Fortinet Cup Championship, who will take the win? Here are our predictions
Noah Goodwin was able to be crowned victorious in the GolfBC Championship recently, after he managed to win a nail-biting event took place at the Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club in British Columbia, Canada.
Indeed, the event lived up to its billing as it provided fans across Canada and the rest of the world with some highly competitive golf, with the competition going all the way down to the final hole of the 72-hole competition.
Noah Goodwin sinks his putt as Scott Stevens misses
Goodwin was tied with Scott Stevens throughout the GolfBC Championship, and as they reached the final hole of the entire event, the pair were impossible to split as each of them had matched each other through 71 holes.
Both sat at 22-under par as they reached the 72nd, with the 18th hole playing with a Par 4. The Texas and Alabama natives both managed to get to the green in two shots, thus giving themselves both the opportunity to putt for a birdie.
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Goodwin duly obliged as he sunk his four-foot effort, therefore putting an insurmountable amount of pressure on Stevens to try and force a playoff. However, he failed as his putt – which was roughly the same distance – was unsuccessful as he lipped the hole and caught the low edge of the cup, thus seeing his ball fail to fall when needed.
In winning with a score of 23-under par, Goodwin became the first player on the PGA TOUR Canada to become a two-time winner of the season, while crucially, he managed to obtain more points and move higher in the rankings to compete for the upcoming Fortinet Cup Championship next week. He subsequently managed to climb to join-second with the win, matching Canadian Wil Bateman in the rankings on points; still some 40 points behind overall leader Jake Knapp.
The Fortinet Cup Championship
The Fortinet Cup Championship is the season-ending tournament and will be played across September 15-18 at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener, Ontario. The golf course is one that is sure to challenge the sixty players to have qualified for the competition, with each of the players to participate going to need to be at the best of their game.
Indeed, those that play well will find that they are rewarded justly, though. The winner of the competition will be awarded a total of 600 points. With this total on offer, there are still 13 players in contention for being crowned the overall winner of the Cup.
The player that manages to finish first in the standings will then be crowned Player of the Year, while also earning 2023 Korn Ferry Tour membership as well as eligibility to play in each open Korn Ferry Tour event next season. Additionally, they will receive $25,000 in a bonus, while also receiving an invitation to compete at the 2023 RBC Canadian Open, which is on the PGA TOUR.
Naturally, there will be plenty of enthusiasm for the competition which is set to take place in Ontario, with many in the province now able to place wagers on sports in an entirely new way compared to before.
As a result, if you are following along the excitement with sports betting in Ontario, then you may want to consider checking out the best Ontario sportsbooks and the odds that are available to place on the golfers competing in the competition.
This is because there are a number of different options that can be explored if betting on the Fortinet Championship Cup competition, with it also possible to explore betting odds and markets for those that fall just behind the winner in the rankings as there is so much to play for.
While each of the 60 players to compete in this season-ending event will keep their 2023 PGA TOUR Canada status, those that finish in either second, third, fourth, or fifth will be able to earn a conditional Korn Ferry Tour status, while those who finish between sixth and tenth will be able to advance to the final stage of qualifying for the tour which takes place in Savannah, Georgia, in November.
Which players are set to play in the Fortinet Cup Championship?
As already highlighted, we know that sixty players will compete at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener, Ontario next week in the season-ender. Each of them may want to check out a course review beforehand in order to give themselves the best chance of being successful.
Knapp will be a considered favorite to take victory, although, with a total of 13 players still in contention given the 600 points on offer, the American will need to come out victorious if he is able to be named the Player of the Year. He tied eighth in the GolfBC Championship last week which was enough for him to take sole position at the top.
Jake Knapp made his professional debut here back in 2016. He’s also the defending champion (2019) and within striking distance of the no.1 spot on the #FortinetCup points list.@GBCChampionship Tournament Preview:https://t.co/W309L3mpbF
— PGA TOUR Canada – Fortinet Cup (@PGATOURCanada) August 31, 2022
Canadian Wil Batemen and Noah Goodwin will also be feeling rather confident that they can do enough in Ontario to pick up a win, though. Bateman has been able to record wins on the PGA TOUR Canada (ATB Classic in June) and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica (Chile Open in 2015), while Goodwin will feel he has the momentum after his thrilling win in British Columbia last week. The American also became the only golfer to have two wins on the PGA TOUR Canada circuit this season, too.
The remainder of the top 10 includes Scott Stevens, Ryan Gerard, Danny Walker, Brian Carlson, Thomas Walsh, Ian Holt, and Joe Highsmith, with the quartet of names mentioned first to have been able to record tournament wins this year. Trent Phillips, Parker Coody, and Jeffrey Kang are the three other players to make the thirteen that can still potentially win the Fortinet Cup Championship.
James Hervol, Easton Paxton, Taylor Funk, and Tyler Strafaci all managed to climb into the final sixty with credible performances in the GolfBC Championship. Those outside the sixty, though, have finished their season and will be looking to try to qualify for the PGA TOUR Canada next season and obtain a card.
Impressively, a total of 48 players from the US make up the field, while eight from Canada and one from each of Zimbabwe, Mexico, China, and France round off the sixty.
Golf fans will be hoping that the Fortinet Championship Cup event proves to be as eventful as the GolfBC Championship was last week, and if it is, then we know we are guaranteed some quality golf from those on the PGA TOUR Canada circuit!