Our golf expert brings you his preview and predictions for this week's PGA tour event, the Fortinet Championship.
Fortinet Championship - WinnerSee All Odds
Silverado in California is the venue once again for the former Safeway Open where Jon Rahm heads the field being the only Ryder Cup star to take part. Eyebrows have been raised at this but one reason may be the involvement the agency that represents Rahm has in the event. Did he agree to it a long time ago? Who knows, but who is to say this preparation might not be better than heading to Whistling Straits early doors. Either way the 4/1 on offer doesn't tempt me enough. One of the reasons behind that is the course is quite simple and provides many chances for birdies. Plenty will shoot good scores here and one stall from the 4/1 jolly could give him a lot to do. With one eye on next week surely he is best left alone from a betting perspective. What it does provide is inflated prices for the rest if you can manage to ignore Rahm.
Nick Taylor at 100/1 (8 Places)
Nick Taylor ranks 20th in the field in SG on tracks under 7200 yards and I must say I am surprised to see triple figure quotes about the Canadian this week. He was lying 2nd here last time heading into the final round before faltering to 10th which added to his 9th place finish here back in 2017. This bodes well for someone who makes his scores on the shorter tracks as is evident by his win at Pebble. He played extremely well last time out at the Wyndham finishing 10th, another short track which suits his game. This is right up his street and the Rahm factor equates to him being very backable.
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Charley Hoffman at 50/1 (8 Places)
Charley Hoffman has a poor record around here with two missed cuts and a 56th placed spot but he is playing some of the best golf of his career and shouldn't be underestimated in this field. The Hoff pushed Spieth close in Texas finishing 2nd earlier in the year and 3rd at the Charles Schwab marked a nearly year. A handful of other top 10s in 2021 is a sign of just how well he is playing but he hasn't quite been rewarded with a win. He ranks 4th in the field in SG on Par 5s over the last 50 rounds and last season marked his best putting performance in his career. He deserved slightly more for his efforts last season and I suspect he will get rewarded with a win sooner or later. In a field relatively weak apart from Rahm this represents a fair chance.
Vincent Whaley at 150/1 (8 Places)
Vincent Whaley totalled 14 under here last year on route to a top 25 finish and I think slightly overpriced to go well again given he is clearly playing better golf than he did at the end of 2020. Eleven top 30 finishes on his first full season on tour last year was more than respectable and he can be expected to contend an event with a field such as this. 44% of the scoring on this track is made on the par 5s and Whaley ranks 2nd in the field in SG Par 5s during the last 50 rounds. 150/1 at 8 places is a generous price for the lad who played well here last year and has fairly improved since.
Maverick McNealy at 66/1 (6 Places)
Maverick McNealy is another who plays the par 5s extremely well and one who can capitalise on the weaker field here. The Californian is used to these greens and has posted a handful of solid finishes on this coast. The reliable flat stick let him down last time out at the BMW but previous to that he posted 7 top 30 finishes in a row which was the best run of form he has put together. He was second last season to Nick Taylor at Pebble and in similar mould can play well here given his par 5 ability. The putter is a huge weapon and should it return to anywhere near its best then he has to be a lively contender. I had hoped of a slightly bigger price but the layers were lively to his chances this week.
Chad Ramey at 80/1 (8 Places)
Finally I'll chance Chad Ramey coming off the Korn Ferry Tour. He finished the season 3rd in the rankings on that tour manging a win in Maine and numerous other great efforts. He finished top of the par 5 scoring stats for last season despite not being one of the longest and finished 3rd in GIR percentage across the year. These lads coming off this tour know how to win and plenty do it season upon season. This looks to be a fair chance for Ramey with a weaker field. I had hoped for some silly prices at the start of the week and it looked promising when 200/1 was one of the first quoted. That went quickly however but the 80-100/1 out there looks very fair.
Silverado North Course Guide
- Prize money: $6,600,000
- Par: 72
- Length: 7,166
Fortinet Championship Favourite
Current favourite by some distance is Jon Rahm at a best price of 15/4. The Spaniard is the only player who will feature at the Ryder Cup playing this week. At 18/1, Webb Simpson is the second favourite followed by Kevin Na at 20/1.
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2020: Stewart Cink
2019: Cameron Champ
2018: Kevin Tway
2017: Brendan Steele
2016: Brendan Steele
Where can I watch it on TV?
Coverage of the Fortinet Championship begins on Thursday the 16th of September on Sky Sports Golf at 23:00.
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|10||07:00 AM||Andrew Putnam||David Hearn||Kramer Hickok|
|1||07:11 AM||Michael Kim||Pat Perez||Jamie Lovemark|
|10||07:11 AM||Russell Knox||Patrick Rodgers||Sepp Straka|
|1||07:22 AM||Ben Martin||Jonathan Byrd||J.J. Spaun|
|10||07:22 AM||Kyle Stanley||Sean O'Hair||Talor Gooch|
|1||07:33 AM||Michael Thompson||Webb Simpson||Emiliano Grillo|
|10||07:33 AM||Kevin Na||Nate Lashley||Chez Reavie|
|1||07:44 AM||Brendon Todd||Lanto Griffin||Danny Willett|
|10||07:44 AM||Jon Rahm||Max Homa||Si Woo Kim|
|1||07:55 AM||Andrew Landry||J.B. Holmes||Adam Long|
|10||07:55 AM||Cameron Champ||Phil Mickelson||Kevin Tway|
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|10||08:06 AM||Cameron Tringale||Hank Lebioda||Doug Ghim|
|1||08:17 AM||Ted Potter, Jr.||Chris Stroud||Peter Uihlein|
|10||08:17 AM||Brice Garnett||Wyndham Clark||Harry Higgs|
|1||08:28 AM||Adam Hadwin||Scott Stallings||Luke List|
|10||08:28 AM||Danny Lee||Scott Brown||Nick Watney|
|1||08:39 AM||Aaron Rai||Seth Reeves||Kurt Kitayama|
|10||08:39 AM||Chase Seiffert||Nick Hardy||Taylor Moore|
|1||08:50 AM||Lee Hodges||Dylan Wu||Justin Suh|
|10||08:50 AM||Scott Gutschewski||Adam Svensson||Cameron Young|
|1||09:01 AM||David Skinns||Lucas Herbert||Kevin Yu|
|10||09:01 AM||Curtis Thompson||Justin Lower||Trevor Werbylo|
|1||09:12 AM||Dawie van der Walt||Paul Barjon||Kristoffer Ventura|
|10||09:12 AM||Jared Wolfe||Callum Tarren||John Augenstein|
|1||12:10 PM||John Huh||Tom Hoge||Doc Redman|
|10||12:10 PM||Troy Merritt||Jason Dufner||Brian Stuard|
|1||12:21 PM||D.J. Trahan||Harold Varner III||Cameron Percy|
|10||12:21 PM||Beau Hossler||Sam Ryder||Tyler McCumber|
|1||12:32 PM||Brendan Steele||Kiradech Aphibarnrat||Maverick McNealy|
|10||12:32 PM||Ryan Moore||Bo Van Pelt||Kelly Kraft|
|1||12:43 PM||Jim Herman||Sebastián Muñoz||C.T. Pan|
|10||12:43 PM||Tyler Duncan||William McGirt||Kevin Stadler|
|1||12:54 PM||Hideki Matsuyama||Hudson Swafford||Matt Kuchar|
|10||12:54 PM||J.T. Poston||Charles Howell III||Kevin Chappell|
|1||01:05 PM||Marc Leishman||Brandt Snedeker||Will Zalatoris|
|10||01:05 PM||Nick Taylor||Patton Kizzire||Charley Hoffman|
|1||01:16 PM||Scott Piercy||Chesson Hadley||Roger Sloan|
|10||01:16 PM||Ryan Armour||Jonas Blixt||Aaron Baddeley|
|1||01:27 PM||Austin Cook||Adam Schenk||Matthew NeSmith|
|10||01:27 PM||Seung-Yul Noh||Mark Hubbard||Bronson Burgoon|
|1||01:38 PM||James Hahn||Vaughn Taylor||Denny McCarthy|
|10||01:38 PM||Alex Smalley||Trey Mullinax||Davis Riley|
|1||01:49 PM||Joseph Bramlett||Mito Pereira||Max McGreevy|
|10||01:49 PM||Bo Hoag||Jim Knous||Josh McCarthy|
|1||02:00 PM||Stephan Jaeger||Sahith Theegala||Greyson Sigg|
|10||02:00 PM||Vincent Whaley||Austin Smotherman||Andrew Novak|
|1||02:11 PM||Ben Kohles||Joshua Creel||Brandon Wu|
|10||02:11 PM||Michael Gligic||Taylor Pendrith||Quade Cummins|
|1||02:22 PM||David Lipsky||Hayden Buckley||Turk Pettit|
|10||02:22 PM||Brett Drewitt||Chad Ramey||Michael Duncan|