Long shots worth look for Tour title

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As the PGA Tour resumes its season, this is also a good time to search for some value in the 2021 FedEx Cup Championship race.

Following his win in the Masters, Dustin Johnson is on top of the FedEx Cup list with 950 points. Second is Bryson DeChambeau, 252 points behind at 698 points. In third is, surprisingly, Viktor Hovland with 682 points.

We do have a long way to go until the Tour Championship which will be held the first week of September. But it’s going to be busy. In that stretch, we will see 41 events in just 37 weeks, including a few doubleheader weeks when majors or WGC events are being played.

Whew, we’re tired already.

With that in mind, where’s the best value in looking ahead to picking the winner? Obviously, Johnson leading doesn’t bode well for the rest of the field and money-wise, at 5-1 in the most recent odds we’ve seen, the value just isn’t there. It’s the same with DeChambeau at 8-1. A solid pick, but not a great price.

So, we’re going to look down the list at those who are off the radar but playing well enough to be in the conversation coming down the stretch.

Here are three picks that just might surprise people…and put a few bucks in their wallet.

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Collin Morikawa (25-1): Let’s see, he won as a pro in just his sixth start in an alternate-field event in mid-2019. He followed that up with his first win against the big boys last August. He put another notch in his belt with his first major, winning the PGA Championship just under a month later.

He’s not big on showing emotions on the course but he is big on cashing checks. And that’s a plus if you’re chasing a year-end title.

Xander Schauffele (14-1): We know, he hasn’t picked up a win in a while. But that could change any moment (maybe in Maui this week?) and he plays well enough when he’s hot to ride momentum when — not if — he starts winning.

Webb Simpson (35-1): Quietly wound up fourth last year in the FedEx final standings. A couple more greens in regulation here and there this year (he was 91st on Tour last year) and he’ll be there at the end.

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Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 18-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas including 10 years as a writer/editor with VegasGolfer Magazine. He also contributes to the GolfNow Network of websites and Las Vegas Golf Insider.

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