Betting on the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2021 – LPGA Tour Predictions
The LPGA Tour is headed to Pinnacle Country Club for the 15th consecutive year. The par-71 design in Rogers, AR has yielded low numbers in the past – it’s taken at least 18-under-par to win here in four straight seasons. This is especially impressive considering the tournament is structured as a 54-hole event.
As far as who’s primed to go low this week in “The Natural State,” a number of women come into play as viable options. As far as where the betting value lies, that’s the focus with the following Walmart NW Arkansas Championship picks.
Two Value Picks for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Coming off a victory in Portland, world #2 Jin Young Ko heads the betting sheet at the best places to bet on golf online. Rather than chase last week’s win and go after Ko’s +800 price tag, here are two options lurking with a lot more betting upside.
Jennifer Kupcho (+4000)
It’s been a busy month for Jennifer Kupcho. From getting engaged to playing in her first Solheim Cup, the 24-year-old is back on the prowl following a top-10 at the Cambia Portland Classic. Still searching for her first win on the LPGA Tour, the monkey could be lifted off of Jennifer’s back as early as this week in Rogers.
Kupcho has registered top-10s in four of her last seven starts and is comfortably situated as one of the most dependable iron players on tour (9th in GIR). As for her propensity to rack up red numbers, have faith knowing Jennifer’s ranked 12th in eagles and 13th in birdies.
Carlota Ciganda (+5000)
One of the golf betting strategies I hone in on is recent form. Another one is course history. Having said that, it should come as no surprise that Carlota Ciganda is among my top LPGA Tour betting picks this week.
The gutsy Spaniard is fresh off tying for 5th at last week’s Cambia Portland Classic, not to mention, she has a great track record in NW Arkansas. Check out her last six competitive rounds at this venue.
Ciganda finished 6th at Pinnacle CC in 2019 and 11th here in 2020.
Best Bets for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Let’s now move into Walmart NW Arkansas Championship predictions that are a little more likely to pan out. Assessing the competitors priced below +4000, two, in particular, piqued my interest.
Patty Tavatanakit (+1800)
This 21-year-old UCLA product burst onto the scene in April when she held off Lydia Ko to claim the ANA Inspiration. Since then, Tavatanakit has kept her foot on the gas pedal as she’s elevated herself into one of the most consistent players on the circuit.
Tavatanakit hits it long (7th in driving distance) and is a lights-out putter (6th in putts per GIR) – that’s a pretty good recipe for going low on the LPGA Tour.
Danielle Kang (+3300)
20th at the Olympics and missed cut at Carnoustie wasn’t what Danielle had in mind. However, don’t lose sight of the fact that Kang tallied top-10s in three straight starts preceding Tokyo. And don’t underestimate how fired up Danielle will be after her boyfriend’s close call in Napa.
Kang will be especially comfortable at this week’s layout having finished 2nd at the 2019 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Her scoring average over her last six rounds at Pinnacle Country Club is a sizzling 67.0, and typically, Danielle’s hovering in the +1800 range to win on the LPGA Tour.
Letting her +3300 number slide by without buying some shares doesn’t seem responsible.
More Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Betting Picks
Lydia Ko (+1100) and Matilda Castren (+3000) are two more names that could be worthwhile. Ko’s armed with top-3s in two of her last three starts and lifted the trophy at the 2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
Castren has been playing superbly as of late – she’s won twice since June and will arrive seeking a seventh straight top-20. That doesn’t even include her brilliant performance (3-1-0) at Inverness en route to leading the Europeans to a second consecutive Solheim Cup.
For those of you betting on the action in Arkansas, don’t forget that there’s another golf tournament taking place this weekend. And might I add, it’s as prestigious and pressure-packed as it gets.