2022 Fortinet Championship Odds & Picks: 7 Best Bets for Taylor Pendrith, Sahith Theegala, Emiliano Grillo & More
Via Ben Jared/Getty Images. Pictured: Taylor Pendrith of Canada plays the ninth green during the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club on July 31, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.
- The new PGA TOUR season begins Thursday with the Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.
- Max Homa looks to defend his win last year as one of two outright favorites this season.
- Check out our GolfBet staff's best bets and picks for the week below.
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The 2022-2023 PGA TOUR season kicks off with the Fortinet Championship on Thursday at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.
Defending champion Max Homa and former Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama headline the field as cofavorites, and they will look to show some strong form before next week’s Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow.
This is also the first event for the Korn Ferry Tour graduates on the PGA TOUR, and our analysts are especially bullish on two of these new players on TOUR from the jump. Read on for the Action Network’s seven best bets for the Fortinet Championship below.
2022 Fortinet Championship Best Bets
Sahith Theegala +3000 (bet365)
Jason Sobel: Whether Sahith Theegala views not being picked for the final Presidents Cup captain’s pick as a snub or not, the 24-year-old might be just a little more motivated to prove something this week, though the reality is that he’ll do plenty of proving this season.
As I wrote in my piece on five players who remain undervalued entering the new season, Theegala bounced around from 20-1 to 250-1 over the year’s first eight months. He’s going to win, and he’s going to win soon, and he’s possibly going to win multiple times, so jump on a decent number before it disappears for the next 10 years.
He’s a native of California, and I’ve always thought a West Coast venue might make the most sense for Theegala’s first win. If it happens this week, it should propel him to a massive campaign over the next 11 months.
Brandon Wu +13000 (DraftKings)
Matt Vincenzi: I’ve been extremely high on Brandon Wu since his arrival on the PGA TOUR scene starting in early 2022. It certainly hasn’t been a case of consistent success for Wu, but he’s shown some flashes of what made him so successful in college and on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The 25-year-old had a few impressive events in his first PGA TOUR season including finishing in a tie for third at the Puerto Rico Open, a tie for second at the Mexico Open, and tie for sixth at the Genesis Scottish Open. Now that Wu has had a taste of life on the PGA TOUR, he might be in a position to take advantage of some weaker fields during the fall swing.
Wu should also be incredibly comfortable playing golf in California. The Stanford product won a national championship as a senior, and his four years of golf in the area will ensure he’s familiar with the feel and agronomy of the golf course.
There will be a lot of excitement surrounding the recent Korn Ferry Tour graduates playing in the event, but Wu is a more seasoned player than most of them and can be bet at longer odds.
Taylor Montgomery Top 10 +550 (DraftKings)
Chris Murphy: I had my eye on Taylor Montgomery from the start of the week as he put together an outstanding season on the Korn Ferry Tour last year. He now gets the promotion to the big stage, and the Fortinet Championship is a perfect starting point for the UNLV alum.
He’s a West Coast guy and a bomber who has shown the skillset that we want for Silverado Resort and Spa. I think it’s quite telling that Vegas seems to agree on him, with his price the lowest of all of the KFT graduates heading into the week, and I’m going to ride right along with them.
I am in on Montgomery all the way up to the win, but he’s a player who churned out nine top-10 finishes in his 17 starts last year, with four of those coming in his final four tournaments. He had three top-five finishes across those final four as well, and even with the step up in competition, he will be ready to contend right away for another top finish and possibly even the win this weekend.
Brendan Steele +4500 (DraftKings)
Derek Farnsworth: The combination of big odds, good form, and elite course history is too good for me to pass up this week when it comes to Steele. He has made eight consecutive cuts at this event and posted back-to-back wins in 2016 and 2017.
He clearly loves the North Course at Silverado, and he flashed some serious upside with his ball striking toward the end of last season. There was a five-event stretch where he gained over seven strokes ball striking in four of them. The putter is always a question mark, but Steele is only one good week on the greens away from contending yet again in Napa Valley.
Taylor Pendrith +3000 (DraftKings)
Landon Silinsky: Taylor Pendrith is a rising star, and people are not quite keen to this yet. He finished T13 at THE PLAYERS and then missed three months due to a rib injury. After returning, his ensuing results read: T13, T11, T2, T13, 68th, T8.
The guy is a monster. Over his past 24 rounds – which is basically the entirety of his post-rib injury portion of the season – he ranks No. 1 in this field in SG: Off-the-Tee, 14th in SG: Approach and No. 2 in Total Strokes Gained.
He can bomb it, which we’ve seen has been a successful strategy at this course in the past, considering past winners here include Brendan Steele (twice), Cameron Champ, Stewart Cink and Kevin Tway. Pendrith is a great outright bet at 30/1 and also a strong T10 bet at +350.
Emiliano Grillo +4000 (bet365)
Roberto Arguello: On a course where putting the ball in the fairway to set up birdie opportunities is key, Emiliano Grillo should thrive. He finished the PGA TOUR season sixth in Total Driving, 18th in Strokes Gained Off the Tee and 42nd in Driving Accuracy.
His putting has been his biggest weakness over his career, but the flatstick is in good form as he gained strokes on the greens in five straight events to close the season. He has also gained strokes on approach in five straight events and gained strokes off the tee in eight of his last nine events. Consequently, he tied for second in two of his last five starts, at the 3M Open and John Deere Classic, where setting up birdie opportunities was also key.
If Grillo can keep his putter warm this week, he should have a great chance of contending with his game on approach and off the tee being more consistent historically. He also has strong course history at Silverado with a win here in 2015 – despite losing strokes on the green in that tournament.
Justin Suh – Top 20 +275 (DraftKings)
Rob Bolton: I’m happy that my self-inflicted hiatus is over, especially given the line for this finish on the Korn Ferry Tour points sweeper.
There always are exceptions to every well-known narrative, but it’s a narrative in the first place because there are so many outstanding examples of why you should ignore the exceptions. What do I mean? Read on.
The KFT is not the PGA TOUR, but its graduating class has valuable experience, and it’s bursting with momentum among budding stars who will be keeping their TOUR cards for a long, long time. Among this class, Justin Suh is the valedictorian. You already know him as the previous forgotten fourth of the Class of 2019, but now he’s hotter than any of those guys.
With a win at the KFT Championship punctuating five top 10s in six starts and 10 in the last six months, he’s poised to threaten to do what Emiliano Grillo did in 2015 and go win-win crossing over.
Have at the top 10 for Suh at +600 if you want. You’re promised a fun ride regardless.