This week is an exciting one for golf fans because the 2021 Pure Insurance Championship is about to go down. The tournament will be held at the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California from Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26.
Last year’s event was won by Jim Furyk, however, we’re set to get a different champion this year because he won’t be participating in the event. According to BetOnline, there are two golfers with equal odds to win this week’s Pure Insurance Championship. Both Steven Alker and Retief Goosen share +900 odds to win in Pebble Beach this weekend.
Alker just turned 50 years old earlier this year, so this will be his first time competing at the Pure Insurance Championship. While he’s only competed in four PGA TOUR Champions events, he’s actually had some pretty solid showings. He’s placed Top 10 in each of his showings, with his best performance being a 3rd-place finish at the Ally Challenge at the end of August. At the end of the day, it’ll be interesting to see how he fairs in Pebble Beach. It’s been a long time since he’s won a tournament, but maybe that all changes this week.
On the other hand, you can’t forget about Goosen. The 52-year-old South African has competed at the Pure Insurance Championship twice in the past. The first time was in 2019 when he placed T-24th, however, he managed to improve from that last year when he finished T-4th. While he hasn’t won a tournament yet this season, Goosen has been consistent throughout the year, finishing in the Top 25 in 22 of the 29 events he’s competed in. He also has five Top-5 finishes and just placed T-7th at last week’s Sanford Invitational. Only time will tell if he can continue that momentum into this weekend.
2021 Pure Insurance Championship Odds
Odds via BetOnline as of Thursday, September 23
- Steven Alker (+900)
- Retief Goosen (+900)
- K.J. Choi (+1100)
- Jerry Kelly (+1200)
- Kevin Sutherland (+1400)
- Rod Pampling (+1400)
- Alex Cejka (+1400)
- Bernhard Langer (+1400)
- Ernie Els (+1400)
- Woody Austin (+1400)
- Mike Weir (+1400)
- Steve Flesch (+1400)
Complete odds list is available at BetOnline.ag.
Choi Has Next Best Odds
At +1100 odds, K.J. Choi has the next best shot at winning the 2021 Pure Insurance Championship. He made his debut at the tournament last year, finishing T-14th with his best performance coming in Round 3 when he shot a 69. A lot has changed since then and Choi has continued to get better with each passing tournament.
Of the 14 PGA Tour Champions events that he’s competed in this year, Choi has made the cut in each of them and even finished Top-10 five times. While he may not have the Pure Insurance Championship experience that others have, he is riding the momentum that comes from him pacing T-2nd after a playoff at the Sanford International less than a week ago. That was his best performance of the season, which means that you can bet that he’ll do what he can to capitalize on it. With a lot of the bigger names absent from this weekend’s event, look for Choi to leave his mark in Pebble beach.
Jerry Kelly Pure Insurance Championship Odds
Not far behind Choi is Jerry Kelly at +1200 odds to win the 2021 Pure Championship. The 54-year-old has been one of the better golfers on the current tour and he has the results to back it up. He’s made the cut in each of the 31 events that he’s competed in, finishing in the Top 25 a grand total of 24 times. That’s not even to mention how he’s won two tournaments as well, with the most recent being a victory at the American Family Insurance Championship back in June.
It’s important to also mention how Kelly has placed second twice at the Pure Insurance Championship, with the first time being in 2017 and the most recent being last year. Even if he fell just short of the championship, it doesn’t change how he’s made it a lot further than most of the field. Now, he has to turn that experience into results in Pebble Beach this weekend.