The Champions Tour heads to Pebble Beach for the Pure Insurance Championship where Steven Alker headlines the betting field.
The New Zealander was extremely disappointing last week, so he needs to make amends. However, golf betting markets believe he’ll bounce back to beat the likes of Jerry Kelly, Ernie Els, and Jim Furyk.
Rebound on the Cards
It’s rare to see Alker produce poor performance, but after finishing T58 at Sanford International, we expect a bounce-back effort.
The Kiwi has been the most consistent golfer on the Champions Tour and the four-time champion should get back to his best at Pebble Beach.
Alker finished T5 at the Ascension Charity Classic and T9 at the Ally Challenge, so he was stalking a win and we think it’s only a matter of time before he wins again.
Kirk Triplett believes many are envious of what Alker has achieved.
“We look out and we say, ‘Man I wish I was that guy,’” Triplett told Sports Illustrated. “Not for what he did before, not for what he’s going to do in the future, but for what he’s doing right now. So from that aspect, I think he has the respect of all of the players around here, regardless of what path he took to get here.
“A guy like (Alker), who has played great for a year? Yeah, he’s got the respect of everyone out here. He’s earned it because he’s proved it over time. Doesn’t matter if he plays left-handed, right-handed, one-footed, one-armed … you shoot the scores, you get the respect of your peers.”
Alker has earned the respect of the sportsbook as well. He’s the +650 favorite and we’re putting him on top.
Pick: Steven Alker +650
Els Knocking on Door
Everyone loves Ernie Els and he’s another player knocking on the door of a victory.
The smooth-swinging South African finished third at the Sanford International, which followed a T5 at the Ascension Charity Classic, so he’s firing on all cylinders and this tournament is there for the taking.
The 52-year-old is surprisingly only a two-time Champions Tour winner. However, with 28 European Tour wins and 19 PGA Tour wins to his record, the Hall of Fame legend can’t be overlooked.
He has been respected in markets with his golf odds at +800. That’s where we would have priced him following his impressive performances and he could firm with bookmakers throughout the week.
He’s a fantastic saver bet at the price and he goes into the mix for the Pure Insurance Championship.
Pick: Ernie Els +800
Y.E. Yang is being overlooked at +3000 and he should be much shorter with betting markets.
The South Korean, who famously came from behind to beat Tiger Woods in the 2009 PGA Championship, has been playing excellent golf and we can’t believe the price.
The 50-year-old finished second behind Padraig Harrington in the Ascension Charity Classic before notching a T7 result last week behind Steve Stricker.
There is nothing wrong with that form and he’s the new “kid” on the block on the Champions Tour, so he could make an impact.
He’s starting to regain his confidence and it’s only a matter of time before he wins his first tournament on the tour.
Take the +3000 with betting online markets as it’s a fantastic price.
Pick: Y.E. Yang +3000