The first World Golf Championship(WGC) event of the season takes place this coming weekend with the tournament being moved for this year only from Mexico to the Concession Club in Florida. The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida opened in 2006 and Bryson DeChambeau is the only player with winning form here having won the 2015 NCAA Championship at the venue, beating C.T. Pan by one shot.
The course measures 7,474 yards for its par of 72, and this parkland layout has reasonably generous fairways making this very much a 2nd-shot course that will reward strong approach play and those players that are best able to master the many slopes and undulations on the Bermuda greens.
The weather forecast for the weekend is very good with plenty of warm sunshine and very little wind leaving ideal playing conditions but expect the greens to be very fast and difficult.
The format of the event is a field of 72 players and No Cut which could allow for some dramatic changes in places over the final two days. Because of the reduced field, the bookies are a little more cautious with their place terms this week with Boylesports once again offering the most competitive each-way terms of ⅕ odds for 8 Places with Skybet, Paddy Power, Betfred and Betfair all offering the same terms for 7 Places. Boylesports generosity on place terms is tempered by their generally lower odds with the Irish bookie not actually best or joint best odds on any player!
With very little course form to go on it should be a very open betting market and it is surprising to see Dustin Johnson as low as 5/1 in places and Jon Rahm as second favourite at best odds of just 10/1.
Both come into the WorkDay Championship following a good preparation in the Genesis Invitational last weekend, Rahm closing with a final round of 66 for joint fifth position whilst Johnson dropped a shot in his last round to finish in a tie for eighth. As the top-ranked players in the world, both will have an obvious chance at the Concession Club but there is little value in backing either of them.
In a field of 72 players, it is amazing that forty players can be backed at 100/1 or higher with Unibet, in particular, offering huge odds on many of the outsiders but they are only offering six places each way.
A few of the top players missed the cut at the Genesis including DeChambeau, McIlroy and Justin Thomas which makes it hard to make a strong case for those at almost the top of the market.
Of the others near the top of the market, the 2 players that make the most appeal are Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau. Cantlay has been near his very best in recent weeks with a third-place finish at Pebble Beach and runners up spot in the American Express as well as a solid effort in the Genesis Invitational before his putting went cold in the final two rounds. At 18/1 each way 7 places with Paddy Power and Betfair he rates a solid prospect.
As does Finau who was once again bridesmaid at Pacific Palisades losing in a playoff following a brilliant final round 64. Finau does not win (hardly) but regularly rewards each-way backers and at 20/1 he is excellent value.
Will Zalatoris rise up the world rankings continues with the 24-year-old continuing his run of good form in 2021 with a solid performance last weekend and the Californian can continue his rapid progress at the Workday Championship this week. Odds of 60/1 with Betfred for 7 places should be snapped up.
Zalatoris won the TPC Colorado Championship last summer before going on to finish 6th in the US Open and has shown consistently good form in 2021 including 7th place in the Farmers Championship.
Our final tip for the WGC Workday Championship is Sungjae Im who is simply too big to ignore at odds of 40/1. The Korean star is ultra-consistent, has proven form this year and in 2020 won the Honda Classic and finished 2nd in the Masters. Im is now ranked No.17 in the World Rankings and has plenty of improvement to come.
WGC Workday Championship Tips
|Selection||Patrick Cantlay||Tony Finau||Will Zalatoris||Sungjae Im
|Market||1pt Each Way||1pt Each Way||1pt Each Way||1pt Each Way
|Place Terms||⅕ Odds 7 Places||⅕ Odds 7 Places||⅕ Odds 7 Places||⅕ Odds 7 Places