2022 Fortinet Championship First-Round Leader Odds, Expert Picks: Matt Kuchar and Patrick Rodgers Have Value

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Max Homa+1600
Hideki Matsuyama+2000
Corey Conners+2200
Maverick McNealy+2800
Taylor Pendrith+2800
Sahith Theegala+3000
Cam Davis+3300
Davis Riley+3500
Taylor Montgomery+3500
Emiliano Grillo+4000
Justin Suh+4000
Cameron Champ+4500
Brendan Steele+5000
Gary Woodland+5000
Jason Day+5500
Tom Hoge+5500
Trey Mullinax+5500
Alex Noren+6000
Thomas Detry+6000
Webb Simpson+6000
Wyndham Clark+6000
Denny McCarthy+7000
J.J. Spaun+7000
Nick Hardy+7000
Taylor Moore+7000
Troy Merritt+7500
Andrew Putnam+8000
Chris Kirk+8000
Kevin Streelman+8000
Luke List+8000
Patrick Rodgers+8000
Adam Long+9000
Alex Smalley+9000
Charley Hoffman+9000
Joseph Bramlett+9000
Matt Kuchar+9000
Austin Eckroat+10000
Beau Hossler+10000
Brandon Wu+10000
Callum Tarren+10000
Carl Yuan+10000
Chris Gotterup+10000
Lee Hodges+10000
Mark Hubbard+10000
Martin Laird+10000
Michael Gligic+10000
Michael Kim+10000
Rickie Fowler+10000
Robby Shelton+10000
Stewart Cink+10000
Will Gordon+10000
Adam Svensson+11000
Chez Reavie+11000
David Lipsky+11000
Harris English+11000
Adam Schenk+12500
Chesson Hadley+12500
Dylan Frittelli+12500
James Hahn+12500
Joel Dahmen+12500
John Huh+12500
MJ Daffue+12500
Matthew NeSmith+12500
S.H. Kim+12500
Sam Stevens+12500
Stephan Jaeger+12500
Tyler Duncan+12500
Zecheng Dou+12500
Brendon Todd+15000
Byeong Hun An+15000
Danny Lee+15000
Danny Willett+15000
Davis Thompson+15000
Doc Redman+15000
Doug Ghim+15000
Greyson Sigg+15000
Harry Hall+15000
Hayden Buckley+15000
Lucas Glover+15000
Mackenzie Hughes+15000
Matt Wallace+15000
Matti Schmid+15000
Patton Kizzire+15000
Russell Knox+15000
Ryan Armour+15000
Sam Ryder+15000
Vince Whaley+15000
Augusto Nunez+17500
Austin Smotherman+17500
Ben Martin+17500
C.T. Pan+17500
Justin Lower+17500
Michael Thompson+17500
Nate Lashley+17500
Peter Malnati+17500
Brent Grant+20000
Cameron Percy+20000
Henrik Norlander+20000
Kevin Roy+20000
Kevin Yu+20000
Scott Piercy+20000
Vincent Norrman+20000
Zac Blair+20000
Austin Cook+22500
Ben Taylor+22500
Brice Garnett+22500
Erik Barnes+22500
Matthias Schwab+22500
Paul Haley II+22500
Robert Streb+22500
Chad Ramey+25000
Kelly Kraft+25000
Nick Taylor+25000
Philip Knowles+25000
Ben Griffin+27500
Brandon Hagy+27500
David Lingmerth+27500
Kevin Chappell+27500
Ryan Moore+27500
Brandon Matthews+30000
Garrick Higgo+30000
Kramer Hickok+30000
Nico Echavarria+30000
Seung-Yul Noh+30000
Brandt Snedeker+35000
Brian Stuard+35000
Kevin Tway+35000
Scott Harrington+35000
Aaron Baddeley+40000
Chris Stroud+40000
Eric Cole+40000
Harrison Endycott+40000
Jimmy Walker+40000
John Augenstein+40000
Max McGreevy+40000
Richy Werenski+40000
Sung Kang+40000
Tano Goya+40000
Anders Albertson+50000
Carson Young+50000
Dylan Wu+50000
Harry Higgs+50000
Jim Herman+50000
Ryan Brehm+50000
Trevor Cone+50000
Andrew Landry+60000
Kyle Stanley+60000
Kyle Westmoreland+60000
Tyson Alexander+60000
Jason Dufner+75000
Nick Watney+75000
Trevor Werbylo+75000
Alex Lee+100000
Jacob Bridgeman+100000
Taylor Lowe+100000
Scott de Borba+200000

The “swing season” on the PGA kicks off with a trip to “wine country” to play the 2022 Fortinet Championship.

The field this week is not quite as strong as we saw last year, but it will give golf fans a chance to see plenty of the players that will be partaking in next week’s Presidents Cup including: Hideki Matsuyama, Taylor Pendrith, Corey Conners, Cameron Davis and Max Homa.

There seems to be a significant edge to be had in the first-round-leader market this week. In seven of the past eight editions of the tournament, golfers who’ve started in the AM wave have had at least a share of the first-round lead.

The weather may also play a factor as the wind should start to pick up around 2:00 PM local time. I don’t expect the wind to be incredibly significant, but the AM starters should still have the better weather draw.

Therefore, I will take the approach of taking a handful of longshots starting in the AM to get off to a flying start in Napa.

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Fortinet Championship First-Round-Leader Selections

Matt Kuchar +5000 (DraftKings)

Kuchar had a down year in the 2021-22 season, but there’s still hope that he can bounce back. “Kuch” finished in 35th at the BMW Championship which had an extremely strong field. It isn’t the result that he’s typically hoping for, but it is most definitely a step in the right direction.

Kuchar putts extremely well on Poa and leads the field in that category in his past 24 rounds on the surface. He also has encouraging history on the West Coast. We often see a hot putter carry a player to the first-round lead and the 44-year-old is a great putter long term.

First Round Tee Time: 7:44 A.M. PDT

Patrick Rodgers +6000 (DraftKings)

Patrick Rodgers will never reach the expectations that the world set for him when he was a top player at Stanford. However, if there’s any event that is picture perfect for him to finally break through in, it’s this one.

Rodgers has played really well at Silverado and finished in sixth place at the Fortinet last season. This year, the field is even weaker and I believe Rodgers can take advantage and get himself into contention.

First Round Tee Time: 7:11 A.M. PDT

Byeong-Hun An +14000 (DraftKings)

An had a great season on the Korn Ferry Tour last year and earned his spot back where he belongs on the PGA TOUR. Before he lost his TOUR card, the South Korean was known for getting off to fast starts in Round 1.

An also has played well on the West Coast throughout the last few seasons. He finished eighth in the 2021 American Express at PGA West and 9th at the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

First Round Tee Time: 8:17 A.M. PDT

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Harry Higgs +15000 (DraftKings)

In 2020, Higgs finished in second place at Silverado in what proved to be his closest call on winning a PGA TOUR event to date. He gained 5.4 strokes on approach for the week, so there may be something to the layout that works for his game.

Higgs also showed some signs of life in his most recent start at the Wyndham Championship where he gained 3.3 strokes on approach, which was his best iron week since the CJ Cup in 2021.

If he can get some positive vibes on a course where he narrowly lost to Stewart Cink just two years ago, he may be able to go low on Thursday with the early tee time.

First Round Tee Time: 8:39 A.M. PDT

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