Fortinet Championship First Round Matchup Bets, Odds 9/16/21

This Thursday, the PGA Tour presents the first round of the Fortinet Championship! 

Before I discuss my favorite matchup bets for the first round of the Fortinet Championship let’s take a look at the current leaders in first round scoring average on the PGA Tour.

*The Fortinet Championship was previously known as the Safeway Open from 2016-2020. The event received a new title sponsor this year which resulted in the name change.

Here is a list of the top ten ranked golfers in first round scoring average on the PGA Tour that are in this week’s Fortinet Championship field with that player’s average first round score this season.

Top Ten Golfers in First Round Scoring Average

  1. Jon Rahm 68.95
  2. Cameron Tringale 69.23
  3. Webb Simpson 69.65
  4. Doug Ghim 69.77
  5. Nick Taylor 69.85
  6. Talor Gooch 69.88
  7. Harold Varner III 69.96
  8. Sebastian Munoz 69.97
  9. Patton Kizzire 70.0
  10. Mark Hubbard 70.03

Now that we have established who the top ten golfers with regard to first round scoring average are on the PGA Tour (in this week’s field) let’s shift our attention to my favorite first round matchup bets for this week’s Fortinet Championship.

Pat Perez -155 over Sepp Straka

Pat Perez arrives at this week’s Fortinet Championship in rather good form. More specifically, Perez has accumulated three top 16 finishes in his last five tournaments played on the PGA Tour, including an 11th place result at the 2021 3M Open.

Perez also checks the box for me when it comes to key player statistics. In relation to this week’s current listed Fortinet Championship field, in the last eight rounds played on the PGA Tour, Pat Perez ranks ninth in strokes gained tee to green, 12th in strokes gained approach, 14th in GIR (greens in regulation), and tenth in strokes gained ball striking.

It should also be noted that Pat Perez finished ninth at the 2020 Safeway Open.

Chez Reavie +100 over Emiliano Grillo

Reavie has posted some quality results on the PGA Tour over the course of the last few months. Reavie finished 14th at the 2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree in June, 18th at the 2021 John Deere Classic in July, and finished 11th at the 2021 3M Open in August.

Chez also checks the box for me when it comes to previous event/course history. Reavie has played the Safeway Open five times since 2016. In those five tournaments just mentioned, Chez Reavie has accumulated three top 22 finishes, including an impressive third place result at the 2020 Safeway Open.

In relation to this week’s current listed Fortinet Championship field, in the last 24 rounds played on the PGA Tour, Chez Reavie ranks fifth in strokes gained tee to green, fifth in strokes gained ball striking, eighth in strokes gained approach, and second in driving accuracy.

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