We already previewed a few favorites and what is needed to succeed at the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club. Now it’s time to look at a few longshots:
Wyndham Clark 85/1
Clark is one of only three players in this field to rank top 10 in both approach and bogey avoidance (Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele are the other two). His main weakness is occasional wildness off the tee, but he can get away with that in many spots at LACC, especially given his length. Clark is all the way up to 32nd in the world after finishing top 40 in 11 of his last 12 events, highlighted by a win at the Wells Fargo Championship. He makes for a sneaky breakout play this week, particularly in office pools.
Sahith Theegala 100/1
When looking at longshots, we have to consider a player’s upside. Sahith Theegala, a California native, has immense upside. He has one of the best short games on the PGA Tour, and when he plays well, his iron game can be world class. Over the past year, he has gained five strokes or more with his irons on four separate occasions. That is the type of iron play that will be needed this week to contend. He already has seven top 10 finishes in the 2022-23 season and hasn’t missed a cut since September 2022.
Min Woo Lee 160/1
Min Woo Lee simply shows up in big events. If we look at his last seven appearances in big events (that is, the four majors plus the Players), he has finished 27th or better on five of those occasions. In addition to those performances, he has had five top-four finishes on the DP World Tour in the past nine months. Lee ranks fourth in driving distance in this field and excels in firm and fast conditions. He makes for a great option for pools or a top-20 bet.
Kurt Kitayama 180/1
Kitayama is the No. 20 in the world, so he obviously has a ton of upside. In the past 18 months, he has had seven top fives on the PGA Tour. During that same span, he has also missed 19 cuts. We are getting this generous 180/1 because of this inconsistency, but when his game is on he can compete with anyone. Like Theegala, Kitayama gets crazy hot with his irons at times. He has gained over four strokes on approach on five different occasions in the past 16 months. Two of those occasions came in his last three events, which included a fourth-place finish at the PGA Championship last month.
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