PGA Betting: 2021 Puntacana Championship Analysis
While the PGA’s Tour top golfers compete at the WFC-Match Play in Austin, Texas, a secondary field travels to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, where 132 golfers will compete from Thursday, March 25 to Sunday, March 28.
The Corales Golf Course will also feature the defending champion and the current no. 80 on PGA Money List Hudson Swafford, who will look to claim his third PGA Tour win. The tournament will serve as a solid opportunity for the golfers to warm-up ahead of the 2021 Masters (April 9-11), slated to take place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Let’s have a look at some of the favorites to win the 2021 Puntacana Championship so you can bet against their Golf odds.
PGA Tour Puntacana Championship Betting Analysis
With many talented golfers competing at the Corales Golf Course for the lion’s share of US $3 million prize pot, winning will be anything but easy even for some of the most experienced individuals, but the uncertainty hasn’t stopped us from putting together a list of players that should be considered as a solid betting option for anyone looking for some action this week.
Nate Lashley – Odds to win: 34.00 (+3300)
When you search for potential winners, you first have to look at golfers who have already won at this course, and out of all previous winners, it’s Nate Lashley who has caught out attention. He has won this event in 2017 and has also finished inside top-four last year, so he clearly loves to play on this course.
What’s more, Lashley enters the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in great form, having finished fifth at Pebble Beach in February, where he was in a spot to win it all, but ended up blundering the 16th hole. Regardless of his slip-up last month, Lashley has been playing well this season and is certainly experienced enough to chase his second win at the Corales Golf Club.
Lucas Herbert – Odds to win: 56.00 (+5500)
Lucas Herbert is a relatively unknown name on the PGA Tour, however, anyone who has been following the scene closely can confirm Herbert is one of the most promising talents in the world currently. The 25-year-old Australian enters the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship off a victory at the Dubai Desert Classic and boasts one of the best numbers on the green and in driving distance.
Herbert ranks 10th in driving distance, 12th in putting average and 33rd in putts per GIR, which are all fairly solid numbers that make us excited about his chances to surprise. The only problem is that Herbers has yet to play at Corales, however, at the offered odds, he is worth a shot.
Long Shot: Dominic Bozzelli – Odds to win: 351.0 (+35000)
Since the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship won’t feature any big names, it makes sense to explore betting opportunities amongst dark horses and while there are plenty of golfers with generous odds to choose from, Dominic Bozzelli stands out like a sore thumb with odds as high as 351.0 (+35000) on some bookmakers.
Bozzelli has already won in Corales back in 2016 and while he has finished at a rather disappointing 39th place in 2019 and in 56th last year, you can’t underestimate Bozzelli’s six career PGA top-10 finishes. Although we wouldn’t bet our house on Bozzelli to win it all given his shaky form of late, a smaller bet on a former winner is worth considering, especially at such a generous price.
All three of our selections should be considered for the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship as an E/W bet, while it may make more sense to some to take Bozzelli at a top-10 market, considering he has been struggling to perform well of late – four missed cuts and a withdrawal across the last five PGA(KFT) events.
As for Lashley and Herbert, they’re solid picks as long as you can get odds of 30.0 (+2900) and 50.0 (+4900) respectively. Another golfer that might appeal to some and wasn’t mentioned in our preview is Tyler McCumber, who has finished as the runner-up in September at this course, yet is still priced as high as 51.0 (+5000) on most sportsbooks.