Veteran Hoffman betting favorite at Corales

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The WGC isn't the only game in town this week on the PGA Tour.

While 64 of the world's best got started in the match-play bracket Wednesday at Austin Country Club, another 132 are in the Dominican Republic hoping for a breakthrough performance. The Corales Punta Cana Championship offers just that opportunity, as those not qualified for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play have a place to play this week.

This will actually be the second edition of the Corales event in the 2020-21 wraparound season. The tournament was also held in September, when Hudson Swafford won by a shot. Each of the three winners since this became a PGA Tour event - Swafford, Graeme McDowell and Brice Garnett - did so by shooting 18 under par.

Swafford is back this week to defend his title, but it's another American topping the odds list according to PointsBet Sportsbook. That would be Charley Hoffman, who made the Presidents Cup in 2017 but has been in a prolonged slide in the years since. He's beginning to show signs of his previous form, with three top-20s in his last four starts, and he finished T-14 at Corales in the fall.

Hoffman is listed just ahead of a pair of international players, Argentina's Emiliano Grillo and Belgium's Thomas Pieters. Grillo finished T-21 in the fall and has played well in Puerto Rico, while Pieters has finished T-15 or better in each of his last three worldwide starts.

At No. 76 in the world, Pieters is one of the highest-ranked players in the field. The top 71 in the rankings were exempt into the WGC event, meaning No. 72 Lucas Herbert is the highest-ranked player at Punta Cana while No. 81 Joel Dahmen is the highest-ranked American in the field.

Here's a look at the latest odds to win in the D.R., with the tournament beginning Thursday and offering a two-year Tour exemption to the winner:

Odds to win (via PointsBet)

+1600: Charley Hoffman

+1800: Emiliano Grillo, Thomas Pieters

+2200: Charles Howell III

+2500: Luke List, Thomas Detry, Jhonattan Vegas

+2900: Brice Garnett, Brandon Wu

+3000: Patrick Rodgers, Nate Lashley, Brandon Hagy, Sepp Straka

+3400: Danny Willett, Justin Suh, Sam Ryder, Lee Hodges

+3500: Taylor Pendrith, Will Gordon

+4000: Tom Lewis, Chase Seiffert, Tyler McCumber, Joel Dahmen

+5000: Pat Perez, J.B. Holmes, Camilo Villegas, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Peter Uihlein, Roger Sloan, Stephan Jaeger, Lucas Herbert, Adam Schenk

+6000: Aaron Baddeley, Greyson Sigg, Fabrizio Zanotti, Bronson Burgoon

+6600: Padraig Harrington, Scott Harrington, Xinjun Zhang, Kristoffer Ventura

+7000: Rob Oppenheim, Tyler Duncan, Grayson Murray

+8000: Graeme McDowell, Tim Wilkinson, Scott Brown, Ted Potter, Jr., Joseph Bramlett, Hudson Swafford, Beau Hossler, Kelly Kraft, Chesson Hadley, Vincent Whaley

+10000: Vaughn Taylor, Ryan Brehm, D.J. Trahan, Troy Merritt, Josh Teater, Brian Stuard, Rafael Campos, Ben Martin, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Satoshi Kodaira, Hank Lebioda, Seamus Power, Robby Shelton

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