In a last-minute turn of events, the PGA Tour will now take up residence in Florida for the next month with four events on tap.
Originally, the Tour wasn’t supposed to be in Florida this week. This week’s event, the World Golf Championship’s Workday Championship, was originally scheduled to be held in Mexico. But, with the coronavirus still front and center, the Tour moved the event to Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, FL, from Feb. 25-28.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the Tour’s must-win events, which are coming up in the next few weeks. If a player doesn’t have a major on their resume or a Players Championship title, adding a WGC title for one of these events is the next best thing. You can be sure that the competition will be fierce.
Remember, there are no Monday qualifiers for the PGA Tour. This isn’t an invitation event; you’ve got to earn your way here.
Odds To Win The WGC Workday Championship (FanDuel)
- Dustin Johnson +600
- Jon Rahm +850
- Xander Schauffele +1400
- Rory McIlroy +1600
- Patrick Cantlay +1800
- Justin Thomas +1800
- Terrell Hatton +1800
- Tony Finau +2000
- Bryson DeChambeau +2000
- Viktor Hovland +2200
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Big Names Mean Low Odds
When you’ve got the best in the world competing, it’s tough to pick a winner. And the odds don’t help. Dustin Johnson is the favorite (isn’t he always?) at +600 at FanDuel, and he leads a star-studded field. Add in the fact that it’s a limited field with 72 players teeing it up, and bettors are going to find that there are some solid betting options.
Searching through the numbers, a couple of names – like Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau – do stick out. Why? Because they are on the first page of the leaderboard just about every week. In a limited-field event, that makes them that much more attractive as betting choices.
And The Winner Is?
But while those two will be our second and third choices, our top pick is actually a no-brainer (okay, insert joke here). We will be going with Rory McIlroy at +1600.
Yes, we know that’s going to bring out plenty of groans and protests. That’s all right. These protests are understandable as McIlroy just missed a cut last week. But remember, Brooks Koepka missed three cuts in a row before his most recent win.
This week, we’re hoping that McIlroy will bounce back and get back in the winner’s circle. He hasn’t won since November of 2019. But, and here’s the kicker, that victory came at the WGC-HSBC Champions event – the same type of limited-field event with a lot of the big names that we will see this week.
The Field Is Stacked
That said, just because we like McIlroy doesn’t mean there aren’t a myriad of other choices.
We’ll keep picking Cantlay (+1800) for this type of event just for the simple reason that he is usually in the hunt with just a few holes remaining on Sunday.
Cantlay gets himself in a position to win as often as the guys with double-digit tournament titles. But stumbles on Sunday are one of the reasons he’s only got three Tour titles. That’s the bad news. The good news is that those three titles have all been recent, one in 2018, one in 2019, and the ZOZO Championship late in 2020. He’s close to putting it all together, and he could become the next favorite.
Looking For Good Prices?
Now onto our longshot of the week. Or in this case, longshots. Well, semi-longshots if you look at the talent in this field. We’re going to go with Webb Simpson at +2900 and Tony Finau at +2000.
Like Cantlay, Simpson isn’t outspoken. He calmly goes about his game, which is impressive. A few more made putts, and he just might find himself in the winner’s circle again.
Simpson has had his share of hot streaks over his career, and another one could be imminent.
And then there’s Finau. A final-round 64 last week at Riviera got him into a playoff where he fell to Max Homa. It was Finau’s fourth top-five finish in his last five events. He’s knocking on the door again of winning (he has already won a PGA Tour), and that knocking is getting loud. He might just open that door.