In 2010, the PGA Tour took over the management under the TPC umbrella and instituted various advantages for SAN Francisco residents and wonderful facilities for visitors.
The course 6560 (7251 yards) par 70 with two par fives designed by Sam Whiting and Willie Watson who also designed the famed Olympic club nearby is quirky and difficult with a slope rating of 74.3. The course for this event will have severe deep rough and the treelined fairways require accurate tee shots and superb iron play.
Top professionals have won here including Tiger Woods winning the WGC matchplay and a 5-0 effort at the 2009 Presidents Cup, other PGA tour events include the 1944 Victory Open. It was a wartime description for the San Francisco Open, which rotated between the city’s courses. Byron Nelson won, then claimed the same event at Harding Park in December, giving him two wins in the same event at the same venue in the same year.
In 1946 Mason Rudolph won the Golden Gate Open. That event was played just one time.
In 1948 the Lucky International Open, which was sponsored by a local brewery, began a seven-year run at Harding Park.
Six of the Lucky’s seven winners were also major champions: Gary Player, Gene Littler, Jack Burke, Jr., Billy Casper, Archer and Venturi. The lone exception was Chi Chi Rodriguez, who is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The PGA TOUR returned for World Golf Championships in 2005 and 2015, as well as the 2009 Presidents Cup after the 2002 renovation.
PGA Champions Tour played the season ending Charles Schwab cup match a number of times recently. A great amateur match between Ken Venturi (later running second in the Masters and winning a US Open and Hardie Ward the current US amateur champ, in the club championship final. Venturi won, but Ward repeated his US amateur victory later.
The PGA is the easiest of the majors to win, because a number of club professionals make the field. So far our lay suggestions have been achieved, but the best bet of the year is to back Zach Johnson already a surprise winner of the Masters and the Open at $4000 each way on Bet365 for whatever you can fund and get on. Then lay back Zach at up to $1000 (and there’s $78 available up to $840, you then have at least $3000 to Nothing the win and the place at $1250 for free!
Below prices are all Betfair prices! I also don’t like Rory Mcilroy at $16 to lay as his last round record is abysmal recently and I’d lay Bryson de Chambeau at $19, this course requires accurate driving.
My picks at the low end of the market include Brooks Koepka ($13.5), coming into form twice previous winner and sets himself for majors, Tiger Woods ($42), who would count the best all round player ever, despite his recent ordinary form, Gary Woodland, lost in the final of the matchplay here to Tiger at $60
Adam Scott has won two WGC events here and has had a great preparation in Australia at $85, Sunjae I’m a terrific player bound for stardom at $140 and Euro tour stars, Matt Wallace ($270) and Erik van Royen appeal at ($270).
You obviously can’t back them all.
Remembering that surprise winners pop up quite often in the PGA, I’ve detailed my real roughies here, anyone can win.
And My roughies include at $1000, Andrew Putnam, Jazz Janewattonanond,
Lucas Herbert, the brash Aussie, has shown winning is not beyond him, Mark Hubbard, Carlos Ortiz, Tyler Duncan, Denny McCarthy, Danny Lee, Lanto Griffin, Jorge Campillo, You Could back all of these and pick a couple of the shorties for an interesting week. A few others are well over, Jason Dunfermline, a past winner ($880), Robert McIntyre ($810) scottish wunderkind, Cam Smith ($630), Emiliano Grillo ($520) and Joel Dahmen ($570) all are overs.