Best Bets for the 2021 Barracuda Championship

| August 4, 2021 9:36 am PDT

While 66 of the world’s best are in Memphis battling for a WGC title, 132 others are just south of Reno, hoping to pad their position in the FedEx Cup race. Just two weeks remain until the field gets trimmed to the top-125 – there’s a lot riding on what happens in the “Biggest Little City in the World.”

Before I unleash my top Barracuda Championship picks in 2021, here’s a quick refresher of the modified stableford scoring in place for this event.

  • Double Eagle: 8 points
  • Eagle: 5 points
  • Birdie: 2 points
  • Par: 0 points
  • Bogey: – 1 point
  • Double Bogey or worse: -3 points

For what it’s worth, Richy Werenski’s winning total (+39) in 2020 amounted to shooting -15 under par.

Best Barracuda Championship Betting Picks

The 2021 Barracuda Championship returns to Old Greenwood, a stunning Jack Nicklaus design showcased at the Tahoe Mountain Club. While the field isn’t brimming with a ton of A-List names, two who competed in Tokyo (Mito Pereira, Thomas Pieters) have made the trek to Truckee. 2019 US Open winner Gary Woodland is here.

Scrolling through the Barracuda Championship odds, here’s who’s catching my attention.

Maverick McNealy (+1800)

Maverick’s game has started to heat up in the summer months. 30th or better in each of his last five starts, McNealy is a 34-under-par across his last three appearances (T21-T-18-T16) on the PGA Tour. Last time out at the 3M Open, the 11-time winner at Stanford gained a whopping 8.393 strokes from tee to green (5th).

Aaron Wise (+3300)

This Las Vegas resident heads to northern Nevada with lots of positive vibes. During his current streak of six consecutive made cuts, Wise owns a pair of T9s and a T17. Perhaps even more encouraging is the fact that Wise closed with 19 points in the final round of the 2020 Barracuda Championship (solo-8th).

Aaron’s 19 points on Sunday (10 birdies, 1 bogey) was the highest single-round point total at this event last year.

Adam Schenk (+4500)

Staying on theme with another individual who played well at Old Greenwood in 2020, Adam Schenk was the co-leader after 18 holes here last summer. He ultimately finished T12.

Like Wise, Schenk’s game is trending upward upon arriving in Truckee.

The Purdue product connected on four of four cuts in July, highlighting by posting a T4 at John Deere Classic and a T15 at the Barbasol Championship.

Two Barracuda Championship Sleepers

Those looking to add some spice to their Barracuda Championship predictions, here are a couple of golfers booming with betting upside.

Tom Lewis (+6600)

Instead of scouting TPC Southwind, the runner-up at the 2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is in Truckee, hoping to make the most out of his opportunity. Sitting 153rd in the FedEx Cup standings, the 30-year-old Englishman could use a big week before heading to Greensboro.

The good news is Lewis has settled into a nice rhythm with his big stick (27th in SG: Off-the-Tee) and has made five cuts in a row.

Brenden Steele (+7500)

Shopping my lines across the best golf betting sites led me to Brenden Steele’s +7500 price tag at BetUS. Nothing about his recent game log will inspire prospective bettors, although there’s some impetus beneath the surface.

Two of Brenden’s three victories came in the Golden State. As he looks to regain form heading into the playoffs, know that the California native seems to play his best on the West coast. A trio of top-4s earlier in the year has helped keep Steele’s standing afloat (90th in the FedEx Cup)

Betting Golf Online This Week

In the first edition at Old Greenwood, Richy Werenski holed out for eagle on 16 and drilled a 15-footer for birdie on 18 to edge Troy Merritt by a single point. It’s safe to say the modified stableford scoring lends itself to drama coming down the stretch.

By locking in these Barracuda Championship betting picks, you’re giving yourself a shot at some extra sweats on Sunday.

I say “extra” because I’m assuming you’re already betting on the action in Memphis.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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