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SportsLine's advanced computer model has simulated the Fortinet Championship 2021 10,000 timesPlay gets underway from Silverado Resort and Spa on Thursday, Sept. 16. Jon Rahm, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, headlines the 2021 Fortinet Championship field, with proven winners such as Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson and Webb Simpson also expected to be in the mix. Rahm is going off as the 9-2 favorite according to the latest 2021 Fortinet Championship odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Simpson is being listed at 14-1 on the PGA odds board.
The PGA Tour's lengthy offseason has finally come to a close after one week, and the 2021-22 season is officially underway this week in Napa, California. The Fortinet Championship at Silverado Country Club will serve as the first event of the season, and there will be plenty of names in the field competing for the $7 million purse.
Defending champion Stewart Cink unfortunately will not be in attendance because one of his children is getting married, but there's a full (and interesting) field creating plenty of storylines just ahead of the fall's main event next week at the Ryder Cup. Who's going to win and what will it mean for the remainder of the 2021-22 season?
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Let's take a closer look at this week's contest with odds provided via Caesars Sportsbook.
Event: Fortinet Championship | Dates: Sept. 16-19
Location: Silverado Country Club -- Napa, California
Par: 72 | Purse: $7 million
Three things to know
1. Mad Rahm? The numbers are almost too preposterous to believe. Jon Rahm is is so much better than everyone else in this field, it's almost comical. If you look at strokes gained over the last three months, he's been nearly twice as good as the second-best player (Kevin Na) and three times as good as the sixth-best player in the field (Mito Pereira). Plus, he didn't win the PGA Tour Player of the Year award on Tuesday (Patrick Cantlay did), so we might see Rahm flexing on his way to Whistling Straits next week.
California boy Max Homa rallies to win Fortinet Championship in Napa
NAPA, Calif. – When Max Homa holed his second shot for an eagle at the 12th hole at Silverado Resort & Spa’s North Course, he came off the green and said to Golf Channel’s John Wood, “My caddie is a genius.” That would be Joe Greiner, who he's known for 2That would be Joe Greiner, who he’s known for 24 years, and suggested lob wedge from 95 yards, land it on the front of the green. Homa did just that and then it rolled like a putt to its hole, sparking Homa to play the final seven holes in five under and catapult past Maverick McNealy to win the Fortinet Championship by one stroke.
2. Zalatoris "sophomore" campaign: Will Zalatoris, the reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, is now playing his first season as a member of the PGA Tour. If that sentence does not make sense, you're in good company. I'm intrigued by what Zalatoris has in store and where his ceiling will be set. He's among the five most talented players in this field, and after a strange summer (injury, not making the FedEx Cup because of a wonky membership rule), it would be nice to see him start strong this season.
3. New faces: The first event of a new season is always a good opportunity to be introduced to Korn Ferry Tour graduates who are playing either for the first time or the first time in a long time in the big leagues. Guys like Justin Lower, Nick Hardy and Curtis Thompson don't project necessarily well in a tournament with Rahm and Na, butand hopefully at least one of the recent grads will emerge as a contender to win this tournament on the weekend.
From sick stomach to sick with his play: World No. 1 Jon Rahm misses cut at Fortinet Championship
NAPA, Calif. – Jon Rahm will enter next week’s Ryder Cup after having a rare weekend off. The World No. 1 missed the cut at the Fortinet Championship, the season-opening event on the PGA Tour’s 2021-22 season. Rahm posted 1-under 71 at Silverado Resort &…The World No. 1 missed the cut at the Fortinet Championship, the season-opening event on the PGA Tour’s 2021-22 season. Rahm posted 1-under 71 at Silverado Resort & Spa’s North Course, missing the 36-hole cut by two strokes and 11 strokes behind Maverick McNealy, the leader at the midway point. It marked Rahm’s first missed cut since the Wells Fargo Championship in May, just his second of the calendar year and 13th in 113 career starts.
Grading the field
Rahm certainly elevates this field, which is far stronger this year than it was last year. Other top-50 players in attendance this week include Hideki Matsuyama (No. 17), Webb Simpson (No. 22), Na (No. 25), Zalatoris (No. 31), Phil Mickelson (No. 33), Marc Leishman (No. 41), Max Homa (No. 44) and Si Woo Kim (No. 50). All things considered, this is a really good field with a good mix of stars, big names, newcomers and veterans. Grade: B
2021 Fortinet Championship picks
|Winner (20-1): I like Na for a number of reasons here. First, he's been playing great golf, and this is not a course that will overwhelm his lack of distance. Also, of everyone with at least 12 rounds played on this course in the last decade, only Justin Thomas and Tony Finau have been better than Na. It might not be to a "Hideki in Phoenix" or "Spieth at Augusta" level, but he's historically been the best player in the field on this course, and he also happens to be playing better than everyone in the field besides Rahm.|
|Top 10 (-225): This is the first time I've not picked Rahm to win in the last four PGA Tour events, which of course means that he'll win. You can't make this top-10 number high enough. I didn't even look at it before I slotted him in here. It could have been -800, and I would have done it. That's how overwhelming his numbers are right now and how much everyone is still underrating what he's doing.|
|Sleeper (60-1): Pereira's numbers are exceptional. He's sixth in this field in overall strokes gained over the last three months and seventh from tee to green. If you switch it to last 20 rounds, the rankings don't really change all that much. He won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour earlier this year, and had a nice run into the Olympics, where he finished just outside the medal stand when he lost in a playoff. He didn't end the season as strongly as I would have liked (T39-MC), but I like the number he's on this week at Silverado.|
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