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Chris Gotterup is the betting favorite in the Barbasol Championship. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Welcome to Week 2 of the PGA Tour’s gift that keeps on giving. It’s the second straight week the Tour will give up-and-coming players and those looking to make a comeback to shine on the biggest stage when players tee it up at the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

The reason? A majority of the big-names have already flown the coop and made their way across the pond to play at the Scottish Open in preparation for next week’s Open Championship.

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The Barbasol gives players yet another chance to cash a big paycheck and move their way up the ladder when it comes to FedEx Cup points and the world golf rankings.

Don’t believe us? Just ask Seamus Power, the defending champion at the Barbasol Championship. He’s not here to defend his title as he is playing in the Scottish Open and then next week’s Open Championship.

The victory, his first on the PGA Tour and his only one anywhere in the world since turning professional, launched him onto a path that has him climbing that ladder at an impressive pace.

Since the win he’s posted 13 finishes in the top 25 including a T-3 (Sony Open in Hawaii), T-4 (the RSM Classic) and a T-5 (WGC-Match Play).

That all adds up to him being 23rd in the FedEx Cup race and he’s 36th in the world rankings. Not bad for a guy who was struggling before his first victory.

Who’s going to jump on that ladder and start the climb next?

You’re about to find out.

Odds to Win the Barbasol Championship (BetMGM)

Chris Gotterup +1600
Mark Hubbard +2000
Adam Svensson +2200
Kevin Streelman +2500
Patrick Kizzire +2800
Chesson Hadley +3300
John Huh +3300
Greyson Sigg +3300
Taylor Pendrith +3300

As always, shop around the sports betting industry for the best odds on your plays.

Chance to Make Once-in-a-Lifetime Statement

There have been six winners since the first Barbasol event in 2015 (there was no event in 2020). Of those six, none are in the superstar class. But it’s not for lack of effort because between them those players have won 15 times on the PGA Tour.

Scott Piercy (2015 winner with four PGA Tour victories), Aaron Baddeley (2016 winner with four victories), Grayson Murray (2017 winner with one victory), Troy Merritt (2018 winner and two victories), Jim Herman (2019 winner and three victories) and Seamus Power (2021 winner and one victory) make up the list.

What you will notice is these guys have stepped into the spotlight, some more than once, but haven’t stayed there. Now, whether they stay in the spotlight and watch as the intensity brightens is another story. This story is about giving players a chance…which is all these guys want.

Plenty of Hopefuls on the List

Up and down this list are names that would test even die-hard PGA Tour fans to put a face to the name.

After all, a guy like Chris Gotterup, the favorite at a whopping +1600, could walk into your local pro shop and nobody would recognize him.

The next two favorites–Mark Hubbard at +2000 and Adam Svensson at +2200–are also two names that will send bettors to the PGA Tour site to find out anything about them.

It’s not until we get to the fourth player in the odds listing that we come across a name many fans will recognize: Kevin Streelman.

Now Streelman, at +2500, is a solid choice but if you look at the numbers and see he’s only ranked No. 124 in the world golf rankings, you will see how wide open this tournament is.

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Why Not Look at a Longer Shot or Two

So, with talent way down the list when it comes to quality of players this week, it does give an edge to a player like James Hahn at +7000.

He’s fighting for his life and his Tour card. It’s as simple as that. He’s all the way down the ranking list at No. 264 in the world and is coming in playing mediocre at best.

This could be just the venue to springboard him up the list because there is at least one bright point: He was T-5 here last year and his four days included a third-round 60 that vaulted him into contention and let him see that spotlight again.

One More Player to Make Money On

OK, one more longshot down the list (although not as far down as Hahn) is Sam Ryder at +4600. Ryder was a couple of spots better than Hahn here last year with a T-3 finish.

This week’s event is one of those crapshoots where after the tournament, everyone’s likely to be saying “well, I didn’t see that guy winning” come Sunday night.

That being said, these guys are playing for much more than a PGA Tour title. After all, the winner here earns a coveted spot in next week’s Open Championship. Not a bad addition to the paycheck, the FedEx Cup points and boost in the world rankings.

Around the Prop Scene

There aren’t many prop bet choices at the Barbasol (in fact we had to go back to DraftKings to find this one) so we’re going to fall back on an old favorite.

We’re going to bet the winner won’t be in the last group at +175. It’s a given the players in the last group come Sunday may not have been in this spot before. After all, they will be facing one final round to help build a resume on the PGA Tour. And on this stage with this much on the line, the pressure can ramp up. A lot.

We’re betting someone two or three groups in front of the final group will go out ahead of the leaders, post a number and just hang around and pick up the check…and everything that goes along with it.

And don’t forget, that includes a spot in next week’s Open Championship if they aren’t already qualified.

Pressure? You bet.

Let’s see which player can handle it.

Also read: Open Championship Betting Guide

About the Author
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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