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Friday, 19 October, 2018

Peter Uihlein can feast on further birdies in North Carolina

Matt Fitzpatrick should fall in love with course

Peter Uihlein has produced some superb golf this season
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Sky Sports Golf, 5pm Thursday

Matches and threeballs
Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia and Si Woo Kim tee off at 12.50pm UK and Ireland time on Thursday – three former Wyndham Championship winners with different agendas.

Simpson, the 2011 victor, is looking for his second success of the season and hoping to improve an already promising position of 12th on the FedEx Cup standings, while Garcia and Kim are looking to emerge from slumps.

Garcia, 2012 Wyndham winner, has played in eight Ryder Cups, and is looking to advertise his claims for a wild-card spot for next month's Paris match against the States. Kim, the 2016 champ, is winless for 15 months.

Simpson, who started the week as a general 14-1 favourite and could tee off as a heavily supported 10-1 chance, can be expected to boss the marquee match, but slightly better value comes in the 6.10pm contest, in which Peter Uihlein can prevail.

Uihlein is bound to pick up some sort of boost from the way his best friend, Brooks Koepka, has won three of the last six Majors he has played in. Koepka's US PGA triumph on Sunday should inspire Uihlein, who was the brighter prospect of the pair for a long time.

In 2013, Koepka was a European Tour rookie, while Uihlein had already got off the mark on that circuit and used to revel in how much better he was on the greens.

Last year Uihlein won his first Web.com Tour title and this term he has produced some excellent golf, particularly with fifth place in the Wells Fargo Championship and the same position in the Memorial. That Wells Fargo effort was in North Carolina and he is back in the same state this week for the Wyndham.

Uihlein can outscore Robert Garrigus and JJ Henry on the opening day, while Matt Fitzpatrick looks a solid option against Jason Kokrak in a 72-hole match.

Fitzpatrick is making his Sedgefield Country Club debut, but should take a shine to a layout which suits. The strength of Kokrak is his power, which counts for little on this track. Three of his last four Wyndham visits have resulted in a missed cut.

Recommendations
P Uihlein to win threeball
1pt 6-4 Betfair, Power
M Fitzpatrick to beat J Kokrak
1pt 4-5 Coral, Ladbrokes


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