Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. September 24-27
Par 72, 7670 yards
The PGA Tour heads to the Dominican Republic for the third straight year in an event that started out scheduled on the Korn Ferry in 2016. A quick promotion followed in 2018 to the PGA Tour for the Corales Golf Club.
Tom Fazio designed a layout situated on wave-battered cliffs and coves. While the inland lakes and quarries make it an exhilarating experience for the golfer. The elements will play their part too, and the players will be relieved if the conditions are benign. If they are we can expect a winning score of circa twenty under par this week.
Kristoffer Ventura, a Longshot With a Real Chance
Norwegian, Kristoffer Ventura looks on the brink of his PGA Tour breakthrough victory after a consistent spell of form post-COVID-19. He came to the PGA Tour after a superb 2018/2019 season on the Korn Ferry Tour that saw him land two titles: the Utah Championship and the Pinnacle Bank Championship. He was slower to adjust than expected, but in recent weeks his solid form has accumulated a plethora of Top 20 finishes, as well as a 7th at the Safeway Open; his best on the PGA Tour.
Noticeably he has already shown an ability to handle golf in this part of the American Continent with a solid Puerto Rico Open that his compatriot Viktor Hovland won. Perhaps that is not surprising, given that he was born in Mexico and moved to Norway at twelve years old. In a weaker than average field, Ventura has all the tools necessary to make the Top 20 and to land our PGA Longshot bet at the top-rated betting websites.
PGA Golf Pick: Kristoffer Ventura – Top 20 (+185) at BetOnline
DJ Trahan, a PGA Tour Grinder to Rely On
As for the PGA Golf Banker Pick, regular readers/followers of mine will be familiar with DJ Trahan, who has regularly performed well while being a profitable player to follow in the side and place markets over the past two seasons. When he trends into his best form, he is a player to confidently follow especially in the fall of the PGA Tour year.
Two weeks ago in California, he snapped a spell of sub-standard form with an eye-catching 14th place finish. I say eye-catching because it was his first cut in eight tournaments since the post-COVID-19 break. He was laying in 3rd after 36 holes, and his final two rounds maybe lacked a sharpness that comes to a professional golfer from being in regular contention. Approaching his fortieth birthday, you could be forgiven for giving Trahan the journeyman tag after close to two decades grinding a living. But in truth, Trahan is a two time PGA Tour winner with one Korn Ferry Tour title in the initial 150 of 411 career starts.
So yes, in recent years Trahan has come up empty in the win column but has also been playing a limited schedule of forty-two starts in the past three seasons. In fact, pre-COVID-19 he had accumulated eight top twenty finishes in thirty-three starts during 2019 and 2018. Accounting for a top 20 strike rate of just under 25%, which is phenomenal in the knowledge of his limited starts. A top 10 finish at Corales Golf Club achieved with a poor second round shows an ability to handle the course. Making him our Banker play this week for our PGA Golf Picks in the Dominican Republic at +550 with Bovada.