Masters Second Round Betting Preview for 2020

Justin Thomas only made it halfway through his opening round on Thursday, but that was enough to vault him into favorite status to win his first Masters.

Thomas reeled off three consecutive birdies to begin his opening round and finished his front nine at 4 under. That’s when darkness forced play to be halted.

Thomas will resume play on Friday three shots behind Paul Casey but as the +450 outright winner favorite by William Hill and at +500 by BetMGM. Meanwhile, Casey is +1600 and +1400 – not among the top five lowest odds at either sportsbook despite holding a two-shot lead.

That’s because Casey has already completed 18 holes at Augusta National, where soft November conditions have players licking their chops and taking aggressive lines at pins they wouldn’t dare to attack in the spring.

Thomas will have a rare opportunity to attack the back nine and its two getable par-5s in succession on Friday. He’ll begin the day on No. 10 to finish his first round, then begin his second round on No. 10 as the Masters goes with split tees for the first two rounds due to limited daylight.

Best Masters Odds for the World No. 1 Heading Into Round Two

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson has a similar opportunity, walking off the course Thursday in the middle of the eighth hole. He’s already 3 under, highlighted by an eagle on No. 2, and is being offered at +650 by both books.

Schauffele is third at +1000 by both books, with Jon Rahm +1200 by BetMGM after posting a 3-under 69. Rahm, who was 2 over through three holes, is +1400 by William Hill along with pre-tournament favorite Bryson DeChambeau.

DeChambeau rallied from a double bogey on the par-5 13th hole to go 4 under the rest of the way. He’s five shots off the lead and has also completed his first round, but remained the fifth betting favorite by BetMGM at +1400 along with Casey.

They’re both ahead of Tiger Woods, the defending champion who opened with a 68. Woods doesn’t know when he’ll get on the course Friday, but he put himself in the conversation with his 4 under and is +1600 by BetMGM and +1800 by William Hill.

Rory McIlroy, chasing the career grand slam for the sixth time, and Matthew Wolff are also +1800 by William Hill. BetMGM is offering Wolff at +2000 along with Simpson, while McIlroy is +2200 along with Hideki Matsuyama (4 under).

Casey is the +110 favorite by William Hill and +130 by BetMGM to finish the first round with the lead. Justin Thomas is second (+163, +160), followed by Adam Scott (+900 by both), who is 4 under through 10 holes.

FanDuel is offering -235 odds that the leader after Round 1 is complete will be 7 under or lower and +176 odds that someone will reach at least 8 under. 

Masters Tournament Best Bet for Nov. 13, 2020

BetMGM moved quickly to establish a prop market around DeChambeau for Round 2:

–To shoot 69 or lower: -143

–To make 5 or more birdies, not including eagles: -134

–To make an eagle: +300

–To Birdie the 1st hole: +500

–Bogey Free: +1600

With his attacking mindset and chasing at least five shots entering his second round, DeChambeau is unlikely to make it around Augusta National without a bogey.

However, the course is playing extremely softly, with the field on pace to smash the record of sub-par rounds – 50 were under par when play was halted Thursday, with 38 being the record for any single round.

DeChambeau made a mess of one of the easiest holes on the course on Thursday. He could pick up three shots on his first round score just by birdying the easily reachable par-5, and up to four shots with an eagle.

A round in the 60s is highly likely, although predicting how he does it through a combination of birdies and potentially eagles is a far more difficult challenge.

Masters Tournament 2nd Round Best Bet: Bryson DeChambeau (-143) to shoot 69 or lower by BetMGM.

The Masters Best Bets for a Tournament Unlike Any Other

We’ve finally made it. After a seven-month delay, the Masters begins on Thursday. In what is the usual first major of the year, a commencement of sorts to the golf season, The Masters will be played in November for the first time in history. 

The Masters usually carries a different type of anticipation. It almost feels like golf coming out of hibernation. Many courses around the world begin to open, and it unofficially kicks off the PGA season. Not this year. 

The trip to Augusta this year plays as a closer, and the golf world is ready. 

Most of the buzz this week is surrounding two players: Tiger Woods and Bryson Dechambeau. I want no part of the hype as I will be fading both of these players this week. 

Tiger, the reigning champion here at Augusta, is in very different form compared to how he was playing leading up to the 2019 Masters. Before that win in 2019, Tiger had four solid finishes placing 30th, 10th, 15th and 20th. He was consistently gaining strokes across the board and that just isn’t the case with his current game. 

In Tiger’s last four starts he has failed to gain strokes in all of them. He’s placed 72nd, 51st, 58th and a missed cut at the US Open. At the Zozo Championship he lost 3.6 strokes off the tee and another 4.4 strokes in approach. His game is not where he wants it to be and I will not be wagering any of my money on him. You can find him to miss the cut at +200. 

Now let’s look at Bryson, who is expected to overpower Augusta National with ease and is coming off his first major win where he overpowered Winged Foot just over a month ago. That performance was the best of his career and was so by a decent margin; he gained 22.3 strokes at the US Open, with his previous high being 15.5. Now he is priced at +800 like it is a certainty that the best version of Bryson will show up. 

Don’t get me wrong, I think Bryson is a fantastic player and he will likely have a decent weekend with the advantage he gives himself off the tee. One Bryson bet I have this weekend is anytime Eagle at -154. I think it’s a very strong play if you can find it but it isn’t a common betting market. I am staying away from his outright win at +800 which is banking on Bryson’s irons to be the best in the field again.

The Masters Best Bets and Masters Prop Bets

Let’s take a look at some of the bets I’m on this weekend: 

Outright Winner – Justin Thomas +1100 

If Justin Thomas putts, he is going to contend. He is currently leading the field in strokes gained in both approach and around the green. That’s a recipe for success at Augusta National. Three of the last five winners of the Masters were the best approach player that week (Spieth, Willett, and Woods). 

Thomas has improved in every Masters start and I expect that to continue this year. He has finished 39th, 22nd, 17th, and 12th last year. 

He isn’t struggling with his putter like he sometimes does. In two of his last three events he’s gained 5 strokes putting which is huge. Those putting performances resulted in an 8th at the US Open and a 2nd at the Zozo two weeks ago. 

Justin Thomas is very live to capture his second major this weekend.

Outright Winner – Brooks Koepka +1600

Brooks is a big game hunter. He’s stated it, and his results in majors compared to regular tour events speaks for itself. Brooks backing out of the US Open was a shock to many. He was looking to recapture he title after back-to-back wins in 2017 and 2018 (and a 2nd in 2019) but his knee prevented that. His knee, and a November Masters to prepare for. 

After taking two months off, Brooks has returned with two encouraging performances. He played decent at the CJ Cup with a 28th finish but he struggled with his driver. Then last week at the Houston Open he brought out a driver from a few years ago and absolutely crushed it. 

He gained strokes off the tee in every round last weekend and he’s been talking all week about his confidence rising. That confidence continued on the greens where he gained 6.4 strokes. In the last three starts where Brooks gained more strokes putting than that, he finished 1st, 3rd and 4th.

That’s bad news for Koepka’s competitors. He seemingly healthy and the confidence is rising in areas he’s been struggling. The approach game has been there all along. I think Brooks puts in a real bid this weekend to capture his third of the four majors. 

Top Debutant – Jason Kokrak +900

In a field that is headlined by the likes of Morikawa, Wolff, Scheffler and Sungjae, there lies a few veterans that are also making their debut at Augusta. 

I think being a 35-year old veteran of the PGA will help Kokrak in a field like this. Augusta National is a very daunting place and in a market filled with golfers in their early 20s, Kokrak has a much more viable path to beating out the other debutants. 

Kokrak ranks 12th in driving distance off the tee which will be extremely important this weekend. In his seven starts since August, he has only finished outside of the top-17 once. One of those starts was the first victory of his career so his confidence is running high right now. 

Although the Masters is very rarely won by a debutant, Kokrak’s outright win is sitting at +6600 and looking a bit too juicy to not have a small play on. 

Best Top 10 Finish Bet at the Masters

Top 10 finish – Tony Finau +250

Tony’s game suits Augusta National perfectly, and his results have reflected that with a 10th and a 5th in two starts here. The 5th place finish last year was played on a recently dislocated ankle that saw him begin Sunday in the final group with Tiger Woods. 

His game is in good form currently. He hasn’t gained less than 5.5 strokes in his last three starts finishing 24th, 11th and 8th. In the field he ranks 6th in driving distance and 14th in approach. And his putter has been consistent lately, gaining strokes on the green in 8 of his last 10 events. 

There seems to be a mental block with Finau when it comes to closing out golf tournaments. Finau may very well be the best Thursday-Saturday golfer on the tour. That is why I’m just sticking with the top-10 here. I think he’ll be contending on Sunday but his history makes it hard to bet his outright win at +2500.

Masters Betting Preview for 2020: Can Mr. Swole Don the Green Jacket?

The Masters’ slogan of a “tradition unlike any other” has taken on a new meaning in the unprecedented year that is 2020.

Moved from its traditional spring slot due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Masters will be contested in a month other than March or April for the first time in its history.

Missing at Augusta National this week are the azaleas. And the fans.

What remains is a difficult 7,475-yard track that figures to be even more challenging with the soft fall conditions that are expected to make the course play longer.

That’s why Bryson DeChambeau is the betting favorite at most sportsbooks, including being offered at +750 by PointsBet and +800 by William Hill.

DeChambeau led the PGA Tour in driving distance last year and overpowered Winged Foot in winning the U.S. Open by six shots in September. He retreated to his training facility in Dallas for the past month, toying with the notion of busting out a 48-inch driver shaft at Augusta National this week.

Sportsbooks are looking to tap into the fascination with DeChambeau’s distance with numerous prop bets.

Bryson DeChambeau Betting Props at the Masters

Among those being offered by PointsBet is whether DeChambeau will crank a drive longer than 385.5 yards this week (-120) and whether he will make at least one eagle (+115). “Bison Bryson” had garnered a book-high 16 percent of the handle and 8 percent of the total winning bets as of Tuesday at DraftKings, where he was listed as the +800 favorite.

All the chatter around DeChambeau has somehow let the world’s top-ranked player come into Augusta a bit under the radar.

Dustin Johnson is being offered at +850 by both PointsBet and William Hill.

He did shorten the odds gap a bit with his tie for second at last week’s Houston Open. That came in his first start following a bout with COVID-19.

Johnson has six consecutive top-6 finishes, won the FedEx Cup playoffs and has a pair of wins and three runner-up results in 12 starts since the PGA Tour resumed play in June.

Oh, and he tied for second before Tiger Woods at last year’s Masters.

They’re both playing so well that PointsBet is offering -10000 odds on a prop bet that either DeChambeau OR Johnson will finish in the top 10, including ties. William Hill has a “Double Chance” bet with +400 odds that one of the two will win this year’s Masters.

About the only thing capable of outshining DeChambeau before this year’s tournament is the sheer presence of Woods.

The Masters Betting Preview for Another Tiger Resurgence

The four-time Masters champion arrived at Augusta facing long odds to repeat his dramatic 2019 victory.

Woods hasn’t won since the 2019 Zozo Championship and has teed it up in competition only nine times in the 13 months since tying Sam Snead’s all-time Tour victory record.

That includes only six starts since the Tour’s return, with his best finish a tie for 37th at the PGA Championship.

Woods insists he can be a factor this week, and as a +4500 longshot, he has been second at DraftKings with 7 percent of the total handle and 7 percent of the total bets.

The 92-player field features a slew of players who can be a factor this week.

That includes No. 2 Jon Rahm (+1000 by PointsBet and William Hill), No. 3 Justin Thomas (+1150, +1200) and No. 4 Rory McIlroy (+1200 by both), who will take his sixth crack at completing the career grand slam.

No. 8 Xander Schauffele (+1400 by both) is also a popular bet. He hasn’t won in 2020 but did have the lowest 72-hole score at the Tour Championship and has six top-10s in his past nine majors.

Looking for a bit lengthier odds?

Bubba Watson seemingly has his anxiety struggles under control. He is coming off a pair of top-10s, and the two-time Masters champion is evidence of how well Augusta suits lefties.

Watson is a better bet than Phil Mickelson (+10000), who is attempting to become the oldest major champion at 50. Mickelson has won his first two starts on the Champions tour, where the wider fairways suit his wayward driver. “Lefty” hasn’t finished better than a tie for 44th in his past six PGA Tour starts.

Of the 26 players making their Masters debuts, Collin Morikawa (+3500) and Matthew Wolff (+4000) are gaining the most attention.

Wolff is the longer hitter of the two but has failed to hold his two 54-hole leads this year. To be fair, he was chased down by DeChambeau both times, including at the U.S. Open. But Morikawa has already proven with his PGA Championship win that he’s unflappable on a major Sunday.

Masters Tournament Best Bet for Nov. 12, 2020

Tiger Woods may have five green jackets to his name, but he remains a challenging outright winner bet due to the form his has shown over the past year and the lack of competitive rounds under his belt.

William Hill is trying to entice action on the prop market with several Woods-specific bets that offer long odds, for good reason. Among them:

–Have any bogey-free round: +700

–Shoot 70 or less in all four rounds: +1200

–Have two or more bogey-free rounds: +3300

–Shoot 63 or less in any round: +3300

–Win by two or more shots: +3500

–Shoot 69 or less in all four rounds: +4000

Working in reverse order, Woods shot a pair of 70s in winning last year and has opened with a round in the 60s only once in 22 appearances. He has one sub-70 round out of his past 10 on Tour.

The 18-hole Augusta course record of 63 is shared by Nick Price (1986) and Greg Norman (1996). Woods has never accomplished the feat, much less in November.

To even have a shot at two or more bogey-free rounds, Woods would first have to make the cut. And if he plays four rounds, it is extremely unlikely he’d make it around Augusta National twice without a bogey.

Similar logic holds true for the shortest odds on William Hill’s prop list for Woods.

If he doesn’t make the cut, he will surely suffer several bogeys. And anyone who makes the cut stands almost no chance to play 72 holes at August National without a few squares on their scorecard.

There are more logical ways to put money on Woods outside of the outright winner market.

He is being offered at +125 by William Hill to finish within the top 20 and +320 to finish within the top 10. Woods is +250 by William Hill to make the cut and +220 by PointsBet to play the weekend.

No one outside of Jack Nicklaus has enjoyed more success at Augusta than Woods, who can play far from his best and still make his way around the course and stay within shouting distance of the leaders.

Masters Tournament Best Bet: Tiger Woods +250 to make the cut by William Hill. A $10 bet would return $25 if Woods reaches the weekend.

Houston Open Betting Preview for Nov. 5th: Can Lanto Light it Up Again

Lanto Griffin won a shootout among three Korn Ferry Tour grads to capture his first career PGA Tour victory at last year’s Houston Open.

The win was a catapult toward the Tour Championship, but Griffin arrives as a +4000 longshot by BetRivers.com to successfully defend his title.

Griffin cannot be discounted. He comes off a T7 and T11 in his past two starts while also posting a T10 at the BMW Championship in August.

But his title defense comes at a different course – one debuting a complete redesign – and against a significantly stronger field than the one he bested last year.

That includes world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who added the Houston Open a his final pre-Masters tune-up after missing his past two start due to a positive COVID-19 test. Johnson is the heavy betting favorite at +650 by BetRivers.com.

Johnson’s last event was six weeks ago at the U.S. Open, where he tied for sixth on the heels of his FedEx Cup Playoff triumph. Even with some expected rust to knock off this week, Johnson is the clear pre-tournament favorite with five consecutive top-six finishes and a pair of victories in his past nine starts.

The only other top-10 player in the field in Houston is England’s Tyrrell Hatton. He won earlier this year at Bay Hill and then climbed into the top 10 for the first time with his win at the BMW PGA Championship last month.

Hatton (+1600) isn’t a household name yet in the United States, but he’s a fierce competitor who had the fifth-lowest 72-hole score at the Tour Championship and tied for third at The CJ Cup three weeks ago.

PGA Odds for Finau to Return to Form After Covid

Tony Finau is also being offered at +1600 by BetRivers.com. He tied for 11th at the Zozo Championship following his bout with COVID-19, and that came on the heels of a T8 at the U.S. Open, T14 at the Tour Championship and a solo fifth at the BMW Championship.

Finau is ranked 17th in the world and gobbling up impressive earnings while failing to get that breakthrough win so many have been predicting. Finau has only two career victories, the most recent coming in Puerto Rico four years ago, and there have been numerous Sunday collapses since.

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (+1800) is another player racking up consistent results while lacking a win since 2017. Ranked 20th entering the week, he should be a factor in a somewhat modest field.

With this year’s Houston Open being on a revamped track, previous success in the event doesn’t hold as much weight as it would normally. Better indicators are career profile, recent form and those who would be expected to play well on a Memorial Park Golf Course with fairly tight fairways.

Scottie Scheffler (+2000) is very streaky, evidenced by his 59 at The Northern Trust to kick off the playoffs. After posting the second lowest score at the Tour Championship, Scheffler missed the U.S. Open with his COVID-19 experience. He has been slowly working his way back into form, including a T17 at the Zozo Championship, and Scheffler is eager to get that first PGA Tour win under his belt.

Other young guns to keep an eye on include Viktor Hovland (+2000) and Sungjae Im (+3000), who each have a Tour win, know how to close on Sunday and seem to bee consistently around the front page of the leaderboard.

Who Will Make a Push Before the Masters Next Week?

Then there are the former major champions trying to gain some momentum ahead of next week’s Masters.

Brooks Koepka (+2000) will make just his second start since August as he returns from hip and knee injuries. Jason Day, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott are each being offered at +3300 by BetRivers.

Day had a run of quality finishes over the summer but hasn’t won since 2018. It has been even longer since Johnson has found the winner’s circle (2015 when he claimed The Open Championship). Scott offers long odds for the world’s 15th-ranked player who won earlier this year, but has made only four starts since the Tour resumed in mid-June.

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia is being offered at even longer odds at +4000 despite winning just last month.

Players in good recent form include Doc Redman. He has yet to win but has flashed the ability to go incredibly low on a given day. Redman (+4500) is coming off a T4 and has a pair of T3s in his past six starts.

He tied last week with Stewart Cink, the veteran who snapped a lengthy dry spell with a win at the Safeway Open. He also finished T12 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and is listed at +6600 by BetRivers.com. That’s just ahead of Wyndham Clark (+7000), who is coming off a playoff loss to Brian Gay last week.

A pair of longshots worth taking a long look at are Denny McCarthy (+7000) and Mackenzie Hughes (+9000).

McCarthy also finished in that group in fourth place last week courtesy of a closing 63, tying for the low round of the tournament. The winner of the Web.com Tour Championship in 2018, McCarthy finished T6 at last month’s Sanderson Farms Championship and T9 at the Wyndham Championship.

Hughes is ranked 53rd in the world, won twice in 2016 and reached the Tour Championship last season while finishing in the top 10 in all three legs of the playoffs. He also finished second at The Honda Classic and T3 at the Travelers Championship earlier this year.

Houston Open Best Bet for Nov. 5, 2020

Jordan Spieth is desperately trying to find any kind of momentum heading to Augusta National.

Not only has Spieth not won since the 2018 Open Championship, he has plummeted to No. 75 in the world while admitting ongoing struggles with his game. Spieth has a T41 and T38 in his past two starts following a string of three consecutive missed cuts.

The former world No. 1 hasn’t posted a result better than a T30 since July and has struggled to avoid the big numbers that keep him out of contention.

Houston Open Best Bet: Jordan Spieth +130 to miss the cut by BetMGM. A $10 bet would return $23 if Spieth fails to reach the weekend.

Houston Open Betting Preview for Nov. 5th: Can Lanto Light it Up Again?

Lanto Griffin won a shootout among three Korn Ferry Tour grads to capture his first career PGA Tour victory at last year’s Houston Open.

The win was a catapult toward the Tour Championship, but Griffin arrives as a +4000 longshot by BetRivers.com to successfully defend his title.

Griffin cannot be discounted. He comes off a T7 and T11 in his past two starts while also posting a T10 at the BMW Championship in August.

But his title defense comes at a different course – one debuting a complete redesign – and against a significantly stronger field than the one he bested last year.

That includes world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who added the Houston Open a his final pre-Masters tune-up after missing his past two start due to a positive COVID-19 test. Johnson is the heavy betting favorite at +650 by BetRivers.com.

Johnson’s last event was six weeks ago at the U.S. Open, where he tied for sixth on the heels of his FedEx Cup Playoff triumph. Even with some expected rust to knock off this week, Johnson is the clear pre-tournament favorite with five consecutive top-six finishes and a pair of victories in his past nine starts.

The only other top-10 player in the field in Houston is England’s Tyrrell Hatton. He won earlier this year at Bay Hill and then climbed into the top 10 for the first time with his win at the BMW PGA Championship last month.

Hatton (+1600) isn’t a household name yet in the United States, but he’s a fierce competitor who had the fifth-lowest 72-hole score at the Tour Championship and tied for third at The CJ Cup three weeks ago.

PGA Odds for Finau to Return to Form After Covid

Tony Finau is also being offered at +1600 by BetRivers.com. He tied for 11th at the Zozo Championship following his bout with COVID-19, and that came on the heels of a T8 at the U.S. Open, T14 at the Tour Championship and a solo fifth at the BMW Championship.

Finau is ranked 17th in the world and gobbling up impressive earnings while failing to get that breakthrough win so many have been predicting. Finau has only two career victories, the most recent coming in Puerto Rico four years ago, and there have been numerous Sunday collapses since.

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (+1800) is another player racking up consistent results while lacking a win since 2017. Ranked 20th entering the week, he should be a factor in a somewhat modest field.

With this year’s Houston Open being on a revamped track, previous success in the event doesn’t hold as much weight as it would normally. Better indicators are career profile, recent form and those who would be expected to play well on a Memorial Park Golf Course with fairly tight fairways.

Scottie Scheffler (+2000) is very streaky, evidenced by his 59 at The Northern Trust to kick off the playoffs. After posting the second lowest score at the Tour Championship, Scheffler missed the U.S. Open with his COVID-19 experience. He has been slowly working his way back into form, including a T17 at the Zozo Championship, and Scheffler is eager to get that first PGA Tour win under his belt.

Other young guns to keep an eye on include Viktor Hovland (+2000) and Sungjae Im (+3000), who each have a Tour win, know how to close on Sunday and seem to bee consistently around the front page of the leaderboard.

Who Will Make a Push Before the Masters Next Week?

Then there are the former major champions trying to gain some momentum ahead of next week’s Masters.

Brooks Koepka (+2000) will make just his second start since August as he returns from hip and knee injuries. Jason Day, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott are each being offered at +3300 by BetRivers.

Day had a run of quality finishes over the summer but hasn’t won since 2018. It has been even longer since Johnson has found the winner’s circle (2015 when he claimed The Open Championship). Scott offers long odds for the world’s 15th-ranked player who won earlier this year, but has made only four starts since the Tour resumed in mid-June.

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia is being offered at even longer odds at +4000 despite winning just last month.

Players in good recent form include Doc Redman. He has yet to win but has flashed the ability to go incredibly low on a given day. Redman (+4500) is coming off a T4 and has a pair of T3s in his past six starts.

He tied last week with Stewart Cink, the veteran who snapped a lengthy dry spell with a win at the Safeway Open. He also finished T12 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and is listed at +6600 by BetRivers.com. That’s just ahead of Wyndham Clark (+7000), who is coming off a playoff loss to Brian Gay last week.

A pair of longshots worth taking a long look at are Denny McCarthy (+7000) and Mackenzie Hughes (+9000).

McCarthy also finished in that group in fourth place last week courtesy of a closing 63, tying for the low round of the tournament. The winner of the Web.com Tour Championship in 2018, McCarthy finished T6 at last month’s Sanderson Farms Championship and T9 at the Wyndham Championship.

Hughes is ranked 53rd in the world, won twice in 2016 and reached the Tour Championship last season while finishing in the top 10 in all three legs of the playoffs. He also finished second at The Honda Classic and T3 at the Travelers Championship earlier this year.

Houston Open Best Bet for Nov. 5, 2020

Jordan Spieth is desperately trying to find any kind of momentum heading to Augusta National.

Not only has Spieth not won since the 2018 Open Championship, he has plummeted to No. 75 in the world while admitting ongoing struggles with his game. Spieth has a T41 and T38 in his past two starts following a string of three consecutive missed cuts.

The former world No. 1 hasn’t posted a result better than a T30 since July and has struggled to avoid the big numbers that keep him out of contention.

Houston Open Best Bet: Jordan Spieth +130 to miss the cut by BetMGM. A $10 bet would return $23 if Spieth fails to reach the weekend.

Bermuda Championship Betting Preview

Brendon Todd arrived at the 2019 Bermuda Championship as the 522nd-ranked player in the world, contemplating his future as a professional golfer.

He returns 12 months later as the defending champion and the top-ranked player in the 132-player field at No. 41. Todd is also one of the pre-tournament betting favorites at all sportsbooks, including +1200 by PointsBet and +1400 by BetMGM.

Todd is likely in Bermuda this week only because he’s the defending champion.

As with most events in 2020, the Bermuda Championship has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yes, it is a standalone event with the WGC-HSBC Champions canceled, and it offers a full 500 FedExCup points.

But it is also being contested just two weeks before the Masters, which caused each of the world’s top 40 players to take a pass as they either capped their Augusta preparation at last week’s Zozo Championship or will play next week’s Houston Open as a final tune-up.

That leaves significant opportunities for players and bettors to take advantage of a second-tier field.

PGA Odds: Who Will Gobble Up the FedEx Points This Weekend?

Will Zalatoris has yet to win a PGA Tour event but is the betting favorite at most sportsbooks. The former amateur star is +1100 (PointsBet, BetMGM) and appears poised for a breakthrough.

Zalatoris is making just his 13th career Tour start and 11th as a professional. He has three top-10 finishes in his past four starts, including the U.S. Open. He is also highly motivated to collect the three FedExCup points he needs to earn special temporary Tour status for the remainder of the season.

Todd used his win in Bermuda last year as a launching pad for a career year. He won the next week at the Mayakoba Classic and went on to finish 20th in the FedEx Cup.

A heck of a turnaround for a player who dropped out of the top 2,000 just two years ago.

This course suits Todd, who erased a two-shot deficit entering the final round last year by reeling off seven consecutive birdies on the front nine en route to a career-best 62 on Sunday.

The man he outdueled that day, Harry Higgs, is not in the field this week. So who is in best position to challenge Todd and Zalatoris?

PGA Odds for the Next Two Betting Favorites in the Field

The next two betting favorites at PointsBet, Harold Varner III (+2200) and Doc Redman (+2500), have yet to win a PGA Tour event. They’re streaky veterans who often show up on the first page of the leaderboard but struggle to cobble together four consecutive low rounds.

BetMGM is offering Varner at +2200, followed by Redman and Denny McCarthy at +2500. McCarthy has a lone Tour win in 2018 and enters the week ranked 201st. Being among the top-five betting favorites speaks to the relative weakness of the field.

Emiliano Grillo (+3000 by PointsBet, +3300 by BetMGM) hasn’t won since 2015 but has been in solid form with eight consecutive cuts made. That includes a pair of top-10s at the 3M Open and Barracuda Championship over the summer. Grillo also finished T3 at last year’s Puerto Rico Open and is typically one of the more accomplished players in secondary fields such as these.

There is also a former major champion to keep an eye on.

Henrik Stenson offers intriguing odds at +4000 at both books despite entering the week at No. 54. The Swede is attempting to find his form. He has missed the cut three times in five events since returning to competition in August.

Stenson did place T21 in Mexico last month and has as much Sunday experience as anyone in the field if he can put himself in contention.

Peter Malnati lacks Stenson’s decorated trophy case, but he does have a Tour victory to his name (2015) and is arguably the hottest player in the field outside of Zalatoris.

Malnati (+3300, +3500) is coming off a runner-up at the Sanderson Farms Championship and a T5 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The Bermuda Championship is the 10th of 12 events on the “fall swing.” With majority of the field not headed to Augusta next month, this represents a critical opportunity for players attempting to secure spots in more events once the calendar flips to 2021.

Among those is Justin Suh (+4000), another former amateur star in the field on a sponsors exemption. He is coming off a pair of top-15 finishes, including a T8 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Bermuda Championship Best Bet for October 15, 2020

The Bermuda Championship does feature another pair of former major champions in Jason Dufner (2013 PGA Championship) and Danny Willett (2016 Masters).

Neither arrived in Bermuda in what anyone would consider strong form.

Dufner has plummeted to 310th in the world following a pair of missed cuts and doesn’t have a top-25 finish in the past 15 months.

Willett will be heading to Augusta courtesy of his surprising victory four years ago. He did pop up with a T4 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July. Willett then went T32 and T69 before snapping a string of five consecutive MCs with a T32 in his title defense at the BMW PGA Championship three weeks ago.

Todd hasn’t been lighting the golf world on fire, but he also has a lone MC in his past 12 events. He reached the Tour Championship and played the weekend at the PGA Championship, where he held a share of the first-round lead, and the U.S. Open (T23).

Todd is returning to a course he resurrected his career on 12 months ago while the two former major champions are seeking success against a second-tier field in an event they didn’t play in last year.

Bermuda Championship Best Bet: Brendon Todd (+111) in a 3-ball prop vs. Danny Willett (+205) and Jason Dufner (+241) at PointsBet

PGA Odds: Zozo Championship at Sherwood Betting Preview: Tiger Prowl?

The narrative this week is understandably focused on Tiger Woods.

The Zozo Championship was his most recent title, the one that tied Sam Snead’s all-time PGA Tour victories record at 82. And even with the tournament moved from Japan this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it relocated to a course Tiger has won the Hero World Challenge at five times.

But outside of the prop market, Woods is not the focus of the betting lines this week.

He’s +3300 to win the event at BetMGM, putting him in a group of players that includes the likes of Matthew Fitzpatrick and Harris English.

The pre-tournament favorite is Jon Rahm (+900) after world No. 1 Dustin Johnson withdrew from his second consecutive event as he recovers from COVID-19. Rahm is coming off a T17 at The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek and has not finished lower than T23 in his past six starts, including a win at the BMW Championship.

He has plenty of top-flight competition in the limited 78-player field, however.

That includes third-ranked Justin Thomas (+1200), No. 4 Collin Morikawa (+2000) and No. 5 Rory McIlroy (+1400).

There are four more top 10 players in the field.

Xander Schauffele leapfrogged Webb Simpson for No. 7 after yet another close call last week. At +1200 he’s the second betting favorite along with Thomas.

Schauffele is a San Diego native who thrives in Southern California. He hasn’t posted a victory since the 2019 Tournament of Champions nearly two years ago, but he enters this week with three consecutive top-five finishes, including having the lowest score in the weighted start at the Tour Championship.

Simpson (+1600), No. 9 Tyrell Hatton (+1800) and No. 10 Patrick Reed (+2500) are each worth keeping an eye on for their own reasons.

Simpson tied for 13th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in his most recent start and has five consecutive top-20 finishes. He has also won twice this year.

Could Hatton be the Man to Place Your PGA Odds on This Weekend?

Hatton (+1800) has moved up to a career-high ninth in the world rankings with a win and a T3 in his past two starts. There is concern about how much he has in the tank entering this week. He won the BMW PGA Championship in England before flying to Las Vegas, where he held the lead with a first-round 76 before faltering with a 73 on Saturday. Hatton did post another 65 on Sunday, however.

Reed (+2500) took a week off following his T3 at the BMW PGA Championship. That followed a T13 at the U.S. Open and a T7 at the Tour Championship, so he enters in good form as well in a deep field prepping for next month’s Masters.

Matthew Wolff (+3300) sits just outside of the top 10 at No. 12. He struggled to a 73rd-place finish last week after consecutive runner-ups. He also grew up less than 10 minutes from Sherwood and is another local product who should fare well.

CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek Betting Pick

Woods isn’t among the outright winner favorites but he remains a popular play on the prop market.

BetMGM is offering Woods at +600 to finish in the top 5 and +280 to finish in the top 10. He has had a ton of success at Sherwood, but Woods also doesn’t have anything better than a T37 in the five events he has played since the Tour resumed in mid-June.

It’s difficult to envision Woods contending this week with such a limited amount of competitive rounds under his belt. Jordan Spieth (+300 to finish in the Top 20) offers a similar opportunity. He’s in the field on a sponsor’s exemption this week and doesn’t have a top 25 finish in his past seven events. There is little about Spieth’s game right now to indicate he’s ready to be a factor in a strong field.

Zozo Championship @ Sherwood Best Bet: Tiger Woods (+100) to finish outside the Top 20 this week.

–Field Level Media

CJ Cup Odds at Shadow Creek Betting Preview

The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek lured a prestigious field to the uber-exclusive Las Vegas course when it was moved from South Korea due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The limited 78-player field includes four of the top six players in the world, and three of them are among the pre-tournament betting favorites for good reason.

Jon Rahm (+800 by BetRivers.com) shot to the top of the list after world No. 1 Dustin Johnson was forced to withdraw following a positive COVID-19 test. Rahm hadn’t seen Shadow Creek before this week, but the No. 2 player in the world is coming off a break since the U.S. Open, and scores are expected to be quite low this week.

Justin Thomas is right on his heels at +900 by BetRivers.com. He has won two of the three previous iterations of this event, which were all held on Jeju Island in South Korea. More important, Thomas is coming off a T8 at the U.S. Open and a T3 in the Tour Championship. Thomas won the WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational in August, so the world’s No. 3 is showing up on the first page of leaderboards in marquee events.

Thomas was asked this week what separates the players at the top of the world rankings from the deep pool of extremely talented golfers around the globe. His answer? They’re more consistent and “know how to play bad better than everybody else.”

Rory McIlroy (+1200) would certainly fall into that category. He has struggled to put together four solid rounds since the PGA Tour’s restart in mid-June. However, he has still managed to make all 10 cuts during that time and is coming off a T12, T7 and T8 in his past three starts.

McIlroy’s odds are slightly longer at BetRivers.com than that of Xander Schauffele (+1100). Schauffele hasn’t won a stroke play event since 2019, but many analysts are predicting a breakthrough for the San Diego native.

Schauffele hasn’t missed a cut in nine months and has nine consecutive top-25 finishes. That includes posting the lowest score at the Tour Championship – won by Johnson due to the weighted starting positions – and finished solo fifth at the U.S. Open.

The Wolff is in Sheep’s Clothing: CJ Cup Odds Move Drastically After Johnson’s Withdrawal

All of the players above saw their odds this week shorten a bit following Johnson’s withdrawal. But few players’ odds were impacted as much as Matthew Wolff’s.

The 21-year-old has finished second three times this year, including in each of his past two events. He has shot up to 12th in the world rankings, although he still has a lone PGA Tour title on his resume.

Wolff shot up to +1600 at BetRivers and was the most heavily-bet player in the field at DraftKings. A day before teeing off, Wolff was responsible for nine percent of the total outright winner bets and 13 percent of the handle.

That put him ahead of Thomas (eight and 11 percent, respectively) and Rahm (four, seven).

Another popular bet was Daniel Berger, who was bringing in six percent of the total bets and handle. At +2500, he provides intriguing odds for a player with a win and six other top-10 finishes in 2020. He has cooled off with a T25, T17 and T34 in his past three events.

There is also a pair of Las Vegas residents in the field who are taking advantage of the two-event swing through their hometown.

Collin Morikawa (+2000) offers unusually long odds for the sixth-ranked player in the world. Since his breakthrough win at the PGA Championship, Morikawa has missed three of five cuts, with his lone top 10 being a T7 at the 30-player Tour Championship.

Kevin Na is being offered at +10000, the same odds as J.T. Poston, the alternate who got into the field on Tuesday. Na is coming off a T43. He has only four career wins, but two of them came cross-town at TPC Summerlin.

This week also marks the return of Brooks Koepka. The four-time major champion is making his third return from an injury-induced hiatus in 14 months.

Following an eight-week hiatus, Koepka insists he feels better than he has in the past year and is confident he’ll be in the picture this week despite only picking up a club again last week.

Koepka is being offered at +2200 by BetRivers.com and has been a popular bet at DraftKings, where his +3300 outright winner odds had enticed only three percent of the total bets but six percent of the total handle.

CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek Best Bet for October 15, 2020

Scottie Scheffler graduated from the Korn Ferry Tour and catapulted his way into the world’s top 50 with an excellent summer that included T4s at the PGA Championship and The Northern Trust, where he threw down a 59.

He also had the second lowest score at the Tour Championship, but that momentum was halted by his own positive COVID-19 test. After taking three weeks off, he returned to miss the cut last week.

Shadow Creek isn’t considered an overly difficult course and Scheffler is a streaky player who could make some noise or fail to be anywhere near contention.

PointsBet is offering a tournament matchup bet of Scheffler (-125) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (-106).

The two couldn’t be in much more contrast as players. Oosthuizen isn’t a big hitter, but he is an excellent iron player who should put himself in good positions around Shadow Creek’s tricky greens.

The South African is coming off a solo third at the U.S. Open and a T19 last week. Oosthuizen also finished T6 at the WGC – FedEx St. Jude and enters the week at No. 18 in the world.

CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek Best Bet: Louis Oosthuizen (-106 by PointsBet) to finish ahead of Scottie Scheffler (-125)

–Field Level Media

PGA Odds: The Shriners Hospital for Children Open Betting Preview

PGA Tour players who regularly build their early-season schedules around the West Coast swing received an unexpected benefit from the coronavirus pandemic.

This week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin will be followed by the CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek, a Las Vegas doubleheader created when the CJ Cup was moved from South Korea. The ZOZO Championship the following week will be held in California rather than Japan.

The back-to-back Las Vegas events were a welcome advent for the Tour’s numerous area residents.

That includes PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa, who said he lives “eight minutes, maybe” from TPC Summerlin. He’s the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 5, but Morikawa is not the pre-tournament betting favorite.

That honor goes to Bryson DeChambeau.

Teeing it up for the first time since his first major triumph at last month’s U.S. Open, DeChambeau is one of the biggest pre-tournament favorites of the year. Offered at +750 by PointsBet, DeChambeau’s next closest competitor is Webb Simpson at +1100.

One of Simpson’s seven career PGA Tour titles came at TPC Summerlin in 2013. He also has victories at the 2012 U.S. Open in California and the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year, so the sixth-ranked Simpson is certainly fond of West Coast golf.

Patrick Cantlay has joined the plethora of Tour pros who have migrated to Florida, but the California native and UCLA alumnus has enjoyed incredible success at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. In three previous starts, Cantlay won in 2017 and has finished runner-up each of the past two years.

Cantlay, the third betting favorite at +1500 by PointsBet, acknowledged that he feels very comfortable at TPC Summerlin, where he looks at every hole as a birdie hole.

How Low Can the Scores Go This Weekend in Ponte Vedra Beach?

Scores will be low this week, which could play into the hands of streaky players enjoying pristine conditions.

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama continues to rack up quality finishes despite lacking a win since 2017. He’s +1800 and has been in good form with three consecutive top-20 finishes, highlighted by a T3 at the BMW Championship in the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Matthew Wolff has also shown how low he can go, twice holding the 54-hole lead over the summer only to be overtaken — or overwhelmed — by DeChambeau in the final round. That included the U.S. Open. Wolff (+2200) will be paired with DeChambeau for the first two rounds as the PGA Tour builds a bit of a rivalry between the 20-something rising stars.

Harris English (+2500) and Scottie Scheffler (+2800) also enjoyed strong summers following the Tour’s mid-June re-start.

English has quietly posted a pair of top-10s and a solo 13th in his past four events.

He has made nine consecutive cuts and finished inside the top 25 in all but one of those events. That includes The Northern Trust, where English posted four rounds in the 60s but simply couldn’t keep up with Dustin Johnson’s record-setting 30-under performance.

While English has been extremely consistent in 2020 overall, he hasn’t posted a victory on Tour since 2013.

Scheffler graduated from the Korn Ferry Tour last year and has steadily risen to No. 30 in the world. That came courtesy of three top-five finishes in four events leading up to the U.S. Open. However, that momentum came to a screeching halt with a positive COVID-19 test that kept him out of Winged Foot, and Scheffler stumbled to a T37 against a modest field at last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship following the layoff.

PGA Odds Longshots to Keep an Eye Out at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open

Worth keeping an eye on are longshots with a familiarity and history at TPC Summerlin.

Defending champion Kevin Na has won the event twice, yet he is being offered at +6000 by PointsBet as the tournament boasts a bit of a strong field this week.

Fellow Las Vegas resident Maverick McNealy offers event longer odds at +10000 as the world’s 173rd-ranked player seeks his first Tour victory.

They will all have to overcome DeChambeau.

Cantlay said TPC Summerlin rewards driving the ball accurately, but the bulked-up DeChambeau will again throw caution to the wind in an effort to overpower the 7,255-yard, par 71 track.

DeChambeau is being offered at +105 in a 3-ball prob bet with Wolff (+175) and Cameron Champ (+311). In a quirky stat, this is Champ’s second start of the 2020-21 season and he has won in his second start each of the past two years, albeit in different events. Champ has a T28 and a missed cut in the past two Shriners.

BetAmerica is offering DeChambeau at -135 in a tournament prop bet vs. Simpson (+105), and a Round 1 prop bet for DeChambeau (-140) against Simpson (+105).

DeChambeau is the +1600 outright winner favorite at the book, followed by Simpson (+2200), Cantlay (+2500) and Matsuyama and Morikawa at +3000.

It is a top-heavy field this week with three top-10 players, and FanDuel is offering a tournament winner prop bet without DeChambeau, Simpson, Cantlay or Morikawa.

Matsuyama has the shortest odds at +1600, followed by Wolff (+2100) and Louis Oosthuizen (+2200), who was in the Sunday mix in his last start at the U.S. Open.

–Field Level Media

PGA Tour Odds: Sanderson Farms Championship Betting Preview

Scottie Scheffler returns from his COVID-19-mandated break from action as the betting favorite for this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss.

Scheffler was in excellent form entering the U.S. Open three weeks ago with the second lowest score at the season-ending Tour Championship and T4s at the PGA Championship and The Northern Trust in his previous four starts.

Then came a positive test for COVID-19 that knocked him out of the year’s second major.

Scheffler returns this week as the +900 favorite by SportsBetting.com and the +1000 favorite by PlaySugarHouse.com, among others.

The owner of the most recent 59 shot on the PGA Tour at The Northern Trust, Scheffler has shot up to No. 30 in the world rankings with a recent run that includes six consecutive top-25 finishes since missing three consecutive cuts.

He has been sidelined for three weeks, but Scheffler will also be teeing it up against a modest field this week.

The only higher-ranked player in the field is Sungjae Im. The 24th-ranked South Korean lost in a playoff at the Sanderson Farms Championship last year. Im also has shown good form of late, with a solo 12th at the Tour Championship followed by a solo 22nd at the U.S. Open.

It’s rare to see Im, already a renowned grinder in just his third year on the PGA Tour, take a three-week break. He’s -1200 at PlaySugarHouse.com.

An Overlooked Ferry Tour Player on a Roll

A significant amount of action is also flowing in on Will Zalatoris. Between the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour, Zalatoris has 13 consecutive top-10 finishes.

He’s playing for the fourth consecutive week as Zalatoris closes in on special temporary Tour status through the end of the 2020-21 season and followed up a T6 at Winged Foot with a T8 as one of the pre-tournament betting favorites in the Dominican Republic last week.

While Zalatoris is +1600 at SportsBetting.com, he has longer odds at +2000 at PlaySugarHouse.com, where there is a big gap between Scheffler, Im and the rest of the field. Scheffler was second with six percent of the total outright winner bets at DraftKings as of Wednesday, with Zalatoris at four percent and Im at three.

Leading the way was Doc Redman, who was responsible for seven percent of the bets and 11 percent of the total handle. Redman (+2500 by PlaySugarHouse.com), has a pair of T3s sandwiching a missed cut at The Northern Trust in his past three events. A streaky player, Redman has missed three of his past six cuts overall, but also closed with a Sunday-best 62 at the Safeway Open.

As with last week when Hudson Swafford won just his second career Tour title, the lack of marquee players in the Sanderson Farms Championship field provides opportunities to find veterans working their way back into form ahead of the Masters and up-and-coming players poised for breakthroughs.

PGA Tour Odds: Any Chance Bruns Grabs His First?

Sam Burns (+2200 at PlaySugarHouse) has yet to break through for his maiden Tour victory, but has been a fixture near the top of the leaderboard during the early 2020-21 season events.

After opening 64-65 at the Safeway Open, he faded to T7 with two weekend rounds in the 70s. He had three rounds in the 60s last week, but a third-round 78 left him with a T28. If Burns can put four solid rounds together, he should be in the mix come Sunday.  

Sebastian Munoz (+2500) is another player teeing it up for the first time since the U.S. Open as he defends his lone Tour title to date. He posted top-20 finishes in each of the three FedEx Cup Playoff events.

Mixed in with the rising youngsters is a bevy of veterans with multiple Tour victories. Chief among them are former major champions Zach Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.

Johnson (+2500) is coming off a T8 at the U.S. Open. He finished T14 in this event a year ago and has 12 career PGA Tour wins under his belt.

Stenson (+4500) has dropped to 44th in the world after taking an extended break during the coronavirus pandemic. He finished T35 at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude before missing the cut at the year’s first two majors. Working on his form ahead of next month’s Masters, Stenson finished T21 last week and playing in consecutive weeks for only the second time since January.

Garcia has fallen on tough times as he has slipped to No. 51. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship, failed to reach the FedEx Cup playoffs and has missed the cut at the Safeway Open and U.S. Open in his past two starts.

The 2017 Masters champion is making his first start in the Sanderson Farms Championship as he attempts to find some momentum ahead of Augusta, but is a +5000 long shot by PlaySugarHouse.com.

That’s still ahead of the likes of Swafford, who is +9000 despite coming off victory.

Swafford was the only player in last week’s field to post four rounds in the 60s, and his 69 on Sunday helped him climb past third-round leader Adam Long. Long’s 75 on Sunday saw him slip to a solo fifth-place finish, but he has fairly short odds at +3300 with a recent T13 at the U.S. Open as well.

A Trio of Longshots Worth Taking a Look and One Super Long Shot

Also being offered at +3300 by PlaySugarHouse.com are Ben An, Corey Conners and Brian Harman.

A finished solo third in last year’s Sanderson Farms Championship, and the 29-year-old South Korean continues to chase his first PGA Tour victory. An is a streaky player who is often on the first page of the leaderboard when he putts well.

Conners was in a rare featured pairing last week, only to miss his second straight cut, while Harman finished T38 at the U.S. Open in his most recent event.

With only a handful of household names in the field, PlaySugarHouse.com is also offering some interesting prop bets.

One is predicting a 1-2 finish precisely, with +17500 odds leading the way with Scheffler and Im finishing first and second, or vice-versa.

The next shortest odds are Scheffler winning with Zalatoris runner-up (+2500), or the same odds on Zalatoris claiming his first PGA Tour win ahead of Scheffler.

Scheffler is also the +2500 favorite to be the leader after the first round, followed by Im (+2800), Zalatoris (+4000) and Johnson and Doc Redman at +4500.

–Field Level Media

US Open Odds: Will Tiger’s Experience at Winged Foot Make the Difference?

By: Field Level Media

Tiger Woods puts the West Course at Winged Foot among the three hardest courses he has played in the world.

“I think it’s right up there next to Oakmont and I think Carnoustie as far as just sheer difficulty without even doing anything to it,” Woods said after a practice round ahead of Thursday’s start of the U.S. Open in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

“I think those three golf courses, they can host major championships without ever doing anything to them.”

Woods is one of only 15 players in this week’s field who competed in the last U.S. Open at Winged Foot in 2006, when Geoff Ogilvy won at 5 over par.

And the course has been lengthened significantly in the past 14 years.

“It seems like every green you have to walk back a little bit farther,” said Woods, who conceded that technology has players hitting the ball to similar spots for approach shots.

The expected difficulty of this week’s U.S. Open — where the rough could be five or six inches long — makes the prop market equally as compelling as outright winner bets this week.

PointsBet is one of the sportsbooks offering winning score odds. Even par for the tournament would be 280. PointsBet is offering +100 for the winning store to be at even or higher.

The book is offering +160 odds on the winning score being between 277-279 (1 to 3 under) and +350 to be 276 (4 under) or better.

Only one of five previous U.S. Opens held on the West Course was won with a score under par. That was Fuzzy Zoeller at 4 under in a playoff over Greg Norman in 1984. In addition to Ogilvy, the others were won with over-par scores: Bobby Jones (6 over) as an amateur in 1929; Billy Casper, 2 over in 1959; Hale Irwin (7 over) in 1974.

PointsBet is also offering a cut-line score market: +300 for the cut line to fall at 5-over 145 or lower, +125 for 7-over 147 or higher and +150 for it to fall at exactly 6-over 146.

Best PGA Prop Bets for the US Open

The five previous U.S. Opens held at Winged Foot have featured two playoffs, a pair of one-shot victories and Irwin’s two-shot win over Forrest Fezler.

But PointsBet is offering the brave bettor +275 odds on the winning margin being at least four strokes. The shortest odds are on a one-shot victory (+250), with a playoff (+350) followed by two-shot (+400) and three-shot (+550) margins.

Leading wire to wire at any major is a herculean task, much less accomplishing the feat on one of the world’s most difficult tracks.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson leads those prop markets, including +5000 by PointsBet and +1200 by William Hill.

If anyone can manage the feat, it’s likely Johnson. He is the first player since Woods in 1999 to hold the 54-hole lead or co-lead in four consecutive starts, and he has played 18 of his past 20 rounds in the 60s.

He’s also the pre-tournament favorite at most sportsbooks. That includes +850 at William Hill and FanDuel and +900 at PointsBet.

Second-ranked Jon Rahm of Spain is the clear second betting favorite at +1000 at all three books. Third-ranked Justin Thomas is +1400 at William Hill and FanDuel and +1500 at PointsBet.

Xander Schauffele has +1400 odds at FanDuel and is +1600 at the other two.

Between the four of them, Johnson, Rahm, Thomas and Schauffele own two combined majors, so there is plenty of room to sift through the 144-player field for experienced major resumes and players entering on hot streaks.

The former includes Woods while the later certainly does not.

Tiger Odds at the US Open

The 15-time major winner has played in only four events since the PGA Tour’s restart in mid-June. His best finish was a tie for 37th at the PGA Championship, and Woods failed to qualify for the Tour Championship for the second consecutive year.

There is little evidence to believe that Woods will be a factor this week. He is not among the top 15 favorites at +5000 at PointsBet and William Hill.

Woods has admitted being affected by the lack of a buzz from the gallery, but his fans can get their fill of Woods action on the prop market.

He is -200 to make the cut at both books, while Woods is +800 at William Hill to finish in the top five, +400 to finish in the top 10 and +175 to secure a top-20 finish. He is also +5000 to lead after the first round.

Several books are also offering Woods-related match and group bets.

William Hill is offering Woods at +100 to finish the tournament ahead of Australia’s Adam Scott (-125). PointsBet is offering the same matchup odds on Woods with Scott at -134, and another matchup with Woods +100 vs. England’s Tyrrell Hatton (-134).

Will Woods be the top finishing American? He’s way down the list on that wager at PointsBet, where at +3300 he sports the same odds as second-year pro Matthew Wolff and struggling Rickie Fowler. The book also has Woods in a group bet at +325 against Australia’s Jason Day (+325) and Englishmen Justin Rose (+325), Paul Casey (+400) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (+400).

Come the weekend, most eyes are expected to shift away from Woods and to the first page of the leaderboard.

Johnson and Rahm battled it out throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs, and they are expected to be in the hunt again this week.

PointsBet is offering Johnson at -113 in a tournament prop against Rahm (-119), while Rahm has shorter odds at -106 to rip off a longer drive this week than Johnson (-115).

At a course such as Winged Foot, sheer distance won’t make as big of a difference if balls are routinely coming to rest in that wicked rough.

So while bettors might flock to Bryson DeChambeau for his -110 odds to produce a drive longer than 378 yards this week, the smarter play might be for a tournament win by a player such as Webb Simpson, who finished last season 18th in driving accuracy while averaging a respectable 296.2 yards off the tee.

The sixth-ranked Simpson claimed his lone major title at the 2012 U.S. Open and can be had for +2500 at William Hill and +2800 at PointsBet.