2022 Barbasol Championship Odds, Picks & Predictions: Kelly Kraft Among 5 Outright Bets
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2022 Barbasol Championship Odds
Odds via WynnBET.
|Niklas Norgaard Moller||+6600|
|Nicolai von Dellingshausen||+10000|
|Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez||+15000|
|Dawie van der Walt||+30000|
|Bo Van Pelt||+50000|
|Richard S. Johnson||+50000|
With the stars in Scotland getting ready for the year’s final major, players from around the world are given a unique opportunity at the Barbasol Championship this week.
With the PGA TOUR sanctioning the Scottish Open, the Barbasol has turned into a split field event, with players on the lower end of the PGA and DP World Tours competing.
For many players on the World Tour, this marks their first PGA TOUR start and presents a rare opportunity to lock down status with a victory.
Keene Trace Golf Club will host the event for the fourth time. It’s a fairly simple course by TOUR standards, measuring a little over 7,300 yards for a par 72.
Troy Merritt and Jim Herman have the first two wins here at 23 and 26-under, respectively. Last year, J.T. Poston and Seamus Power reached a playoff at 21-under, and Power won.
A total of 20 players have shot at least 20-under here in the first three years, so it’s safe to assume that unless weather gets involved, that will be the bare minimum to contend this time, as well.
The course really has no danger for these guys. The fairways are wide, the greens are big and there isn’t much rough to speak of. This week will just be about dialing in the irons and catching a hot putter.
Books can’t really agree on who should be at the top of this tournament. Depending on where you look, Chris Gotterup, Kevin Streelman or Mark Hubbard will lead the way at prices between about +1600 and +2000.
Gotterup is the one catching eyes this week. The rookie was fourth at the John Deere last week and is looking for another good result here to help move toward PGA TOUR status next season.
Behind them, we have Adam Svensson and Patton Kizzire between +2500 and +2800. Svensson has been playing solid — making six straight cuts — but he doesn’t have a top 20 during that time frame.
Kizzire is coming off a rough patch this season, but may have found his game a little with a 16th-place result at John Deere.
We’ll go here with Kelly Kraft at +5000 on BetRivers. Kraft has found a good run of form recently, making five of his last six cuts, with three top 25s during that stretch.
Kraft has also played well here, finishing second to Herman in 2019.
It’s going to be tough to find a lot of positives for many guys in this field, but I think Kraft has the best form/history combo of anyone, and we’re getting a decent price, as well.
I’m also going with Austin Cook at +7000 on DraftKings. Cook’s game was lost for large portions of the year, but he seems to be back on track a little bit. He’s made his last three cuts with a couple top-20s in the past month.
He’s also made the cut here both times, including a fourth place finish in 2019.
Next, I’ll go with someone I’ve been backing on the World Tour in Marcel Schneider at +8000. Schneider has been playing well in Europe for a couple months. He’s made six of his last eight cuts and each of those made cuts resulted in a top-20 finish.
It’s a rare opportunity for someone who doesn’t see many chances at a PGA TOUR card, and he’s been playing well enough to take advantage of this start.
I’ll close here with Austin Smotherman at +8000 on Bet365. Smotherman has missed the past two cuts, but his ball striking was good in both of those events. The putter was not, however.
Prior to that, he made six cuts in a row. He’s had long stretches of solid golf this season, but doesn’t really have the top-end finish to go along with it.
If the short game shows up this week, this number is too big for someone who hits the ball as well as he does.
I’ll go down to Matti Schmid here at 130/1 on DK. Schmid is a Louisville alum, so there may be some local knowledge, even though the Kentucky course is much closer to Lexington.
The 24-year-old German has been based in Europe for the most part this year, though.
His results have been inconsistent, as he still tries to find a foothold on that tour. But he’s popped up on occasion with a second and third place finish in the past year.
The Barbasol Card
- Kelly Kraft +5000 (.66 units)
- Austin Cook +7000 (.47 units)
- Marcel Schneider +8000 (.41 units)
- Austin Smotherman +8000 (.41 units)
- Matti Schmid +13000 (.25 units)
Total Stake: 2.2 units