Fortinet Championship 2022 Golf Odds Guide, Preview, Predictions, Betting Picks: Course Suits Theegala

Sahith TheegalaThe PGA Tour makes a welcome return to the schedules following a two-week hiatus and the Fortinet Championship 2022 has the honor of getting things underway. The tournament has been in existence since 2007 when it was known as the Fry’s Electronic Open, and it has survived 15 years with subsequent changes of sponsor.

Fortinet are now in place on a long-term deal and there’s an interesting field teeing off at the start of the new season. The Silverado Country Club in Napa, California, is the location so let’s see what the sportsbooks make of it all. Here is our Fortinet preview, betting predictions and picks.

Max Homa is the defending champion after edging out Maverick McNealy to claim his third PGA Tour title 12 months ago. He is also one of three joint favorites at the top of the market this week and Homa will start at best industry odds of 16/1. In a weaker field this year, Homa may never have a better chance of going back-to-back.

Also available at that 16/1 price are Corey Conners and 2021 US Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama. Conners ranked second on Tour in Greens in Regulation last season and that’s a stat that should have brought him more success than it did. Matsuyama has seen some consistency return to his game and all three favorites can offer a threat this week.

Taylor Pendrith is next at 28/1 in the betting lines while Sahith Theegala, Cameron Davis and Maverick McNealy can all be found at 33/1 in places. McNealy, as we have seen, was a Maverick “McNearly” in 2021 as he lost out by just one stroke to Max Homa at the Fortinet Championship in 2021.

Theegala will be confident following a solid full season and he tied for 14th in this event on debut in 2020. Pendrith’s potential is underlined by the fact that he is a captain’s pick for next week’s President’s Cup. Moving through the chasing pack, Davis Riley is at 35/1, followed by Emiliano Grillo at 40/1 and Brendan Steele at 45/1. Both Steele and Grillo are former champions in this event. Argentina’s Grillo edged out Kevin Na in a playoff back in 2015 while Steele won both of the following two editions in 2016 and 2017.

A clutch of golfers can all be found at odds of 50/1 as we dip into the outsiders’ section. Tom Hoge, Denny McCarthy, Troy Merritt and Taylor Montgomery can all be backed at that figure in places. Montgomery could certainly be an outlier this week. He crosses over from the Korn Ferry Tour where he has recorded 13 Top 15 finishes in his last 18 starts including four straight Top 10s.

Further down, Jason Day is a big name, who can be found at 55/1, while Thomas Detry and Trey Mullinax are both available at the same odds. Others to consider from within this outside bunch include Justin Suh at 66/1, Webb Simpson at 66/1, Cameron Champ at 66/1, Gary Woodland at 66/1, Matt Kuchar at 80/1, Chez Reavie at 80/1, Adam Long at 100/1 and Kevin Streelman at 100/1. Those names include a former champion in Cameron Champ who beat Adam Hadwin by one shot in 2019.

Our Preview’s Fortinet Championship Golf Predictions & Betting Picks plus Course & Betting Trends

The Silverado Country Club hosts the event on a par 72 course which comes in at around 7,166 yards. The North Course has provided a permanent home for this tournament since inception so most of the field should be very familiar with its challenges.

Traditionally, Greens in Regulation has been the key stat. There is some punishing rough and narrow fairways in places, but scoring should generally be lower than the 71.04 average that we saw here last year. Windy weather can play a part while the mix of rookies contributes, but the conditions are supposed to be benign across the four days.

Max Homa is the reigning champion but the odds are against a successful defense. In 15 previous editions of this tournament, only one player has won the event twice. Brendan Steele went back-to-back with victories in 2016 and 2017. In this weakened field, however, Homa may have a great chance of doubling up.

The man that really interests this preview as prospective betting picks selection is Sahith Theegala. A solid season has seen him climb to 55th in the world rankings and he recorded some strong results in 2022. All he needs now is that first win and he has the game to succeed on this course, while the lack of real depth to the field can only help his cause.

Theegala for the win is the main tip and there are three, additional top ten picks which will hopefully all add up to a profitable start to the new season. These are our Fortinet Championship predictions and betting picks for this golf tournament preview:

  • Sahith Theegala to win at +2800 (28/1) with BetOnline. He is +2500 (25/1) with Bovada and EveryGame.
  • Top 10 Finish Picks (best odds from BetOnline in brackets): Theegala (+350), Brendan Steele (+450), Cameron Davis (+350) and Taylor Montgomery (+500).