• Eric Cohen

By Eric Cohen


The PGA Championship might be in two weeks but this week’s

field at Quail Hollow in Charlotte rivals the 2017 PGA

Championship played at that same venue (and won by Justin

Thomas).

Bryson, Rahm, JT, Schauffele, Rory, Webb, Cantlay, Reed,

Hovland, Finau, and Zalatoris. That’s an A+ strength field in my

eyes.

So when handicapping a week like this, it’s fine to analyze key

metrics and statistics and what not. But the real question is: with a

field this strong, is it smart to take the Max Homa’s of the world,

who despite having a great 2021, is a notch below the top

players?

My advice: More often than not, a player amongst the top-20 or so

betting choices wins. Correct me if I’m wrong – but only Billy

Horschel at the WGC Match Play and Max Homa at the Genesis

Invitational won in stellar fields from below the top-20 in pre-

tournament odds.

Don’t blame me for taking some chalky picks here based on that

logic, including a 19-1 Rory McIlroy, who despite being in poor

form owns a ridiculously good record on this course. If he’s going

to break out of his mini-slump, Quail Hollow is as good a venue as

any to do it!

One more bet to think about this week and for this one, I’ll set the

line. Brother Bri still hasn’t broken his maiden (horse racing term)


as far as picking a golf winner on Best Bet Corner picks. I’ll say

he’s +160 to do so before July. Which side are you taking?

Once again the rules: each picker will get a simulated $200 to bet;

$100 of which will be on win bets and another $100 on top-5, top-

10, and top-20 bets only. The kicker this time is that the money

can only be spent on a maximum of three golfers in each

category. Picking winners has never been so difficult.

Here are this week’s plays for the Wells Fargo Championship:

(Odds courtesy of Draft Kings Sportsbook)

The Parlay Kid

Last Week’s Results: +$200

Total ROI: +$3880

Winners Picked in 2021: 4 (Reed, Berger, Morikawa, Thomas)

$50 to WIN: Rory McIlroy (+1900)

$25 to WIN: Will Zalatoris (+3000)

$25 to WIN: Corey Conners (+3300)

$50 on Top-10: Patrick Reed (+260)

$50 on Top-10: Will Zalatoris (+275)

Eric:

Last Week’s Results: -$70

Total ROI: +$507.50

Winners Picked in 2021:2 (Berger, Thomas)

$50 to WIN: Justin Thomas (+900)

$25 to WIN: Bryson DeChambeau (+1500)

$25 to WIN: Rory McIlroy (+1900)

$100 on Top-10: Tony Finau (+250)

Producer Michael

Last Week’s Results: -$100

Total ROI: +$218.75

Winners Picked in 2021: 2 (DeChambeau, Spieth)


$50 to WIN: Webb Simpson (+2000)

$30 to WIN: Will Zalatoris (+3000)

$20 to WIN: Joel Dahmen (+13000)

$50 on Top-5: Webb Simpson (+400)

$30 on Top-10: Will Zalatoris (+275)

$20 on Top-10: Joel Dahmen (+1000)

Harry

Last Week’s Results: -$200

Total ROI: +$98.75

Winners Picked in 2021: (Spieth)

$50 to WIN: Jon Rahm (+1000)

$25 to WIN: Rory McIlroy (+1900)

$25 to WIN: Corey Conners (+3300)

$75 on Top-5: Jon Rahm (+225)

$25 on Top-20: Adam Schenk (+550)

Brother Bri

Last Week’s Results: -$230

Total ROI: -$605

Winners Picked in 2021: 0

$50 to WIN: Jon Rahm (+1000)

$50 to WIN: Will Zalatoris (+3000)

$100 on Top-20: Joel Dahmen (+500)


Find more of Eric’s sports opinions and predictions on Twitter at

@CohensCornerAZ.