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2022 Fortinet Championship Betting Preview, Odds, Picks & Predictions: Can Sahith Theegala Get First Tour Win?

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After a short two-week hiatus from PGA Tour golf, we are back at it! And with no time to waste, let’s dive right in. 

This season’s September start will likely be the last of its kind as the Tour is moving away from a year-round continuous season to something closer to January-August in the 2023-2024 season. Most of the details are yet to be ironed out and there will likely be tournaments played in early fall, but FedExCup Playoff points may not be on the line.

This week, however, will be no different and FedExCup points are up for grabs. For the season opener, the tour is making its first of seven stops in the Golden State to Napa, Calif., for the Fortinet Championship at the North Course on Silverado Resort and Spa.

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2022 Fortinet Championship Event Information

  • Dates: September 15-18, 2022
  • Location: North Course, Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, Calif.
  • Purse: $8,000,000
  • Defending Champ: Max Homa

The Fortinet Championship is one of the Tour’s newer tournaments — it began play in 2007. It is a 72-hole, stroke-play tournament, with a cut after 36 holes down to the top 65 players and ties. 

The wind has a slight chance of playing a factor this week in an otherwise perfect, sunny weekend for golf.

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What Course is the Fortinet Championship Held at?

The Fortinet Championship is held at the North Course, on Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, Calif. The course was opened in 1955 and redesigned in 1966 by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and again to its current format in 2011 by Hall of Famer Johnny Miller. 

The course is par-72, 7,123-yards and has bunkers come into play on every green. The rough in past years has not been anything too extreme and will allow driving accuracy to take a back seat to driving distance and approach.

With the last five winners averaging (-17), scoring chances are readily available — no par-4 measures over 460 and the par-5s will provide easy looks at birdies with long drives and short approach shots.

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How To Watch the Fortinet Championship

  • Thursday: 6-9 p.m. ET Golf Channel
  • Friday: 6-9 p.m. ET Golf Channel
  • Saturday: 6-9 p.m. ET Golf Channel
  • Sunday: 6-9 p.m. ET Golf Channel

How To Listen To the Fortinet Championship

  • Thursday: 3-9 p.m. ET Sirius XM
  • Friday: 3-9 p.m. ET Sirius XM
  • Saturday: 4-9 p.m. ET Sirius XM
  • Sunday: 4-9 p.m. ET Sirius XM

Payouts for the 2022 Fortinet Championship

The total purse of the 2022 Fortinet Championship is $8,000,000. The winner receives 500 FedEx Cup points and a minimum of 24 Official World Golf Ranking points — additional Official World Golf Ranking points can be added based on the tournament’s strength of field.

The champion also receives a two-season exemption on the PGA Tour, as well as inclusion in the 2023 Masters and 2023 PGA Championship, and the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions. 

FinishPayout
1$1,440,000
2$872,000
3$552,000
4$392,000
5$328,000

How Many Golfers are in the 2022 Fortinet Championship?

The tournament field is composed of 156 players and as it is the first tournament of the season, is not the strongest field. However, FedExCup points are on the line and as we saw last year, every point counts coming down the stretch.

Who has the Best Odds of Winning the 2022 Fortinet Championship?

The current odds favorites to win the Fortinet Championship are former Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama (+1400) and the defending Fortinet champion Max Homa (+1400), followed by Corey Conners (+1600) to round out the top three.

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Fortinet Championship Past Winner

  • 2021 Max Homa (-19)
  • 2020 Steward Cink (-21)
  • 2019 Cameron Champ (-17)
  • 2018 Kevin Tway (-14)
  • 2017 Brendan Steele (-15)

2022 Fortinet Championship Picks & Predictions

Sahith Theegala Tournament Winner | +2800 at BetMGM

Sahith Theegala has been knocking on the door of his first Tour win with five top-10 finishes in his first season on Tour. He made a run all the way to East Lake in the FedExCup Playoffs last year and with a year of experience under his belt, it is time for the pieces to come together and notch his first tour win.

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Max Homa Top 5 Finish | +333 at BetMGM

Look for Max Homa to take advantage of a weaker strength of field this week and pick up where he left off last season with a fast start and a top-five finish. Homa is top 25 in strokes gained off the tee, tee to green and total strokes gained, all three of which will play major factors this week.

Taylor Pendrith Top 10 Finish | +240 at BetMGM

Taylor Pendrith’s game is set up for this week, he has the length off the tee and is 32nd on the Tour in par-5 scoring. Coupled with a strong finish last season, although falling short of the Tour Championship, Taylor should be around the top of the leaderboard come Sunday.

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