Betting Picks for the 2021 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open

| April 20, 2021 5:26 am PDT

Before I dive into this week’s action and reveal my Hugel-Air Premia LA Open picks, let’s take a moment to recognize the zone that Lydia Ko is in. Set to celebrate her 24th birthday this Saturday, Ko is coming off shooting 28-under par in O’ahu, where she thumped the ladies by seven.

Lydia’s a mind-boggling 38-under-par during her last five rounds of competition (62-67-63-65-65). She’s made just one bogey in her last 100 holes.

The crazy part is one of the top golf sportsbooks online didn’t even install Ko as the favorite in Los Angeles.

Now for some LPGA predictions.

Hugel-Air Premia LA Open Best Bets in 2021

It’s a stacked field at Wilshire Country Club – the site of each of the two previous Hugel-Air Premia LA Opens. The 2020 edition was canceled.

Past Winners of the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open
Year Winner Winning Score Margin of Victory
2019 Minjee Lee -14 4
2018 Moriya Jutanugarn -12 2

The scoring here has been relatively high – especially if you consider that five women shot at least 21-under-par last week in Hawaii.

After digging through the odds for the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open in 2021, here are a couple of wagers that caught my attention.

Jenny Shin To Finish Inside the Top 10 (+350)

By no means is Jenny a slam-dunk to crack the top-10, but +350 odds make this bet quite appealing. The Torrance, CA resident played wonderfully last week (T6) and arrived in her hometown beaming with confidence. Shin racked up nine birdies and nine pars on Sunday to vault up the leaderboard and earn a chunk of Race to CME Globe points.

Jenny has connected on 11 straight cuts and was one of 10 players to shoot par or better during all four rounds at the 2019 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open.

Danielle Kang (+137) Over Nelly Korda

Nelly Korda has proven that her Florida-based game can travel cross-country to the Golden State. She finished 10th at the Kia Classic (Carlsbad) and 3rd at the ANA Inspiration (Rancho Mirage). With that being said, Nelly’s lack of success at this particular venue is glaring.

Nelly Korda – By the Numbers at Wilshire Country Club
Event Scores Result
2019 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open 73-77 (+8) Missed Cut
2018 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open 74-73 (+5) Missed Cut

On the flip side, Danielle Kang landed inside the top-10 at the 2019 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open and is no stranger to playing good golf in the place they call Tinseltown. Kang emerged out of Westlake High School in nearby Thousand Oaks as the can’t-miss product who won back-to-back US Women’s Amateurs in 2010 and 2011.

Ranked 3rd on the LPGA Tour in birdies and 5th in putting average, Kang’s +137 price tag in this spot is too advantageous to pass up. As competitive as Danielle is, she’ll undoubtedly want to one-up her boyfriend after Maverick McNealy posted a top-5 in Hilton Head.

2021 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open Pick to Win

When it comes to picking a winner, forget about going out on a limb and targeting juicy prices. That’s what the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open predictions above represent.

I’m backing Inbee Park in this market, and I’m not looking back.

2nd and 5th in two previous trips to Wilshire Country Club confirm that her “plotter’s style” of golf works famously at this venue. Heck, when you top the LPGA statistics in putting average, putts per GIR, and scoring average, it’s safe to say you can excel anywhere.

I made note of Lydia Ko’s incredible form as of late – don’t look past how rock-solid the world #2 has been playing.

Strolling into LA on the heels of a 1st-7th-2nd stretch, Inbee has shot under par in each of her 12 rounds this season.

  • Inbee Park
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