2020 US Open Betting Preview

by WagerHome Blog on September 15, 2020

Our patience through the lean sports days of COVID-19 are being rewarded in spades. As if the NBA and NHL playoffs, the final weeks of the MLB season, and the opening week of the NFL isn’t enough, how about we add a major golf championship to that mix of sports betting delights?

It’s the 120th US Open, returning to Winged Foot for the first time since 2006, where over par is expected to once again be what the champion shoots. Historically speaking, this is the most difficult course that has hosted the US Open, with four of its five winners finishing the 72nd hole above par.

As for the favorite to be the last man standing on Sunday, it’s Dustin Johnson by quite a wide margin.

US Open Odds to Win

  • Dustin Johnson (+650)
  • Jon Rahm (+1100)
  • Xander Schauffele (+1400)
  • Rory McIlroy (+1400)
  • Justin Thomas (+1400)
  • Bryson Dechambeau (+1800)
  • Webb Simpson (+2000)
  • Collin Morikawa (+2000)
  • Tiger Woods (+2800)
  • Patrick Cantlay (+2800)
  • Tony Finau (+2800)

Absent from this list is the defending champion, Gary Woodland. He’s on the board at +5000 to defend his title.

The problem with Woodland is that he hasn’t won on tour since that win at Pebble Beach in 2019. He hasn’t had a bad year, with seven top-10 finishes. It’s just not enough to make him a favorite.

Tiger Woods at +2800 is an interesting number. It’s worth noting that at the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, he failed to make the cut. However, he does come into it this year nice and rested since he missed the Tour Championship.

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If you have a soft spot for history, you might consider Phil Mickelson at +8000. The US Open is the one grand slam he hasn’t won.

If Mickelson were to win at Winged Foot, he would be the oldest winner of the US Open and just the sixth golfer to win the career grand slam.

One golfer you want to avoid is Rory McIlroy at +1400. For a guy who has just one top-10 finish since June, he is far too high on this list of favorites.

His driving accuracy has also been at an all-time low for him, making the tough rough at Winged Foot even rougher for him. If there is a top-10 favorite as a threat to miss the cut, it’s McIlroy.

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Tour Championship Betting Preview

by WagerHome Blog on September 1, 2020

Outside of Chicago at the FedEx Cup semifinals last week, it was Jon Rahm taking the 72-hole victory. But that victory was not enough to pull him past Dustin Johnson, who remains the Cup leader as the final 30 golfers head to the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

The standings heading into the final are not a mere formality. They come with a very real stroke advantage for the golfers based on how they are ranked.

Each of them, according to the standings, will begin play on Thursday with a score already related to par. It starts with No. 1 Dustin Johnson at -10, No. 2 Jon Rahm at -8, No. 3 Justin Thomas at -7, and on it goes.

Top 10 According to the Odds

There are a couple of different things you can bet on this weekend as it relates to winning. You can bet on the winner of the Tour Championship without the bonus strokes (the first odds posted), or you can bet on the winner, including the bonus strokes (the second number posted).

Here are the top 10 golfers this week, ranked by the odds to win the tournament without the bonus strokes.

  • Jon Rahm (+500/+250)
  • Dustin Johnson (+500/+188)
  • Justin Thomas (+900/+500)
  • Rory McIlroy (+1000/+2500)
  • Webb Simpson (+1100/+1000)
  • Xander Schauffele (+1100/+2500)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+1600/+2200)
  • Collin Morikawa (+1800/+2000)
  • Daniel Berger (+1800/+2800)
  • Tony Finau (+1800/+6000)

Coming off the strength of his win last weekend, Jon Rahm is tied with Dustin Johnson as the straight-up winner in Atlanta. But when you factor in the two strokes that Johnson has earned over the season, he is the favorite at +188.

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Remove last weekend’s second round from Daniel Berger’s total, and he played quite well. He starts this tournament six shots back, but with his solid iron play, he could easily make that up over 72 holes. Paying +2800 makes him an intriguing play.

Webb Simpson also makes for an interesting play. He skipped Chicago to rest up for Atlanta but still only starts four strokes back.

There’s no denying the season he’s had, with wins at the RBC Heritage and Phoenix Open and a total of eight Top 10 finishes. At +1100/+1000, he makes for good value no matter which direction you want to take your bet.

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3M Open PGA Betting Preview

by WagerHome Blog on July 21, 2020

The world of golf has a new No. 1 player, and it is much deserved. Jon Rahm only shot a 75 on Sunday at Muirfield, but considering what everyone else was doing, that was an impressive number and good enough to secure his first PGA win of the season.

The Memorial had a major championship-caliber field, and it ended up playing just like a major championship.

Now, after two straight weeks in Ohio, the tour makes the trip up to Minnesota for the 3M Open, and the quality of the field takes a bit of step back after everyone played The Memorial.

The 3M Field

Compared to what we’ve seen in the last few weeks, this field will be the weakest since the restart. But even so, there are still 10 of the world’s top 60 golfers playing this weekend, and three of those golfers shot 62s at this event last year – Scott Piercy, Matthew Wolff, and Lucas Glover.

The favorites in the field look like this:

  • Dustin Johnson +1000
  • Brooks Koepka +1200
  • Tommy Fleetwood +1200
  • Tony Finau +1200
  • Paul Casey +2000
  • Harris English +2700
  • Bubba Watson +2900
  • Matthew Wolff +2900
  • Lucas Glover +3100
  • Russell Henley +3100

Not showing up on this list but currently ranked 29th in the world is Bernd Wiesberger, who can be found on the betting board at +8000. He’s struggled in this most unusual of seasons, but the Austrian did win three times last year. With a fairly wide-open field, the +8000 number seems like really good value.

Dustin Johnson opens the week as the favorite, although he just missed the cut badly at The Memorial. But of the top favorites in the field, keep an eye on Tommy Fleetwood.

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This is his first tournament since play resumed last month. The 12th-ranked golfer in the world has been with his family in England since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March but is finally back to play in the 3M Open.

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PGA RBC Heritage Betting Preview

by WagerHome Blog on June 16, 2020

After this last weekend, the world agrees that PGA golf without fans in the gallery is much better than no golf at all. The golfing at Colonial was phenomenal, with a 73rd hole needed to determine the tournament winner. And it could have been a three-person playoff if not for a lipped-out putt on the 17th.

Daniel Berger was your longshot winner, going into the tournament at +8000. The other big winner was the PGA Tour, which pulled off a great tournament to re-start the season, setting itself up for a good summer of golf to come.

Another Star-Studded Field at Hilton Head

You like winners? We’ve got winners. This weekend at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina, there will be a total of 114 golfers competing who have all won on the PGA Tour. They only started keeping track of that stat in 2000, but this is the most winners in a single tournament field ever recorded.

And just like last week, the world’s top five players will all be there, including Rory McIlroy making his first trip to Hilton Head in more than 10 years. The odds for the top five ranked players are:

  • Rory McIlroy +1100
  • Jon Rahm +1800
  • Brooks Koepka +3500
  • Justin Thomas +1400
  • Dustin Johnson +3500

Along with McIlroy making his first start at Harbour Town since 2009, Rahm and Koepka are making their first-ever starts at the iconic Hilton Head course.

The biggest favorite outside the world’s top five is Bryson DeChambeau. The 12th-ranked player in the world, who finished third at Hilton Head in 2018, is at +1600.

Xander Schauffele, who just narrowly missed at Colonial and was the leader after 54 holes, is at +2200. Collin Morikawa, the runner-up at Colonial, is on the board at +2500.

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Other Harbour Town Betting Tips

While this field is packed with former winners, don’t ever sleep on the golfers looking for that first victory. Last year at Harbour Town, C.T. Pan was a 125-to-1 longshot who captured his first PGA win. In 2018 Satoshi Kodaira won this tournament as a 250-to-1 longshot.

This is a short course but challenging. The smart money this weekend will be on accuracy and tactical ability around the greens. If a golfer is particularly good at scrambling to save par, keep an eye on him. This is his course.

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Tiger, Phil Welcome Brady, Manning To Course For Betting Extravaganza

by WagerHome Blog on May 21, 2020

The Match II – or The Match: Champions for Charity, as it’s officially called – is the ultimate in made-for-TV golfing events. It’s also going to be the ultimate in betting events, as there is a line on almost any possible scenario.

In Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, there are 20 major championships between them, with the bulk going to Tiger. In Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, there are eight Super Bowl rings, with the bulk of those going to Brady.

Match Winner

In 2018 when Phil and Tiger met in the first of these mano-a-mano events, it was Phil winning in 22 holes. But that was before Tiger returned to the top with his 2019 Masters win.

With that in our recent collective memories, it’s the team of Tiger and Peyton that is the clear match favorite.

  • Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning -225
  • Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady +185

Tiger is clearly the hotter golfer right now, and Manning is the quarterback currently in retirement and with more time to dedicate to golf. So these seem like appropriate odds.

Hole-By-Hole Props

And if you, like the rest of us, have been craving sports betting action of any kind, there is absolutely zero chance that a single bet on which pair wins is going to satisfy your need. That’s why it’s so great that we can all place wagers on any single hole.

Hole 1 through 18, Tie is the favorite for each hole. But someone has to win, and if you can predict who that someone is, there is money to be made.

Other Bets

Some of the other bets we’re looking at include:

First to Go 1 Up

  • Woods/Manning -150
  • Mickelson/Brady +120

Lead After 3 Holes

  • Woods/Manning +135
  • Mickelson/Brady +210

Lead After 9 Holes

  • Woods/Manning -105
  • Mickelson/Brady +140

Closest to Pin (8th)

  • Manning -180 vs. Brady +120
  • Woods -135 vs. Mickelson -115

Closest to Pin (12th)

  • Manning -180 vs. Brady +120
  • Woods -135 vs. Mickelson -115

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You can also bet on the many different holes which the match might end:

  • Match Finish on 18th or Later +130
  • Match Finish on 17th +300
  • Match Finish on 16th +340
  • Match Finish on 15th +550
  • Match Finish on 14th +900

One of the favorite prop bets that you can wager: Will Tom Brady wear at least one Super Bowl ring during the match? No is the favorite at -1000. If Brady does wear one, the payoff is +600.

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2020 Masters Up For Grabs With Tons Of Potential Winners

by WagerHome Blog on March 12, 2020

The 2020 Masters will have its annual event at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9. This prestigious golfing event puts a mark on anyone’s golfing resume and puts your name among some of the best golfers.

Best 10 Golfers By World Ranking

This outstanding list of golfers is one I like to study to compare and contrast each golfer for the Masters tournament betting. This gives a rough estimate of how each golfer compares against the rest of the competition.

These golfers continue to play consistently well enough to make the top 10 in the official world golf ranking list. I like to view this as a beginning point for looking at the Masters tournament odds.

The top 10 currently are:

  1. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)
  2. Jon Rahm (Spain)
  3. Brooks Koepka (USA)
  4. Justin Thomas (USA)
  5. Dustin Johnson (USA)
  6. Patrick Cantlay (USA)
  7. Adam Scott (Australia)
  8. Webb Simpson (USA)
  9. Patrick Reed (USA)
  10. Tommy Fleetwood (England)

* rankings are subject to change

2020 Masters Odds

The following 10 golfers are predicted to have the best odds at winning the 2020 Masters:

  • Rory McIlroy 15-2
  • Tiger Woods 10-1
  • Jon Rahm 11-1
  • Brooks Koepka 12-1
  • Dustin Johnson 14-1
  • Justin Thomas 14-1
  • Patrick Cantlay 22-1
  • Xander Schauffele 22-1
  • Jordan Spieth 27-1
  • Tony Finau 29-1

* odds are subject to change

Best Three Golfers That Could Win

Rory Mcllroy: Mcllroy is the current overall best golfer according to the rankings. Since his 2019 play, he has been on an excellent run this far into the season. Last year he placed 21st at the Masters, so he will definitely be looking to improve from then.

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Dustin Johnson: Dustin Johnson is the fifth-ranked golfer and has a knack for playing well around the Masters. Last year, he tied for second at the Masters and performed very well to earn that spot. He has two top 10 finishes this year, and you can expect him to perform well during the Masters tournament.

Xander Schauffele: The 26-year-old is the 12th best golfer in the world. He has a great scoring average per round of 69.55. In 2019 he also tied for second at the Masters, and a lot of people expect him to play well again this time around.

Potential Winner of the Masters

Rory Mcllroy has had the hot hand for this 2020 season. I believe he will be able to finally get a well-deserved green jacket this year at the Masters.

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Betting Favorites, Dark Horses and Underdogs to win 2020 Masters

by WagerHome Blog on March 5, 2020

We are just over a month away from the 2020 Masters Tournament, which is always one of the highlights on the PGA Tour. The 2019 Masters saw Tiger Woods’ return to glory, and there will be plenty of storylines to watch heading into this year’s event as well.

With that in mind, let’s pick out some favorites, dark horses, and underdogs to bet on at the 2020 Masters.

Favorites

Rory McIlroy +850: McIlroy enters the 2020 Masters Tournament as the current betting favorite, and has also risen to the top-ranked golfer in the world. Despite having a ton of success throughout his professional golf career, McIlroy has never put on the green jacket and won the Masters. McIlroy is off to a great start in 2020, and he will be a golfer to keep your eye on.

Tiger Woods +1000: It’s a surprise that Tiger Woods is not the betting favorite to win the 2020 Masters, despite not playing great golf so far this season. Woods has actually won this tournament four times, and always plays well at Augusta National.

Brooks Koepka +1000: Brooks Koepka saves his best golf for Majors, and he should perform well at the 2020 Masters Tournament. Koepka has won four of the last eight majors he has played in and will be looking to add the Masters Tournament to the list.

Dark Horse Picks

Rickie Fowler +2800: Rickie Fowler might hold the title of “Best Player on the PGA Tour to Never Win a Major.” That is certainly something that Fowler is hoping to change before his career is over, and he would love for it to be at the 2020 Masters. Don’t be surprised to see his name on the leaderboard on the weekend.

Tony Finau +3300: Finau’s most memorable moment at Augusta was dislocating an ankle after making a hole-in-one, but he has also had some great performances in the Masters. Finau is extremely consistent, and he will keep the ball in the fairway, which will give him a chance to post a great score.

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Underdogs to Watch

Matt Kuchar +5000: Kuchar is another golfer who has yet to win a Major, but he does have a history of playing well at Augusta National. Kuchar finished in a tie for third place back in 2012 and has been in contention on the weekend in a few other starts.

Jim Furyk +10000: Jim Furyk has 17 wins on the PGA Tour in his career, and he has a history of playing well in the first few days of Major Tournaments. He is well past his prime, but there is always a chance that he can put it all together for an entire weekend again.

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