Korn Ferry Tour Picks – 2021 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Betting Predictions

| August 24, 2021 1:05 pm PDT

It was a bittersweet ending for Aaron Rai Sunday in the Potato State. A costly double-bogey after a perfect drive on 18 left him one shot short of hoisting the trophy. However, by virtue of finishing T2, Rai clinched a berth on the PGA Tour next season. Not a bad consolation prize for the 26-year-old Englishman.

Moving east to Columbus for the second leg of the Korn Ferry Tour’s season, who’s next to stamp their ticket onto the big stage in 2022?

A look at my top Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship betting picks helps clear the air.

Three Sleepers in Columbus

Lurking at +8000 at the best golf sportsbooks, Ben Kohles is an intriguing pick this week in Columbus. Having already locked up a spot on tour thanks to finishing 23rd in the season-long points race, the 31-year-old product of the University of Virginia is playing with house money. And he happens to be rolling the dice at a venue that he’s already won at before (2012 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship).

Kohles is one of my favorite sleeper picks for the Korn Ferry Tour event this week: here are three more.

Vincent Whaley (+6000)

Don’t bother looking this cat up on the Korn Ferry Tour to check stats. Whaley was a regular on the PGA Tour who connected on 13 out of 18 cuts from mid-February onward. The Georgia Tech grad did more than just earn Saturday tee times too, Whaley posted 12 top-30 finishes, narrowly missing out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The former Yellow Jacket finished T9 at the Barracuda Championship and notched a top-10 last week in Boise on the heels of a bogey-free 65 on Sunday.

Taylor Montgomery (+6600)

Speaking of narrowly missing out, Taylor Montgomery ended the regular season 26th on the Korn Ferry Tour points list. The good news is Taylor played solidly last week (T26) and is returning to a venue that he’s got lots of good vibes at.

Montgomery finished T2 at the Scarlet Course in 2020.

The lengthy 26-year-old smashes it off the tee (330.9 yards per drive last week) and clocks in 2nd on the KFT in putting average. He’s had multiple close calls this season (three seconds and a third); perhaps this is the week he puts it all together.

J.J. Spaun (+8000)

J.J Spaun clearly isn’t a fan of his PGA Tour status being in limbo. After temporarily losing his card (174th on the 2020-21 FedEx Cup standings), J.J. quickly erased any doubt as to where he’ll be playing in 2021-22 with a T2 finish at the Albertsons Boise Open.

Spaun clutched up Sunday at Hillcrest, punctuated by birdieing the 72nd hole to ensure he’ll be playing on the big stage next season. It also means he’ll stroll into The Ohio State University Golf Club bubbling with momentum.

Here’s a guy who made 22 birdies and an eagle last week and can finally play freely without any stress on his shoulders. If you want in on his +8000 price tag, head to BetUS.

Best Bets at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Looking a little closer to the top of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship odds sheet, here are a couple of names that caught my attention. These are guys we can anticipate having a chance to win on Sunday.

Stephen Jaeger (+2500)

Engaged in a duel with Greyson Sigg for the top overall slot that comes with fully exempt status, Stephen Jaeger has plenty to play for this week in Ohio. It’s safe to say the German is prepared to go to battle.

Coming off back-to-back T4 finishes, Jaeger’s now posted a whopping 11 top-5s this season.

Stephen sits 2nd on the Korn Ferry Tour in birdie average and has one of the elite short games on the circuit (4th putting average, 4th in scrambling). And for good measure, Jaeger tallied a top-5 at the 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

Ryan Armour (+5000)

The Scarlet Course isn’t a place to employ a bomb and gauge strategy. Prospering at this venue comes down to precision, angles, and having a rock-solid short game. Of course, there’s no need to tell this to former Ohio State standout Ryan Armour.

Despite not playing last week in Boise, this 45-year-old Buckeye is a great bet to get into contention over the weekend.

  • His knowledge and understanding of the layout are genuine.
  • He’s made his hay over the years, attacking tree-lined tracks that cater to accuracy off the tee (just like this one).
  • His recent form hints that more good golf is in store.

Armour closed out July by finishing T5 at the Barbasol Championship and T6 at the 3M Open.

More Golf Picks This Week

Locking in these Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship picks is one way to get money down on professional golf this week. The LPGA Tour is off as the women get ready for the Solheim Cup, but fortunately, the other three “main tours” are all in action.

The FedEx Cup Playoffs roll on at Caves Valley in Maryland, while the European Tour heads to the Swiss Alps and the Champions Tour is in Michigan. I’ve generated betting previews with my top picks for each of these events.

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 GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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