Garrigus Heads The Betting Shortlist For The Barracuda Championship
- 28 Jun 2016
2016 Barracuda Championship Betting Preview
The Barracuda Championship is the PGA Tour's alternate event to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational this week and it will take place earlier than usual as it has been moved with the Olympics in mind. There is an added incentive for players this week as one man to finish in the top-five will qualify for the upcoming Open Championship, with the Barracuda taking the qualifying spot from the Greenbrier Classic after next week's event was cancelled due to flooding in West Virginia...
- Gary Woodland won the Barracuda Championship on his only previous appearance in 2013
- JJ Henry has won this tournament twice (2012 and 2015) and has three other top-tens to his name here
|30th June - 3rd July||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
| Robert Garrigus (each way)
|@ 28 / 1|
|Kyle Reifers (each way)||@ 33 / 1|
|Martin Laird (each way)||@ 35 / 1|
The Market Leaders
Plenty of players will be eyeing that Open spot when they tee up at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Nevada this week and the long nature of the course (7,472 yards), allied with the altitude, ensures that players who are big off the tee tend to do well here.
The bookmakers' favourite Gary Woodland is testament to that fact as he won on his only appearance here in 2013 and the big-hitting American can be backed at 14/1 (Paddy Power). Woodland has been ultra-consistent on the Tour this year, missing just two cuts, and he arrives off the back of six top-20s in his last seven starts.
Brendan Steele (16/1 with Bet Victor) has also been impressive of late as he has four top-20s in six starts to his name and he has finished no worse than tied for 25th in four appearances at Montreux, securing three top-tens in the process.
Meanwhile, Jon Rahm is a 20/1 shot following his rapid ascent as his tie for 23rd at the US Open was backed up by a tie for 2nd at the Quicken Loans National on Sunday, while the in-form Colt Knost (22/1) is another whose length off the tee should stand him in good stead.
The First Pick
It is Robert Garrigus who headlines our betting shortlist though as he enjoys visiting Nevada after securing top-15 finishes in three of his last four visits to Montreux. Garrigus is consistently hitting the ball in excess of 300 yards off the tee and he ranks in the top-25 on the Tour for birdie average. He will create plenty of opportunities for himself and his recent form, which includes a tie for 4th at the Byron Nelson and a top-ten last week, ensures he makes great each-way appeal in this field.
Tip #1: Robert Garrigus (each way) @ 28/1 with Bet Victor.
Laird Is Open To Improvement
Martin Laird is a player who consistently averages around 300 yards off the tee and he tends to enjoy visiting Montreux, with the carrot of a place at the Open Championship dangling in front of the Scot. Laird's past three results in this tournament read 4-2-6 and he enjoyed a much-needed confident boost prior to this week as he picked up a third top-25 of the year at the Quicken Loans National.
Tip #2: Martin Laird (each way) @ 35/1 with Betfred.
The Final Pick
Finally, Kyle Reifers finished runner-up here last year and his recent form would suggest that he is someone who is worth having on side in your betting plan. Reifers has secured three top-20s in his last five starts, including a tie for 5th at the Dean and DeLuca Invitational, and he should enjoy a return to Montreux this week.
Tip #3: Kyle Reifers (each way) @ 35/1 with Bet 365.