Champions Tour Betting – Best Picks for The Ally Challenge in 2021

| August 23, 2021 7:13 pm PDT

After an exciting finish at the Boeing Classic, the PGA Tour Champions heads to Michigan for the fourth edition of The Ally Challenge. Warwick Hills, a lengthy par-72-track that hosted the PGA Tour’s Buick Open from 1978-2009, is the home of this event.

54 holes of stroke play are scheduled from Friday-Sunday; the field is loaded from top-to-bottom.

Let’s get to my top Ally Challenge picks.

Longshot Picks for The Ally Challenge

A dozen major winners are teeing it up in Grand Blanc Township, and that doesn’t even include tournament favorite Steve Stricker. Nor does it account for last week’s victor, Rod Pampling. Nevertheless, the price tags attached to the following two sleepers are two appealing to ignore.

Steve Flesch (+6600)

Angling for his first victory on the 50-and-over circuit, Steve Flesch arrives in the Great Lakes State in a perfect position to strike. Flesch backed up his runner-up showing at the Shaw Charity Classic with a T11 last week – he’s now 23-under-par across his last six rounds (67.17 scoring average).

Going back further, the 54-year-old southpaw has landed inside the top-28 in each of his last seven starts. Five of those finishes were T16 or better.

While Steve was installed at +5000 at most of the top places to bet on golf online, you can latch on at +6600 by heading to BetUS.

Billy Mayfair (+10000)

There are all sorts of reasons to back Billy Mayfair this week. First and foremost, Billy’s hot. Mayfair finished 5th and the Shaw Charity two weeks ago and 2nd last week at the Boeing Classic. Like Flesch, Mayfair is 23-under-par in his last six rounds.

Unlike Flesch, Billy is a former winner at this golf course, having triumphed at the 1998 Buick Open.

Staying on the theme of his affinity for this venue, this Scottsdale native finds himself in some pretty select company in this particular hallways. Mayfair shares the course record at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club (61) with some guy named Tiger Woods.

Top Ally Challenge Picks 2021

I like Jim Furyk, and so should you. However, rather than tout him to hoist the trophy, I’ll instead pay homage to Furyk with another one of my Ally Challenge predictions in the following segment. Here, I’ll hone in on two other names I like to throw their hats in the ring on Sunday.

Fred Couples (+2000)

A winner of the Buick Open (1994), Couples has all sorts of experience on this layout. More importantly, “Boom Boom” cruises into Michigan playing some pretty sporty golf.

Freddie has finished 7th or better in five of his past six starts.

In 17 starts in the wrap-around season, Couples is yet to finish worse than 26th. He clocks in 5th in driving distance, 15th in GIR, although we expect Freddie to be among the most proficient ball-strikers. What’s especially impressive about Couples’ season is he ranks 2nd on the PGA Tour Champions in putting average. Believe it or not, Freddie leads the tour in one-putt % (40.95%).

Mike Weir (+2200)

Coming off a T26 in last week in Snoqualmie, Mike Weir’s streak of consecutive top-25 showings comes to an end at 11. Across those 11 events (dating back to the start of 2021), Weir compiled a win, three seconds, and four other top-10s.

Safe to say that this Canadian golfer is feeling good about the status of his game.

Littered at or around the top of several pertinent statistics, Mike’s within shouting distance of catching Jerry Kelly at the top of the Charles Schwab Cup Money List. Keep in mind, Weir has played in six fewer events than Kelly. I’m not sure why his Ally Challenge odds are doubled (Kelly is +1100), but I’m happy to get on board.

H2H Matchup Pick – Jim Furyk (+121) Over Steve Stricker

I’m a big fan of Steve Stricker and believe he’s the most complete player on this tour. At the same time, let’s assess the facts.

Stricker hasn’t teed it up on the PGA Tour Champions since June. We last saw him at the 3M Open (PGA Tour), shooting 79 on Friday. He’s got his hands full with Ryder Cup duties, not to mention, caddied four straight days for daughter Bobbi last week at LPGA Tour Q-School.

On the flip side, Jim Furyk is fresh off finishing T2 at the Boeing Classic. He won the US Senior Open Championship last month, and oh yeah, he’s the defending champion of this event.

Should I add that Jim shot -21 under here to fend off Tiger Woods and others to win the 2003 Buick Open? Or should I instead focus on the fact that Furyk’s sitting at +100 in this matchup at most sportsbooks?

The point is, nabbing Jim at +121 in his H2H is a green light special. Of all the Ally Challenge betting picks, this is my favorite one on the board.

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 on football, basketball, and baseball.

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