The Corales Puntacana R&C Championship Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The event features on the 2020/21 season for a second time
- The fourth time the PGA Tour has made the journey to the Dominican Republic
- Great opportunity for youngsters and also old-timers looking to revive their career
The Corales Puntacana R&C Championship Odds
|Charles Howell III||+2200|
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The Corales Puntacana R&C Championship Picks and Predictions
Charles Howell III is the outright pick, each way at +3000 with bet365
Camilo Villegas can land a top 20 at +225 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Back Danny Willett to miss the cut at +180 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Charles Howell III each way in the outright +3000 with bet365
Camilo Villegas to make the top 20 +225 at DraftKings Sportsbook
Danny Willett to miss the cut +180 at DraftKings Sportsbook
How to Watch The Corales Puntacana R&C Championship
|Corales Puntacana R&C Championship Information|
|What||The Corales Puntacana R&C Championship|
|Where||Corales Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic|
|When||Thursday, March 25 – Sunday, March 28|
|How to watch||Thursday & Friday 10 am ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 2 pm ET (Golf Channel) & Sunday 2.30 pm ET (Golf Channel). And on Sky Sports.|
The Corales Puntacana R&C Championship Profile
There was once a time when the PGA Tour never ventured beyond mainland America except to visit Hawaii for a fortnight at the start of every year and for one week to Canada.
How times change. Over the last few years, Mexico has been added to the schedule and so, too, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and the Dominican Republic. Those events, like this week, are usually set against a major or a World Golf Championship tournament and, as such, they offer a huge opportunity for young players and veterans who’ve slipped down the rankings. Oddly, this is the second time this event is on the 2020/21 schedule – the 2020 edition slipping from a spring date to one in the Fall to accommodate Covid19 disruptions.
Another curiosity this week is the presence of two Belgians by the name of Thomas – Pieters, and Detry. Both fly high in the betting and are mighty fine prospects, but Pieters doesn’t win as often as he might and Detry still hasn’t won on the European Tour. Two key factors this week are the width from the tee – the fairways are huge and it takes some wild thrashing to miss them, but approach shots need to be aggressive.
The second aspect to consider is the grass on the greens.
The course has Paspalum on the putting surfaces and environmentally friendly grass that can be watered straight from the ocean, but from a playing perspective what matters is that it’s grainy and slow. That second detail is exaggerated because the blustery conditions insist upon the greenkeepers keeping grass high to avoid stoppages if the wind really gets up.
Players who can negotiate the wind and those slow, grainy greens tend to thrive on this test.
Howelling Into The Wind
Charles Howell III has played this event before, last September, and missed the cut, but don’t let that put you off. He carded a first-round 69 which left him just four shots off the lead before a second-round 75 gave him the weekend off – swings and roundabouts.
More importantly, take a wider look at the veteran’s career because there’s no doubt that he likes this sort of examination. He’s landed no less than 14 top 20 finishes at Waialae (windy with sticky greens) and ten of them were top 10s.
Sea Island? More of the same conditions and he’s grabbed five top 20s, with one a win.
El Camaleon? Now we’re talking: not just blustery, but the same Paspalum grass on the greens, and he’s recorded eight top 20s there. If that establishes that he’s happy in the conditions, his final round 66 two weeks ago landed him T9th in THE PLAYERS Championship – a terrific warm-up for this week.
The 41-year-old is a sold outright selection, available at a tasty +3000 each way with bet365.
Camilo Comeback Can Kick On
At the height of his career, Colombia’s Camilo Villegas was an extremely high-quality performer. He’s a four-time PGA Tour winner, one of those was the Tour Championship, and he also once finished third at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, the tournament which takes place in Austin, Texas this week.
Can that memory inspire a good effort in the Dominican Republic? He wouldn’t be the first veteran to enjoy a revival in the same week the elite he used to be part of the return to an old haunt.
Moreover, the conditions would really suit his A-game. He’s logged three top 20s at windy Harbour Town and is a five-time top 20 finisher at breezy PGA National (he also won there).
Last November he very nearly completed a first win in seven years at Sea Island and just last week he was T8th at PGA National.
He looks well worth backing at +225 with DraftKings Sportsbook to land another top 20.
Willett’s Weekend Woes Can Continue
Englishman Danny Willett is undoubtedly a brilliant performer on the European Tour. He’s a six-time winner on that circuit, including the two most important events on the circuit – the BMW PGA Championship and the DP World Tour Championship.
That number is seven if you count his Master’s victory in 2016, his only PGA Tour wins and a triumph that was swiftly followed by a terrifying dip in form and fitness. He’s enjoyed success in Europe since then, but he’s had precious little of it on the PGA Tour. In fact, in 58 regular PGA Tour starts (not counting the British Open and World Golf Championship events) he has only two top 10s since that major win nearly five years ago.
But, even worse, he frequently fails to even make the weekend: he’s made just 26 in those 58 starts – and just 18 in 47 appearances since slipping on the Green Jacket.
This is an easier grade of field, but the fact is that the numbers insist that the +180 on offer at DraftKings Sportsbook for him to miss the cut is a touch of value.
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