After a fun five-week West Coast swing, the PGA Tour is headed to the Sunshine state for a four-week stay in the F-L-A. The final event in Cali led to a win for native son Max Homa ($8,600; +7000), who bounced back after a 3.5-foot miss on the final hole of regulation to ultimately outlast Tony Finau ($9,800; +1600) on the second hole of the sudden-death playoff. It was the third straight runner-up finish for Finau, who is still looking for his second PGA TOUR win.
Hometown win for @MaxHoma23.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 21, 2021
The L.A. native wins @TheGenesisInv for his 2nd TOUR title. pic.twitter.com/yOErOJcgrD
This week, the PGA TOUR will head to a brand new course for a tournament with a brand new name. The competition known as the WGC-Mexico for the past few seasons has been moved to Florida due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and will take place in Bradenton just outside of Tampa at The Concession Golf Club. The event also has a new title sponsor, so it will be now called the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession. The format of the tournament is the same one the WGC-Mexico used in the past, meaning there will be an elite field of international stars in a no-cut event. All the golfers will get to play all four rounds this week — barring injury or withdrawal — eliminating the cut sweat on Friday.
This track will be making its debut on the PGA TOUR, but it has gotten rave reviews since opening in 2006, when it was named “Best Private New Course” by Golf Digest. The course was designed by a team of legendary golfers in Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin and is named after Nicklaus’ conceding a putt to Jacklin during the 1969 Ryder Cup. That gesture, which is remembered as a great act of sportsmanship, resulted in the two teams finishing tied for the first time in Ryder Cup history. While we’re sure to hear that feel-good story a lot this week, the course itself promises to be a tough test for the pros.
The small greens are known to be fast and difficult, with plenty of obstacles and a variety of Florida landscapes in play throughout the course. The signature hole is the par-4 No. 8 which is a short dogleg right that features water in front of a picturesque green. The par 5s are also known as some of the hardest in the state and actually make up four of the five hardest holes on the course. The water hazards, extensive bunkering and tricky contours will make the course extremely challenging even if the weather isn’t a factor.
Even though this will be the first PGA Tour at this track, some of the players in the field do have history here. Bryson DeChambeau ($9,900; +1850) won the 2015 NCAA Championship at The Concession by one stroke over C.T. Pan, with Doug Ghim finished in the top 10, as well.
The defending champion at this tournament will be Patrick Reed ($9,200; +3150), who won last season at a different course in Mexico by one stroke over DeChambeau, who has yet to claim a WGC title. Jon Rahm ($11,100; +850) and Erik van Rooyen ($6,200; +30000) tied for third, and Rory McIlroy ($10,400; +1650) rounded out the top five. Justin Thomas ($10,500; +1850) was also in the mix, holding the lead going into the final round, but he faded to a T6.
Those big names will be joined in the field by almost all of the 72 qualified golfers, with only Tiger Woods and Paul Casey sitting out. We get all of the top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings, led by Dustin Johnson ($11,600; +525), who faded to a disappointing T8 last week. Johnson is the betting favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook, but there are lots of top names in play just behind him in this stacked field. In addition to the big names listed above, Xander Schauffele ($10,800; +1100) and
Patrick Cantlay ($10,000; +1400) both come in with good odds after strong starts to 2021 and Daniel Berger ($9,300; +2200) will be teeing it up for the first time since his win at Pebble Beach two weeks ago.
Editor’s note: Patrick Cantlay has withdrawn from the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession.
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— Analysis by Zach Thompson
2021 WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession Playlist
2021 WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession
- Host Course: The Concession Country Club
- Location: Bradenton, Florida
- Par: 72
- Yardage: 7,474
- Greens: Bermuda
- Broadcast: Golf Channel, NBC
DraftKings Sportsbook Notable Odds To Win
- Dustin Johnson (+525)
- Jon Rahm (+850)
- Xander Schauffele (+1100)
Patrick Cantlay (+1400)
- Tony Finau (+1600)
- Rory McIlroy (+1650)
- Bryson DeChambeau (+1850)
- Justin Thomas (+1850)
- Daniel Berger (+2200)
- Tyrrell Hatton (+2250)
- Viktor Hovland (+2250)
- Webb Simpson (+2250)
- Brooks Koepka (+3000)
- Patrick Reed (+3150)
- Joaquin Niemann (+3500)
- Sungjae Im (+4500)
- Collin Morikawa (+4650)
- Scottie Scheffler (+4650)
- Tommy Fleetwood (+5500)
- Ryan Palmer (+5500)
- Harris English (+6150)
- Hideki Matsuyama (+6150)
- Matthew Fitzpatrick (+6600)
- Adam Scott (+6600)
- Cameron Smith (+6600)
- Jason Day (+7000)
- Sergio Garcia (+7000)
- Max Homa (+7000)
- Jason Kokrak (+7000)
- Louis Oosthuizen (+7000)
- Justin Rose (+7000)
- Will Zalatoris (+7000)
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