Bettors get a new PGA Tour season to bet on this week at the Fortinet Championship in Napa.
Jon Rahm is a surprise entrant and the Spaniard dominates the field. He is getting a tune-up before the Ryder Cup next week, and he’s the only golfer posted at single-figure odds in betting online markets.
A quality field tees up on Thursday, including Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, and Kevin Na.
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Rahm is the only Ryder Cup player heading to the Silverado Resort and Spa. It’s a surprise to see him lining up instead of spending the week at Whistling Straits, but bettors could rejoice.
He is clearly the best player in the field, and he’s playing incredible golf. Rahm is short in betting markets at +400, but we wouldn’t be overlooking his chances considering players like Will Zalatoris and Cameron Tringale are on the sixth line of betting.
The golf odds this week are centered around Rahm and we expect his current price to shorten throughout the week.
Pick: Jon Rahm +400
Na to Put Disappointment Behind
Many golf fans expected Kevin Na to be a captain’s pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, but that wasn’t the case.
Despite a high finish in the FedEx Cup, Na was left out of calculations by captain Steve Stricker. It was a controversial decision, but bouncing back with a win at the Fortinet Championship would make a big statement.
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Kevin Na extends his bogey-free streak to 48 holes. pic.twitter.com/p8wUVfK86u
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Na was confident of making the team when talking with the media last week.
“I was trying to win that secret leaderboard, where everybody started from even par, to get Captain Stricker’s attention, so I could get a captain’s pick,” Na told Golf Week.
“I have two runner-up finishes in the last six starts, another Top-10 at a playoff event and maybe win or second here (in the 72-hole stroke-play aggregate.) So, I mean, from where I started to finish third in the FedEx Cup, eight shots back, I think I’m looking strong for a pick.”
Na is paying +2200 to win and those odds are generous. He’s a determined golfer, who would love nothing more to win and show Stricker why he made a mistake.
Pick: Kevin Na +2200
Max Homa is Worth Backing
The value for the Fortinet Championship is Max Homa, who was good enough to make it to the BMW Championship last season.
He showed solid form earlier in the season when winning The Genesis Invitational before recording top 10 finishes in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Valspar Championship, and Memorial Tournament.
His form since has been mixed, but Homa is good enough to handle this level of opposition. His last four tournaments have either been in the FedEx Cup playoffs, at major level, or in a World Golf Championship event.
It’s strong form and the sportsbook is offering value odds. Homa is paying +6000 to win the Fortinet Championship, so he’s worth having on your ticket.
Pick: Max Homa +6000
All in on Doug Ghim
We think Doug Ghim will be a PGA Tour winner this season, despite posting only one top 10 from 27 events last season.
Ghim has recorded some solid finishes, including a top-five at The American Express and a T31 at The Northern Trust. He was good enough to make the first tournament of the FedEx playoffs, which shouldn’t be overlooked.
Consistency is a big problem for the 25-year-old, but if he can put it all together for four rounds, he’s good enough to win.
We’re going to apply the chase theory with Ghim and hope he delivers at some point. Given the astronomical odds available, he’s worth the risk.