Top Betting Picks for the 2021 Shaw Charity Classic

| August 11, 2021 6:06 am PDT

For the first time in more than 18 months, a PGA Tour-sanctioned event will be played north of the border. Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club is set to host the Shaw Charity Classic for the eighth time as several top players on the PGA Tour Champions have made the trip to Calgary.

Many betting markets have been released for the festivities; I’ve assessed the tournament odds and shopped to uncover the best prices. It’s led to me the following Shaw Charity Classic picks.

Matchup Bet – Jeff Maggert (-105) Over Vijay Singh

One of the most decorated PGA Tour players of all time, Vijay Singh has enjoyed his fair share of success on the “50-and-over circuit” over the years. The keyword being has.

In 12 starts since the calendar turned to 2021, “The Big Fijian” has failed to log a top-10 finish. He’s landed outside of the top-25 in eight of his last nine appearances.

While Vijay arrives in Alberta searching for a rhythm, Maggert is coming off a T23 at the US Senior Open Championship and can fall back on a myriad of low numbers at this venue. Jeff, the winner of the 2015 Shaw Charity Classic, owns a 67.89 career scoring average at Canyon Meadows G&CC.

Those still unsure if backing Maggert at -105 makes sense in this head-to-head matchup refer to the following tidbit displaying the disparities in their ball-striking.

  • Vijay Singh is ranked 29th in Ball-Striking and 36th in Total Driving.
  • Jeff Maggert is ranked 9th in Ball-Striking and 2nd in Total Driving.

Top-10 Finish – Mike Weir

The pressure of competing on his home soil is genuine. Theoretically, it could negatively impact Mike Weir’s performance. At the same time, “Weirsy’s”recent game log is too robust to ignore.

Since triumphing in early May at the Insperity Invitational, Mike has teed it up six times on the Champions Tour. In those six starts, the 51-year-old lefty has produced a pair of 2nd-place finishes, a 5th, a 7th, and two other top-25s.

Comfortably inside the top in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup Money List, Weir didn’t mince any words when asked about his chances in Alberta.

“I feel very good about my game. I’ve been working on some things that maybe held me back from winning more. Hopefully, I’ve sharpened those up, and if I’m in position again, these things will get me over the top.”

This lines up to be one of the safer PGA Tour Champions predictions of the week.

Two Sleeper Picks for the Shaw Charity Classic

Now for some Shaw Charity Classic betting picks that are a little more dangerous. After comparing prices across all of the top-rated online sportsbooks for golf betting, these two outsiders might just be worth a look.

Steve Flesch (+2800)

Strolling into Canyon Meadows G&CC with all sorts of good vibes, Steve Flesch is another southpaw I’ve got an eye on in Canada. Flesch led after 18 holes at the most recent Shaw Charity Classic (2019) – he ultimately finished solo-3rd after rounds of 62-68-69.

Fast forward to current times, and Steve happens to be playing his best golf of the year.

Steve Flesch’s Recent Results on the Champions Tour
Date Event Result
7/11/21 US Senior Open Championship T13
7/4/21 DICK’S Sporting Goods Open T26
6/27/21 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship T16
6/13/21 American Family Insurance Championship T12
6/6/21 Principal Charity Classic T28

Harrison Frazar (+5000)

A number of men have won in their PGA Tour Champions debut; perhaps Harrison Frazar will be the next golfer to join this fashionable list. The winner of the 2011 FedEx St. Jude Classic celebrated his 50th birthday on July 29th and has been prepping hard for his debut.

Rather than view Harrison’s MCs at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and John Deere Classic as shortcomings, I view them as tune-ups for what’s at stake this week.

Shaw Charity Classic Pick to Win in 2021

Rod Pampling has won on the Korn Ferry Tour. He’s won three times on the PGA Tour. The way the 51-year-old Aussie has been playing as of late, it won’t be long until “PGA Tour Champions winner” gets tacked onto his illustrious resume.

Pampling cruises into Canada, having finished inside the top-15 in four consecutive starts.

In his last two starts, both major championships, Rod tallied a 7th (Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship) and a 4th (US Senior Open Championship).

I’d point out a weakness in his game to keep bettors on their toes, but I’m coming up empty-handed as I scour through season statistics. Pampling sits inside the top-15 in all of the following categories.

  • Driving Distance
  • GIR
  • Scrambling
  • Putting Average
  • Birdie Average
  • Scoring Average
  • All-Around Ranking

It’s not the most appetizing price attached to Pampling this season, but it’s reasonable enough for me to take a bite.

Pick
  • Rod Pampling
    +900
Michael Wynn
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