurt that his win in 2013 means he has a job regardless next year.

Evans: Brian Harman
The latest Georgia Bulldog to win on the PGA Tour in July at the John Deere Classic, the 27-year-old Savannah native finished third at the 2013 Wyndham Championship. With six top-10s on the season, he comes into Greensboro 21st in the FedEx Cup standings.

Harig: Brandt Snedeker
A tough year has seen him display stronger play of late, with top-15 finishes at the Bridgestone and PGA Championship. A win here makes Snedeker and easy at-large pick for U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson.

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