2001 Fortinet Championship
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th September at Silverado Country Club – Par 72, 7166 yards
There’s been little chance for PGA Tour fans to catch their breath after the FedEx Playoffs finished with the new season starting a couple of weeks later at a well-established event and a new sponsor. The North Course at Silverado Country Club has been used since 2014 and gives the players a gentle beginning to the 2021/2022 season with the winning score likely to be fifteen under par or better. Last year’s champion was Stewart Cink who set a new winning score of 267 at twenty-one under par.
Sahith Could Be Thee Gala Winner at His Local Track
I was happy to see Sahith Theegala earn his PGA Tour card a couple of weeks ago. The twenty-three-year-old from Orange, California has been on my radar since this tournament a year ago when an eye-catching 14th included a 64 in round three. Since which he has been flitting between Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour starts, often managing to get through the Monday Qualifying.
Following @acaseofthegolf1 on Twitter has enabled me to keep a close track of his progress, particularly when he qualified for the US Open. It’s been a tough grind and many hours travel away from the glamour of the PGA Tour to finally land his playing privileges. Similar to when he qualified for the US Open, he produced at the 11th hour with his best two finishes of 2021 coming at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and the Korn Ferry Tour Championship where he was 4th and 6th respectively to lock up his PGA Tour card.
With his confidence on an upswing and returning to the course he first caught my attention, this local lad has the opportunity to hit the ground running and steal a march and a few dollars for the season to come. Cameron Champ and Emiliano Grillo are two promising young players who kick-started their careers here with tournament victories while Kevin Tway won his first PGA Tour Title in 2018 and they are all long off the tee like Sahith Theegala. Take a Top 10 finish for the bigger stake as one of our best bets while adding a longshot win about a local boy, Sahith Theegala at +10000 with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) his week at the Fortinet Championship.
2021 Fortinet Championship Golf Pick: Sahith Theegala top 10 at +800 with BetOnline
Hudson Is a Huge Price to Swafford the Win This Week
I must confess to feeling a little shocked at Hudson Swafford’s price this week after a strong FedEx Playoff series culminating with him just missing out on a Tour Championship berth. A literal reading of his 17th at the BMW Championship leads you to believe it was a solid event, but he required a top 3 finish for his Tour Championship berth.
As is the way with Hudson Swafford he went for it all guns blazing but a disappointing final round of 72 saw him fall away from the top 5 after round three. The one good thing that seems to have done, is to protect his price this week. Hudson Swafford is a player who goes under the radar a little but he’s a very capable closer as we saw in the fall of 2020 at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Swafford has previous experience at Silverado Country Club with 8th and 17th in 2014 and 2015 so take the chance at +11000 with BetOnline this week as one of our best bets.
2021 Fortinet Championship Golf Pick: Hudson Swafford win at +11000 with BetOnline
2021 Fortinet Championship Golf Pick: Hudson Swafford top 20 at +450 with BetOnline
Will Harry Higgs Go One Better This Year?
Readers and followers will remember that Harry Higgs gave us a good run for our money last year when he was a brave runner up to Stewart Cink. Higgs lost little in defeat having hinted on debut in 2019 that Silverado Country Club was a good fit for the New Jersey man. 2021 has been a strange year for Harry Higgswith his one stand outperformance of 4th at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
Despite his poor form after it propelled the twenty-nine-year-old up the FedEx Playoffs meaning he played all but the Tour Championship and with two top 20 finishes in his last three events of the season, it was a strong finish. This leaves us with the age-old recipe of course form and good current form for Harry Higgs as a selection to go one better than last year and win the Fortinet Championship at +8000 with Intertops (visit our Intertops Review).
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.