Ascension Charity Classic Is Back In St. Louis

Ascension Charity Classic Is Back In St. Louis

After a 20 year wait, the PGA Tour Champions are back in St. Louis for The Ascension Charity Classic.  Originally scheduled to debut in 2020, The Ascension Charity Classic will finally debut this week with a star-studded field of PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS. This event is designed to showcase the best golf on PGA TOUR Champions, and most importantly, to benefit local charities in the greater St. Louis area.

On the 1948 PGA Championship site, 81 PGA TOUR Champions professionals will test their precision on the Norwood Hill Country Club (West Course) over a 54-hole stroke play golf tournament, all while battling for a $2 million purse.

So, how good is the field? 

Well, the 81 players combine to hold 243 PGA TOUR Champions victories, which includes 24 senior major championship titles, 19 PGA TOUR Major championships, and let’s throw in eight World Golf Hall of Fame members for good measure. Eight of the top-10 players in the Charles Schwab Cup ranking will be playing, including the top four: two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer (1), 2003 U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk (No.2), 2020 SENIOR PLAYERS champion Jerry Kelly (No.3), and four-time major winner Ernie Els (No. 4).

With all that talent in the field, who is the odds-on favorite to win it all? According to Jazz Sports, Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open Champion at +600 odds, has that distinction. Furyk currently ranks second in the Schwab Cup standings and is recently coming off a top 10 finish at the Ally Challenge.

Sitting in second with the second-best odds to win the whole tournament at +900 is the current leader in the Schwab Cup standings, Bernard Langer. About a month ago, Langer would not be sitting in this spot, but with a second-place finish at the Ally Challenge, he has moved him back into the number one spot in the standings and should be in contention come Sunday.

One player to keep an eye on this weekend is Steven Alker. Sitting just behind the top 3 with +1100 odds to win it all, Alker has put together two top 10 finishes in his two starts since turning 50. He’s recently moved into 73rd on the Schwab Cup standings, and his positive momentum should keep him knocking at the door of contention all weekend.

Odds To Win The Ascension Charity Classic

Now with the fieldset, we take a look at the odds to win the whole thing as projected by Jazz Sports.

Golfer                                                                                        Odds To Win The Ascension Charity Classic Is Back In St. Louis
JIM FURYK                                                                                 +600
RETIEF GOOSEN                                                                       +900
BENRHARD LANGER                                                                +900
STEVEN ALKER                                                                          +1100
JERRY KELLY                                                                +1200
ALEX CEJKA                                                                               +1400
ROD PAMPLING                                                                       +1500
ERNIE ELS                                                                                  +1800
KEVIN SUTHERLAND                                                               +1800
MIKE WEIR                                                                                +2000
WOODY AUSTIN                                                                      +2200
K.J. CHOI                                                                                   +2000
DOUG BARRON                                                                        +2500
DAVID TOMS                                                                            +3000
DARREN CLARKE                                                                      +3000
BRANDT JOBE                                                                           +3000
STEVE FLESCH                                                                          +3000
STEPHEN AMES                                                                        +3500
SCOTT PAREL                                                                            +4000
PAUL GOYDOS                                                                         +5000
PAUL BROADHURST                                                                +5000
TIM PETROVIC                                                                         +5000
WES SHORT JR.                                                                        +5000
DICKY PRIDE                                                                             +5000
VIJAY SINGH                                                                             +5000
BILLY MAYFAIR                                                                        +5000
DAVIS LOVE III                                                                          +5000
KENNY PERRY                                                                           +5000
GLEN DAY                                                                                 +5000
BILLY ANDRADE                                                                       +5000
FIELD (ANY OTHER)                                                                 +415

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