2022 Wyndham Championship leaderboard: Tom Kim, two others tied for Round 2 lead in regular-season finale

The standings tightened heading into the 2022 Wyndham Championship weekend. With John Huh and Sungjae Im unable to turn Thursday’s success into Friday, those absent in the early hours of the second round at Sedgefield Country Club now find their names at the top of the leaderboard.

PGA Tour rookie Brandon Wu is tied with Tom Kim and Ryan Moore at 9 under. The three couldn’t be more different, as Kim received a special temporary exemption just two weeks ago, while Moore is simply looking for form ahead of the 2022-23 season, with the FedEx Cup playoffs being the most important thing. distant in his mind.

While a win for one of the three would be significant, it won’t be easy as the pursuers lined up behind them with a fork and knife. A total of 38 players are within five strokes of the lead as the final stages of the second round are yet to be completed early Saturday morning.

Defending champ Kevin Kisner entered the seven-shot weekend adrift in 2021, and while he won’t feature this year, he’s provided a plan for the chasers. Trophies won’t be the only thing at stake, as playoff chances and career aspirations will come and go 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 times this year, but for Moore, this performance marks an important comeback. Playing on a major medical extension for most of the season, Moore failed to maintain his full-time status by around 75 FedEx Cup points after his last start at the Memorial Tournament. Meeting the requirements for conditional status, Moore would move from 183rd to 68th if he was able to convert some of the 36-hole lead into his sixth PGA Tour win and his first since 2016.

“I’m not even in the frame of – yeah, I’m so far, 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 confidence for next season, to be honest. Like I said, I’ve been dealing with this injury for a while and I know its bad now i just need some time to deal with it so at the moment i’m just trying to find some form, some confidence so i can find something to get started this autumn.

Other suitors

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)

Im was one of three players to headline the odds board to start the week and for good reason. The South Korean had a tumultuous summer as he was unable to play in the PGA Championship due to COVID-19 and then showed signs of life at the Charles Schwab Challenge and the Memorial Tournament.

He then had another setback with missed cuts at the US Open and Scottish Open before having a forgettable Open. Yet despite all that adversity, Im appears at home at Sedgefield Country Club in the opening two rounds, albeit with some difficulty on Friday. Coming in second in his last start at the 3M Open, the 24-year-old has definitely regained his footing and remains the 36-hole betting favourite.

Message of appreciation from Tom Kim

Kyle Porter brought up Kim’s quadruple bogey start in the first lap, and on Friday, the South Korean managed to avoid the misstep at the start and propel himself up the rankings. Signing for a 6-under 64, the 20-year-old has quickly stepped into the spotlight as he has only one avenue by which he can qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs – a win.

Given the PGA Tour’s temporary status ahead of the 3M Open, Kim has since secured her card for the 2022-23 season, but will have to pull a rabbit out of her hat to travel to Memphis next week.

“Yeah, it’s been a crazy month,” Kim said. “The last month before the Scottish I was like, you know, I guess just Korn Ferry Finals for me and that was the plan. A month later I got my PGA Tour card without even going to the Korns Ferry Finals. Yeah, that’s crazy, but I guess just happy and grateful, that’s what it is.”

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

Bubble boys head for the weekend

We’ll update you on the biggest moves after each round as the FedEx Cup Qualifiers are just around the corner. While those vying for a spot in the top 125 garner the most interest, it’s worth remembering what else is up for grabs. Players ranked 126th through 150th will receive conditional status of any kind and around 15 starts for next season. Those who place 151st through 200th will join the 25 men ahead of them in the Korn Ferry Tour Playoffs, where at worst they will be demoted to the Korn Ferry Tour. Unfortunately for players outside the top 200, they will head to Q-School.

ryan moore

183

68

Brandon Wu

78

24

Brett Drewitt

205

181

Jean Huh

111

88

Brian Stuart

137

124

Russell Henley

41

28

Ben Kohles

169

156

Satoshi Kodaira

154

142

Andrew Putman

89

77

Richy Werensky

176

165

2022 Wyndham Championship odds and picks updated

  • I’m Sungjae: 39/10
  • Tom Kim: 9/2
  • Russell Henley: 11/2
  • 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
  • Tyrrell Hatton: 35-1
  • Andrew Putnam: 35-1

The compressed ranking gives way to some opportunities on the odds board and Hatton would be my pick. Matching his pre-tournament prize money, the Englishman struggled on the greens in the first two rounds and is four shots off the lead. He hits the ball superbly and his resume should carry more weight than the market suggests. If Hatton isn’t your cup of tea, Keith Mitchell at 75-1 looks slightly off and should be in line for a positive regression on the greens over the weekend.

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