Veterans Get The Nod For The Franklin Templeton Shootout
- 06 Dec 2016
2016 Franklin Templeton Shootout Betting Preview
The PGA Tour draws to a close for 2016 with the Franklin Templeton Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club in Florida this week. The unofficial money event features twelve teams of two players competing against one another on the Gold Course over three days, with Thursday featuring a straight strokeplay before an 'alternate shot' on Friday and a 'better ball' on Saturday...
|8th December - 10th December||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Franklin Templeton Shootout|
| Jerry Kelly & Steve Stricker (each way)
|@ 16 / 1||P|
The Leading Contenders
Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker return to Florida as the defending champions following their success last year and they set the standard with Paddy Power, who make them a best price 5/1 to go back-to-back.
They face stiff competition at the head of the market though as Harris English and Matt Kuchar are proven performers in this format having won the Franklin Templeton in 2013 before finishing runner-up in 2014 and 2015. The pair can be backed at 9/2 (Bet Victor) but Kuchar's season of near misses and the fact English has missed his last two cuts on the PGA Tour does concern us.
Meanwhile, Smylie Kaufman and Justin Thomas are an obvious threat, particularly as the latter won the CIMB Classic recently, and they can be backed at 6/1 (Betfred).
Luke Donald and Russell Knox (12/1 with Unibet) will both have plenty to prove in a team format after missing out on the Ryder Cup earlier this year and Knox has been particularly impressive during 2016, winning twice on the PGA Tour and finishing tied 3rd at the OHL Classic most recently.
We prefer to take a chance on experience though and it is Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly who get an each-way nod from us at 16/1 with Sky Bet, who go 1/4 the odds on the first three places. The pair won this tournament together in 2009 and we are intrigued to see them joining forces once more as they could prove to be a real force on a course that they have form on.
The 50-year-old Kelly, who finished runner-up at the Travelers Championship earlier this year, has eight top-five finishes to show from his past nine appearances at the Templeton Shootout, including his success with Stricker in 2009 and another victory in 2006.
Stricker is lightly raced this year but he still managed to top-five at the Open Championship and he is a player with an excellent reputation in team golf having won the Presidents Cup five times and the Ryder Cup in 2008. Furthermore, Stricker loves playing in Florida as he has missed just one cut in his past thirteen visits, securing nine top-fifteen finishes in the process, and we are happy to back him and Kelly in this light-hearted format.