PURE Insurance Championship Picks in 2021 – Sleepers and Best Bets

| September 21, 2021 12:01 pm PDT

The PURE Insurance Championship is back at Pebble Beach for an 18th consecutive year. Familiar faces Jim Furyk and Fred Couples won’t be in attendance, nor will Steve Stricker or Robert Karlsson. They’ve got some fairly important business to tend to up at Whistling Straits.

The rest of the PGA Tour Champions contingency is in Monterey to chase down the $2.2 million purse. The field will rotate between Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill during the first two rounds; Sunday’s final round takes place at Pebble Beach.

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Sleeper Picks for the PURE Insurance Championship

The talent on Champions Tour is sincere. And boy, is it deep. A peek at the six most recent winners on the 50-and-over circuit illustrates that sentiment.

Recent Winners on the PGA Tour Champions
Date Tournament Winner
9/19/21 Sanford International Darren Clarke
9/12/21 Ascension Charity Classic David Toms
8/29/21 The Ally Challenge Joe Durant
8/22/21 Boeing Classic Rod Pampling
8/15/21 Shaw Charity Classic Doug Barron
7/25/21 The Senior Open Championship Stephen Dodd

Who could catch lightning in a bottle this week in the Del Monte Forest? Here are two intriguing choices.

Stuart Appleby (+7500)

Don’t bother looking up recent results for Stuart Appleby. The 50-year-old Aussie hasn’t competed on the PGA Tour since 2019 and will be making his PGA Tour Champions debut this week. Seeking to become the 21st player to win in his first go-around, Appleby’s always had a propensity to go low.

The 9x PGA Tour winner famously shot a Sunday 59 at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic to fend off Jeff Overton by a single shot.

Appleby’s no stranger to this week’s venue – he teed it up at Pebble no less than 10 times during his lengthy PGA Tour career.

Tim Herron (+17500)

Talk about heading into Pebble Beach a bit under the radar; Tim Herron’s not even listed on the PURE Insurance Championship odds sheet at some of the best golf betting sites. You can find him way at the bottom at MyBookie or BetUS, and here’s why he’s worth consideration.

“Lumpy” has had two close calls this season. He finished 3rd at the Principal Charity Classic in June and more recently finished runner-up at the Boeing Classic (August 22nd). Tim kicked August off by registering nine straight rounds in the 60s – he’s shown plenty of signs of life for a guy priced at +17500.

Best Bets for the 2021 PURE Insurance Championship

Firing shells on Stuart Appleby and Tim Herron isn’t for everybody. Those searching for value among the chalky PURE Insurance Championship betting picks, here’s what I’ve got in mind.

Steve Flesch (+1400)

As much as Steve Flesch has been knocking on the door lately, this could be the week he bursts through to claim his second Champions Tour victory. The 54-year-old southpaw arrives on a T13-2-T11-T4-T23-T2 burst – he’s an accumulative 53-under-par across his last five starts.

Also boding well for Flesch is the fact that he finished 6th at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2020.

Steve led the field last week, hitting a whopping 87.04% of his greens.

Kevin Sutherland (+1400)

Premium ball-strikers are typically the guys who excel at Pebble Beach due to how tiny the greens are. Cue in Kevin Sutherland – the Tour’s leader in the ball-striking category.

Kevin slowed down in the late spring/early summer after being hampered by injuries, but all signs are pointing toward the two-time Charles Schwab Cup Championship winner being back on track.

This Sacramento native cruises into NorCal, having shot under par in nine straight rounds.

For what it’s worth, Sutherland finished T10 at Pebble last September.

PURE Insurance Championship Prediction

I’ll finish off my PURE Insurance Championship predictions with a nod to who I believe will be the last man standing.

Steve Felsch is playing well, and Kevin Sutherland is rounding into form. With that being said, nobody on the PGA Tour Champions is as hot as Steven Alker. The 50-year-old Kiwi finished 5th at the Utah Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour last month before joining the Champions Tour.

Since arriving, Alker has yet to finish outside the top 10 and totes a glittering 68.08 scoring average.

Steven Alker – By the Numbers on the PGA Tour Champions
Date Tournament To Par Finish
8/22/21 Boeing Classic -9 T7
8/29/21 The Ally Challenge -15 3
9/12/21 Ascension Charity Classic -6 T9
9/19/21 Sanford Invitational -8 T7
Pick
  • Steven Alker
    +900
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