Tiger Woods returns to action this weekend alongside his 12-year-old son, Charlie, as the duo headlines the 2021 PNC Championship. A father-son/father-daughter event, this 36-hole two-player scramble has been a staple at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida the last few decades.
While Charlie was grabbing all the attention last year, it was Justin Thomas and Mike Thomas who came away victorious. After posting a first-round of 10-under 62, just as the Woods twosome did, Team Thomas found a different gear heading into Sunday as they trailed Team Singh by two.
By carding 15 birdies in the final round and shooting 15 under, the PGA professional and his son won the PNC Championship by a single stroke over Team Singh. Also in the mix were the families of O’Meara, Trevino, Kite and Kuchar.
Team Thomas Ready For A Repeat?
This year at Ritz Carlton, it is world No. 6 Justin Thomas and his father who lead the way on the PNC Championship oddsboard. Listed at +180 at BetOnline Sportsbook, our odds calculator gives the defending champions a 35.71 percent chance to claim yet another title.
Below we will take you through each of the 20 teams in this year’s PNC Championship and their betting odds, hopefully clarifying some angles in this laid-back, family-oriented event in the Sunshine State.
Here’s a full breakdown of the PNC Championship odds for every duo to emerge triumphant this week:
PNC Championship Odds
|Team B. Watson||+1000|
|Team T. Watson||+20000|
Odds as of December 14 at BetOnline Sportsbook
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Meet The 20 PNC Championship Teams:
Team Thomas (+200): The defending champions and the rightful heavy favorites, Team Thomas should once again find themselves in the mix this year. Justin is coming off what he described as a “disappointing” 2020-21 season despite his Players Championship victory, so I am expecting massive things from him over the next 12 months. That could start this week. His dad, a PGA professional, is no slouch either and that’s why they are my selection to win the PNC Championship.
Team Cink (+550): Most well-known for their success together on the PGA Tour with Reagan on the bag, by all accounts the son is a solid player. Stewart won this event in 2013 with his older son Connor, so he knows what it takes to win. He struggled down the stretch last season, but they will likely play some sort of a factor in this championship. If Stewart can continue his strong play from off the tee, perhaps Reagan can pick up the slack on and around the greens.
Team Kuchar (+550): Coming off a near miss at the QBE Shootout, Matt Kuchar will look to his son Cameron to do what Harris English was unable to. They were in the driver’s seat heading into Sunday last year via a first-round of 14-under 58, but stumbled in the final round, shooting only 8 under. Clearly, they have the game to win the PNC Championship and Matt appears to be getting stronger by the start.
Team Daly (+750): Little John Daly may actually be the better player of the two, so I expect big things from this duo. The father has been casually playing by all accounts and recently went viral for chipping in with a drink in hand. The son just finished up his first semester at Arkansas in what looked to be an up-and-down fall campaign for the freshman. They could win, but they could also easily finish in the middle of the pack.
Team Woods (+1000): All eyes will deservingly be on this duo and how could they not be. Tiger and Charlie were must-see TV last season and now we will see Tiger in a competitive setting for the first time in nearly a year. While there are questions around how he will play, he did hint that Charlie has improved by saying he broke 80 at Medalist recently. The 12-year-old may be relied on for the majority of drives, but if he can answer the bell, Tiger’s short game can keep them in this.
Team Bubba Watson (+1100): Recently paired up with Lexi Thompson for the QBE Shootout and finishing respectably just last week, Watson will now play with his father-in-law, Wayne Ball. There are not many clues about Ball’s game, but Watson possesses plenty of firepower and has the capability to carry the load. He may need some help on the greens and he may get it given the scramble format of the PNC Championship.
Team Furyk (+1200): If this tournament was strictly Champions Tour players, then Furyk would likely find himself closer to the top of the PNC Championship betting odds. Outside of Bernhard Langer and Phil Mickelson, Furyk tops my list of best players over 50 years old. He finished seven strokes back last season at 18 under and I expect a similar result once again without knowing much about his son Tanner’s game.
Team Korda (+1200): The only woman in the competition, Nelly should not be overlooked as she is ranked No. 1 on the women’s circuit. Collecting multiple victories, a major championship and an Olympic gold medal, Korda’s game completely changed once she switched to left-hand low on the putting surface. She’s teamed up with her father Petr, a former major championship winner in professional tennis. I would not be shocked if these two find their way into the top five and possibly make a run late on Sunday.
Team Singh (+1200): They nearly played spoiler to the Thomas duo last season, eventually losing by a single stroke. Carding back-to-back rounds of 12-under 60, Qass and Vijay appeared to tighten up down the stretch of the final round. Coming home in 4-under 32, the duo carded their worst nine-hole score at the worst time possible. They played their last eight holes in 3 under after making nine birdies in a row on Sunday. They are dangerous and very motivated to right last year’s wrong.
Team Stenson (+1600): Outside of a month in Europe, 2021 was very unkind to Henrik Stenson, who we last saw at the Hero World Challenge. The former Open champion struggled with his typically reliant iron play last season, but he may be getting reinforcements from his son Karl, a great player in his own right. If the old man can find his touch on the greens, this Swedish duo could be the sleeper pick of the PNC Championship.
Team Harrington (+2500): They finished dead last in last year’s PNC Championship and there is nothing to suggest that will change this time around. Padraig had some strong play going there for a bit – especially in the major championship – but we haven’t really seen much of him lately. After they shot 9 under, I expect this pair of Irishmen to fare better, but not by much, thus making them an easy pass for me.
Team Beem (+3300): With only one PGA Tour win to his name, the 51-year-old Rich will be making his PNC Championship debut with his son. I do not expect a ton from this team. Somewhere in the top-10 range is the likeliest of outcomes for them.
Team Duval (+4000): This could be a sneaky team if you are looking for some longer odds as David Duval has played rather sparingly when he gets out of the television booth. With a win in 2016 and finishes of T-2 in 2017 and solo fourth in 2019, this duo has the game to contend in this format. They finished T-14 last year, but that was entirely because of their final-round play. They shot 11 under in the first round, so if they are able to post two rounds in that range, then they should contend.
Team Lehman (+4000): They lost in a playoff in 2019, so their games translate to success in this two-man scramble format. Unfortunately, they ran into the buzzsaw that was Bernhard Langer and his son, so I am a bit wary about their ability to match the firepower of some of the top names.
Team O’Meara (+5000): Fantastic putters, which can go a long way in the PNC Championship. Surprised with a T-3 finish last season courtesy of a final round of 13-under 59. It may be a tall order to ask them to repeat this performance, but Mark O’Meara should always be considered when putting is at a premium.
Team Trevino (+5000): With one of the best ball-strikers to ever live, the Trevino team – like O’Meara - surprised with a T-3 result last year. Carded identical rounds as Team O’Meara, albeit through a different avenue of precise iron shots. This could continue into this season or they could fall flat, depending on which Trevino duo shows up.
Team Faldo (+15000): Last played in 2018 and did not fare well in this two-man scramble format. Finished T-17 by way of shooting 11 under and something similar should be in store. There is not a ton of information out there regarding their form, so they are an easy pass for this year’s PNC Championship.
Team Tom Watson (+15000): Carded rounds of 65-67 last season and finished in solo 18th place. Love Tom Watson, but a similar result is in their future.
Team Player (+20000): The last time you saw Gary Player swing a club was probably at the opening ceremony for the Masters. The glory days of the South African’s play have been gone for a while, so I don’t expect too much from this duo.
Team Price (+20000): They are at the bottom of the PNC Championship betting odds for a reason. While we’re typically a lover of long shots, Team Price offers nothing to convey confidence in their abilities to at least contend.
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