- The world of golf spreads its focus this weekend as big names like Justin Thomas (+550) and Rory McIlroy (+550) lead betting odds to win the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
- Also in action is the PGA Tour’s American Express where Patrick Cantlay leads all golfers with +1100 odds to win the tournament.
ABU DHABI, UAE – With the golf season just getting started in 2021, some of the game’s best head abroad to Abu Dhabi this week for the 15th annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour.
With big names like Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy among the field this weekend, many bettors will be tuning into this unique tournament for the first time.
Bettors and golf fans will also be monitoring the action stateside, where the PGA Tour will be running one of its smaller events, the American Express from PGA West in La Quinta, California.
Full betting odds for both tournaments are open at legal online sportsbooks, with tons of futures, prop bets, and matchup bets available.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Odds
- Justin Thomas +550
- Rory McIlroy +550
- Tyrrell Hatton +1200
- Tommy Fleetwood +1400
- Matthew Fitzpatrick +1600
- Martin Kaymer +2800
- Victor Perez +2800
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout +3300
- Justin Rose +3300
- Lee Westwood +3300
- Shane Lowry +3300
- Bernd Wiesberger +3500
- Robert MacIntyre +3500
- Andy Sullivan +4000
- Matt Wallace +4000
- Thomas Pieters +4000
- Ian Poulter +5000
- Mike Lorenzo-Vera +5000
- Sami Valimaki +5000
- Adri Arnaus +6600
- Danny Willett +6600
- Henrik Stenson +6600
Beginning in Abu Dhabi, the biggest players of the weekend will be teeing off late Wednesday night in American time zones.
The field is led by two of the world’s top golfers in Justin Thomas and Rory McIlory, both available for +550 odds. Thomas will be making his debut at this event, while McIlroy has finished as the runner-up a record four times at this tournament.
This could be the year Rory is able to make the final step, but he will be going up against some stiff competition.
Tommy Fleetwood (+1400) is a two-time winner of this event in 2017 and 2018, and has only missed one cut in his last 13 events. Lee Westwood (+3300) was last year’s winner at this event, and makes his return as one of the more valuable options down the board.
Still, the winner of this event will have to shoot a low number, with the top scores over the last five years having an average of 18 under par.
Over to stateside, where some up and comers on the PGA Tour will be taking advantage of a sparse field in order to grab some valuable Tour points early in the season.
The American Express Odds
- Patrick Cantlay +1100
- Scottie Scheffler +1400
- Patrick Reed +1600
- Brooks Koepka +2000
- Matthew Wolff +2000
- Sungjae Im +2000
- Tony Finau +2000
- Abraham Ancer +2500
- Russell Henley +3300
- Kevin Na +3500
- Rickie Fowler +3500
- Cameron Champ +4000
- Paul Casey +4500
- Sam Burns +5000
- Adam Long +5500
- Lanto Griffin +5500
- Si Woo Kim +5500
- Zach Johnson +5500
- Brian Harman +6000
- Aaron Wise +6600
- Adam Hadwin +6600
- Brendan Steele +6600
- Cameron Davis +6600
- Charles Howell III +6600
- Chris Kirk +6600
- Doc Redman +6600
The PGA Tour will be in California for this event, with Patrick Cantlay (+1200) and Scottie Scheffler (+1400) as the early favorites.
There is tons of value in this field for those betting on the PGA Tour looking to snag a longshot. Despite a convincing win last week, Kevin Na (+3500) is a name with a huge number and has great value as a top ten or top twenty play.
🚨 Kevin Na is walking them in 🚨
He moves into a tie for the lead at -19.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/Q1e5GtIlrv
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 18, 2021
Na surged ahead to a victory at the Sony Open to get his fourth win in his last 55 events after only winning once in his first 369 tournaments.
Masters runner-up Sungjae Im (+2000) is a great player to watch this weekend, in addition to Matthew Wolff (+2000). PGA West is one of the longer courses on the PGA Tour, benefitting a player like Wolff, who was in the top five in distance off the tee in 2020.
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