PGA Barracuda Championship Odds & Picks: Maverick McNealy One to Watch for the Win

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Maverick McNealy is still looking for his first PGA Tour victory. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Tick…tick…tick…

Hear that? That’s the clock running out on the PGA Tour players’ chances to get into the FedEx Cup playoff race.

This week, for the third straight event, there’s a tournament that will highlight those still trying to make a name for themselves. This week’s event, the Barracuda Championship, will be held at Tahoe Mountain Club (Old Greenwood Course) in Truckee, California.

So, while the majority of the golf world concentrates on this week’s Open Championship at The Old Course in St. Andrews, the Tour’s lesser-known players will be looking for their moment in the spotlight.

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The tournament also features Modified Stableford scoring that rewards aggressive play. In this format, players earn eight points for a double eagle, five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie, and zero points for a par. A bogey sees players lose a point and a double bogey or worse will cost players a devastating three points off their total.

Remember, “plus” points on your scorecard are good this week. The winner receives 300 FedEx Cup points this week, and that can be crucial as we have one final point to get across: After this week, there are just three events before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

If you’re not in the top 125 at that time, you’ll find yourself with a little extra time to work on your game and try to figure out what went wrong in 2022.

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Odds to Win the Barracuda Championship (BetMGM)

Maverick McNealy +1200
Alex Noren +1800
Cam Davis +1800
Nick Hardy +2200
Taylor Pendrith +2200
Mark Hubbard +2500
Doug Ghim +2800

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

Picking a Winner? Definitely a Coin Flip

This week there aren’t many current stars teeing it up. That being said, there are a few name players that stand out in this field who should be in the mix when Sunday rolls around.

The first one who comes to mind is this week’s favorite, Maverick McNealy, at +1200.
He’s still looking for that first PGA Tour win and this might just be the week.

The reasoning is simple as he’s been in the top 20 in the last two events including T-18 last year and solo seventh in 2020. He was T-8 at his most recent start, the John Deere Classic, so his confidence should be in a good frame of mind coming in here.

He is 40th in the FedEx Cup points race, which will likely get him into the first round of the playoffs. But a victory, and those extra 300 points, would vault him up the rankings and make moving on in the playoffs a little easier.

Coming in Hot

If bettors don’t have Mark Hubbard on their betting radar, they need to make room for him. And right now.

Hubbard, at a wallet-fattening +2500 this week, is coming off a solo third at last week’s Barbasol Championship and has been steadily climbing up the FedEx Cup and world rankings. He’s 92nd in the FedEx Cup race, and 208th in the world rankings.

Those may not sound like impressive numbers, but he’s up 49 spots in the world rankings after last week’s effort. He’s made six straight cuts and came into last week’s Barbasol
Championship off a T-13 at the John Deere Classic, so he’s making his way up the leaderboard.

Another solid week here–and maybe even his first PGA Tour win–and you’ll see another huge step up.

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How About a Former Champ Winning Again?

Many golf bettors may have never heard of Richie Werenski. That’s, OK. After all, he’s ranked 194th in the FedEx Cup rankings this year, and he’s all the way down to 422nd in the world rankings.

But while he only has one PGA Tour victory on his resume, that win came in this event two years ago. He’s +15000 to win this week, so to say he is a longshot is an understatement.

Like we’ve said before…stranger things have happened. He’s going to need to turn things around…and quickly. He’s coming into this event having missed seven straight cuts. But the win he’s had here could be enough to give him the spark he so desperately needs to help him get back on track.

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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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