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The Concession Golf Club looks a great fit for Patrick Cantlay, who has a superb record in this tournament. Back him each-way at +3000 (1/5 1-2-3-4-5-6-7) with bet365.
Justin Rose looks to be turning his game around but rival Matt Kuchar does not. Take the Englishman to beat the American over 72 holes -155 DraftKings Sportsbook.
Kevin Kisner has a win and two seconds in WGC events. Add in a consistent record in Florida and it suggests he can land a top 20 at +275 with bet365.
Patrick Cantlay each-way +3000 (1/5 1-2-3-4-5-6-7) with bet365.
Justin Rose to beat Matt Kuchar in a 72-hole match -155 at DraftKings Sportsbook
Kevin Kisner to land a top 20 at +275 with bet365
|WGC-Workday Championship Information|
|Where||The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, FL|
|When||Thursday, February 25 – Sunday, February 28|
|How to Watch||Thursday 1pm-6pm ET (Golf Channel), Friday 1pm-6pm (Golf Channel), Saturday 12pm-2.30pm (Golf Channel), 2.30pm-6pm (NBC). Sunday 12pm-2.30pm (Golf Channel), 2.30pm-6pm (NBC). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
The first World Golf Championship event of the year takes us to Florida following a change in venue, name, and sponsor. This is technically the 22nd edition although delving through past results may be of limited use. For the last four years, the event has taken place at Chapultepec and been played as the WGC-Mexico Championship.
Following the announcement of Workday as sponsor earlier this month, it’s now the WGC-Workday Championship and all eyes will be on The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. The venue was named after Jack Nicklaus’ famous gesture in the Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale in 1969 to concede Tony Jacklin his putt and ensure the tournament ended in a 16-16 tie.
Jacklin and Nicklaus have come together again to design this layout and the par 72 which measures 7,474 yards will get its first run out on the PGA Tour.
The course staged the 2015 NCAA Men’s Championship so there are a couple of clues to use from that event. The most eye-catching is that Bryson DeChambeau won the individual portion with 8-under while a few others in that field will be seeing the course again this week.
Jon Rahm took T22 while Scottie Scheffler posted T33 and Xander Schauffele T45. Belgian Thomas Detry also competed and was an excellent third so could be an outsider to consider for the side markets. This event is the start of a month-long Florida Swing. After this week, the action moves to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill before THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the Honda Classic at PGA National.
As you’d expect, the field is stacked this week. All the world’s top 20 are heading to Florida, the only exception No.18 Paul Casey. But despite that wealth of talent, there’s a very clear favorite in World No.1 Dustin Johnson.
DJ has six WGC wins to his name and three of them came in this tournament. He won at Doral in 2015 and twice at Chapultepec in Mexico. Those came in 2017 and 2019 so those who like a number sequence will surely be backing him in 2021!
Patrick Reed has won this tournament twice in its different guises. He hoisted the silverware in Mexico last time and also took victory at another Florida venue, Doral, in 2014. ‘Captain America’ will begin his defense on the back of another big win having landed the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on his latest start on home US soil.
Reed also got to The Concession Club early having chosen to head down to Florida and avoid the terrible weather in his home state of Texas. He spoke about that in Tuesday’s press conference and also gave some positive feedback on the course.
This place is awesome. Came out and played nine yesterday and nine today. The golf course is in perfect shape and this golf course from the tee, it looked really wide but you had to have command on the golf ball.
He also added: “It’s definitely going to take some patience and creativity around the greens this week.”
That imagination and short-game wizardry are big strengths of Reed’s so this course definitely looks a great fit.
Back him each-way at +3000 with bet365.
Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar have both dropped down the world rankings in recent times. Former World No.1 Rose has dropped to 35th while Kooch is down at 47th having once been up at No.4. The difference is that Rose is showing signs of reversing the slide while Kuchar is not.
The Englishman posted a decent top 25 at Augusta National in November and he got better each week on the European Tour’s Middle East Swing, ending his run of three events in the desert by finishing runner-up to Dustin Johnson in the Saudi International.
Kuchar has started the calendar year with a poor run of MC-42-MC. And you have to go back to 11 events to find the last time he cracked the top 30. That was in August.
Both have done well in Florida in the past but Rose has the stronger record overall and won this tournament at Doral in 2012. But it’s a current form that really favors the former US Open champ and he looks the one to back.
Take Rose to beat Kuchar over 72 holes at -155 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Kevin Kisner has a strong record in World Golf Championship events.
He won the 2019 WGC-Match Play in Texas has made the final the year before and also has second place at the HSBC Champions to his name. In his last six WGCs, he hasn’t finished worse than T28 so it’s reasonable to think he can be knocking on the door of a top 20 here.
KK has made the top 25 in three of his last four Florida starts and is also a former runner-up at Bay Hill so is also a consistent performer in the Sunshine State. This course looks a good one for him and having shot in the 60s in his last six PGA Tour rounds, confidence should be high.
Backing World No.34 Kisner for a top 20 at +275 (bet365) looks a solid play.
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