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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

The task of stopping red-hot Snedeker could be down to Pan

Stormy forecast for Greensboro

Brandt Snedeker is two shots clear of the Wyndham field
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Sky Sports Golf, 6pm Saturday

Brandt Snedeker followed up his opening round of 59 with a Friday 67 to take control of the Wyndham Championship at the halfway stage, moving 14 under par and two shots clear.

Snedeker, Wyndham champion at Forest Oaks Country Club in 2007, was a pre-tournament 25-1 chance. His fireworks at Sedgefield Country Club over the first two days of this edition though – two eagles and 14 birdies – mean no bigger than 5-4 is available going into the weekend.

Snedeker holed from 30 feet for eagle at the 15th in round two, then followed up with an even longer putt for birdie at the next hole, a late spurt which put him in command.

DA Points, who has missed 18 cuts this season, is a shock name on the leaderboard, alone in second place, while talented youngster C.T. Pan is one shot further off the pace.

Snedeker has been winless for 30 months and is far from certain to convert his advantage into victory. Outright punters looking to get involved at this stage should consider Pan (17-2) or Sergio Garcia (10-1).

Garcia finished round two strongly and appears to have got the bit between his teeth, hunting a Ryder Cup spot, so the Spaniard could easily overcome a five-shot deficit over 36 holes. Webb Simpson, sharing 26th place, another three shots behind, will not have given up hope of the title, either, and 33-1 could end up a tasty price should Snedeker tread water in front.

It must be noted, though, that thunderstorms are forecast for the next three days, so the possibility of a 54-hole event is clear. With only 18 holes to play, Snedeker would become an odds-on shot.

Third-round twoball punters are pointed towards Pan, who will almost certainly prove himself in a different league to playing partner David Hearn over the next two decades. The penultimate match can go the way of the Taiwanese, who has posted a top-20 finish in four of his last seven events and is enjoying having his wife caddying for the first time this week.

Snedeker and Points are scheduled to tee off at 7pm UK and Ireland time.

Twoballs recommendation
C.T. Pan
3pts 4-5 general

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Garcia finished round two strongly and appears to have got the bit between his teeth
E.W. Terms
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