Barbasol Championship Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Another tournament returns to the schedule after being canceled in 2020
- A big opportunity awaits with the world’s elite competing in the British Open
- Keen Trace hosts for just the third time
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The Barbasol Championship Odds
|Charl Schwartzel||+2000 |
|Seamus Power||+2000 |
|Luke List||+2200 |
|Russell Knox||+2200 |
|Stephan Jaeger||+2500 |
|Tayler Pendrith||+2500 |
|Greyson Sigg||+2800 |
|Nick Taylor||+2800 |
|Adam Schenck||+3300 |
|Lee Hodges||+3300 |
The Barbasol Championship Predictions and Picks
Charl Schwartzel is the outright pick at +2000 with BetMGM
Jason Dufner can grab a top 10 at +550 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Russell Knox to claim the first-round lead at +4000 with bet365
How to Watch The Barbasol Championship
|Barbasol Championship Information|
|Tournament||The Barbasol Championship|
|Location||Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Kentucky|
|Time||Thursday, July 15 – Sunday, July 18|
|How to watch||Thursday & Friday 5pm & 11.30pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday & Sunday 4pm ET (Golf Channel). And all four days on Sky Sports.|
The Barbasol Championship Profile
The Barbasol Championship is not a tournament with a long history – in fact, it has been played just five times – but opposite-field events have some pedigree.
They take place in the weeks when the world’s elite are otherwise engaged, at either the majors or the World Golf Championship
As such, they provide a genuine opportunity for the journeymen, old-timers, and youngsters on Tour to take a big leap towards changing the progress of their career.
Victory this week would not, as happens with regular events, lead to an invitation to the Masters, but it would provide a big haul of world rankings points, a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, and trips to the PGA Championship and the Tournament of Champions.
That’s a big deal and so, while the field in the British Open chase Claret Jug glory, the field in Kentucky are well aware that life-changing possibilities are within their grasp too.
Consider the case of Branden Grace. The South African had lost form over the last year or two and consequently did not make February’s WGC Workday Championship.
Instead, he teed it up in the opposite field Puerto Rico Open, won it, and he has since contended in May’s PGA Championship, finished tied fourth at the Memorial, and tied seventh in the US Open.
He plays at the British Open this week with high hopes of performing well, all due to taking his chance when he took one step backward in order to make two in the opposite direction.
This will be the third year that Keen Trace GC has hosted and in the first two runnings, it was a birdie-fest.
Troy Merritt won with a 23-under total in 2018 and Jim Herman trumped that in 2019 with a winning tally that was 26-under.
Irishman Seamus Power heads the betting and the fact that he has one top-five in his PGA Tour career explains that this event is wide open.
Spurned Schwartzel Can Spin Success
Is there anything the two winners at Keene Trace have in common? Well, both of them have recorded top-four finishes at TPC Louisiana and also at Innisbrook.
Both had also finished top three when recording a sub-63 score in the week on at least two occasions: in other words, they know how to go low and to do so when contending.
That immediately draws the eye towards the man sharing favoritism with Power – the South African Charl Schwartzel.
It would be pretty tempting to back him anyway because, as a major championship winner, he must be feeling a little sore this week, given that his status in the game has slipped and he has no place at the British Open.
But the 2011 Masters champion was a winner of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in 2016 and he finished second after a play-off alongside Louis Oosthuizen in this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
He’s got those two boxes ticked so what of him going low? He won the 2011 Joburg Open with a 61. He also finished a handy T19th in his last outing at the US Open.
Don’t be afraid of taking the joint favorite at +2000 with BetMGM.
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Dufner Can Land a Top 10
I’m more than happy to stick with the Louisiana/Innisbrook thread when selecting Jason Dufner.
When the Zurich Classic was an individual event he finished top 10 four times in six starts at TPC Louisiana and he also finished second there with Pat Perez in the 2018 edition of the pairs version.
He’s not been so lethal at Innisbrook, but he’s done enough to show that he’s far from troubled there, landing nine top 30s in 13 appearances.
He’s another former major winner and, while he may be less irritated than Schwartzel to be missing this week, he will recognize that he ought to be having this type of week off.
The best way to do that is to play well and he can spin off an excellent T18th last week at the John Deere Classic.
Take him to make the top 10 with DraftKings Sportsbook offering +550.
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Knox Can Start His Week With a Kick
When last seen, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Scotsman Russell Knox carded a superb second round 65 and he can use that momentum to make an early splash at Keene Trace.
He’s never played the tournament before, but guess what? He’s enjoyed going low at Innisbrook on Thursday in recent times.
In 2018 a first-round 69 had him tied fifth, a year later a 67 left him tied third. He’s also carded a 66 and a 67 in his last three visits.
And at TPC Louisiana? No high jinks in round one, but he did card a 64 in round two back in 2012.
He also bagged two solo first-round leads in events of this sort of quality at the back end of last year.
He’s +4000 each with bet365 to get another first-round lead.
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