Wyndham Championship Tips: Three to back to be the First Round Leader

Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama is fancied to go well on the first day at the Wyndham Championship
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We've reached the last counting event before the FedEx Cup play-offs commence, and standing in for Dave Tindall, Matt Cooper has three to back for the first round lead...

"Moreover he has played Sedgefield no less than five times and his log book shows a pair of 64s, three 65s and two 66s."

Back Hideki Matsuyama each-way @ 28/1

Weather forecast for Greensboro, North Carolina: Sunny spells amid occasional cloud, temps in the high 70s, light winds, potential for afternoon thunderstorms.

First-round leader history at Sedgefield CC:

2018 - Brandt Snedeker (59)
2017 - Matt Every (61)
2016 - Rafa Cabrera Bello, Kevin Na (63)
2015 - William McGirt, Tom Hoge, Erik Compton (62)
2014 - Camilo Villegas (63)

Strategy: Nothing too complex. I'll favour golfers who have a proven record on Bermuda grass, but I'm not going to over-think the tee times this week.

Back Brian

Three of Brian Gay's four PGA Tour wins came on tracks setting an examination similar to this one: El Camaleon, Southwind and Harbour Town.

All three were short tracks, par-70s, needing an accurate long game and competence at putting on Bermuda grass greens.

He's also held five first round leads around the world and again four of them were in conditions he'll more or less face this week.

A first glance at his Sedgefield record suggests initially struggles, but until 2012 the greens were not his favoured Bermuda. Since then he has made three starts, carding 65-67 in the middle rounds in 2017 and then 63-62 in rounds two and three last year.

On Thursday he'll get perfect conditions heading out in the first group from the 10th tee.

He's a horses for courses type and worth backing at 100/1.

What the Doctor ordered

Twenty-one-year-old Doc Redman hails from North Carolina and has proven himself well-capable of thrashing low laps this last two months.

He shot 64-65-65-68 to claim second in a Canadian Tour event at the start of June, blasted a Monday Qualifying 62 to earn a spot in the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the end of that month, and carded three 67s on the bounce to close out the tournament itself with solo second.

He also added a second round 65 in the John Deere Classic.

Now the 60/1 shot finds himself with over $1million in the bank from just five PGA Tour starts this season and can celebrate as much in front of family and friends with a fast start.

Home in on Hideki

Complete this week's team with 28/1 shot Hideki Matsuyama.

The Japanese star says very little to the English language press, but it turns out the Japanese media get precious little out of him either.

But at Royal Portrush they revealed there is a quiet confidence about him currently which is yet to reveal itself over 72 holes.

He was, however, T2 after 18 holes at the 3M Open and also last week in the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational. Moreover he has played Sedgefield no less than five times and his log book shows a pair of 64s, three 65s and two 66s.

He also averages 66.38 in his last eight laps of the track.

Matt Cooper,

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