PGA Preview: 2020 Workday Charity Open odds and picks

The 2020 PGA Tour schedule now includes the Workday Charity Open. The event fills the void left by the canceled John Deere Classic. Even though this is a first-time event, the favorites list to win outright may seem familiar. Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas are riding high with Bryson DeChambeau, not in the field.

DeChambeau made me look good last week by winning the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. He was my number one choice, paying out $1200 on a $200 wager. Other players that I had were Webb Simpson (T8) with both Rickie Fowler and Viktor Hovland carding a T12. Check out that article for additional stats.


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DeChambeau is not in the field this week which opens the door for players like Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka. The two players are part of the top-five favorites to win outright at +1400 or better.

Justin Thomas +1000

Jon Rahm +1400

Hideki Matsuyama +1400

Patrick Cantlay +1400

Brooks Koepka +1400

2020 Workday Charity Open Info

Where: Dublin, Ohio

Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club

Par: 72

Length: 7,392

When: July 9-12, 2020

Purse: $6.2 million

TV Coverage: CBS/Golf Channel

Muirfield Village Golf Club is also home to the annual PGA Memorial Tournament and has hosted the US Amateur, the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, and Presidents Cup.

The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1974 and can be considered a classic set of links.

The fun fact is that Nicklaus and his company makes yearly tweaks to the course to accommodate new technology with golf balls and clubs as well as the skills of the players.

It seems the odds are based on how players are fairing this season combined with how they’ve done at Muirfield in the past during the Memorial tournament. Both Matsuyama and Cantlay are top-five favorites as well as recent winners of the Memorial.

The star-power of DeChambeau and Woods may be missing, but there are plenty of players in the field that can take the win on Sunday.

Top picks to win the 2020 Workday Charity Open

Brooks Koepka +1400

Koepka comes in at +1400 after a horrible start to the 2020 PGA Tour season following knee surgery.

Then, at the RBC Heritage, he finished seventh.

He was finally showing some of the confidence from last season. Before the Heritage, he had two missed cuts, withdrawal, and a handful of other tough outings, including a T47.

If Koepka continues with the form he had at the Heritage, he will be tough to beat.

Viktor Hovland +2200

I went with Viktor Hovland as one of my picks last week and he came close to being in the fight for the win. He shot in the ’60s for three days before ending on Sunday with a 71, finishing one-under for the event.

He has now finished T12 or better three times this season with two of those finishes coming back to back. Plus, he won the Puerto Rico Open earlier this season.

Justin Thomas +1000

Yes, I’m putting the odds favorite behind a few other players. Justin Thomas comes in as the favorite at +1000.

I would have him higher on my list, but Koepka seems to be strong right now. Plus, Thomas missed the cut two weeks ago at the Travelers. That being said, he has two wins this season along with a T10, T8, T6, and T3.

Others I like to win the 2020 Workday Charity Open

I want to add Luke List at +12000 but that’s too far of a stretch for me. If you need an additional Fantasy pick – List is a great choice.

So instead, I’m going with Rickie Fowler at +2500 again this week. He’s just too strong to leave off the list. The same goes for Justin Rose at +2200.

Odds to win the Workday Charity Open

Justin Thomas +1000

Jon Rahm +1400

Hideki Matsuyama +1400

Patrick Cantlay +1400

Brooks Koepka +1400

Xander Schauffele +1600

Viktor Hovland +2200

Justin Rose +2200

Rickie Fowler +2500

Collin Morikawa +3300

Patrick Reed +3300

Sungjae Im +3300

Matt Kuchar +4000

Joaquin Niemann +4000

Jordan Spieth +4000

Marc Leishman +4000

Adam Hadwin +4000

Gary Woodland +4000

Matthew Fitzpatrick +5000

Matthew Wolff +5000

Bubba Watson +5000

Jason Day +6600

Kevin Streelman +6600

Scottie Scheffler +6600

Byeong-Hun An +6600

Louis Oosthuizen +6600

Cameron Champ +6600

Phil Mickelson +6600

Billy Horschel +6600

Corey Conners +8000

Shane Lowry +8000

Joel Dahmen +8000

Harold Varner III +8000

Ian Poulter +8000

Rory Sabbatini +10000

Brandt Snedeker +10000

Chris Kirk +10000

Jason Kokrak +10000

Russell Henley +10000

Scott Stallings +10000

Ryan Armour +10000

Emiliano Grillo +10000

Patrick Rodgers +10000

Ryan Palmer +10000

Matt Wallace +10000

Maverick McNealy +10000

Lanto Griffin +12500

Brendan Steele +12500

Keegan Bradley +12500

Mark Hubbard +12500

Jhonattan Vegas +12500

Zach Johnson +12500

Bud Cauley +12500

Sepp Straka +12500

Luke List +12500

Brian Stuard +12500

Max Homa +12500

Kyle Stanley +12500

Michael Thompson +15000

Troy Merritt +15000

Charles Howell III +15000

Tom Hoge +15000

Jim Furyk +15000

Chez Reavie +15000

Cameron Tringale +15000

Joseph Bramlett +15000

Richy Werenski +15000

Andrew Landry +15000

Si-Woo Kim +15000

Pat Perez +15000

J.B. Holmes +15000

Jason Dufner +15000

Sam Burns +15000

Nick Taylor +15000

Vaughn Taylor +15000

Sebastian Munoz +15000

Dylan Frittelli +15000

Charley Hoffman +20000

Adam Long +20000

Harry Higgs +20000

Hudson Swafford +20000

Henrik Norlander +20000

Danny Lee +20000

Charl Schwartzel +20000

Matthew Nesmith +20000

Aaron Wise +20000

Graeme McDowell +20000

Carlos Ortiz +25000

Russell Knox +25000

Seung-Yul Noh +25000

Adam Schenk +25000

Brandon Wu +25000

Sam Ryder +25000

Brice Garnett +25000

Matt Jones +25000

Cameron Davis +25000

Patton Kizzire +25000

Nate Lashley +25000

Sung Kang +25000

Andrew Putnam +25000

Chris Stroud +25000

Keith Mitchell +25000

Chesson Hadley +25000

Kyoung-Hoon Lee +30000

Talor Gooch +30000

C T Pan +30000

Austin Cook +30000

Beau Hossler +30000

Bronson Burgoon +30000

Denny McCarthy +30000

JJ Spaun +30000

James Hahn +30000

Jimmy Walker +30000

Jonathan Byrd +30000

Nick Watney +30000

Steve Stricker +30000

Stewart Cink +30000

Aaron Baddeley +40000

Fabian Gomez +40000

Grayson Murray +40000

Jamie Lovemark +40000

Scott Harrington +40000

Tyler McCumber +40000

Zac Blair +40000

Bo Hoag +50000

Brian Gay +50000

Cameron Percy +50000

Chase Koepka +50000

D J Trahan +50000

David Hearn +50000

Hank Lebioda +50000

Jim Herman +50000

Ted Potter +50000

Kevin Tway +50000

Mark Anderson +50000

Matt Every +50000

Peter Malnati +50000

Rob Oppenheim +50000

Robby Shelton +50000

Robert Streb +50000

Roger Sloan +50000

Sebastian Cappelen +50000

Tim Wilkinson +50000

Xinjun Zhang +50000

Bo Van Pelt +100000

Davis Love III +100000

Kevin Stadler +100000

Martin Trainer +100000

Michael Kim +100000

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Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

Whitaker, known as “the Deck Chef,” has a culinary, history and journalism background. He credits this for his cookbook writing style. “My books are people based. I interview, gather recipes from real people and sources – and combine the recipes with back-stories. My cookbooks are slices of culinary history.”

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Whitaker has covered NASCAR, IndyCar, ARCA Racing, The NFL, SEC Football, Professional Golf and more. His books include:

·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

·      Checkered Flag Cooking - Tailgating Stock Car Racing

·      The Hometown Cookbook Series; The Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, as well as Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.

·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

·      Talladega Superspeedway

·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

·      Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt

·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

Kent has worked with several brands as spokesperson. Companies include Check Mark, ALPO, TimberTech, Vermont Castings, Pabst Blue Ribbon, E.H. Campbell Trading, Big Show Foods, and others. Whitaker, and his wife Allyson, hosted a NASCAR and racing themed show on ESPN Radio for several years. That show has morphed into a weekly short format tailgate show heard on over 50 affiliates nationwide.

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