PGA Tour betting odds are available on the Fortinet Championship, which marks the beginning of the 2022-23 wraparound season.
After a brief two-week hiatus the PGA Tour kicks off the new season this week in Napa, California. While many players are still getting their bearings after a whirlwind FedEx Cup playoff run which saw Rory McIlroy back on top for a record third time, it’s time to tee it up again.
Well, for most of the players anyway. The top-tier guys, not so much. This week’s opener will feature just two players in the top-20 in the world rankings, Hideki Matsuyama who is No. 16 and Max Homa at No. 20.
Now if the name Homa sounds familiar, it should. Homa’s the defending champion, and he’s one of the up-and-coming players who use tournaments like this week’s outing to get on bettors’ radar.
Sure, Homa’s now won four times on the PGA Tour, but he wasn’t on the radar until he won twice last season to take him out of the one-off category that so many players fall into.
Win once and you’re never heard from again. Win twice and suddenly more and more people notice and your confidence grows.
Can he repeat this year and get his latest season off to a great start?
You’re about to find out.
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Odds to Win Fortinet Championship
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Expert Fortinet Analysis and Top Pick to Win
When a player comes into an event as the defending champ, there are plenty of tournament obligations he’s got to fulfill. Those tasks can take away from getting ready for the job at hand–winning a golf tournament.
We’re betting Homa, the favorite this week at +1000, will be up to the challenge for the simple fact he’s already won the same tournament twice. He was the winner at the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship and won the title again last year…his second victory of the year.
Granted, it’s not back-to-back titles but it’s still quite an accomplishment.
With the star-power lacking this week, there’s no doubt he will be one of the stars to watch.
And we’ve also got history on our side.
Brendan Steele won this title in 2016 (when it was the Safeway Open) and then backed it up by repeating the following year. Maybe it’s time for the next back-to-back winner.
Homa wound up fifth in the Tour Championship and should probably be ranked higher than 20th in the world. With a win this week, that ranking will certainly move up.
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Will There Be a First-Time Winner?
With plenty of Korn Ferry graduates in the field this week it’s always a good time to be on the lookout for a first-time winner…or a player who has won in the past and hopes to find lightning in the bottle again.
Past winners run the smorgasbord of winners. You’ve got guys like Stewart Cink, who won two years ago to snap a 10-plus year winless streak on Tour.
Then there’s Kevin Tway, the 2019 winner. It was his first, and only so far, win on the PGA Tour. Like we said it’s a great spot to start a career with your first win or jump-start it with a career-reviving victory.
We’re going to give bettors one of each.
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Look for Carl Yuan to Make an Impact
Carl Yuan, one of the top 25 players who got his 2022-2023 PGA Tour card by finishing second in the Korn Ferry Tour race last year, has been a rising star all year.
Well, most of the time. And that worries us a little. Yuan, at +10000 this week, won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour and had six runnerup finishes. That’s the Yuan we’re hoping to see.
But we can’t forget the Yuan who had nine missed cuts during the year. Talk about feast or famine. We’re hoping since he’s got his card locked up, he will come out of the gates hitting on all cylinders and make an early statement that will set him up for a solid season.
If he gets off to a solid start in the first round and gets rid of the early butterflies in making his first start as a full-time PGA Tour player, the sky could be the limit.
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Rickie Fowler’s Worth a Look This Week
We’re also going to take a little look at Rickie Fowler at +15000. Please, no laughing.
Yes, this is the same Fowler who has been struggling for past couple of years. But there’s a method to our madness. He realized he needed to make changes and he made wholesale changes to just about every part of his game on and off the course.
We love the fact he still has the drive to compete and didn’t make the jump to LIV. Whether he can win again is still a huge question mark. But at least he’s proven he’s willing to do whatever it takes to give it his best shot.
He’s fallen to No. 176 in the world golf rankings, and had just one top-10 finish in 22 events last season. If he’s going to turn his game around, this week is a perfect spot to start that comeback.
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Fortinet Championship Props Bets
We like a couple of guys to finish in the top 10 this week for our prop picks. Look at Sahith Theegala at +330 and Gary Woodland at +600.
One of the picks, Theegala, finished the last wraparound season strong and there’s no reason for him to slow down as we tee off in a new season.
As for Woodland, he’s had solid showings along with more than a few stumbles.
Since the start of the calendar year, he’s had five top-10s but also nine missed cuts. With the talent down this week, it’s the perfect spot to start off with a solid showing.
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