The PGA Tour also returns to Keene Trace Golf Club this week with the 2021 Barbasol Championship. Read on below to see my predictions for who will win the tournament, as well as my predictions for who will finish in the top 10, my dark horse, and my player to fade.
Winner: Seamus Power- Power has been on a heater of late, finishing in the top 20 in each of his last 5 starts, including back to back T-8 finishes. Power has made the cut in both of his starts in this event, so he is familiar with the layout. Power is seemingly in control of all facets of his game at the moment, as he is currently inside the top 35 in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green, Around-the-Green, Tee-to-Green, and Total. All of this adds up to Seamus Power earning his first career win on Sunday!
Top 10: Nick Taylor- Taylor has struggled this season, with just 2 top 25 finishes in 26 starts. However, he has also made the cut in 16 of those 26 starts, including 6 of his last 7, which shows signs of potential. Taylor has also played well here in his career, finishing T-21 and T-15 in two career starts. He may be a bit of a long shot, but I believe Nick Taylor will bring home his first top 10 of the season on Sunday.
Dark Horse: Stephen Jäeger- Jäeger may not be well known on the PGA Tour, but he is an absolute beast on the Korn Ferry Tour, with a pair of wins, 3 runner ups, 10 top 10’s, and 23 made cuts in 31 starts this season to go along with a sterling 69.35 scoring average. Jäeger has also fare well in this tournament, finishing in the top 25 in both 2018 and 2019. With his stellar play of late, another top 25 finish, if not more, is certainly within reach.
Player to Fade: Dominic Bozzelli- Struggle is an understatement for Bozzelli, who has made just 1 cut in 10 starts this season and has shot in the 60’s just 3 times in 22 rounds all year. He has negative strokes gained totals in 5 of the 6 major categories and is losing -3.243 strokes per round on average. Even in a very weak field, Bozzelli is a hard pass.