There are two official PGA TOUR events this week, the WGC – Workday Championship at the Concession and the alternate stop Puerto Rico Open. The WGC event was moved from Mexico City because of the difficulty the city presented in following Covid-19 protocols. It will be played at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.
The WGC has a 72 player field with only three eligible players that declined to enter the tournament. The top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings are on hand, led by number one Dustin Johnson. It’s the first PGA TOUR event to be held at the par 72 Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin designed layout.
This is the first of three WGC events of the 2021 season and awards 550 FedEx Cup points to the winner. The defending champion is Patrick Reed, who won the 2020 Mexico Championship by a shot over Bryson DeChambeau, who nearly pulled off a comeback with a final round 65.
As with any tournament that includes Johnson, he’s the betting favorite, this time at +525 to world number two Jon Rahm’s +850. The rest of the top of the futures list reads like a Who’s Who of PGA and European Tour professionals.
PGA Champion and three-time TOUR winner Collin Morikawa had a tough start to the 2021 season with missed cuts in his first two starts. Since then, he’s recorded three finishes inside the top 12 in six events.
Underdogs to Bet at The Concession
With such a strong field, it’s challenging to find a true underdog in the Workday Championship. It should be noted that Max Homa, last week’s winner at the Genesis Invitational, was one of our three underdog picks and paid an excellent return at +7000 odds. That followed our pick of Daniel Berger, a +4000 underdog who went on to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
PGA Champion and three-time TOUR winner Collin Morikawa had a tough start to the 2021 season with missed cuts in his first two starts. Since then, he’s recorded three finishes inside the top 12 in six events. Last week at the Genesis, he was lurking on the edge of contention before fading to a tie for 43rd after a final round of 73.
At odds of +4650, it might be worth taking a shot on the sixth-ranked player in the world. He might be in the process of rounding into the form that led him to seven top-ten finishes and two wins in 2020.
Thirty-three-year-old Jason Day has been battling injuries but appears to be working his way back into playing condition. He’s almost three years removed from the last of his 12 Tour wins, but a tie for seventh at Pebble Beach showed promise. His +7000 odds would provide a nice payout for anyone willing to take a shot on the winner of the 2015 PGA Championship and 2016 PLAYERS.
Another Aussie to keep an eye on is five-time TOUR winner Marc Leishman who is a bargain at +12500. He’s found a way to win four tournaments since 2017 and is probably due for another run at a title. Leishman hasn’t missed a cut in the 2021 calendar year and had a season-best tie for fourth at the Sony Open.