Wyndham Championship 2015: Four plays for day one

Ernie Els is fancied to win his first round 3-ball at the Wyndham Championship
Ernie Els is fancied to win his first round 3-ball at the Wyndham Championship
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It's the last counting event before the FedEx Cup play-offs so a fast start is essential for everyone chasing points, and our man Dan Geraghty has selected four first round three-ball wagers for you to consider...

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Back Brooks Koepka @ [2.6] (12:50)

Back Charl Schwartzel @ [3.2] (13:00)

Back Ernie Els @ [2.6] (17:40)

Lay Branden Grace @ [2.0] (12:30)

Brooks Koepka's fifth placed finish at the US PGA Championship last week saw him rise to a career high 17th in the World Rankings. A rib injury early in the year briefly halted Koepka's relentless rise in the rankings but he has now had six top 20s in a row, a run that includes the last three majors. The big hitting American shot a final round 64 here on his Wyndham debut last year, I make him a firm favourite for Thursday's first round three-ball with a struggling Tiger Woods and Hideki Matsuyama, the Japanese star missed the cut here last year.


Charl Schwartzel arrives at the Wyndham for the first time since 2012 out of necessity. The South African sits right on the FedEx Cup bubble at number 125. The good news for Schwartzel is that he appears to be in solid form, having made his last four cuts; and at the aforementioned 2012 tournament he shot four rounds in the 60s to finish 14th. I fancy a strong performance from Schwartzel here and expect to see him in the Barclays field next week. In round one he's paired with Martin Kaymer, who bitterly disappointed when he was the only man in the top 20 over par in last weeks US PGA Championship final round, and Bill Haas, who was second here last year and rates a big danger. However, at the prices it's Schwartzel for me.


Ernie Els is another who needs a seriously good week if he is to avoid missing the FedEx Cup playoffs for the very first time since its inception in 2007. Els currently sits 170th in the standings but all hope is not lost, he has played well at the Wyndham in the past and was a credible 25th at last week's US PGA Championship, an event in which his playing partners this week - David Toms and Davis Love III - both missed the cut.


Branden Grace has been a revelation in this year's Major Championships, the highlights being his fourth place at the US Open and last week's third at the US PGA Championship; however, the week after his excellent showing at the US Open, Grace missed the cut at the Travelers Championship - I'm happy to take him on at even money on his Wyndham Championship debut. Nick Taylor and Mark Wilson oppose. Taylor won his debut PGA Tour tournament earlier in the season and Wilson shot a final round 66 here last year.


Recommended Bets

Back Brooks Koepka @ [2.6] (12:50)
Back Charl Schwartzel @ [3.2] (13:00)
Back Ernie Els @ [2.6] (17:40)
Lay Branden Grace @ [2.0] (12:30)


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2015 Two/Three-Ball P&L:


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