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

The standings have tightened heading into the weekend of the 2022 Wyndham Championship. With both John Hu and Sungjae Im unable to convert Thursday’s success into Friday, those who dropped out 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, with Kim granted a special temporary exemption just two weeks ago, while Moore is simply looking for form for the 2022-23 season, with the FedEx Cup playoffs the furthest thing on his mind.

Although a victory for any of the three would be significant, it will not be easy as the pursuers are lined up behind them at knife and fork. A total of 38 players are five shots off the lead as the final stages of the second round are still to be completed early on Saturday morning.

Defending champion Kevin Kisner entered the seven-stroke weekend in 2021, and although he won’t be in attendance this year, he provided a blueprint for the chasers. Trophies won’t be the only item on the line, as playoff odds and career aspirations will change or falter in the coming days.

The leaders

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

Wu and Kim have been in the spotlight at different times this year, but for Moore, this performance marks an important return. Playing on a major medical extension for most of the season, Moore has been unable to maintain his full-time status with an estimated 75 FedEx Cup points since his last start at the Memorial Tournament. Eligible for conditional status, Moore will move from 183rd to 68th if he can convert a share of the 36-hole lead into his sixth PGA Tour victory and first since 2016.

“I’m just not even in the frame of — yeah, I’m so far away from it, it doesn’t even matter at this point,” Moore said of the FedEx Cup playoffs. “I’m trying to do what I can this week. I’m just trying to get some confidence for next season to be honest. Like I said, I’ve been dealing with this injury for a while and I know it’s wrong now, I just need time to deal with it. So right now I’m just trying to find some form, some confidence so I can find something to push me this fall.”

Other contenders

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

T7. Anirban Lahiri, Davies Reilly and Brian Steward (-7)

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

I was one of three players to top the odds leaderboard at the start of 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 Memorial Tournament.

He then hit another hick with missing legs at the US Open and Scottish Open before experiencing a forgettable Open. Yet despite all that adversity, Im appeared at home at Sedgefield Country Club in the first two rounds, even if he did experience some struggles on Friday. After finishing runner-up in his last start at the 3M Open, the 24-year-old has certainly rediscovered his footing and remains the betting favorite through 36 holes.

A thank you post to Tom Kim

Kyle Porter hit Kim’s quadruple bogey start in Round 1, and on Friday the South Korean managed to avoid the early misstep and catapult up the rankings. Posting a 6-under 64, the 20-year-old quickly stepped into the spotlight as there is only one way to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs – a win.

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

“Yeah, it’s been a crazy month,” Kim said. “Last month before Scottish I was like, you know, I guess 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. Yeah, it’s crazy, but I guess I’m just happy and grateful, that’s it.”

Things could get even crazier for Kim if she continues to present herself this way. With the Presidents Cup looming next month, the world number 34 should be on the shortlist to be selected by international captain Trevor Immelman.

Bubble boys head into the weekend

We’ll keep you posted on the biggest changes after each round as the FedEx Cup Playoffs quickly approach. While those fighting for a spot in the top 125 attract the most interest, it’s worth reminding ourselves what else is up for grabs. Players ranked 126th through 150th will receive some conditional status and approximately 15 starts for next season. Those ranked 151 to 200 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 be headed to Q-School.

Ryan Moore

183

68

Brandon Wu

78

24

Brett Drewitt

205

181

John Hu

111

88

Brian Steward

137

124

Russell Henley

41

28

Ben Coles

169

156

Satoshi Kodaira

154

142

Andrew Putnam

89

77

Richie Werensky

176

165

2022 Wyndham Championship updated odds and picks

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

The compressed rankings give way to some opportunities down the odds and Hatton would be my pick. Matching his pre-tournament price, the Englishman has 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 more inclined and should be in line for a positive greens regression at the weekend.

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