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2018 Champions Tour Toshiba Classic Tournament Preview

The Champions Tour returns to Newport Beach, California and the Newport Beach Country Club for the Toshiba Classic this week. After a one-year absence in 2017, the biggest legends on the tour will return to tee off with $1.8 million in prize money on the line. The legends that will compete in this week’s event have combined for 400 professional victories and over 50 major championships. Leading the way will be the tournament’s defending champion Jay Haas, who won this event in 2016 but will be a substantial long shot to repeat with another victory here this year. Here is a look at some of the best bets on the board for this week’s Toshiba Classic including the favorites, next in line and some sneaky good sleeper picks. Odds below are provided courtesy of BetDSI.

Event Details

Event: Toshiba Classic

Date: March 9th-11th

Category: Champions Tour

Location: Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, California

Past Five Winners

2016: Jay Haas -16

2015: Duffy Waldorf -20

2014: Fred Couples -15

2013: David Frost -19

2012: Loren Roberts -8

Favorites

Jerry Kelly +500

Kelly is rolling heading in to the Toshiba Classic following a strong finish in his last start at the Cologuard Classic. Kelly wrapped up the tournament with a 65 on Sunday to finish two strokes back of Steve Stricker for the victory. Kelly is a fitting sports betting favorite for this week’s tournament and should have a strong backing for the Toshiba Classic.

Bernhard Langer +750

Langer wasn’t in his usual peak form at the Cologuard Classic where he finished tied for 54th after following up a 77 on Saturday with a 73 on Sunday. However, the Champions Tour legend is a perennial contender and should figure out how to bounce back at this week’s event. The fact that he is available at +750 odds to win outright makes him a decent betting option for this week’s tournament.

Fred Couples +800

Couples should be well rested after taking some time off and there is no doubt that he has what it takes to win this week’s Toshiba Classic. Couples won this event in 2014 and in 2010. He will have an excellent shot at repeating here this week.

Next In Line

David Toms +900

Toms is coming off a consistent performance at the Cologuard Classic and should be in the mix again this week at the Toshiba Classic. The veteran golfer has placed in the top-five in two of his previous three starts so we expect him to contend in Newport this week at decent odds to win outright.

Miguel Angel Jimenez +1000

Jimenez has had nearly a month off since his last start when he placed in the top-10 in the Chubb Classic. The extra rest should keep him fresh for this week’s tournament. While he might not have what it takes to win this tournament outright, Jimenez could be a decent bet to place in the top-10 or as a sneaky good value option for a head-to-head betting matchup.

Kevin Sutherland +1600

Sutherland has hung around with three consecutive top-25 finishes but he hasn’t placed higher than 10th in any one of those starts. While he should get some support this week at decent odds, you might be better off looking elsewhere when it comes to your betting picks for the Toshiba Classic.

Sleepers

Scott Dunlap +3300

Dunlap is coming off a strong performance in the Cologuard Classic in which he fired a 65 in the opening round and finished tied for fifth. It was the second of two top-10 finishes in his last three starts so he is definitely trending in the right direction heading in to this week. At +3300 to win outright, Dunlap could be a decent sleeper pick for this week’s Toshiba Classic.

Jay Haas +12500

The defending champion Haas has struggled of late on the Champions Tour but could be worth sprinkling a small amount of money on this week for no other reason than that he has proven he can win here in the past. At +12500 odds, you could earn a substantial payout for a small price putting some money down on Haas at this week’s Toshiba Classic as a deep sleeper value pick.

 

About Geoff Harvey

Geoff Harvey has been setting his fantasy rosters since his days in the womb, just don't ask him how he used to get his waiver-wire reports back then. He's a lifelong fan of sports, especially the fantasy and betting aspects.

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