The Ally Challenge Golf Tournament is the next stop on the Champions Tour, where Steve Stricker is the raging hot favorite.
After good finishes in the PGA Championship 2023, Stricker has been in electric form on the seniors tour.
He is gunning for his sixth calendar win, so the odds on golf this week are in his favor.
The Dominance Continues
Stricker is a man on a mission. He kicked off his year with a win at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship and has won four titles since.
The American won three majors, including the Senior PGA Championship and the Kaulig Companies Championship; Stricker is the one to beat.
His PGA scores have been better than any other Champions Tour golfer, which is why he’s the +175 favorite to win the Ally Challenge Golf Tournament.
He’s the defending champion and commented on whether he’s in career-best form.
“I’ve been asked that a few times and the results are the best throughout my career,” Stricker said. “It’s hard to quantify. I had some good runs (on the PGA Tour) where I was the second-ranked player in the world, a top-10 player in the world. It’s hard to say which is better, you know? I’ve had a hard time answering that question.”
The odds are short, but he’s playing the best golf of his life and demands attention.
Alker Stalking Victory
It hasn’t been the 2023 we all expected from New Zealand’s Steven Alker, but he’s still worth a bet in The Ally Challenge Golf Tournament.
He scored a win in the Insperity Invitational in April, but with only one win this year, it has been disappointing.
Alker scored four wins in 2022, including the PGA Championship, so if he’s anywhere near that level, he could push Stricker.
His career has taken off since arriving on the Champions Tour. He was a journeyman on the lesser-known tours before turning 50, and with six wins under his belt, he’s not looking back.
His best recent performance was a T3 finish in the Boeing Classic behind Stephen Ames, so he’s nearing a victory.
Bettors get +850, which is a terrific value price with bookmakers.
Langer Reliving His Youth
German superstar Bernhard Langer is having a career resurgence, and we’re all for it.
He’s one of the more likable golfers of all time, and the 65-year-old has been playing excellent golf in 2023.
He won the U.S. Senior Open by two strokes over Stricker before performing well in the Senior Players, Senior Open, and Boeing Classic.
Langer finished T5 two weeks ago, and although he was no match for Ames in the final round, who shot -9, he was only two strokes behind Alker and K.J. Choi.
With two wins under his belt this year, we can’t leave Langer out of our selections. He’s a +1200 chance at the sportsbook, and his odds could firm throughout the week with live betting markets.
Taking a Risk with Singh
Vijay Singh hasn’t been as successful on the Champions Tour as he was on the PGA Tour, which included 13 wins, but he’s still classy.
The Fijian won his most recent tournament in 2018 in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He won by four strokes, a tremendous performance for the three-time major winner.
Despite his career going through the ups and downs, his +4000 odds are worth entertaining.
We’re not prepared to give up on him yet, and The Ally Challenge Golf Tournament is right up his alley.