With the top stars of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour taking part in the Genesis Scottish Open this week, other golfers from both tours are in Kentucky to compete in the Barbasol Championship that will award a spot in the Open Championship to the winner (if he hasn’t already qualified).
The event is part of the two tours’ “strategic alliance,” but because it is a companion event on the PGA Tour, only 300 FedEx Cup points will be awarded to the victor. The event began in 2015 as an alternate event to the Open.
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, and Seamus Power won last year’s event at -21.
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.
Oddsmakers are backing Christopher Gotterup in just his sixth start on the PGA Tour. Gotterup finished seventh in his debut at the Puerto Rico Open in March and then returned at the RBC Canadian Open last month. After missing the cut there, he rebounded to finish a respectable 43rd at the U.S. Open. After a 35th at the Travelers Championship, he played well in all four rounds of the John Deere Classic to come home tied for fourth.
Is high on the odds board due to his name, as he only has one top-10 finish this season (Valspar Championship in May). He did, however, record a hole-in-one as part of a final-round 66 at the John Deere Classic last weekend.
Has had a nice run of six-straight cuts made and finished in the 20s in his last three events. Sam Ryder (+3000) has a solid history here, finishing seventh last year and third in his prior attempt in 2018. After missing four straight cuts, he did make the weekend at the Travelers and John Deere, so returning to a place where he’s had success should help him take another step.
Comes in as the hottest golfer in the field, having finished fifth at the Travelers and tied for 10th at the John Deere, going 8-for-8 in rounds under par in the process.
Shot a 61 in the third round of this tournament in 2019 and ended up finishing in second place. He’s also had decent results as of late, coming in 15th at the Mexico Open in May, 13th at the RBC Canadian Open, and 24th at the John Deere Classic.
Is a hometown player who has made the cut in all three appearances at Keene Trace, finishing a career-best sixth in 2019. His one start on the PGA Tour this year netted a respectable 22nd place in Puerto Rico.
A field like this is tough to predict. Last week, J.T. Poston was the hot hand going into the John Deere Classic and won it. We like Gotterup, Hadley, and Kraft for that reason, and we are backing Ryder due to his solid play at this course.
|GOLFERS||ODDS TO WIN 2022 BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Hank Lebioda / John Huh||+3500|
|Hayden Buckley / Chesson Hadley||+3500|