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The Reset

9/1 Koepka king at St. Jude; Wyndham next

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: July 29, 2019, 4:18 am ET

In a new regular column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours. Mo Yoshimoto will take a much deeper delve into what took place this week in The Takeaway.

PGA TOUR

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Final Leaderboard

1. (-16, 262) Brooks Koepka (Odds: 9/1; DraftKings pricing: $11,600)
2. (-13, 265) Webb Simpson (Odds: 45/1; DraftKings pricing: $8,200)
3. (-12, 268) Marc Leishman (Odds: 60/1; DraftKings pricing: $7,600)
4. (-11, 269) Tommy Fleetwood (Odds: 22/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,200)
4. (-11, 269) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Odds: 60/1; DraftKings pricing: $7,700)
4. (-11, 269) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 10/1; DraftKings pricing: $11,100)

Notes: Maybe he's got enough majors for the time being: time to start collecting WGCs too. Koepka made his move in round three and had too much firepower for Rory and the chasing pack in Sunday's closer. Leishman and Fitzpatrick proved relative bargains.

Fate of the favorites

20. (-5, 275) Dustin Johnson (Odds: 8/1; DraftKings pricing: $11,400)
1. (-16, 262) Brooks Koepka (Odds: 9/1; DraftKings pricing: $11,600)
4. (-11, 269) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 10/1; DraftKings pricing: $11,100)
7. (-10, 270) Jon Rahm (Odds: 12/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,400)

Notes: DraftKings had it right, making Koepka top of the pile. A strong bounceback from McIlroy after his Portrush disappointment although being the 54-hole leader here and not winning isn't ideal either. Rahm ran out of gas while DJ remains in something of a funk.

 

Barracuda Championship

Final Leaderboard

1. (+47) Collin Morikawa (Odds: 10/1)
2. (+44) Troy Merritt (Odds: 60/1)
3. (+40) John Chin (Odds: 350/1)
3. (+40) Robert Streb (Odds: 90/1)
5. (+39) Bronson Burgoon (Odds: 50/1)

Notes: Welcome to the club, Collin. Well, that didn't take long. Wolff and Morikawa already PGA TOUR winners. Viktor Hovland coming to a victory parade near you soon perhaps. Morikawa justified his position at the front of the betting but there was some value elsewhere.

 

Coming up this week…

Wyndham Championship

Location: Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC, 7,127 yards, par 70.

Notes: It's the regular-season finale - wow, this year went fast - so FedExCup points and positions are a huge part of the storyline. The Donald Ross course witnessed a 59 last year when Brandt Snedeker shot the lights out on day one before going on to lift the trophy. That was his second win in the event having made it the scene of his first PGA TOUR success in 2007. Open champion Shane Lowry was due in town but, understandably, he's enjoying his post-Portrush celebrations so doesn't appear in the Field list.

Who’s playing? Paul Casey, Lucas Glover, Russell Henley, Billy Horschel, Viktor Hovland, Sungjae Im, Martin Kaymer Si Woo Kim, Hideki Matsuyama, Collin Morikawa, Scott Piercy, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Streelman, Matthew Wolff.

Last 5 winners of the Wyndham Championship

2018 (-21, 259) Brandt Snedeker – 9th PGA TOUR win
2017 (-22, 258) Henrik Stenson – 6th PGA TOUR win
2016 (-21, 259) Si Woo Kim – 1st PGA TOUR win
2015 (-17, 263) Davis Love III – 21st PGA TOUR win
2014 (-17, 263) Camilo Villegas – 4th PGA TOUR win

 

European Tour

It's a dark week on the other side of the pond. The Euro Tour resumes on August 15-18 with the D+D Real Czech Masters. 

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.