Best Bets for the 2021 SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

| June 23, 2021 10:27 am PDT

Just 81 men have earned a tee time on Thursday at the South Course at Firestone Country Club. One thing for certain is that Alex Cejka isn’t going to make it 3-3 at the majors; he opted to play in this week’s BMW International Open in his home country. Phil Mickelson decided to forgo his invitation and is instead in Connecticut teeing it up at the Travelers Championship.

Outside of Cejka and Mickelson, every other player sitting inside the top-30 on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List is in Akron, OH.

Looking ahead to the action on the PGA Tour Champions, let’s stick our nose into some SENIOR PLAYERS Championship picks.

Sleeper Picks for the SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

If you’re scanning the top places to bet on golf online looking for an outsider to back, I’ll throw out two names who might captivate your attention. 

  • Woody Austin (+5000)
  • Stephen Ames (+7000)

Woody hasn’t been producing top-10s left and right like he was in 2020, but the 57-year-old’s game hasn’t been too far off. Three top-15s in his last five starts, plus he got better each day last time out at the American Family Insurance Championship (T21). Austin played bogey-free golf on Sunday and finished the week ranked 4th in GIR (79.63%).

Also worth mentioning is the fact that the fiery competitor known for throwing temper tantrums on the golf course has great course history at this venue. Site of the SENIOR PLAYERS in 2019 and 2020, Woody finished 7th and 5th, respectively.

While you’re shopping lines among the sportsbooks, you’ll notice discrepancies attached to Stephen Ames. Sitting at +7000 at BetOnline represents an opportunity to strike.

Winner of the Principal Charity Classic on June 6th, Ames’ recent game log is littered with productive results.

Stephen Ames – Last Six Starts on the Champions Tour
Date Tournament Result
6/13/21 Insperity Invitational T13
6/6/21 Regions Tradition T10
5/30/21 Mitsubishi Electric Classic T2
5/16/21 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship T34
5/9/21 Principal Charity Classic 1
5/2/21 American Family Insurance Championship T55

The Canadian most known for getting shellacked by Tiger Woods at the Match Play is quietly among the best putters on the PGA Tour Champions (5th in overall putting average).

H2H Matchup Bet – Retief Goosen (-110) Over K.J Choi

I like Goosen over Choi in the H2H market laying just -110. It’s one of the SENIOR PLAYERS Championship predictions you should seriously consider locking in.  

Mixing his time between the PGA Tour and Champions circuit, K.J. popped with a T3 in his last start with the old guys (KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship). It was the only time he’s competed on the PGA Tour Champions since the start of March.

On the flip side, Choi’s missed eight of his last 10 cuts on the big stage in 2021. He’s broken 70 just once during his last 11 rounds on the PGA Tour. Given the layout this week at Firestone will be anything but a cakewalk, it’s possible K.J. struggles to sustain any momentum. And yet he’s favored over Retief Goosen?

I’m scratching my head too.

Retief won this event at this golf course in 2019 and has racked up a couple of top-4s in his last three starts. He sports a fantastic record at this track from his days competing in the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational, and check out these measurables this season on the Champions Tour. 

  • 1st in Driving Distance
  • 10th in GIR
  • 6th in Putting Average
  • 2nd in Birdie Average
  • 3rd in Par-3 Scoring Average
  • 5th in Par-4 Scoring Average
  • 8th in Par-5 Scoring Average

I suggest booking this PGA Tour Champions pick before this price tag fades away.

Top-20 Finish – Kenny Perry (-137)

There are all sorts of reasons to like Kenny Perry this week at Firestone. Maybe not to hoist the trophy at week’s end, but in the top-20 market where he is lurking at a reasonable price.

Here’s a guy who likes the golf course – Kenny finished 7th and 19th at the last two SENIOR PLAYERS held at Firestone CC. Throw in his recent form, and -137 starts sounding like the ultimate bargain.

Perry’s posted four consecutive top-20s since the middle of May; going back to the calendar turning from 2020 to 2021, he’s registered seven top 20s in eight starts. He sits top-10 in driving distance, 6th in GIR, and 21st in putting average. 

2021 SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Pick to Win

Endorsing betting picks for the SENIOR PLAYERS Championship involves trying to pinpoint a winner.

My brain is pulling me toward Jerry Kelly, and my heart tells me this is the time that Fred Couples gets over the hump.

Nevertheless, give me Mike Weir to get the job done.

The red-hot lefty has been enjoying a resurgence to his game, and in turn, has been carrying himself with newfound confidence.

Then again, if you had five top-7 finishes in your last six starts – including a victory and a couple of seconds, you’d be strolling around with some pep in your step as well.

Last time out at University Ridge Golf Course, all Mike did was lead the field in GIR and scrambling. That’s a pretty deadly duo to lean on in a major championship.

  • Mike Weir
Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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