After taking a beating at Winged Foot, many of the world’s top players skipped the trip to the Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Resort & Golf Club Championship.
The only top-10 player from last week’s U.S. Open in the field is Will Zalatoris and he is the favorite at BetMGM at 12/1. Zalatoris currently doesn’t even have full status on the PGA Tour, but he is in good form. He had one win and eight finishes of sixth or better in 11 events on the Korn Ferry Tour this summer, and has a 12-event streak, including last week at Winged Foot, in which he has not finished outside of the top 20.
Mackenzie Hughes (16/1) was the runner-up in this event last year to Graeme McDowell and he is arguably playing the best golf of his career. Corey Conners (18/1) is always tops in ball-striking statistics and Sam Burns (20/1) finished T-7th at the Safeway Open in his last event two weeks ago.
Here are some longer shots who are worth a wager in the D.R. Though it’s a far cry from the U.S. Open in every way, bettors can win money just the same.
Pat Perez (33/1)
Unlike some, Perez wasn’t getting beat up at Winged Foot and comes in fairly well-rested. Two weeks ago, the 44-year-old Perez finished T-9 at the Safeway, where he putted well. That could carry over here to the Supreme Paspalum surface, on which he has two of his three career PGA Tour wins. Perez saw 47 year-old Stewart Cink win the Safeway two weeks ago and that has to give him some confidence that he can still win in certain spots on the PGA Tour and earn that Masters invite plus another two-year stay on the tour.
Kristoffer Ventura (35/1)
Finished T-7 at the Safeway and actually was only one stroke off the lead going into Sunday. He finished sixth for the week in Napa Valley for Strokes Gained: Putting.
Will Gordon (66/1)
Earned enough non-member points this summer to gain his PGA Tour card for this current 2020-21 season. Now he can focus on winning and earning FedEx Cup points to stay out on the tour for years to come. He finished top 10 at the RSM Classic last fall at Sea Island, another Tom Fazio redesign.
Chris Kirk (66/1)
Broke a five-year victory drought this summer with a win on the Korn Ferry Tour at the King & Bear Classic at World Golf Village. However, the bigger victory for Kirk is to be back out on tour playing golf again as he left the game in May 2019 to deal with alcohol and depression issues. He has a win on a Fazio redesign at the 2013 McGladrey Classic at Sea Island.
James Hahn (70/1)
Hasn’t had much form really over the last couple of seasons, but did finish T-9 last time out at the Safeway. He’s a bit of a boom-or-bust play this week but fits the Fazio course correlation angle. Hahn has won at Riviera and Quail Hollow against big-time fields. Both of those courses involved Fazio redesigns.
J.J. Spaun (125/1)
Has always been a coastal-course specialist and his T-9 at the Safeway was his best finish in almost two calendar years.
Scott Brown (200/1)
Has missed six of his last eight cuts but had a T-2 finish this season at Riviera.