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.
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.
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|
|WES SHORT JR.||+5000|
|DAVIS LOVE III||+5000|
|FIELD (ANY OTHER)||+415|
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