Justin Rose is the golf betting favourite as the PGA Tour welcomes a new course
The PGA Tour heads to the Virginia this week as the Quicken Loans National departs from its traditional home at Congressional. One of just five ‘invitational’ PGA Tour events, a reduced field of 120 will compete for a share of the $6.7 million purse at the Robert Trent Jones golf club.
Keep reading for our 2015 Quicken Loans National golf betting preview.
Course hosting its first ever PGA Tour event
Looking for past form on the course is tricky this week as it is the first time that the Robert Trent Jones club has hosted a PGA Tour event. It plays as par 36-35=71 with segmented, bentgrass greens averaging 6,000 square feet protected by sizable bunkers.
According to the PGA, the Gainesville course leaves plenty of room for manoeuvre off the tee, while precision on approach and putting are at a premium on the 25-year-old design. All in all, good ball strikers are likely to prevail even if their putting isn’t on fire.
Your Quicken Loans National golf betting favourites
According to the betting, this week’s Tour event looks like a three horse race. The favourite is Justin Rose and considering he has recorded four top 7 finishes in his last 7 events the Englishman is in good form.
Rose is the defending champion at this event – albeit at a different course – and showed he was in good touch by finishing T6 at the Open a couple of weeks ago. He ranks T7 in the all-around and the world number 7 is the 8/1 favourite this week.
His form may be inconsistent but in this company a Rickie Fowler that finds his touch is likely to be tough to beat. The 26 year old has missed the cut in two of his last three tournaments but before that he won the Players Championship and most recently shot an excellent 66 at St Andrews on his way to a top 30 finish at the Open.
It will depend on which Fowler turns up but if he is in good form he looks great value at 9/1.
His form may not have been fantastic in recent weeks but it’s hard to overlook the chances of Jimmy Walker this week. The world number 14 is a multiple Tour winner this season and stands third in the FedEx Cup rankings.
Walker was an excellent T2 at the Byron Nelson in late May and a solid T30 at the Open and should do well in this company. He is 15/1 to win.
Some outsiders to consider
We have been following the fortunes of Will Wilcox in recent weeks and the youngster currently tops the PGA Tour all-around rankings.
The 29 year old has finished under par in each of his last eleven Tour events – even when he hasn’t made the cut – and has come close to his maiden Tour victory already this season. A solo second two weeks ago followed a T8 finish at the John Deere and it is surely only a matter of time before the world number 134 wins a Tour event.
Wilcox is 39/1 to break his duck this week.
Backing someone who missed 5 consecutive cuts a couple of months ago may not look like sound advice but now that Johnson Wagner‘s bad run is over he is one of the form players on Tour. His last three results were a T5 at the John Deere, a T10 at the Barbasol and a T18 at the Canadian Open and the 35 year-old ranks 18th on Tour in GIR.
Wagner studied at Virginia Tech and so has knowledge of the course and despite 92 starts since his last win he could well be an outsider to watch at 49/1.
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