Draws & Fades: Austin Eckroat the man to beat ahead of Monday finish at Cognizant Classic

As the final round of the Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches extends into Monday due to inclement weather, the betting landscape shifts with opportunities for both drawing and fading contenders.

Draw: Austin Eckroat (-175)

Austin Eckroat maintains a strong position as the leader at 15 under with 11 holes remaining. His consistent performance throughout the tournament, combined with favorable ball-striking stats and improved putting, makes him a formidable contender. Despite the odds favoring him (-175), which imply a win probability of approximately 64%, Eckroat's chances are assessed to be closer to 75%. This suggests that the current price offers value for bettors, making him a compelling draw option.

Fade: David Skinns (+3000)

David Skinns, despite being the 54-hole leader, faces challenges as he struggles in statistical categories and falls behind early in the final round. With limited success on the PGA TOUR and the pressure of leading in uncharted territory, Skinns' odds to secure the victory seem inflated at +3000. While there's a possibility of a turnaround, the odds would be more appropriately set around +4000 given his current performance and track record. Thus, Skinns represents a fade option for bettors looking to mitigate risk and seek better value elsewhere.