Niall Lyons picks out the best value golf betting odds for this week's PGA Tour event, the Puerto Rico Open.
Puerto Rico Open - Winner
The Puerto Rico Open has forever been behind the curtain of another big tour event and this week is no different as the tour's second string and KFT dogs take to the Grand Reserve Golf course. It's a flat golf course exposed to winds with Paspalum putting surfaces that we only see a handful of times throughout the year. In that respect it's worth a nod to putting form in Punta Cana and at Mayakoba. In recent years this can be seen as an opportunity for some up and coming talented sorts and possibly some older timers looking to regain their place on the big stage. Grace did that last year although it must be said he is far from finished in his career. Not the case that can be made for Alex Cejka who won this in the twilight of his pga tour career back in 2015. Finau won in 2016 to establish himself as a major force in the game, little did we know how long it would take him to follow it up. Hovland won in 2020 and has gone on to bigger and better things.
Bill Haas at 70/1 (Five places)
I'll back two this week who will see this as a huge opportunity given glimpses of former magic on the tour lately. We backed Bill Haas with a prayer a month or so ago at 500/1 and the fact we see a general price of 50/1 out there this week is a sign of the drop-in class. Nevertheless, Haas is improving and his top 25 finish at the Honda last week is a sign that he isn't far away from a big effort. 39th at Torrey was another fine effort a few weeks previous. Haas has been 30th and 27th here over the past two years and I believe he arrives here in much better form than those two efforts. This represents a chance to put a marker down on his comeback and although stronger events may be beyond him right now, this is an opportunity to put recent solid work on the map.
1pt each-way B.Haas 70/1 (1/4 5)
Camillo Villegas at 66/1 (Six places)
In similar fashion, Camillo Villegas will surely have pinpointed this event as a chance to land a long-awaited 5th PGA tour victory. Starting 2020 outside the top 2000 in the world he finished 2021 almost 1800 spots higher up the rankings. That during a time when he tragically lost his one-year-old daughter to cancer. An improvement in form was partly due to a new perspective I'm sure but it has been a courageous climb back up the ladder. Grace won here last year a few weeks after his father's passing and Villegas is capable of producing a further emotionally charged winner here. He has shown before what he can do in windy conditions with a win and runner up at PGA National. Last week's effort was out of the blue as he shot a second round of 83 to miss the cut. That was following three solid efforts on the West Coast. I think that's priced in however and I'm prepared to take the risk on the Colombian bouncing back after that one poor round.
1pt each-way C.Villegas 66/1 (1/5 6)
Brandon Wu at 80/1 (Five places)
Brandon Wu missed the cut on the number last week at the Honda which was unfortunate and has been a shade too easily dismissed by the layers this week. On paper, it may look bad but his second round of 66 was only bettered by a handful of players all week. Previous to that his tee to green game at Pebble was extremely solid but a nightmare on the greens forced another MC on the miserable-looking 2022 CV to date. He is better than that though and has a lot of improvement in him. Certainly looks worth siding with as he is certainly one of the more talented golfers in this price bracket.
1pt each-way B.Wu 80/1 (1/4 5)