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HILTON GRAND RESORTS LPGA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS PLAYER PREVIEW

Updated: Jan 24, 2022


I cover every tournament on the LPGA Tour on my Cobe Life Youtube channel. Usually I provide my Subscribers with a few Favourites, Dark Horses, and one or two Sleepers to potentially wager on. I provide them with some course history, and examples of why I selected the players I did.


In addition to that video I am going to highlight 3 players each tournament week on this Blog. They won't necessarily be players I am betting on. Instead these are players that I believe could possibly break out later in the season. I am scouting them for potential bets at future LPGA events. For single sports betting in Canada sign up through our affiliate partner Sports Interaction!



When scouting LPGA players there are a few key things to look for. The first and foremost is their putting ability. How accurate are they from distance? How confident is their stroke within 6 feet? Where do they finish in the Strokes Gained Putting rankings? You can't win an event if you don't Putt well so I always pay attention to their play on the Greens. Secondly how long and accurate are their Drives? What's important to note here is that a player doesn't need to be great at both. A nice balance between the two is preferable, but exceptionally great at either is fine as well. The last thing I pay attention to is their Approach play, or more specifically their proximity to Hole when they hit the Green.


If a player shows better than average ability across those 3 categories then they are poised to compete for Top finishes in future events. It's not rocket science. Those three areas of the game work in concert to produce low scores. Beginning on the Tee - a long or accurate Drive makes for an easier Approach shot. If your Approach game is on your proximity to Hole will be much smaller. Then if your average Putt is shorter you will make more 1 putts. Last season I was really high on Xiyu Lin because she was improving those 3 skills all season long. She finished the year 38th in Driving Accuracy, 52nd in Driving Distance, 20th in Greens in Regulation, 20th in Putts per GIR, and 34th in Putting Average. It was her Putting that let her down and prevented her from winning. That's why I rank it the most important. Ideally you want a player you're betting on to have a better Putting per GIR ranking compared to their Greens in Regulation, and a Putting Average no more than 50% worse.


Hopefully that has you fully versed on what to look for. Now for the three players I will be paying extra attention to at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions.


Celine Boutier


Celine showed a few moments of brilliance in 2021, and won the Shoprite LPGA tournament. That was her second win on the LPGA tour. She also had an additional 5 Top 10 finishes.


Key Stats

-Driving Accuracy 92nd on tour

-Driving Distance 89th on tour

-Greens in Regulation 22nd on tour

-Putts per GIR 30th on tour

-Putting Average 59th on tour


So at first glance it would appear as though Celine isn't a very promising prospect. What you have to remember is that she won last year. She has the capability. She just needs to develop the consistency. So that's what I'll be watching for. An improvement in her Driving Accuracy, and Putting is all she needs to potentially get another Win.




Gaby Lopez


Gaby Lopez didn't win in 2021 but did finish the season with 6 Top 10 finishes. She hits it long and that's such a weapon. She has won twice on tour so she has the game to succeed.


Key Stats

-Driving Accuracy 109th on tour

-Driving Distance 13th on tour

-Greens in Regulation 21rst on tour

-Putts per GIR 28th on tour

-Putting Average 53rd on tour


I really hope she used the Holiday Break to work on her Putting and Approach play. In comparison to her Greens in Regulation her Putting Average is terrible. At worst it should be around 30th on tour. With her distance off the Tee, even a missed Fairway should still leave her a manageable Approach. She just needs to improve her accuracy with the Flat stick.




Ally Ewing


Ally won in 2021 but not in the traditional sense. She won the Bank of Hope LPGA Match play. She also had an additional 3 Top 10 finishes. In case you are one of those fans that don't respect Match play. She did win the Drive On Championship in 2020.


Key Stats

-Driving Accuracy 70th on your

-Driving Distance 28th on tour

-Greens in Regulation 10th on tour

-Putts per GIR 53rd on tour

-Putting Average 120th on tour


So obviously her game off the Tee is great. She is also great at finding the Green from any lie. Then that's where it ends. About the only person more difficult to watch Putt is Lexi Thompson. Lexi is first in Greens in Regulation and 132nd in Putting Average. Ally Ewing is a second tier version of Lexi. I rarely bet Lexi to win, but I have bet on Ally a number of times because of the great odds you can get on her. If she starts Putting well I will be placing bets on her the very next tournament.





Corbert de Ronde
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