Barbasol Championship Odds, Field & Betting Picks

Barbasol Championship Odds, Field & Betting Picks

PGA Tour and DP World Tour Pros Battle for Tour Cards and Playoff Positioning at Barbasol Championship

With most of the top stars on the PGA Tour in Scotland for a joint event with the DP World Tour (Genesis Scottish Open), many other golfers from both circuits will head to Kentucky for the Barbasol Championship. While the companion event only pays 300 FedEx Cup points instead of the traditional 500—and also doesn’t come with all winner privileges, such as a berth in the Masters, it is a very important event for all participating.

PGA Tour Odds

Around 50 DP World Tour players will be looking to earn non-member FedEx Cup points in a chance to snag a PGA Tour card, and PGA Tour regulars can use all the points they can get to secure a spot in the top 125 to get full membership in 2024 and also try to amass enough points to reach the FedEx Cup playoffs.

This is the eighth edition of the tournament, and there have been seven different winners up to this point. In 2022, Trey Mullinax won his first PGA Tour event after birdieing the final hole to beat Kevin Streelman by one stroke.

The Course

After the first three editions were played in Alabama, the Barbasol Championship has been contested at Keene Trace Golf Club near Lexington, Kentucky, since 2018. Jim Herman set the tournament record here in 2019 with a 26-under 262. Mullinax came one stroke away from tying that mark last year.

The par-72, 7,328-yard course features 76 bunkers in all and large greens that can be forgiving on the approach but leave some very long putts once golfers arrive to their ball.

Pendrith and Glover, Who Is on a Hot Streak, Favored in Kentucky

Canadian Taylor Pendrith and American Lucas Glover find themselves favored at +1200 this weekend. Pendrith looked like he might be ready to take the next step this year and get his first win after several strong finishes in 2022, but he’s taken a step back this year with only one top-10 finish. Two weeks ago in Detroit, Pendrith began to make strides with a 14th-place finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic before taking last week off. He’s been 11th and 13th here at Keene Trace the past two seasons.

Glover hasn’t been on the radar since a win two years ago at the John Deere Classic. But after coming in fourth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, he remained in sight of the leaders all weekend in Illinois, finishing in sixth at this year’s edition of the John Deere. Those have been his only top 10s of the year, so he’s getting hot at the right time, and the weaker field at this event could be enough to give the 43-year-old another victory.

Other Barbasol Championship Contenders

We saw Akshay Bhatia (+1500) contend in the last companion event—the Puerto Rico Open, which was held opposite the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Bhatia, 21, was runner-up in that tournament and was fourth at the Mexico Open at Vidanta. He’s coming off four rounds under par at TPC Deere Run with a 31st-place finish in the John Deere, so don’t be surprised if he contends this weekend.

Peter Kuest (+1500) has achieved Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour thanks to three top-20 finishes in his last four starts, including a fourth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. After a 17th at the John Deere, it’s no longer a surprise to see Kuest’s name on the leaderboard, and it could very well happen again this weekend.

On the other end of the spectrum, Kevin Streelman, 44, is also at +1500. He was a stroke away from winning this tournament last year, which would’ve been his first title since 2014. Streelman’s lone top 10 came in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in May. He shot a 63 in round two last week, so he has the potential for another strong tournament here, and at 116th in FedEx Cup points, he needs a strong performance to stay in the top 125.

Grayson Murray (+2000) was sixth in the 2022 edition of this tournament, and he’s a recent winner on the Korn Ferry Tour. As a result, his confidence should be high going into this weekend’s event.

Justin Lower (+3000) plays well in this part of North America, which should come as no surprise given that he was born in Ohio. Lower was eighth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Michigan and was eighth in this event a year ago. The composition of both Detroit Golf Club and Keene Trace are similar—they have Bentgrass in the fairways and Bluegrass in the rough.

Barbasol Championship Longshots

Marcus Helligkilde (+4000), a 26-year-old from Denmark, was strong in this two-event sojurn to the United States last year, finishing eighth here and 13th the following week at the Barracuda Championship. On the DP World Tour, he owns a runner-up finish in Korea from back in April.

Ryo Hisatsune (+4000) is a 20-year-old native of Japan who ranks 26th in the Race to Dubai standings on the DPWT. He played in the ZOZO Championship, a PGA Tour event held in Japan each fall, where he finished 12th. On the European circuit, he’s been consistently good: five finishes inside the top 25 in his last seven starts, including an eighth-place effort at last week’s tournament in Denmark.

Things are wide open here, but we like the form that Glover and Kuest has been displaying. Justin Lower is a good value pick, and Helligkilde and Hisatsune seem to be the best bets from the DP World Tour contingent to make some noise.

Check here the 2023 Barbasol Championship Round 1 & 2 Highlights

2023 Barbasol Championship Odds by Jazzsports

Taylor Pendrith+1200
Lucas Glover+1200
Akshay Bhatia+1500
Kevin Streelman+1500
Peter Kuest+1500
Vincent Norrman+1800
Carl Yuan+1800
Grayson Murray+2000
Cameron Champ+3000
M.J. Daffue+3000
Justin Lower+3000

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