A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier kicks off the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season with a mixture of TOUR vets and rookies looking to start their seasons off strong. Golfers like Marc Leishman, Kevin Na, Sungjae Im and Zach Johnson will join recent Korn Ferry Tour graduates like Scottie Scheffler and Tom Lewis at The Old White at TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. This tournament is wide open for the taking and here are some of the bets I like to claim the top spot.
Round 3 Bet: Best Score – Round: Hank Lebioda (+100) over Joseph Bramlett (+115)Top-three in SG: Ball Striking after Round 2 is enough for me to back Lebioda in Round 3. Hank turned in a clean scorecard with no bogeys today, but left a lot of birdies out on the course hitting six approach shots within 15 feet of the pin and only converting only two into a birdie or better score. His putting woes ranked him outside the top 130 in the second round, but he still managed to finish with three birdies. This is more of an endorsement for Lebioda’s “ceiling” and his potential to positively regress on the greens, not an indictment on Bramlett’s play, which hasn’t been bad over his first two rounds ranking top-20 in SG: Ball Striking so I wouldn’t talk you off of a higher payout with Joseph.
Round 2 Bet: Best Score – Round: Kevin Na (+115) over Bubba Watson (+100)Watson should’ve played better Thursday, gaining 1.8 strokes off the tee, but couldn’t make any putts, losing close to a stroke on the greens. Watson also didn’t gain a single stroke with his irons while Kevin Na was very efficient gaining 2.3 strokes through approach as well as 2.4 strokes with his flatstick in Round 1. This is a course where you have to score in all four rounds and Na has now shot six straight rounds in the 60s with a 62 in the second round last year en route to his victory.
Joaquin Niemann to Win +3000 – Niemann is coming into The Old White at TPC gaining strokes with his irons in nine of his last 10 tournaments and gets back on bentgrass greens, where he ranks inside the top-20 in SG: Putting over the last six tournaments. He’s also made the cut in nine of his last 10 tournaments with two top-5’s and is No. 1 in both Par-4 scoring and birdies or better gained over the last 24 rounds. The “kid” could impress this week and I’m here for it.
Tom Lewis to Win +7000 | Top-Five +1200 – Don’t look at his PGA Tour stats if you’re the type who needs to see the numbers paint a pretty picture. Since 2012 (on the PGA TOUR) he ranks 138th in SG: Tee-To-Green and has failed to gain strokes putting in his seven of his eight tournaments. His most recent start on the PGA TOUR, however, resulted in an 11th place finish at The Open, where he gained 2.3 strokes from tee-to-green. He also finished last season winning the Korn Ferry Tour Championship hitting 87.5% of his greens and averaging 7.25 birdies per round at Victoria National Golf Club. In 44 rounds on the European Tour, Lewis ranks inside the top-50 in SG: Approach and top-25 in Par-4 Scoring.
Best Finishing Position: Bronson Burgoon (+105) over Joel Dahmen (-110) – Dahmen recorded a top-5 finish at this tournament last season, but didn’t finish his season strong losing strokes with his putter in four of his last five tournaments with shot tracker data. Burgoon secured his PGA TOUR status via the Top-25 on The Korn Ferry Tour and ranked inside the top-30 in Birdies or Better Gained and top-10 in opportunities gained over the last six tournaments.
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