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
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.
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