Dominion Energy Charity Classic Betting Picks – PGA Tour Champions Predictions 2021

| October 20, 2021 9:44 am PDT

Ala Jon Rahm a couple of weeks back at the Spanish Open, Phil Mickelson finds himself as a lopsided favorite to win a professional golf tournament. What’s crazy is the +250 price tag attached to Lefty’s name at the first event of the Champions Tour Playoffs could actually be lower.

Phil’s the defending champion of this event – he made 21 birdies and an eagle in 54 holes the last time he was in Richmond. Mickelson won his last time out; he’s now hoisted the hardware in three of his four starts on the PGA Tour Champions.

Just something to keep in mind as you’re getting ready to lock in your Dominion Energy Charity Classic picks.

Top Betting Picks for the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

There’s no need to continue restating the obvious. If Phil plays his game and rolls in a few putts, he’s more than likely going to win on the Champions Tour. The problem is there’s not much upside to be had given his +250 number.

In fact, BetOnline was the only place I could even track Mickelson down at +250. He was sitting at +225 to win at the other top golf betting sites

Outside of Phil, here are two names that I kept circling back to.

Steven Alker (+1600)

Welcome to your weekly reading of “Steven Alker: One of my top PGA Tour Champions Betting Picks.”

Seriously though. Did you think I’d jump off the Alker bandwagon just because he failed to register a seventh consecutive top-10 last week at Prestonwood? Not a chance.

The only thing Steven’s T16 at the SAS Championship did was bring his price tag back to a more reasonable number (was +1200 last week).

Frankly, I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t tout Alker and he landed in winner’s circle. Therefore, I’m buying stock.

Alex Cejka (+1800)

Arriving on a T7-T2-T3 burst, Alex Cejka is a good bet to get into contention in Virginia. Alex was bogey-free through the first two days last weekend and finished in a flurry (-4 his last 7). A reliable ball-striker who’s above average in length, Cejka doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the work he does on the greens.

Perhaps the public doesn’t realize that Alex is tied with Bernhard Langer and Tim Petrovic for the top spot on the PGA Tour Champions in putting average.

Cejka is looking to join Jim Furyk, Darren Clarke, and Phil Mickelson as the only three-time winners this season.

PGA Tour Champions Sleepers This Week

Lee Janzen didn’t just come out of nowhere to win the SAS Championship. Janzen emerged from the oblivion.

Lee hadn’t won in six years and hadn’t recorded a top 10 since March of 2020. Last week’s epiphany serves as a reminder that anything can happen on the Champions Tour.

In other words, keep an open mind on the following Dominion Energy Charity Classic predictions.

Thongchai Jaidee (+6000)

Talk about sneaking into the playoffs by the hair on your chinny chin chin, Thongchai holed a 15-footer for birdie on the final hole at Prestwood to secure the final slot in this week’s field.

Now playing with house money, the 51-year-old short game wizard can freewheel at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

An established professional thanks to his prowess on and around the greens, it’s worth noting that Jaidee ranked 4th in driving distance and 4th in GIR last week.

Wes Short Jr. (+12500)

An extreme dark horse at +12500. Nothing is going to stand out on the surface about Wes Short Jr.’s T39 last week, however, those who lift the hood will learn that Wes hit a whopping 81.48% of his greens (T2). It was an ice-cold flat stick (75th out of 77 in putts per GIR) that deterred him from climbing the leaderboard at the SAS Championship.Considering Short Jr. is typically a fairly dependable putter (18th on the PGA Tour Champions in Overall Putting Average), I like his chances at a golf course we know he likes.

Wes Short Jr. – By the Numbers at the Dominion Energy Classic
Year Result
2020 T11
2019 7
2018 T23
2017 T13

Half (four of eight) of Wes’ top-10s this season have come since in the last three months.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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