The PGA will stop off in Cromwell, Conn. this weekend.
The third tournament of the restarted season will take place at TPC River Highlands. The PGA has done really well to this point with its bubble approach to avoiding a COVID outbreak.
Nick Watney did, however, test positive last week and immediately went into a two-week quarantine. The rest of the week appeared to go off without a hitch.
With all the drama and suspense created by last weeks loaded leader board, it’s got viewers hungry for another great week. Over the last decade, longer hitters, as measured by average driving distance, have done very well in this tournament. This week may shape up for the battle we’ve all been waiting for, Bryson “Thicc Boi” DeChambeau against Brooks “Two Short” Koepka.
If you don’t get the “Two Short” reference see below:
This was in response to Bryson taking a shot at Brooks’ Body Issue photo. I think Brooks won that round.
The course this week is Players Choice Award winner of the past two years. This is voted on by PGA Tour members for its services, hospitality, attendance and quality of the course.
Obviously, we can take attendance out of the mix, but the rest of that should make for a happy field. When the field is happy it usually means good, low-scoring golf.
Time to get rich, y’all.
For the third week in a row, Rory McIlroy is the odds on favorite at 12-1 according to Vegas. McIlroy placed T-41st last week finishing -11.
Normally not a bad score, but conditions were ripe for much better rounds.
Once again, with distance off the tee being important this week, don’t count the World Number One out.
Now, for my picks of the week.
My “Best Bet” this week is Bubba Watson at 33-1 odds.
Bubba is a three-time champion of this event. There is obviously something about this course that fits his eye very well.
Not to mention, he is consistently one of top guys on tour for driving distance.
My “Dark Horse” this week is going to be another past champion and a returner to this role. I like Jordan Spieth here at 40-1.
Spieth won this event back in 2017 and has seems to be right on the cusp of clearing that last hurdle of returning to the Jordan of old.
Last but not least, we have our “Long Shot”. I like Zach Johnson here this week.
Johnson comes in this week at 150-1. Talk about good money if that cashes in. Johnson has always been a fan of this course and plays pretty well every year at this event.
Johnson is one those guys you can never count that likes to pop up every now and then just to remind you that he’s pretty good at golf.
How to watch.
You can catch Thursday and Friday’s action from 3-6 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel. For Saturday and Sunday, the coverage will begin at 1 p.m. and run till 3:00 p.m. on the Golf Channel.
CBS will then pick up the coverage each day from 3-6 p.m.
Of course, you can always catch all the coverage from the first tee to the final tee with PGA TOUR Live.
Happy hump day, y’all.