Betting Preview for the 2021 Gainbridge LPGA

| February 23, 2021 1:52 pm PDT

The second LPGA event in 2021 is on deck this week at an acclaimed layout southeast Orlando. Home to several PGA tour stalwarts, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, hosted the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990 and a handful of Tavistock Cups between 2004-2012.

Conceived by Tom Fazio some 34 years ago, Lake Nona was the first golf course Fazio designed on his own. Annika Sorenstam has called this private golf community home for more than 20 years, hence, the legendary golfer will tee it up on the LPGA Tour for the first time since 2008.

Let’s dive into the odds and unveil some Gainbridge LPGA predictions.

2021 Gainbridge LPGA Odds

With a stacked field on the men’s side congregated in West Florida, the east side of the Sunshine State is littered with LPGA world-beaters. Six of the top-seven ranked players in the world will tee it up at Lake Nona and duke it out for $2 million. This includes the top two players, Jin Young Ko and Sei Young Kim, who have separated themselves from the pack.

I mentioned that it’d be a home game for Annika, but she’s not the only competitor who can walk from her bedroom to the first tee. Lydia Ko and Anne van Dam are a couple of other women who have that same luxury this week.

Back Lydia Ko in Her Backyard?

A member at Lake Nona for the past three years, Ko has resided on the golf course for more than a year. In fact, the Gainbridge LPGA being moved from Boca Rio to Lake Nona is the only reason Ko made it a point to sign up.

Originally slated to skip this week after recovering from surgery on her deviated septum, Lydia couldn’t resist the temptation. Given her recent form and her familiarity with the venue, it would seem to be a wise decision.

Lydia Ko’s Last Four Starts
Date Tournament Rounds Result
12/17/30 CME Group Tour Championship 74-65-69-69 (-11) T5
12/13/20 US Women’s Open 71-70-72-76 (+5) T13
11/22/20 Pelican Women’s Championship 70-67-66-69 (-8) T4
10/25/20 LPGA Drive On Championship 71-70-68-69 (-10) T8

Backing the 15x LPGA Tour winner at +1400 seems to have plenty of merit.

Gainbridge LPGA Prediction

As hot as Lydia Ko was to close out 2020, there’s a Canadian golfer who was even more lights-out. Brooke Henderson didn’t win a tournament in 2020, but 7th or better in five of her final six starts alludes to someone who’s been fiercely knocking on the door.

Brooke Henderson in 2020 – By the Numbers
Stat Value LPGA Tour Rank
Scoring Average 69.70 2nd
Rounds in the 60s 19 2nd
GIR 77.33% 2nd
Average Driving Distance 266.78 10th

The 5th-ranked female golfer in the world is searching for her 10th victory on the LPGA Tour, and signs are pointing toward it potentially happening this week in Orlando. Brooke opened the 2021 campaign with a solo 9th at the Diamond Resorts TOC after shooting 13-under-par.

Don’t settle for Henderson’s +1600 price tag at BetOnline, either. MyBookie, one of the best golf betting sites, has Brooke listed at +1800.

  • Brooke Henderson

More Golf Picks This Week

I scoped the LPGA Tour head-to-head matchups, but nothing really stood out. The added juice on the women’s side (compared to men’s H2H matchups) makes them less enticing.

I plan to buy stock in Brooke Henderson and Lydia Ko, and I’ll probably throw a few bucks on Danielle Kang too. With two PGA Tour events on tap for this week, I made sure to allocate plenty of funds toward Bradenton and Puerto Rico.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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