Barbasol Championship betting tips: Schwartzel tops list
Odds and preview for this week’s PGA Tour event
The PGA Tour continues at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, this week and we are picking out some Barbasol Championship betting tips.
There are 132 players fighting for a $3.5 million purse but golf’s biggest stars are competing at The Open this week.
With the event cancelled last year due to Covid-19, Jim Herman will return to defend his title from 2019 at the Arthur Hill-designed par- 72, 7,328-yard course, which invariably sees consistently low scores.
Charl Schwartzel has finished tied for third at the Byron Nelson and second at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. While his early-season form saw him miss three cuts in four events, he has been making hay while some of the bigger names are away.
His T19 at the US Open reads well and he will relish the wide fairways and big greens, so it is understandable he is the 18/1 joint-favourite and will be a popular pick in Barbasol Championship betting tips.
Eighth last week at the John Deere Classic, Seamus Power has finished inside the top 20 in five straight events.
The three-times Irish Youth champion appears to be getting his act together after missing five out of six cuts earlier in the campaign and is overdue a notable win, which can be backed at 18/1 in the Barbasol Championship odds.
Luke List has been hit and miss all season. He missed five cuts in his last eight tournaments, but in between those was T6 at the Wells Fargo Championship and T4 at last week’s John Deere Classic.
One of the bigger hitters, on his day he is capable of shooting a very low score and this is a course where birdies and eagles are common. List, runner-up at the 2018 Honda Classic and T2 at the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2017, is a 22/1 shot to win.
Scotland’s Russell Knox (above), a two-time PGA Tour winner, has been consistent without setting the world alight this year. He missed the cut at the Travelers Championship – an event he won in 2016 – and was T41 in his last outing, the Rocket Mortgage Classic, despite shooting a decent 65 on day two.
If in the form that saw him shoot 12-under at the Byron Nelson, his odds of 22/1 may look inviting.
At larger odds
Adam Schenk was T4 at the John Deere Classic last week and while he can be a little wayward off the tee at times, this course plays to his putting strengths. He finds plenty of greens in regulation and is a 33/1 shot.
Defending champion Herman shot 26-under when taking this event two years ago and thereafter went on to win the Wyndham Championship.
He missed three consecutive cuts going into the Memorial Tournament, but got back on track with T25 and T28 finishes at the Travelers and John Deere respectively. Harman is a 33/1 chance this week.
Bo Hoag consistently finds the greens, despite not being long off the tee, and this course suits those with strong approach play. If Hoag, who has three top-20 finishes this year, keeps putting himself in position and finds a hot putter, he could be worth including in Barbasol Championship betting tips at odds of 50/1.
Best of the rest
Cameron Percy, 11th at the John Deere, makes plenty of gains with his approach play and his putting has been better in recent weeks, so is worth including in Barbasol Championship betting tips at odds of 50/1.
Jason Dufner, one of three major winners in the field, has five PGA Tour wins to his name, the last coming four years ago at the Memorial Tournament. His T18 at the John Deere was his best result of the season and he may be able to build on that at odds of 50/1.
Vincent Whaley has produced a string of fair efforts, including respective T26 finishes in the Wells Fargo and Byron Nelson, and a T20 at the Charles Schwab Challenge. The 26-year-old has the shots in his locker to think a Tour victory is within his sights soon and he is a 66/1 shot.
All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publishing