The Fortinet Championship brings about a new start on the PGA Tour, but who wins at Silverado?
The PGA Tour returns to the Silverado Country Club this week but who are our betting tips for the Fortinet Championship?
Max Homa is the two-time defending champion, having won the event in both 2021 and 2022.
Last year’s victory saw an incredible finish as Homa chipped in for birdie on the 72nd hole. Danny Willett, who led by one going up the final hole, then three-putted for bogey to finish runner-up.
Who will win at Silverado this year? Matt Coles gives us his picks for glory come Sunday evening…
Fortinet Championship betting tips and preview
Venue: Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa County, California, United States
Date: September 14-17, 2023
Course stats: Par 72, 7,166 yards
Course summary: The North Course at the Silverado Resort provides a challenging test to kick off the new era of the PGA Tour. Both front and back nines finish with par-5s, with the 18th showing how it can provide drama last year with the finish between Homa and Willett.
Defending champion: Max Homa (-16)
Fortinet Championship betting tips
Max Homa @ 7/1 with William Hill
He won it in 2021. He won it in 2022. Who would bet again Max Homa winning the Fortinet Championship for a third successive year?
The last 12 months have seen Homa show his consistency on the PGA Tour, as he gets ready to play for Team USA in the Ryder Cup for the first time.
The American has gone on to finish in the top 10 at a further 10 tournaments over the last year, including a victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.
Homa has not finished lower than T21 in his last six events, including back-to-back top-10s at the FedEx St Jude Championship and the BMW Championship.
Could Homa go back-to-back-to-back at the Fortinet Championship and become the first man to win at Silverado on three occasions? 7/1 says he definitely can…
Andrew Putnam @ 35/1 with William Hill
One of the men not to win so far in 2023 is Andrew Putnam, but he does have a string of top-10 finishes over the course of the last 12 months.
Those include a T5 finish at the Memorial Tournament, a T4 at the Sony Open in Hawaii and a T10 result at the BMW Championship at the end of last season.
That was his last appearance, six weeks ago at Olympia Fields. Could we see the same as what happened with Min Woo Lee last week at the Horizon Irish Open. The Australian had been away for six weeks, before coming to the K Club and finishing in a tie for 7th.
Putnam has just the one victory on the PGA Tour, coming back in August 2018 at the Barracuda Championship. Could this be the week where he gets a second…?
Taylor Montgomery @ 55/1 each way with William Hill
My each way pick for this week’s Fortinet Championship is the man who finished in 3rd in last year’s tournament, Taylor Montgomery.
He produced the low round on Sunday twelve months ago, firing in an 8-under-par round of 64 to jump up into 3rd place, finishing just three shots behind eventual winner Max Homa.
Since then, Montgomery has not been in great form. He only has three top-10 finishes, with the last of those coming in early January at the American Express.
Recent form though, not so good. His last appearance came five weeks ago the FedEx St Jude Championship, where he finished T37. Prior to that, there were four successive missed cuts, including the US Open and the Genesis Scottish Open.
Could the start of what used to be called the Fall Series be the start of an upturn in form for Montgomery? He returns to a place where has good memories, and at 55/1, it’s worth a punt each way.
Best of the rest…
Has the work on the range with the pool noodles helped? Could we see Thomas get back to form ahead of the Ryder Cup? Worth a shot, surely?
Alex Noren: At 45/1, Alex Noren is in the mid-range for the Fortinet Championship this week, as he aims to secure a first win since 2018.
The Swede has recorded four top-25 finishes in his last six events across both the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour, including at the Open Championship. Could he get back into the winners’ circle this week?
Erik van Rooyen: It has not been a strong year for Erik van Rooyen, having already missed the cut at 13 tournaments already in 2023.
The South African does have top 20 finishes in three of his last five outings, including T8 in Crans-sur-Sierre and a T16 on Sunday at the Horizon Irish Open. He is currently 90/1 for the victory at the Fortinet Championship this week.
Fancy a punt on this week’s action? Take a look at the latest odds with William Hill.
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