After two weeks away, the new PGA Tour season kicks off at White Sulphur Springs. And with the big guns still sitting out, our tipster has his eyes on a handful of hopefuls
Was that really an off-season? What was it, two weeks? It was basically days ago we were saluting Rory McIlroy and getting ready to put our feet up. But it’s time to come back from the beach. The juggernaut is underway again and, with it, the race for the 2020 FedEx Cup. So let’s get stuck in with our The Greenbrier betting tips…
Venue: The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA
Date: September 12-15, 2019
Course stats: Par 70, 7,286 yards
Course summary: It’s like every tree-lined parkland you would expect. The greens are well-bunkered and this Seth Raynor/CB MacDonald original was revitalised after being severely flooded two years ago.
Purse: $7.5 million
Defending champion: Kevin Na (-19)
Thursday: Featured groups – Sky Sports Golf, 12.30pm and red button from 2.30pm; Sky Sports Golf and Mix, 7pm
Friday: Featured groups – Sky Sports Golf red button, 12pm; Sky Sports Golf, 7pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 8pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 8pm
The Greenbrier betting tips: Steve’s players to follow
The PGA Tour may be back but most of the elite have opted to remain on their sun loungers with Bryson DeChambeau the only player in the world’s top 20 to tee it up.
That weakened field will provide an opportunity for some of the lesser lights to lock up an exemption in the first week and Robert Streb (50/1 with bet365) might be the one to capitalise.
He has been busy of late – successfully negotiating the Korn Ferry finals to re-establish himself on tour – and this course clearly suits his eye.
Second in both 2015 and 2017, he was just outside the top 10 last year and tends to save his best for exactly these kind of events.
Third at the Barracuda Championship as recently as the end of July, his other top 10 last season came at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open – another Fall Series competition.
Add in last year’s top 10 at the Barbasol Championship, staged when everyone else is at the Open Championship, and a theme may be starting to emerge. 50/1 might prove a steal.
Jason Kokrak (16/1) got all the way to the Tour Championship in a 2018-19 that brought five top 10s. Tied 3rd last year here, he opened with 65 and 64 but his winning chances were scuppered in a Saturday 71.
He should be on the premises, particularly after finishing tied 9th at East Lake and recording top 20s in his last four starts. The question is whether odds of 16/1 are big enough.
It was a puzzling year for Russell Henley (30/1). He missed as many cuts as he made last season but fashioned a fabulous closing 61 at the John Deere classic to bag the big bucks in second spot.
Tenth here last year, it’s clear he has some standout form on this track, having also finished 5th twice in the previous two occasions he turned out.
In fact, his worst finish – tied for 30th – was his first in 2013. It’s hard to think with that kind of course form that he won’t be on the premises again at 30/1.
I think it’s a matter of when, not if, Joaquin Niemann (22/1) opens his account on the PGA Tour. The former World No. 1 amateur enjoyed a decent first full season on tour, including a purple patch that brought three top 10s in four weeks in June and July.
The Chilean opened and closed with 63 and 64 here last year so obviously has the ability to go low on this course.
Strong in strokes gained from tee to green – he was half a shot better than the field in this category – and good both off the tee and approaching the green, if he can improve his work around the putting surface he will get his name up in lights very soon.
Having already proved himself in far better company, why can’t this be his week? That’s a tempting price for those who think the same.
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