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Who is playing in the 2023 Fortinet Championship? Field, top players, and predictions

The Fortinet Championship, the first FedEx Cup event of the fall season, features a field of 155 players competing for an $8.4 million prize at Napa Valley.

Max Homa of the United States hits from the bunker on the 16th hole during the final round of the Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort and Spa North course
Orlando RamirezAFP

Golf enthusiasts, the long-awaited return of PGA Tour golf is finally here! Since Viktor Hovland’s victory last month in the FedEx Cup playoffs, fans have been eagerly anticipating the start of the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California. This week’s event marks the beginning of the seven-tournament fall season, promising a captivating season for golf enthusiasts to enjoy until Thanksgiving. The upcoming season will be filled with thrilling tournaments, keeping fans on the edge.

Scheduled from September 14th to September 17th, the 2023 Fortinet Championship will showcase some of the world’s top golfers competing at the highest level.

2023 Fortinet Championship: Top players

The fall season in golf may not be the most important one like the FedEx Cup, but it still holds great significance for the players who finished outside the top 50 in the previous season. The points earned during these fall events can still impact a golfer’s standing, especially for those ranked between 51st and 60th. They will gain exemptions for the first two signature events in 2024. It is also essential for players to finish within the top 125 to retain their Tour status. Moreover, the Fortinet Championship offers a substantial cash prize of $8.4 million, with a whopping $1.512 million going to the winner.

The upcoming golf tournament boasts a strong field of players, including defending champion Max Homa, World No. 24 Justin Thomas, and US Ryder Cup team captain Zach Johnson. In addition, promising golfers like Sahith Theegala, Akshay Bhatia, and Justin Suh will also compete for a chance to add a PGA Tour title to their resumes.

After the tournament, the Tour will take a two-week break for the Ryder Cup before the fall schedule resumes with the Sanderson Farms Championship from October 5th to October 8th. Golf enthusiasts can look forward to an exciting season ahead.

2023 Fortinet Championship: Predictions and odds

The upcoming Napa Valley event, the Fortinet Championship is significant as it marks Max Homa’s return to defend his title for the third consecutive time. Homa has been in excellent form and aims to make history by becoming the most successful player in the tournament’s history.

The 2023 Fortinet Championship betting odds show that Homa is the favorite to win, with the best odds of +750. Justin Thomas follows him closely with +1400 odds, while Shaith Theegala has +2000 odds. These odds reflect the confidence that bookmakers have in these golfers’ abilities to perform at their best during the tournament.

Other notable players participating in the tournament include the US Ryder Cup captain, Zach Johnson, who has +15000 odds. Johnson’s wealth of experience in the sport makes him a strong contender. Additionally, Matt Kuchar, a nine-time PGA Tour title winner, has +4000 odds. Kuchar has been consistent in his performances and will be looking to make an impact in the tournament.