2022 Wyndham Championship Rankings: Tom Kim, two others tied for the Round 2 lead in the Regular Season Finals

2022 Wyndham Championship Rankings: Tom Kim, two others tied for the Round 2 lead in the Regular Season Finals

The rankings have thickened heading into the 2022 Wyndham Championship weekend. With John Huh and Sungjae Im both unable to carry Thursday’s success over to Friday, those eliminated in the wee hours of Round 2 at Sedgefield Country Club now find their names at the top of the leaderboard.

PGA Tour rookie Brandon Wu is tied at 9-under with Tom Kim and Ryan Moore. The three couldn’t be more different, with Kim receiving a special temporary dispensation just two weeks ago, while Moore is simply looking for form in the 2022-23 season, with the FedEx Cup Playoffs the furthest away.

While a win for one of the three would matter, it won’t be easy with the fork and knife chasers lined up behind them. Overall, 38 players are within five shots of the lead as the final stages of round two remain to be completed early Saturday morning.

Defending champion Kevin Kisner went into 2021 seven shots down and while he won’t be present this year, he provided a blueprint for the chasers. Trophies won’t be the only element at stake as playoff chances and career goals will decide or not in the coming days.

The leaders

T1 Brandon Wu, Tom Kim and Ryan Moore (-9)

Wu and Kim have been in the spotlight at various points this year, but for Moore, this performance marks an important return. Moore played on a major medical extension for most of the season and missed his full-time status by about 75 FedEx Cup points after his most recent start at the Memorial Tournament. Moore qualifies for conditional status and would move up from 183rd to 68th if he could convert part of the 36-hole lead into his sixth win on the PGA Tour and first since 2016.

“I’m just not even in the scope of — yeah, I’m so far from it, it doesn’t even matter at this point,” Moore said of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. “I’m trying to do everything I can this week. I’m just trying to gain some confidence for next season, to be honest wrong now, I just need time to deal with it. Right now I’m just trying to find some form, some confidence so I can find something to get me into this fall.

Other contenders

T4. Sungjae Im, Russell Henley and John Huh (-8)

T7. Anirban Lahiri, Davis Riley and Brian Stuard (-7)

T10. Andrew Putnam, Satoshi Kodaira, Martin Trainer, Blake McShea and Brett Drewitt (-6)

I was one of three players topping the odds board earlier in the week, and with good reason. The South Korean had a tumultuous summer as he was unable to compete in the PGA Championship due to COVID-19 and then showed signs of life in the Charles Schwab Challenge and Memorial Tournament.

He then suffered another hiccup with missed cuts at the US Open and Scottish Open before enjoying an unforgettable Open. Despite all this adversity, Im is at home at Sedgefield Country Club for the first two rounds, even though he struggled a bit on Friday. The 24-year-old, who finished second in his last start at the 3M Open, has definitely found his footing again and remains the betting favorite over 36 holes.

Recognition contribution for Tom Kim

Kyle Porter touched Kim’s Quadruple bogey start in round 1, and on Friday the South Korean managed to avoid the early misstep and catapult himself up the rankings. The 20-year-old, who signed for a 6-under-64, has quickly snapped into the spotlight as he has only one chance to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs – a win.

Kim, granted temporary status by the PGA Tour ahead of the 3M Open, has since secured his ticket for the 2022-23 season but has to pull a rabbit out of a hat to get to Memphis next week.

“Yeah, it’s been a crazy month,” Kim said. “Last month before the Scots I thought, you know, I think just Korn Ferry Finals for me and that was the plan. A month later, I secured my PGA Tour card without even going to the Korn Ferry Finals. Yes, it’s crazy, but I think just happy and grateful, that’s it.”

Things could get even crazier for Kim if he keeps acting like this. With the Presidents Cup looming next month, world No. 34 must be shortlisted to be selected by International Team captain Trevor Immelman.

Bubble Boys heading into the weekend

We’ll update you on the biggest movers after each round as the FedEx Cup Playoffs fast approach. While those battling for a place in the top 125 draw the most interest, it’s worth remembering what else is up for grabs. Players ranked 126-150 will get some kind of conditional status and around 15 starts for the next season. Places 151-200 will join the 25 men ahead of them in the Korn Ferry Tour Playoffs where, at worst, they will be relegated to the Korn Ferry Tour. Unfortunately for the players outside of the top 200, they will go to Q-School.

Ryan Moore

183

68

Brandon Wu

78

24

Brett Drewitt

205

181

John Huh

111

88

Brian Stuard

137

124

Russell Henley

41

28

Ben Kohles

169

156

Satoshi Kodaira

154

142

Andrew Putnam

89

77

Richie Werensky

176

165

2022 Wyndham Championship updated odds and tips

  • Sungjae Im: 39/10
  • Tom Kim: 9/2
  • Russell Henley: 2.11
  • Brandon Wu: 11-1
  • Ryan Moore: 12-1
  • Davis Riley: 14-1
  • John Huh: 16-1
  • Anirban Lahiri: 22-1
  • Aaron Wise: 30-1
  • Billy Horschel: 35-1
  • Tyrell Hatton: 35-1
  • Andrew Putnam: 35-1

The condensed ranking gives a few opportunities on the odds board and Hatton would be my pick. Appropriate for his pre-tournament price tag, the Englishman struggled on the greens for the first two rounds and is four strokes off the lead. He hits the ball brilliantly and his resume should carry more weight than the market suggests. If Hatton isn’t your thing, Keith Mitchell looks slightly off at 75-1 and should be in line for a positive regression on the greens over the weekend.

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