Category: Wyndham Championship

The Wyndham Championship — Last Shot at the (Now Meaningful) PGA Tour Playoffs

Aww yeah Tdubs is back. Theme of the week is how the PGA Tour and FedEx have finally won. Tiger playing this week means that he cares about the structure of the playoff system enough to play in a new event. So congrats to that. Greensboro, and the Wyndham Championship are here.

About the Sponsor

It’s been a while since we’ve had a hotel be the title sponsor of an event. Last one I can remember was the Crowne Plaza, and since I lack the will to open up the 2015 Tour schedule, that’s the final answer. Now like most giant companies, the Wyndham name is both the name of a holding company for a bunch of different hotel chains, as well as a hotel brand itself. Wyndham Worldwide is the holding company name, and their brands (excluding the ones that use the Wyndham name) are Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Howard Johnson’s, Knights Inn, Microtel, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge.

Logos on logos

Logos on logos

The history of the Wyndham name goes back to 1981 when Trammell Crow, who incidentally wins the award for oddest name I’ve typed out in a while, named it after his friend and reporter, Wyndham Robertson. I have a feeling that Mrs. Trammell Crow probably wasn’t too pleased that her husband named a hotel brand after another woman. Apparently not since the Trammell Crows were married 67 years before the guy kicked it.

After its founding and subsequent growth period, following the chain of ownership for the brand becomes rather confusing. According to the allknowing Wikipedia, it appears to have changed hands 3 or 4 times before ending up with something called Cendant, which then spun off it’s hotel business into something called Wyndham Worldwide, the current sponsor of this week’s event.

And that’s all I have to say about that.


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The Wyndham Championship — DraftKings Fantasy Picks

Tiger is back! What do you think his salary will be? Probably not something you’re going to want to have on your team though.

Jack’s Picks

Theme for this week’s lineup is young players. Guys who have been looking at Jordan Spieth and thinking, “Why can’t I be that good?”.

Byeong-Hun An ($6,800) — Low price for a player who’s been tearing it up on the Euro tour. Former US Am champ coming to the US on sponsors exemption means low salary for quality of player.

Paul Casey ($9,200) — Been on a pretty good streak of playing well, and good result here last year. That’s the combo I’m looking for, even at 9.2k.

Patrick Rodgers ($9,000) — Another young player doing well, and hoping to make a move in the playoffs.

Ollie Schniederjans ($8,300) — I could copy what I wrote above for Rodgers here, but I’ll just tell you to look above and read again.

Justin Thomas ($9,400) —  My predicted winner from the preview. Has experience here, and the desire to finally win, as well as make the President’s Cup. Not a stretch if he plays well.

Camilo Villegas ($7,100) — Defending champ at 7.1k? I’ll take every time.

Mike’s Picks

Coming soon…