It’s the beginning of a new week, which means another PGA TOUR Champions event is just around the corner. This week’s tournament happens to be the SAS Championship, which will be played from Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17 at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting couple of days, however, only one man can leave the Prestonwood Country Club as the winner. As usual, BetOnline has odds on the tournament and is favoring Jim Furyk at +650 odds to be the SAS Championship winner.
This year marks Furyk’s second time competing at the SAS Championship. He entered last year’s tournament, ultimately finishing ninth while scoring 8-under-par. Aside from that experience, Furyk will look to continue his 2021 success in Cary this week. He’s finished Top-25 in each of the 22 events he’s played this year, solidifying himself as one of the very best on the PGA TOUR Champions. That isn’t even to mention the fact that he’s finished inside of the Top 10 more often than not (14 times) and is one of a few golfers to have won multiple tournaments this year (three).
Furyk competed at last week’s inaugural Constellation Furyk and Friends event, placing T-4th. It wasn’t exactly the result he was looking for in a tournament that he created, however, it could’ve been a lot worse. It’s been about three months since Furyk last won a tournament, which is his longest stretch between victories this season, so it might be time that he adds a tally to the win column this week.
2021 SAS Championship Odds
Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, October 11
- Jim Furyk (+650)
- Miguel Angel Jimenez (+900)
- Steven Alker (+1200)
- Bernhard Langer (+1200)
- Alex Cejka (+1400)
- K.J. Choi (+1400)
- Ernie Els (+1600)
- Woody Austin (+1800)
- Steve Flesch (+1800)
- Rod Pampling (+2200)
- David Toms (+2200)
- Jerry Kelly (+2500)
- Retief Goosen (+2500)
The complete odds list is available at BetOnline.ag.
Could Miguel Angel Jimenez Win?
At +900 odds, 57-year-old veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez has the second-best shot at winning the 2021 SAS Championship. No one competing in Cary this week has more momentum than Jimenez after he came up short at the Constellation Furyk and Friends event last week, coming in second to Phil Mickelson. Still, Jimenez looked really impressive, especially when he shot a 65 in Round 2.
Now, he’ll be looking to bring that momentum to the Prestonwood Country Club in just a few days.
This will be the first time Jimenez will be competing at the SAS Championship in two years. After placing 6th and 5th in 2016 and 2018, respectively, the veteran golfer finished 45th in 2019. A lot of time has passed since then and Jimenez has looked strong throughout the current season, so he should be able to avoid another underwhelming finish. He has four Top-3 outings in his past seven events, so perhaps this is the week where Jimenez finally gets his first victory since September 2020.
Ernie Els SAS Championship Odds
Out of all of this week’s competitors, Ernie Els is one of the few to have already won the SAS Championship. The South African golfer won last year’s tournament by shooting 12-under-par for the victory. It was also Els’ first time playing in the event, which makes his victory that much more impressive.
The two-time Open Championship and U.S. Open winner has been consistent this season, placing inside of the Top 25 in 24-of-32 events. While there’s a chance that he can win any tournament that he enters, Els still hasn’t won another event since his SAS Championship victory. However, he has a chance to become the fourth golfer in the tournament’s history to win it for a second time. Only time will tell if that’s enough motivation to lead Els to win in Cary, North Carolina this weekend.