Okay golf betting faithful, while all eyes will be on this week’s 2019 WGC-Dell Match Play Championships in Austin, Texas, there’s more golf action going down for both, the PGA Tour’s up-and-coming stars and fading veterans thanks to this week’s 2019 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
A bunch of talented golfers will be going all-out in the hopes of getting a two year PGA Tour exemption, 300 FedEx Cup points and a major portion of the $3 million purse that is up for grabs in the Dominican Republic as the fourth edition of the Corales Puntacana Championship takes place.
Now, let’s take a look at the pertinent info and golf betting odds surrounding this event before I offer up my top five picks to bring home the bacon.
2019 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Odds & Preview
- Where: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
- When: Thursday, March 28, 2019
- TV: Golf Channel
- Live Stream: Golf.tv
- Par 72, 7,670 yards
- Stroke Average in 2018 – 71.5
- 2016 – Dominic Bozzelli -24
- 2017 – Nate Lashley -20
- 2018 – Brice Garnett -18
Odds to Win 2019 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship
- Sung-Jae Im +1400
- Jhonattan Vegas +1600
- Aaron Baddeley +2200
- Denny McCarthy +2200
- Joaquin Niemann +2200
- Nate Lashley +2200
- Charl Schwartzel +2800
- Thomas Detry +2800
- Trey Mullinax +2800
- David Lipsky +3300
- Fabian Gomez +3300
- Graeme McDowell +3300
- Matt Jones +3300
- Paul Dunne +3300
- Rory Sabbatini +3300
The 20-year-old South Korean rookie ranks 49th in G.I.R., 42nd in birdie average and a stellar 26th in scoring average. In 16 events this season, Im has recorded seven Top 25 finishes and an impressive quartet of Top 10 finishes that includes a T3 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in early March and a T4 at last weekend’s Valspar Championship. Those pair of Top 5 finishes in his last three events makes Im my top pick to win the 2019 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
There’s a reason why Vegas is the Vegas favorite, pardon the pun. The 34-year-old Venezuelan has a pair of Top 10 finishes in 11 events this season and a trio of Top 25 finishes in his last three events, including a stupendous third place finish at The PLAYERS Championship almost two weeks ago. Vegas ranks inside the top 50 in driving distance, greens in regulation and scoring average, making him my No. 2 pick to win this year’s event.
In the eight tournaments he’s played this calendar year, 36-year-old Michigan native Brian Stuard has finished in the Top 60 seven times while also recording a trio of Top 20 finishes and one Top 10 finish. In his last three tournaments, Stuard has sandwiched a T20 and T18 at least week’s Valspar Championship around a missed cut at the PLAYERS Championship. Those two Top 20 finishes this month, combined with the fact that he ranks an impressive 18th in driving accuracy, means Stuard is going to have a legitimate chance to win this event.
I have no idea why baby-faced 26-year-old Alabama native Trey Mullinax isn’t being mentioned as a top contender here, but I think he will challenge to win it all. Sure, he’s got just three Top 25 finishes in 12 tournaments played this season, but Mullinax has recorded all three in his last five events while finishing 54t or better in four events with just a missed cut at the PLAYERS Championship. Mullinax also finished 11th in this event in 2016 and 22nd finish in 2018.
At 38-years-old, Aussie native Matt Jones is certainly no spring chicken. Still though, he’s playing some fantastic golf that I believe could land him in the winner’s circle this coming weekend. In 12 events this season, Jones has recorded a modest, two, Top 25 finishes. However, he’s also finished T55 or better in each of his last five tournaments and comes into this event off a T36 at the Honda Classic and very impressive T13 at the Valspar Championship last weekend.