Even though he has had some disappointing performances of late, Justin Leonard is looking for a strong showing at the Wyndham Championship. When taking everything into consideration, he’s about as solid of a pick as you can get for someone whose odds are over 100 to one (he’s going off at somewhere around 125 to one).
In the 21 events that he has entered this season on the PGA Tour, Leonard has only cracked the top 25 on two occasions and has made it inside of the top 10 once. That top 10 finish came all the way back in March at the Tampa Bay Championship Presented by Everbank. If you look at Leonard on paper, however, you would think that he has been inside of the top 25 on a much more frequent basis.
He’s 139th in total driving but that is mainly because he lacks length off of the tee – he’s 172nd in driving distance but 47th in driving accuracy. He doesn’t hit it long but he does find the fairway. Leonard also ranks 33rd in strokes gained – putting. The main reason he hasn’t had success is because of poor iron play, where he ranks 149th in greens in regulation. There is a direct correlation between that stat and the fact that he ranks 78th in scoring.
If Leonard can manage to find a few more greens in regulation he should be able to take advantage of the additional opportunities on the putting surface – which is an area at which he has certainly excelled this year. This course should also providing some chances for Leonard to get up and down should he not reach the green in regulation.