- The coronavirus has canceled and rescheduled different PGA Tour golf tournaments, with the Open Championship being its latest victim.
- Sportsbooks still have odds for the Masters, Ryders Cup, U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—As the coronavirus pandemic continues, major sporting events have been canceled or rescheduled. The Open Championship is the next event to be canceled as the PGA Tour has rescheduled all its events for 2020.
With that, sportsbooks have released odds on the winners of some of the upcoming tournaments which include the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, the Ryder Cup, and finally the Masters which is set to take place in late fall this year.
The PGA Championship was set to go on in May but has been postponed to go form August 3-9. Legal sports betting sites have Rory Mcllroy listed as the favorite to walk away a champion with +800 odds. Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson follow on the odds board tied at +1000.
Brooks Koepka would be the smart choice here although having slightly longer odds than the favorite. He has won the last two PGA Championships and could be an underdog bet for sports bettors to pull off a three-peat.
The U.S. Open
The U.S. Open was originally supposed to take place from June 18-21 but is now being held from September 14-20. Brooks Koepka leads the odds on online sportsbooks to win at +800 followed by Dustin Johnson and Rory Mcllroy who both have +1000 odds.
The reason why Koepka is favored here might be because he was the runner up last year and both years before that he was crowned victorious. It is a course that Koepka clears feels comfortable at, but everyone’s performance may be affected by the break that COVID-19 is causing.
The Ryder Cup
Thankfully for the Ryder Cup, there have been no changes to the dates on September 22-27.
“September is a long way off— There’s no change to the situation at all at this stage. I know there’s been some rumors and things like that; they had to put out a statement that there’s no change, but there is definitely no change. For one, I’m on the inside of these things. … Now that I’m on the inside you go, Wow, it really is made up stuff—Nothing has changed,” said Padraig Harrington, the captain of the European Ryder Cup team.
The United States is favored to walk away the winners at -150 odds while the European team is at +150 odds. This is surprising as the U.S. has gone 1-4 in the previous five Ryder Cup events.
The Masters was set to take place from April 9-12 and is now going to happen from November 9-15. Rory Mcllroy is the favorite to win at +650 followed by Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods who both have +1000 odds.
Mcllroy is looking to win his first Masters this time around while Koepka was the runner up last year and Tiger Woods was the winner. Woods has won a total of five Masters Tournaments. However, Woods was a longshot to win last year and that should be expected to be the case again this year.
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