There are so many ways in which DraftKings Sportsbook is setting the standard for betting on golf tournaments. Take one look at the offerings for the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park and you will see why.
All of the usual bets are there, like Justin Thomas at +900 to win or Brooks Koepka at +150 for a top-10 finish, but you can also bet Nationality Props for the highest finisher from a certain country, Hole in One props, and there are even options now for Top 30 and Top 40 finishes.
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This is also a great week for golf. Even though fans won’t be on hand at TPC Harding Park, the first golf major of the 2019-20 season is finally going to happen. Originally set for mid-May, this is the first event at TPC Harding Park since 2015 and just the third since 2005. In other words, if you are a course history handicapper, you don’t have much to go on this week.
Justin Thomas does get the favorite nod over back-to-back PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, but this is a world-class field with 95 of the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, so you have tons of opportunities to find things and players to bet on.
We’ll go ahead and get these out of the way early and often. Xander Schauffele makes the card for us again this week. Schauffele was a popular pick last week at TPC Southwind in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and did score a top-10 finish. Schauffele has it all to win this week. He is great off the tee and very accurate, as driving accuracy projects to be an important stat with narrower fairways and some thick rough, even with the first cut. Schauffele also just looks locked in since his big push at the Memorial. He has three straight top-15 finishes and has a top-20 finish in five of six events since the return.
He’s +1800 for the win, but also +450 for a top-five finish and +225 for a top-10 finish. A +100 bet against Bryson DeChambeau would take some stones given how BDC has played since the return, particularly in the SG: Off-the-Tee department, but Schauffele is on the cusp of a win. He’s +1200 to be the top American finisher.
Another player on the shortlist for an outright is Webb Simpson at +3300. Many people will be looking at Daniel Berger, Tiger Woods, or Matthew Fitzpatrick in that range, but Simpson is very accurate with the driver and has had great putting and ball-striking numbers all season long. He fits this course well. He’s got two missed cuts since the restart, but also a win and two more top-15 finishes.
Another player getting some love this week is Jason Day. While we’re not on Day at +4500, those with multiple sportsbooks can shop around and find a higher price than what DraftKings has. This is just a sign of the betting action that has hit Day already. The book had to adjust to that early love. Other players that have been bet elsewhere, like Shane Lowry (+8500) do have higher prices here.
Brendon Todd is +15000 because he’s collapsed on Sunday in each of his last four events, but he’s +2800 for a top-five finish and +1100 for a top-10 finish. If nothing else, guys like Todd, Corey Conners, Cameron Champ, and Scottie Scheffler, who are all top-15 players in SG: OTT, range from +163 to +250 to finish in the top 30. Everybody wants to hit the jackpot futures prices, but you can make a lot of money in golf tournaments with responsible prop bets and matchups.
The reality is that a tournament loaded with elite players means that one of those elite players is very likely to win it. Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner have won the PGA Championship in the recent past, but Rory, Koepka, JT, and Day have the other wins. Rory and Koepka each have two. Put enough great golfers together in one spot and one is bound to win it.
That is why we recommend props and matchups over taking those long shot futures. Have a little rooting interest, but make money at DraftKings Sportsbook or your preferred book of choice with the smaller plus prices and the head-to-heads.
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