Last week provided plenty of fireworks on the PGA Tour, and Scottie Scheffler made a maiden trip to the winner’s circle with victory in the Waste Management Open after prevailing in a play-off.
It may have been disappointing for Patrick Cantlay, however, you imagine he will bounce back this week. There were some other fabulous storylines, including Sahith Theegala. He held the lead at points during the tournament, and remember, this is his first full season on the PGA Tour.
Anyway, we’re excited about The Genesis Open, so here are three tips for you to feast your eyes on.
Patrick Cantlay to make the breakthrough
For someone who is accustomed to winning on the PGA Tour, it seems rather strange when discussing Cantlay’s chances of getting a win under his belt this season. Unfortunately for him, the putter went cold for Cantlay on the back nine in Phoenix last weekend. However, the reigning FedEx Cup champion is an undeniable talent, and you feel he has a Major or two in him, and if not that, plenty more other PGA titles.
We backed Cantlay to win the Waste Management Open, and his play-off defeat may well have hurt. However, he has usually been loitering in the top 5 this season. This weekend could be the one when he gets off the mark in 2022, and add another PGA title to his growing collection.
Anyway, he is trading as the second favourite behind Jon Rahm at 12/1 with Paddy Power. However, with the form Cantlay has been in, don’t be surprised if he triumphs this weekend.
Brooks Koepka to come up short again
We all want the real Brooks Koepka to start firing. Just like his bleached blonde hair, his golf is very striking! However, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag of late for the American. He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, and he had to settle for a T3 finish last weekend.
He has shown glimpses of what he can produce, and although there have been injury issues over the past few months, Koepka needs to make himself counted. With The Masters just under two months away, Koepka would like to make a statement in one of the build-up tournaments.
He’s currently priced at a tempting 6/1 with William Hill to finish in the top 5, and that’s probably a fair assessment of where he’s at currently. Koepka will be thereabouts, but he won’t be able to make a sustained challenge at The Genesis Open.
Tony Finau to have another free weekend
We all know what Tony Finau can produce, and he has usually been the bridesmaid, but never the bride on the PGA Tour, such has been the number of times he has finished runner-up.
He hasn’t set things alight this season with two missed cuts, and his poor run of form could continue this week. He’s at a short price of 9/4 to miss the cut at The Genesis Open with bet365, so he could have another weekend to put his feet up or hit some more balls at the driving range!