After a couple of weeks’ hiatus, the PGA Tour 2022/2023 season is underway this week in Napa, California.
Previously known as the Safeway Open and Frys Open before that, the event is in its fifteenth year on the PGA Tour.
Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Silverado Resort and Spa
Par 72, 7166 yards
The Fortinet Championship has been played at the Silverado Resort and Spa since 2014 and offers an easy test for the PGA pros to begin their year.
A winning score between 15-20 under par is expected on the Bent/Poa Annua mixed greens in California.
Silverado is a tree-lined course in the main, but aggression off the tee can be successful here if choosing wisely when to pull the trigger because going for the green on five par 4s is a factor.
Taylor Pendrith Looks the Real Deal!
There have been so many exceptional rookies in recent seasons that Taylor Pendrith’s seamless progress through the ranks of the PGA Tour went a little under the radar.
With the likes of Will Zalatoris, Davis Riley and Cameron Young to get the pundits purring, there’s little surprise he went under the radar slightly, but Pendrith is an example of the PGA Tour’s strength in depth.
The thirty-one-year-old Canadian impressed all PGA Tour watchers with his exceptional long game and it’s fair to say those long game and tee-to-green stats that Pendrith accumulates suggest he is heading to the top.
The highlight of his PGA Tour campaign was a runner-up finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic to Tony Finau who was runner-up himself here in 2017.
How to Bet on Taylor Pendrith
The key reason why I want to support Taylor Pendrith at the Fortinet Championship is the experience he should have gained last season here on debut.
Since then, his confidence has done nothing but grow and he arrives in Napa this year as a respected contender with a realistic opportunity of a first PGA Tour title at the price of +2500 with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review).
Golf Pick: Taylor Pendrith to Win (+2500) at Bovada
Will the Golfing Gods Turn Full Circle for Michael Kim?
Michael Kim’s PGA career has been an adventure of feast or famine.
The twenty-nine-year-old South Korean-born American, sprung to prominence on the PGA Tour here when the event was called the Safeway Open back in 2016 when he finished 3rd.
Kim went on to win the John Deere Classic of 2018 resoundingly by eight shots.
What Was to Follow for Michael Kim
No one could have predicted as Kim hit the slump of all-time, only managing to play 72-holes once in 2019, at the Sentry Tournament of Champions where there is no cut to miss.
2020 wasn’t any better as Kim again missed every cut. In mid-2021, there was a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel at the 3M Open with his first solid week’s work in two years. Amazingly, that was the time when his World Ranking looked like plummeting out of the top 1500 players.
You could have been forgiven for thinking that it was a false dawn in 2021, but in 2022 Michael Kim slowly rediscovered his best play culminating in some red-hot form heading to this week’s Fortinet Championship.
That spell of form on the Korn Ferry Tour saw Kim gain promotion back into the big league as he accumulated four top 7 finishes in his last eight events, all of which he’s made the cut in.
How to Bet on Michael Kim
Six years on from his 3rd place finish here in 2016, Michael Kim looks ready to reclaim his seat at the top table and his career will have gone full circle should he do so.
At the price of +12500 with Everygame (visit our Everygame Review) Michael Kim makes long shot appeal at this week’s 2022 Fortinet Championship.
Golf Pick: Michael Kim to Win (+12500) at Everygame
Golf Pick: Michael Kim to Make Top 10 (+1100) at BetOnline
Will J.J. Get Spauney in His Home State?
Will John Michael Spaun Jr. or J.J. as he’s known better, make a fast start to the new season in his home state? I think there are plenty of reasons why J.J. Spaun may start the new season strongly in California.
Firstly, last year was a breakthrough one for the thirty-two-year-old with his first PGA Tour title at the Texas Open. Importantly, he consolidated his new-found confidence in style with an end-of-season FedEx Ranking best of 34th while moving into the world’s top 100 golfers.
Spaun is often a bright starter to a new season, but it’s his performance here back in 2020 in finishing 9th when playing off a limited tour card schedule, that takes my eye.
That was by a long way, Spaun’s outstanding performance of 2020 since which, he’s been rebuilding his confidence nicely.
How to Bet on J.J. Spaun
J.J. Spaun returns to the 2022 Fortinet Championship as a different player to previous renewals and I think he can put the advantage of playing in his home state to good use this week with a second PGA Tour title with top-rated sportsbooks at the attractive price of +8000.
Golf Pick: J.J. Spaun to Make Top 10 (+750) at BetOnline
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