The first WGC event of the year has been moved from Mexico to Florida due to the Covid pandemic and it plays right into the hands of Florida specialist Sungjae Im. Here are The Wolf’s tips for the WGC Workday Championship.
There have been few bets that have excited The Wolf more in 2021 than siding with Sungjae Im in this event.
Im has been circled in black as the man to bet once the Tour hit Florida. It has arrived a week early and it gives us one more chance to bet Im.
Im has widely been considered to be out of form despite a T-2 in The Masters in November and Top 17 finishes in four of his last six tournaments on a West Coast swing that has not been his go. Before a strong Florida run last year that netted a win in the PGA National and a third in the Arnold Palmer in two starts, he had one Top 10 finish in six starts to open the year.
The Korean just loves Florida golf. He has four Top 4 finishes in Florida tournaments the last two seasons. This is when he shines.
Concession has not been used for a PGA Tour event so there is some degree of guesswork in what kind of player it will suit but one thing for certain is that a strong putter will be required with the course renowned for its multi-tiered greens.
Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick well and truly fits that bill. He finished 2nd last season in Strokes Gained: Putting and 15th in Putting Average. His best putting comes on Bermuda greens too so gets conditions to suit.
His Florida form is also notable with Top 10 finishes at Bay Hill the last two years.
Fitzpatrick won the DP World Tour Championship in December and was T-5 last week at The Genesis.
Ryan Palmer is a play here on one fact and one fact alone: he plays Jack Nicklaus designed courses as well as anyone.
The Texan has a tremendous record on Nicklaus courses. He finished 2nd in The Memorial and 4th in the Zozo last year, both with high quality fields won by Jon Rahm and Patrick Cantlay respectively, while he has finished Top 17 in the last two Honda Classics.
Palmer is an underrated player who will go very well this week.