Wyndham Championship First Round Leader: Make it Moore on day one

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The PGA Tour action continues in North Carolina this week and Dave Tindall has three selections to make a fast start at Sedgefield Country Club...

"When winning here, Moore started out with a 64 to sit second after 18 holes and he occupied that same spot when firing a R1 63 on his last appearance two years ago."

Back Ryan Moore each-way @ 55/1

Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 6 places

Weather forecast for Sedgefield Country Club: It's a scorcher. The very early starters will tee off in the mid-80s while the thermometer gauge will climb to 96 degrees in the afternoon. Winds look very light as well although could just pick up in the afternoon. There's a bit of rain in the forecast too, with perhaps a heavy shower set to fall later in the golfing day.

First-round leader history at Sedgefield CC:

2019 - 62 Byeong Hun An, Sungjae Im
2018 - 59 Brandt Snedeker
2017 - 61 Matt Every
2016 - 63 Rafa Cabrera Bello, Kevin Na
2015 - 62 William McGirt, Tom Hoge, Erik Compton

Strategy: Don't be rubbing your hands with glee after a 64 as it'll likely get beat! Historically the early starters have done slightly better and they may avoid the heavy rain too. I'll therefore take two from the morning wave but leave one pick for the afternoon.

Less is Moore

Ryan Moore will be a popular punt on the outrights this week which is totally understandable.

Sedgefield is one of his favourite courses on the PGA Tour and why wouldn't it be after a win in 2009 and two further top 10s in his last four visits.

But he's done plenty of damage in round one too.

When winning here, he started out with a 64 to sit second after 18 holes and he occupied that same spot when firing a R1 63 on his last appearance two years ago.

And just to put all his ducks in a row, Moore has been starting fast in the last few tournaments as well.

He was the first-round leader at the Barracuda two weeks ago, third after the opening lap at the 3M Open prior to that and T8 after Thursday's action at the Memorial Tournament, an event where he topped the R1 leaderboard in 2019.

It's all rather obvious but 55/1 in the circumstances is better than we might have expected so get on board the former Sedgefield champ, who has a morning tee-time at 08:30.

Slam Dunc

Looking at those previous round-one scores shows just how low you have to go on day one at Sedgfield.

Tyler Duncan can get the birdies flying and did so with a 61 on day two of the RSM Classic - a short, bermuda par 70 like this - in November, an event he won.

Going down his record, he's been in the top eight after day one in eight of his last 24 starts.

Since the re-start, he opened with 65 at the Charles Schwab Challenge (T7 after R1) and 64 at the Travelers (T5 after R1) while he also threw in a Friday 63 at Hilton Head.

He hasn't pieced much together over four rounds but that doesn't really matter much.

Last year he closed with a 66 here to take T39 and Duncan also fired that number on day three at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude to give us another sign that he can still thrive on any given day.

Duncan starts out at 07:40.

Denny can drain the birdies

I want an afternoon starter so I'll go with another 61 shooter and back Denny McCarthy. The 95/1 shot goes off at 13:35 from the 10th.

McCarthy's 61 came at the Greenbrier while he also fired a 62 at the RSM Classic and a 63 at the Shriners.

Something more recent? How about a 64 at the 3M Open.

After battling through four rounds of the PGA, a decent effort, he'll be relishing an easier test like this and has shown that the last two years.

He started out with a 66 when T36 on debut and shot bookend 65s on the way to T22 last year.

McCarthy is ranked 1st in Strokes Gained: Putting this season so hopefully that can take him to a low one on Thursday.

Staked: £540
Returned: £345.91
P/L: -£194.09

Dave Tindall,

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