Recap of last weeks bets
|Top 5 Finish||Collin Morikawa||Lost|
|3 Chances To win||Johnson, Spieth & Thomas||Lost|
Profit/Loss (This week) – Loss of $30 to a $10 Stake
Profit/Loss (Overall) – Loss of $117 to a $10 Stake
On to this week’s event.
We begin anew two weeks after the conclusion of the 2020/21 PGA Tour season. The fields are a mix of those who retained their PGA Tour cards last year and those who qualified for the main Tour via the PGA Tour’s development tour, the Korn Ferry Tour. This is always an exciting time on the PGA Tour calendar. Trying to figure out who will take the next step forward from this brilliant, mostly young bunch of players is an exciting challenge. The Fortinet Championship (previously the Safeway Open) kicks off the 2021/22 season at Silverado Resort’s North Course in Napa, California.
Silverado’s North Course is a tree-lined par 72 that measures 7123 yards. Initially built by Ben Harmon in the 1950s, it was redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1965, with additional changes made a decade ago by Jonny Miller, a two-time major champion. The course was lengthened by nearly 200 yards, and the bunkering was completely renovated. It’s a difficult driving course with narrow fairways, sophisticated fairway bunkering, and quirky doglegging holes that consistently rank among the toughest on the PGA Tour—demonstrating why good driving is so essential in this situation.
The vast, challenging poa greens are further protected by tactical bunkering and run-off areas, implying that the short game has played a significant role in determining course winners. Last year, Cink won with the lowest winning score we’ve seen at the course, shooting -21 to beat Harry Higgs by two strokes. However, it’s worth mentioning that the previous year’s course was quite well-received, and the course had often presented an excellent, tough challenge.
On to our picks for this year…
Cameron Tringale +3000
Californians tend to do well at this local course, and Cameron Tringale could be the answer to a tricky season opener. Although he doesn’t have great form at this course, he did finish last season consistently well. This resulted from hitting his previous 28 greens in regulation, which is the second-longest streak on Tour. If he can keep his driver straight, he should have a good chance as the rest of his game is often superb.
Top 10 Finish
Charles Howell III +700
Charles had a decent season last year, and while he only broke into the top ten once last year, he was competitive throughout. He came fourth here on his previous visit in 2020, making him an intriguing proposition this week. Howell has a well-rounded game but can be hit and miss with his putter. If he can start well and build some momentum, he could build on his last showing in 2020.
Top 20 Finish
Brian Stuard +400
When Brian Stuard was good last season, he was excellent, and when he was bad, he was, well, terrible. However, he finished the season strong and placed inside the top 20 in four of his last six events. He also finished third here last year, so he certainly knows his way around this golf course. Stuard doesn’t have the most beautiful swing, but it’s effective. He is a good iron player and has a good, delicate touch.