Our best longshot bets at TPC River Highlands
After an engrossing US Open, the PGA TOUR focuses on TPC River Highlands for the 2021 Voyageurs Championship. And you have to admit, it’s a pretty fun change of pace to get from tough scoring conditions at Torrey Pines to short limits and able to score that we will see this week.
Will this kind of setup lead to a winner in the long run? Check out our favorite sleeper bets for travelers below:
Adam Long (+22500)
All of the top players in this week’s peloton are, of course, making the cross-country trip since the US Open. There’s no doubt that at least some of them will be in the mix this weekend, but there’s also the idea that a lot of these guys will just be wiped out after an exhausting week, which leads to a handful. of scheming sleepers who didn’t. t compete in Torrey Pines.
Among those on my personal list: Talor Gooch, Richy Werenski, David Lipsky, Nick Taylor, Harry Higgs, Satoshi Kodaira and Vincent Whaley, but if I’m going to shoot a guy let’s do one, uh, Long shoot.
Long is a streak player who can drop when he feels it – and he could just be this week, fresh off a pair of Top 30s in his last two starts.
Austin Eckroat (+310,000)
Eckroat is a recent PGA TOUR U graduate who finished seventh and 13th in his first two starts on Korn Ferry. He also finished 12th at Mayakoba in one of his two PGA Tour starts this season. Eckroat is probably more in the top 20 now, but I would expect him to be on the TOUR next season. He’s got more than enough play to make it through the Korn Ferry final in a few months and move on.
Rickie Fowler (+ 6500)
Let’s put that aside: Rickie Fowler is a fan favorite who is often overrated in the betting market. However, I don’t think that’s the case this week.
Fowler has shown flashes of return to form lately with eighth (PGA Championship) and 11th (Memorial) in two prestigious events. In these two starts, he won an average of 4.4 strokes from the tee to the green. More importantly, Fowler appeared to regain his exceptional putting stroke, which has always been the predominant strength of his game.
With most golfers, I would consider winning a significant number of strokes on the green as a potential reason to avoid betting them, but Fowler would not. He’s a golfer who wins a golf tournament with his hot putter, and it’s back.
That’s a reasonable number for a golfer who can quite compete at TPC River Highlands.
Kyle Stanley (+14000)
This one is not for the faint of heart as it is guaranteed to lead to high blood pressure as the tournament progresses this weekend. From a green tee point of view, Kyle Stanley is a perfect fit for TPC River Highlands. He ranks third in Strokes Gained: Approach and fifth in Fairways Gained in the last 12 laps. His issues around the greens are obvious, but that’s why we’re getting such a good number on him.
Stanley is another one of those guys who can win if he just keeps pace with the pack in Strokes Gained: Putting. It’s a tall order, but the risk is well worth it given the recent period of hitting the ball. If you’re adventurous enough to join me, I recommend pairing it with a top 5 each way in case it gets into conflict and ultimately ignites.
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