2001 Fortinet Championship
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th September at Silverado Country Club – Par 72, 7166 yards
The 2021/2022 PGA Tour season gets underway on Thursday at an event that’s become a regular early season berth for the players and a nice easy pipe opener that gives an opportunity for a strong start to the new season. Scoring is always low at Silverado Country Club on the Bentgrass/Poa Annua greens that have become a regular feature on the PGA Tour with well-established events such as the Genesis Invitational, the Travelers Championship, the Memorial Tournament, and the Barracuda Championship all using the same putting surface.
Is Vincent Whaley Finally Ready for the Step Up?
This week, I like a couple of relatively unknown professionals who have flown a little under the radar on the PGA Tour to hit the ground running in the new season. Both similarly had very respectable 2020/2021 seasons while just missing out on securing their playing privileges but happily won them straight back at the Korn Ferry Tour finals.
Firstly, Vincent Whaley is the younger of the two at twenty-six years old. Whaley had a respectable 2021 with ten top 40 finishes on the PGA Tour but only one top 10 at the Baracuda Championships meant he was a little unfortunate to miss out. The upside was he produced a 4th at the Children’s Hospital Championship to regain his playing privileges.
Last year will have proved to the Lexington lad that he has what it takes if he can squeeze a little improvement from his play. There is no leap of faith required to believe that won’t happen and perhaps last year’s 23rd here at Silverado Country Club suggests it could be this week. Vincent Whaley is one of our best bets and I’m going strong on a Top 20 finish with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) at +700 with a smaller stake on the win at +15000 with Intertops (visit our Intertops Review).
Can Joseph Bramlett Land Back-to-Back Win This Week?
I am getting the feeling that the time is right to support another grinder, Joseph Bramlett as one of our best bets this week in the Fortinet Championship. Last time out at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship Bramlett was an impressive winner by four strokes to lock up his playing privileges once again on the PGA Tour. I think he can consider himself a little unlucky having to do so with five top 20 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2021.
With a best of 7th at the Byron Nelson, it meant Bramlett missed out on the bigger cheques but this current year has been a positive one of consolidation for the thirty-three-year-old from Stanford, California. This week he brings that confidence with an experience of his local Silverado Country Club where he performed creditably in 2016 when 35th, seemingly when out of form and low on sharpness. I’m sure that five years on, he’s excited to start the new PGA Tour season here, and with those good vibes and local ties, he can compete for a first PGA Tour title and a second win in succession.
Interestingly, he’s a graduate of Stanford University, the same school Tiger Woods attended, and was also one of the two PGA Tour golfers of African-American descent back in 2011 alongside Woods when he started his career. There the comparisons end for now, but this week he could join his fellow Californian as a winner on the PGA Tour and I intend to back Joseph Bramlett in the win with BetOnline and top 5 with GTbets (visit our GTbets Review).
2021 Fortinet Championship Golf Pick: Joseph Bramlett win at +11000 with BetOnline
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