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Fortinet Championship preview and betting card by Danny Speck

Silverado Resort and Spa hosts this weeks action.

Fortinet Championship Golf Tips

Cameron Davis 28/1 - 2pt e/w 8 places

Emiliano Grillo 35/1 - 1pt e/w 8 places

Taylor Moore 80/1 - 0.5pt e/w 8 places

Just over two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy won the TOUR Championship and became the FedEx Cup champion. This week, we have the first event of the new PGA Tour season with the Fortinet Championship. We return to Silverado Resort and Spa (North), a 7,123 yard par 72 located in Napa, California. Max Homa returns to defend his title where he edged out Maverick McNealy for his third PGA Tour title at the time. Homa was also named as a captain’s pick for the American Presidents Cup team which starts on the 22nd September. Other notables in the field this week include; Hideki Matsuyama, Corey Conners, rookie of the year nominee Sahith Theegala, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and a few more. This week also welcomes the Korn Ferry Tour graduates who I’m sure will all be raring to get started.

The last five winners of this event have all ranked inside the top three for SG: T2G, so it’s clear you need to be striking the ball well to have a chance of winning here. Three of the last five winners ranked inside the top six for SG: OTT which further backs up that point. The Fortinet this week already feels like a huge week for PGA Tour rookies and Korn Ferry Tour graduates who are keen to keep their status for next season, earning FedEx Cup points in Autumn has become even more important as only 70 golfers will earn their way into the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs in 2023. It will definitely be interesting to see who has their games dialled in after the mini break over the last couple of weeks.

Cameron Davis 28/1

First on my list this week is 27-year-old Aussie Cameron Davis. Barring his last start at the BMW Championship, he finished in the top 20 in his previous five starts beforehand. Clearly in good form and also hitting the ball extremely well, within this field over the last 24 rounds he ranks 6th SG: T2G and 10th in SG: Ball Striking. Both vital stats ahead of this week at Silverado. Three appearances here have yielded a 17th, a MC and a 36th, however he has won since his last start at this event and is a much improved player now. Players who have won here before haven’t had a great deal of promising course form prior to their victory which shows that players can pop up and win at this course. Davis, ranked 63rd in the world rankings, can go well this week and in my opinion can go close to landing his 2nd PGA Tour win.

Emiliano Grillo 35/1

Next up in my portfolio this week is in-form Emiliano Grillo. A former winner of this event back in 2015, Grillo has finished 2nd in two of his last five starts and also qualified for the BMW Championship where he finished 19th. That finish at the BMW also got him into the top 100 in the world rankings for the first time in a year. Ranking 4th T2G, 7th SG: Ball Striking and 2nd for SG: OTT over the last 24 rounds for players within this field, I can see him being a popular pick this week. Before the mini break we have had he was one of the most in-form players in this field, let’s hope he can keep that going into this week at a course and event he knows well.

Taylor Moore 80/1

I like the look of Taylor Moore this week at a backable price of 80/1 with bet365’s each way extra. In his first full season on the PGA Tour, he finished in the top 10 three times and also made it through to the BMW Championship which as we know, only the best 70 players on Tour that season qualify for that event. Not bad for his first season and he’ll now be looking to kick on going into 2023. Moore’s stats are really promising amongst this field, 11th T2G, 24th BS and 3rd in SG: Total. He actually currently ranks inside the top 35 in every stat amongst the field so all aspects of his game are in good shape ahead of the Fortinet this week. I think he can outrun his odds at a generous price.

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