2021 WGC-Workday Championship Expert Analysis

2021 WGC-Workday Championship Expert Analysis

Written by on February 22, 2021

The 2020-21 PGA Tour season heads to the Sunshine State for the first World Golf Championships event, starting on Thursday, Feb. 25. After a relocation from Mexico due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 WGC-Workday Championship will go down live from Concession Golf Course in Bradenton, Florida. Let’s take a closer look at this rapidly approaching PGA event so you can get all set to make your bets against their Golf odds.

PGA Tour 2021 WGC-Workday Championship Betting Preview

This event kicks off the PGA TOUR’s Florida swing and features a loaded field that features world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Jon Rahm, No. 3 Justin Thomas and other superstars like No. 6 Collin Morikawa, No. 7 Rory McIlroy and the next three players in the world Top 10.

With the world’s best golfers all looking for the win, there’s one big question surrounding the 2021 WGC-Championship. Can defending champion Patrick Reed successfully defend the title he won in this event in Mexico a year ago?

Let’s examine that query right now.

2021 WGC-Workday Championship

  • When: Feb 25–28, 2021
  • Course: Concession Golf Course
  • Purse: $10,500,000

Can Patrick Reed Repeat?

In six events this season, the 30-year-old San Antonio native has recorded five Top 25 finishes, two Top 10 finishes and one win, that came in the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 31. Now ranked 10th in the official golf world rankings, the 2018 Masters champion won the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship last year just prior to the coronavirus shutdown.

Reed birdied 15, 16 and 17 in the final round in Mexico a year ago and despite finishing with a bogey on the 72nd hole. Reed’s closing 4-under 67 was just enough to hold off the hard-charging Bryson DeChambeau to get the win by one stroke. Reed overcame current world No. 3 Justin Thomas who held the 54-hole lead and beat out world No. 2 Jon Rahm by two strokes and world No. 7 Rory McIlroy by four strokes.

While Reed ranks an modest 191st in driving distance (287.2), Reed also ranks a stellar third in birdie average (5.05), 7th in sand save percentage (63.89%) and 18th in scoring average (70.0). Reed has been phenomenal with his putter, gaining 1.282 strokes per round on the greens this season to rank second. Reed has recorded at least one victory in four straight seasons and eight of the last nine seasons overall.

The nine-time PGA Tour winner won the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship and took the title at the Farmers Insurance Open last month by a commanding five strokes, his largest margin of victory in his career. The win helped Reed improve to 4-for-6 when holding at least a share of the 18-hole lead and 6-for-8 with the 54-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA Tour.

While Reed faces some stiff competition in his bid to repeat, there’s no doubt in my mind that Reed could very well repeat this year. With elite stars like DJ, McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka all in the field and looking to pick up a confidence-boosting victory, I think the loaded field will actually give Reed some extra motivation. Will Reed bring home the hardware in Florida this coming weekend? He could. At the very least, he’ll be one of my top five picks.

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