World No. 1 Jon Rahm gets right back to work this week when the PGA Tour's new season tees off Thursday at the 2021 Fortinet Championship in Napa, Calif. The event at Silverado Resort and Spa will be the debut of Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris as a PGA Tour member, and several rookies will join him after graduating from the Korn Ferry Tour.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Rahm as the 9-2 favorite in its latest 2021 Fortinet Championship golf odds, with Webb Simpson the distant 14-1 second favorite.
Before you lock in any bets on the 2021 Fortinet Championship or make any PGA Tour predictions, you have to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say.
The media legend has broken down the field and has revealed his top 2021 Fortinet Championship picks below. With his track record on picks, you'll really want to see who he is backing, because he knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour.
The media legend and esteemed golf insider comes off a stellar season where he showed his uncanny knack for gauging momentum and how players fit the courses.
Before the U.S. Open, he pegged Rahm among his best bets to win and touted Louis Oosthuizen at 45-1 as his top long-shot candidate. Rahm and Oosthuizen battled to the finish, with Rahm shooting 4 under in the final round to win his first major title by one stroke.
And before the Tokyo Olympics, he had Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama among his top five golfers. Schauffele won the gold medal for Team USA, while the other three made the playoff for the bronze.
He also was one of the few experts to say 55-1 long shot Kevin Kisner had a legitimate chance before he got his first stroke-play win in more than four years at the Wyndham Championship. Anyone who has followed Johnson's advice has cashed in HUGE!
Now Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and founder of the world's top golf stats database, has released his highly confident 2021 Fortinet Championship picks, and they will surprise you. (For golf updates and news, click here)
Shockingly, the golf expert is fading Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama. The world's 18th-ranked player is one of the more notable names in the field and is the third choice at Caesars Sportsbook. But he hasn't finished in the top 25 in his past three events, and his game doesn't set up well for Silverado. He's definitely a player you'll want to avoid, and Johnson has several much better under-the-radar options.
Instead, the golf expert is backing a long shot who comes in at well over 60-1! This veteran has experience playing all over the world and comes in on a scorching run. He is a superb putter who makes a lot of birdies and could easily pull off a stunner in Napa Valley! Anyone who backs this underdog could cash in HUGE!
Who wins the 2021 Fortinet Championship at Silverado? Where do Jon Rahm and Will Zalatoris finish? And which MONSTER long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's top predictions and analysis for 2021 Fortinet Championship golf, all from the insider who knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour!