2020 Corales Puntacana Sleeper Picks: Our Favorite Longshot Bets
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Pictured: Anirban Lahiri
Last week, Dustin Johnson was the outright favorite a tournament that included Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and was won by Bryson DeChambeau.
This week, Corey Conners, Will Zalatoris and MacKenzie Hughes are co-favorites in a field that is headlined by Henrik Stenson.
To casual fans, this week’s tournament may not jump off the page, but here at GolfBet we love tournaments like this because anybody can win. Longshot bettors, start your engines.
Here are our favorite sleepers at the 2020 Corales Puntacana
Rob Oppenheim (+12500)
Yet another guy who tends to play well at alternate-field events — and yes, I know there’s nothing opposite this one, but it still feels like it fits the bill, considering the strength of field.
Oppenheim contended in his 2019-20 season finale at the Wyndham Championship before finishing T-15 and had a nice week at the Safeway, as well. He also thanked me for picking him as a sleeper this week. If that’s not good karma, I don’t know what is.
Anirban Lahiri (+12500)
I am sticking with the seaside paspalum theme which leads me to strongly considering Anirban Lahiri.
Lahiri hasn’t won on the PGA TOUR but he has a couple of wins on the Asian Tour (which features many of the same style courses with paspalum fairways and greens), including the Malaysian Open which was played at TPC Kuala Lumpur, which also hosts the CIMB Classic.
Lahiri has posted some good results at the CIMB, including in 2016 when he had the 54-hole lead but finished in third behind Justin Thomas and Hidedki Matsuyama. Luckily for Anirban, players of JT and Deki’s caliber won’t be in attendance this week.
The other course I found to be a corollary course to Corales is El Camaleón Golf Club which hosts the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Lahiri has shown up on the Mayakoba leaderboard with a 10th-place finish in 2018 and 14th-place finish in 2017.
When he is playing well, Lahiri’s ability to make birdies and putt well on paspalum should give him a reasonable chance to contend at Corales.
J.J. Spaun (+12500)
I wait until I see J.J. Spaun flash some form before giving him any consideration in any betting market. He’s a streaky player in both directions, and he showed a glimmer of hope at the Safeway Open.
That is really putting it lightly, as Spaun played really well on his way to a ninth-place finish. He gained more than 8 shots tee-to-green in that event, including 5.1 strokes gained on approach. While he hasn’t played this tournament before, he has played well on similar courses, most notably a third-place finish two years ago at the Mayakoba Classic.
Spaun is certainly a longshot to get his first TOUR victory as the price suggests, but there are enough positives to reasonably see him in contention this weekend.