Golden State Tour Betting Picks: GCU Championship

The golfing world is beginning to return to normal. Okay, maybe we aren’t there yet but I think it’s important for us to at least be optimistic.

The PGA has announced plans to return to play this June at the Charles Schwab Classic or as it is known on the Tour and by fans simply as Colonial. Colonial Country Club is down in the Dallas area in Fort Worth.

Another tournament down there is actually going on this week!

I tried my best to find betting odds on the Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational that tees off this Tuesday.

Tony Romo could win a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. I still can’t believe they got rid of him to play Dak Prescott. As an avid Cowboy hater, I was fine with this. Even with Ceedee Lamb, I think they will find a way to lose.

I brought up Mr. Romo because he will be in the Maridoe Invitational this week along with Oslo, Norway’s Viktor Hovland. Hov was one of the best rookies on the PGA Tour last season and many people are excited to see what he can do this year.

It’s a bummer we can’t bet on this tournament but in times like this, it’s imperative we count every blessing as just that.

I’m very happy and fortunate to be able to cover the Outlaw Tour and Golden State Tour while the rest of the sporting world shelters in place.

We all want Tiger and Phil back. I get it. What’s really cool is that we won’t even have to wait until the Summertime.

On Sunday, May 24th, The Match is back. This time, Tiger Woods is teaming up with Peyton Manning for a double’s match. Phil Mickelson could be at a disadvantage with only a GOAT to help him defeat Woods again.

Of course, I’m talking about TB12-longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback… This one will be fun and you can bet we will have it covered from top to bottom.

Last week, we did a decent job with our predictions at the Outlaw Tour’s Legacy Shootout.

There were no top 5, 10, or 20 betting opportunities so we picked a couple of potential winners and had one matchup bet. One of our tournament winner picks, Yannik Paul, managed a runner up finish while Dylan Wu rounded out the top 5.

We picked them to perform well. They did but not enough to cash for us.

Fortunately, our matchup bet of Riley Wheeldon (+110) over Jimmy Gunn hit so at least we took home a few bucks.

This week, the Outlaw Tour combines with the Golden State Tour for the GCU Championship from the gorgeous campus of Grand Canyon University, a Christian school that is exploding with more and more students each year.

BetOnline.AG has the betting opportunities for us this week. Let’s get to our picks for the GCU Championship!

Calum Hill

Calum, the betting favorite for the tournament at (+600) to win, is a golfer who has proven that he can win anywhere.

One might think that the Scot is gonna get hot. I don’t mean swinging a hot club. The weather for Phoenix is on par, if you will, for late April. Lows around room temperature and highs consistently in the triple digits.

I know some Scots and they just aren’t built for an extended amount of time in the sun much less a golf tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. Calum, though, has been there and done that.

The now 25-year-old played his college golf at Western New Mexico State University where he finished up four years with an accounting degree then stayed for two more securing his MBA.

He was able to give back to his team as a graduate student by working as an assistant coach for the golf team. Upon graduation, Hill won the San Juan Open and Arizona Open.

Then it was back to Euroland to join the Challenge Tour where he won 3 tournaments in a 12-month period.

It was nice to see a familiar name on this betting board. I picked him as a nice plus money top twenty bet at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and he came through for us.

Hill just keeps on winning. He won on this Tour at the Verrado Founders Championship in Buckeye, Arizona at the beginning of this month. The young man is very intelligent, well versed in the desert landscape, and more than anything, a proven winner.

Some golfers are awesome at consistently finishing inside the top twenty or even the top ten but it takes a special kind of gritty, patient, risk-taker to be a winner in this game.

Calum is that guy and that’s why I want him on our list to win even if his betting odds pale in comparison to his peers.

The Bet
Calum Hill
+600

KK Limbhasut

The Thai, KK, is still very far from home but I think he is cool with that. There aren’t any golf tournaments going on right now in The Land of Smiles. I can promise you that.

I have a couple of restaurants there and we have been relegated to delivery only, not even take out, for nearly two months now. The Kingdom is taking COVID-19 very seriously.

KK’s colleague and countryman, PGA Tour regular Kiradech Aphibarnrat just made the trip home on a chartered flight with 100 other Thai nationals, many of which are athletes.

Kiradech and his wife are now in a government-sponsored hotel quarantine for the next two weeks. I know he has to be happy returning to his family and let’s hope he gets through these next couple of weeks without any hiccups.

KK would love to be continually brought up in conversation alongside Aphibarnrat who is a big part of putting Thailand on the map for professional golf.

Another 25-year-old pick for us, KK Limbhasut, was born in Bangkok, Thailand and recently graduated in 2019 as a California Bear.

Unlike Hill, KK didn’t stick around for grad school as he was certainly anxious to start winning some money playing the sport he loves.

The Golden Bear has put together an absolutely tremendous month of April on the Outlaw Tour. 4 tournaments played and 3 top-three finishes for KK! 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, and 16th is pretty solid.

Let’s hope he can get over that hump this week with the big win.

The Bet
KK Limbhasut
+1000

Jeremy Paul (-120) vs Yannik Paul (-110)

Who can resist a brotherly battle of wills and skills? In 100 degree weather too!

These two German-born siblings and University of Colorado graduates are currently tearing up the Outlaw Tour like a fresh bowl of sauerkraut.

Looking at their placings over the past month or two and it is clear these two young men are destined for something greater. Full time on the PGA Tour? Maybe.

Yannik and Jeremy are both on the Canadian Mackenzie Tour right now but while the north is still melting snow with closed borders, Arizona is where it’s at!

You might think the brothers are strictly cold weather guys from Germany who played college golf in Boulder but these two haven’t missed a beat in the triple-digit Spring weather in Arizona.

Yannik is playing slightly better golf as of late. He has outplayed his brother, albeit slightly, in their last 4 events.

I think Jeremy gets one back this week. It’s really a coin toss, though. I love our first two picks for value and this one is for fun.

The Bet
Jeremy Paul
-120

In Conclusion

The Outlaw Tour which is part of the larger Golden State Tour is all Arizona courses.

Several tournaments are played in Phoenix and this week is one of those. Grand Canyon University hosts the GCU Championship.

Calum Hill, a Scot with a propensity for swinging a hot club in warm weather, attempts to secure his second win on Tour this week. He is the favorite but with pretty good odds of (+600).

The Paul twins, Yannik and Jeremy, along with Hill, are a little too good for this Tour. You don’t just rack up consistent top fives week after week if you don’t need to move up. The only problem is, where do they move up?

Pro golf tournaments are mostly cancelled until sometime in June so the leaderboard along with our betting picks are going to be filled with golfers of this caliber.

KK Limbhasut, a recent graduate of Cal, is representing his home country of Thailand quite well. The Kingdom would be very proud. Three top 3 finishes in 4 tournaments is lights out for anyone.

All he needs to do is to add a victory!

Let’s hope the favorite Calum Hill or KK can win this thing and if we’re extremely lucky, the Paul twins get into a fight not long after Jeremy takes a one-stroke lead.

Get those bets in now, guys!

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.