The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course is the site of the latest stop on the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour—the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio, where the temperatures are expected to be in the 90s, so golfers will have to contend with some major heat.
This is the 15th annual tournament here, and some PGA Tour stars are among the former winners. They include Justin Thomas, Harris English, and Scottie Scheffler—golfers who are all in the top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
This is the second tournament in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which is a three-tournament series that determines the 50 PGA Tour cards that are awarded through this tour each season. The 25 are the top-25 finishers on the regular-season points list, and The Finals 25 are players in No. 26-75 position on the Korn Ferry Tour along with golfers ranked No. 126-200 on the PGA Tour who failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The 25 runs all season and finishes up next week at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship, while the Finals 25 consists of this event, next week’s, and last week’s Albertsons Boise Open, which was won by Greyson Sigg.
Sigg (+2200) was planning on skipping this event in Columbus, but he decided to play in it after last week’s victory put him in the top spot on The 25. That’s important because The 25 and the Finals 25 winner each receives fully exempt status for the 2021-22 PGA Tour and a spot in The Players Championship.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa is the betting favorite, as he had a nice showing in big PGA Tour events this year and is playing in the Finals 25 here on the Korn Ferry Tour. He finished tied for 10th last week in Boise. His best finish this year is seventh place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, a 16th-place finish at the Olympics, and he also had a good run at the U.S. Open before finishing tied for 31st after a final-round 76.
Lucas Herbert is next on the favorites chart at +1500. His fourth-place finish last week clinched his first-ever Tour Card for next season, and the Australian is at an impressive No. 48 in the World Golf Rankings.
Aaron Rai (+1500) comes to Columbus with something to prove after leading at Boise until the final hole, where a double-bogey on No. 18 put him one stroke behind Sigg on the final leaderboard.
Chad Ramey (+2200) is another player worth looking at, as his consistency this year has been impressive. He’s made 38 of 41 cuts, including a fourth in Omaha and seventh in Boise in his last two tournaments. He’s also in third place in the Top 25, so a win here could move him up into the top spot and get that fully exempt Tour Card.
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The PGA Champions Tour reaches Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc Township, Michigan this week for the fourth annual Ally Challenge.
Warwick Hills has been a part of the PGA since 1958, and the last PGA Tour event was held there in 2009 when Tiger Woods won there for the third time.
Including this event, there are six events left before the Schwab Cup Playoffs begin. Jerry Kelly (+1100) is currently leading the standings with many of the favorites this week hot on his tail. Kelly won this event in 2019 and has finished in the top 10 in half of his 28 starts this season.
Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker is the favorite here, however, at just +350 odds. He’s had an incredible run in the events he’s played this year on the Champions Tour, winning twice and finishing outside the top 11 just once in 11 events this season.
Jim Furyk (+600) is second in the Schwab Cup standings and won here at Warwick Hills in 2020. He didn’t play his best golf at the Boeing Classic last week but still finished second and would’ve forced a playoff if he didn’t miss a putt on the final hole. He is also coming off a win at the U.S. Senior Open in July.
Ernie Els (+1800) is a winner here back from his PGA Tour days in 1997 but was just 27th last year in his first year on the Champions Tour. He’s still looking for his first win of the season, but he has racked up three top-10 finishes in his last five events and was 11th last weekend at the Boeing.
Retief Goosen (+900) is coming off a six-week break following the U.S. Senior Open but is a favorite here based on a runner-up finish a year ago. He also placed in the top five in three of his last four tournaments.
Despite being 64 and not having a win since March 2020, Bernhard Langer (+1800) is also worth a mention. He’s finished seventh here in both 2019 and 2020 and has been consistently strong on the Champions Tour, sitting in third place between Kelly and Furyk despite not having the benefit of a victory.
Rod Pampling is also at +1800 after winning the Boeing Classic last week in suburban Seattle for his first victory on the Champions Tour.
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