The PGA Tour returns to the state of Kentucky for the 2021 Barbasol Championship at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, KY. This event was canceled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tournament play begins Thursday, July 15th, and concludes on Sunday, July 18th. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming event so you can get all set to make your bets against their PGA Tour odds.
2021 Barbasol Championship Preview | PGA Tour Betting
Jim Herman won the event in 2019 and will return to the tournament as the defending champion. The event is played the same week as the Open Championship, so the field is reduced to 132 players in the alternate-list event.
The winner of the event gains 300 FedEx Cup points and a share of the $3.5 million purse. PGA Tour rules state that no player who has qualified for a major championship or World Golf Championship is allowed into the event, so no top-50 players will be participating.
The Keene Trace GC was built and designed in 1987 by Arthur Hills. Champions Trace is rated as one of the best courses in Kentucky and plays as a par-72 spanning 7,328 yards.
Players contending for the title will have to go low with the average winning score over the last five seasons at 24-under par. Herman set the 72-hole record in 2019 with a final total of 262, and Kelly Kraft posted the lowest 18-hole score during the third round of the 2019 tournament, shooting a 62.
With none of the big names teeing it up this weekend, fans will get to see a handful of unfamiliar faces looking for that elusive PGA victory. Herman’s joined by past champions Grayson Murray and Aaron Baddeley attempting to earn their second victory at the event.
Fan-favorite John Daly is in the field playing in his third PGA Tour event this season. Daly, Jason Dufner, and Charles Schwartzel are three past major winners teeing it up this week.
With the reduced field and many names playing the Open, fans will also get a first look at some of the current top players on the Korn Ferry Tour. Sponsorship exemptions were handed out to a pair of recent college stars (Davis Thompson and Sahith Theegala) and teenager Preston Summerhays.
PGA players Schwartzel (+1600) and Seamus Power (+1600) headline the betting favorites to win the tournament. Schwartzel’s cashed in on 15 of 22 events this season, including a T3 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May. Power posted a solid finish of T8 at the John Deere Classic last week.
Lee Hodges (+2200) is behind the top three. The Korn Ferry Tour player has made three appearances on the PGA this year, his best outing being a T13 at the Puerto Rico Open in February. Hodges has eight top-10 finishes at the KFT, highlighted by a victory at the WinCo Foods Portland Open last fall.
Rounding out the top five favorites are Russell Knox (+2500) and Taylor Pendrith (+2500). Knox has seven professional wins under his belt, including two on the PGA Tour. Pendrith is another budding star from the KFT circuit with four second-place finishes this season.