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The American Express
Thu 21 Jan
Winner Pick

Abraham Ancer

Jon Rahm’s withdrawal from The American Express on Monday left oddsmakers struggling to identify a favorite – and Patrick Cantlay ended up topping most lists in the wake of the Spaniard’s deletion.

Cantlay won the last PGA Tour event which was staged in his home state of California, pipping Rahm and Justin Thomas in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club, so the man from Long Beach must be respected as he tees up at PGA West, La Quinta in a field of far less quality.

That said, Cantlay got himself in contention in the Sentry Tournament of Champions in his last start, wilting from the eighth hole onwards, finishing 13th, so bettors may be put off by that Kapalua performance.

Scottie Scheffler is still awaiting his Tour breakthrough – and the powerhouse has gone slightly off the boil in failing to penetrate the top ten in his seven starts this season – while Patrick Reed opted to withdraw from the Sony Open due to shin splints. The 2018 Masters champion has declared himself fit for the American Express, but, like Cantlay and Scheffler, does not appear to represent value at short odds.

The overseas raiders seem set to make a bigger impression than usual this week, with Abraham Ancer and Si Woo Kim expected to feature on the leaderboard.

Ancer was hugely unfortunate not to win this tournament 12 months ago – the Mexican ace fired a final-round 63 which was not quite enough to topple Andrew Landry. Ancer’s other round on PGA West’s Stadium Course last year was a 66 – he outscored everyone on that track – so the Texas-based swinger will be delighted that three of the four rounds for this renewal are going to be staged at the Stadium Course.

There are no amateurs competing either – just 156 professionals across the Stadium Course and the Nicklaus Tournament Course – so Tour chiefs can set the layouts up tougher. That will suit Ancer, given his trademark accuracy, and the 2019 Presidents Cup star can be fancied to go extremely close to a breakthrough victory. He has been runner-up three times – hugely unlucky to run into some inspired opponents – but this week his moment may have arrived.

Ancer’s 65 in the final round of the RBC Heritage in June was gutsy and sublime, but Webb Simpson’s 64 beat him by a shot. Ancer has shown he can handle pressure and he won the Australian Open in 2018.

Winner Pick

Si Woo Kim

Kim carded a pair of 67s at the Stadium Course in 2016, and a 64 on the Nicklaus Tournament, coming unstuck at La Quinta Country Club, which has been axed from the roster this year.

The 2017 Sawgrass champion loves how similar the Stadium Course is to the scene of his greatest triumph — they are both Pete Dye designs — and an eight-under-par Sony Open weekend has set the Korean up well.

Top American Pick

Hudson Swafford

Hudson Swafford, the 2017 champion, had a solid Hawaii Swing and is worth a prop bet at giant odds for top American honors.

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Golf Picks & Predictions For This Week Including PGA Expert Picks

Pickswise is your home for golf picks for every tournament throughout the year. We provide round by round expert golf picks as well as tournament winners and with our DFS golf tips coming soon.

Our PGA expert picks cover every week of the tour and includes the four major tournaments in the calendar in the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship.

How to Bet on Golf

Most bettors are familiar with NFL picks and NBA wagers but something that is really gaining steam in the betting world is PGA betting. PGA predictions rely mainly on odds wagering – you pick a golfer you like and if he or she wins your payout is 2-1, 12-1, 25-1, etc.

Golf picks odds are calculated based on a number of factors such as past history at the course, recent tournament trends, and arguably most important is how the public views that play. Don’t expect great odds on public favorite Tiger Woods in a big name tournament such as U.S. Open golf predictions or Masters expert picks. At the same time if a popular golfer like Woods is down there at 20-1 it’s usually for good reason and a win a long shot because it would cost books so much money.

Golf Betting Online

With its increased popularity in the sports betting world, Golf betting online is readily available with the majority of online sportsbooks for all of the PGA tour tournaments, throughout the season. Golf betting online is a great way to add some extra excitement to the big tournaments and one of the best things about golf betting is the number of ways in which you can get involved. The length of a golf tournament allows for ample opportunities to invest in a wager, and with it, there is a long list of bets you can place from the outright winner to Top-10 or Top-25 finishes or three-ball wagers, and even in-play betting after each round, the possibilities with golf betting online seem endless.

Types of Golf Bets

The best thing about golf bets is the variation available to bettors for each tournament. A varied approach to your golf wagering is a good way to add excitement to the tour but also means there is something for everyone, be it a longshot, a prop bet, or a solid favorite bet to bet on. Here are some of the most commonly wagered types of golf bet, but be sure to check out our Golf Betting Guide for a full breakdown of betting on golf, and our experts’ top-5 tips for betting smarter on golf.

Win Bets

The most commonly wagered golf bet on any given tournament in unsurprisingly the win markets. The win golf bets are just that, a golfer to win the tournament or in certain instances, you can bet on them to win a round.

Each Way Bets

With the large field sizes and the fact a tournament is played across four days, a fair number of longshots win or come close to winning on the tour. Even on the biggest stages, with the likes of Charl Schwartzel and Angel Cabrera winning the Masters Tournament at odds of +10000 and +12500 respectively. Some sportsbooks will offer up to 8 or 10 places in the biggest golf tournaments, and even hitting a place with a longshot can see you hit a nice payday.

To Finish Top-5, 10 or 20

Picking the winner of a golf tournament is tricky, to pick the one in a hundred who plays best over four days, can feel at times like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Wagering on markets such as a Top-5, Top-10, or Top-20 finish allows for that extra wiggle room, that room for slight error. While the odds won’t be as big as the win markets, these offer a great chance of finding a winning wager

Score Over Unders

Bets on a player to win is far from the only type of golf wager available on any tournament. PGA picks can also be made on individual golfers and whether they will shoot ‘over’ or ‘under’ a certain score for that round.

Prop Bets

Prop bets are a great alternative to win markets, as you aren’t necessarily wagering on the outcome of the tournament itself. The most common types of golf prop bets include a hole in one to be made in the tournament or players to make the cut, right through to the wacky, such as Will the winner cry on the 18th green of the Masters, or who will the masters champion hug first. Of course, these are less skill-driven wagers, but they’re fun and have become increasingly popular amongst bettors. 

Head-to-head odds

Head to head odds are also widely available where you can wager on a matchup between two players. This allows for a great way to use expert knowledge of the courses, player form, conditions, pin positions, and much more to figure out who will be better suited in any given tournament.

PGA Tour Expert Picks

Who knew there was so much information to be divulged in just betting on golf? The great thing about Pickswise PGA tour picks is that all betting factors are taken into account by Pickswise experts for each tournament. You can use this analysis to make your own PGA predictions in any type of wager. The data our expert golf picks provides can help you decide on a bet like  ‘which European will finish highest‘  which is another type of PGA prediction.

PGA Picks This Week

Our PGA experts follow every morsel of the PGA tour, analyzing everything from player form, course history, tee times, weather, pin positions, and much more ahead of every tournament. With a busy schedule and golf tournaments each week, these subtle differences are what separates a great PGA pick this week, from a bad one. Our PGA picks this week are usually released on Tuesday’s leaving ample time to digest our analysis and get the best odds on our PGA picks this week.

Golf Betting Strategies

One of the biggest allures of PGA betting is that a win by a high underdog player can be like a lottery ticket. Billy McRandom winning a Masters expert pick at 300-1 can provide a life-changing return on investment. Just know that wins like that are extremely rare though.

The best strategy for PGA predictions is to try and find a golfer who has shot well either recently or at the specific course. That doesn’t always mean winning, but the top 10 finishes where the golfer may just be a tweak or two away can be a sign of future success.

Many wagerers find more success with PGA betting on the weekend rather than the start of the tournament. You will have had a couple of days to see how a player likes the course and the field will have dwindled as well – but so will the odds.

Golf Odds – Golf Odds This Week

As with the golf markets, golf odds are varied, and shopping the odds is vital to achieving long term success with your golf wagers. With such large field sizes in most golf tournaments, the odds can vary greatly across sportsbooks in win markets and prop bets alike. Our expert PGA handicappers consider all of the golf odds this week ahead of making all of our predictions, and we also like the best odds available alongside each of this week’s golf picks. 

Golf Predictions – Golf Predictions This Week

Our golf predictions this week go beyond the outright win markets, with our expert PGA handicappers making golf predictions across a host of available markets. Our expert handicappers will search all of the odds compiled to find the best value predictions on a tournament and that can come by way of a Top-10 finish, a head to head bet, or a play to miss the cut, our golf predictions vary from tournament to tournament.

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