Will Zalatoris has quickly become beloved by golf fans everywhere. His skinny frame, cheerful nature, strikingly accurate shots and strange putting techniques have made him an easy athlete to like.
There's also the relatable, consistent heartbreak he's frequently endured.
After missing a putt by millimeters to tie Matt Fitzpatrck at the U.S. Open, Zalatoris has three second-place finishes at major championships in addition to a T6 finish at the Masters. Similar to the Buffalo Bills losing four consecutive Super Bowls, he keeps coming so, so close yet falling just short.
Should Bettors Buy Will Zalatoris at British Open Championship?
The short answer is yes. I made Zalatoris one of my top bets for this week and believe St. Andrews fits his game perfectly.
Zalatoris is the only name on that list without a major win over the last two years, and you'll notice he's lapping the field in Strokes Gained. He's the most consistent player in the world at these tournaments. At some point, if you continuously put yourself in favorable positions then luck will eventually favor you.
As for the 150th Open Championship specifically, past winners have been long off the tee with excellent approach shots and an ability to consistently hit greens. Well, Zalatoris ranks 11th in Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee, ninth in Greens in Regulation and leads the Tour in Strokes Gained: Approach and Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green.
While putting is a weakness, he's shown improvement in recent tournaments and putting remains the most volatile shot of golf.
The time is coming for Zalatoris and I'll continue buying him in all formats until it does. At the least, I expect him to be in contention because he always is at majors. In his last six major tournaments, he's finished in the top-eight five times.
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