The PGA will stop off at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio this week for the Workday Charity Open.
The Workday Charity Open is taking the place of the John Deere Classic on this year’s amended schedule. Next week’s tournament is the Memorial, which also takes place at Muirfield Village. When the John Deere Classic was cancelled, the PGA Tour went into “crisis management.”
In their contract with FedEx, if there aren’t at least 30 tournaments the contract is voided. Bye Bye truck loads of sponsorship money. Enter the Workday Charity Classic.
Of course it’s not very typical for a course to host back-to-back tournaments. The hope was to have this week’s tournament under the current COVID rules and start introducing fans next week.
It has been reported that will not be the case for the foreseeable future. As disappointing as that is, we still have a tournament to get ready for!
The Nicklaus design will be the test for the players this week.
The course plays at 7,392 yards long, but with the way these guys have been hitting it lately it shouldn’t be an issue. Nicklaus does work on the course every fall to make it more enjoyable for the members and tougher on the pros.
The course will feature some lengthened holes and several new bunkers to make accuracy more important.
Let’s make some money!
This week’s favorite according to William Hill sports book is Justin Thomas at 11-1.
Thomas took last week off to get ready for this swing that includes the Memorial next week. The rest should do JT some good and put him a good spot physically for tis weekend.
This week’s “Best Bet” is going to be *shocker* Thomas.
I like the odds that Vegas has him at and I think he is ready to have a big week. This course should fit his game very well seeing how control is required and he has that in the bag.
The “Dark Horse” for this week is none other than Matthew Fitzpartick. The Englishman is part of the “New Guard” on tour that have the vets on notice. He has a solid game that he worked on quite a bit during quarantine.
Watch out for him to have a big week.
Our “Long Shot” this week is a blast from the past in Jason Duffner.
Duff-Daddy has performed well here in the past. He really has fallen off the radar the past couple of years, but I have a good feeling about him the former PGA Champ.
There we have it folks. Half way through the week.
It’s all down hill from here into a weekend of relaxation, gambling, and golf.