- The PGA Tour returns this weekend for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Rory McIlroy (+800) sits on the top of the betting board before the first tee.
- Jon Rahm (+1000), Justin Thomas (+1600), and Webb Simpson (+1800) follow behind McIlroy.
FORT WORTH, Texas – The game of golf is set to make its triumphant return to normal competition this week, with the 2020 Charles Schwab Classic set to tee off from Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Golf bettors can rejoice that they will no longer have to watch Tom Brady attempt to make it on the fairway and get to enjoy the play of actual professionals at the top of their game.
The Charles Schwab Classic will be the first official PGA Tour Event in almost three months and will feature some familiar faces at the top of the betting odds.
Odds to Win Charles Schwab Classic
- Rory McIlroy +800
- John Rahm +1100
- Justin Thomas +1600
- Webb Simpson +1800
- Bryson DeChambeau +2200
- Brooks Koepka +2500
- Dustin Johnson +2500
- Patrick Reed +2800
- Rickie Fowler +2800
- Sungjae Im +2800
- Xander Schauffele +2800
- Jordan Spieth +4000
- Justin Rose +4000
- Kevin Na +5000
- Phil Mickelson +10000
- Bubba Watson +125000
A three-month break in the golf season effectively makes these first tournaments complete crapshoots, with players having no rhythm, form, or immediate history to work with.
In a situation like this, bettors might want to avoid the top of the board completely and go with golfers further down the board who provide better odds – especially since those at the top of the board have little successful history at Colonial.
Only Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka have scored second-place finishes while none of the top favorites have recorded a win here.
Kevin Na is the defending champion at this course, and even he checks in at a brash +5000. This should be a sign that the legal sportsbooks are experiencing a severe lack of information to place these odds.
This means odds and lines in the +3000 – +6000 range should be the sweet spot for bettors this weekend.
Look at players like Na, Justin Rose (+4000), Jordan Spieth (+4000), and Sungjae Im (+2800) for the best value.
Betting the Favorites Over Time
One of the easiest betting strategies possible has been profitable so far in this brief golf season.
Betting the overall favorite is not the preferred option of advanced golf bettors, but does hit at a decent enough clip over time.
Golf betting favorites win at about a 10.5 percent rate, according to research compared at Golfodds.com.
Picking the Right Golfer
While betting the favorite isn’t the most profitable decision long term, there are a few lessons from this research that can be used to improve the average golf bettor’s strategy.
Before deciding on a player for a bet, take a look at how their past 10, 20, even 50 events have gone.
This will help when deciding a player’s form and how they are hitting the ball recently.
It is also important to look at a player’s history at the given course the will be playing.
Do they have a couple of top-five finishes? Or have they missed the cut four-straight years? This can be some obvious information that will help you avoid any picks that don’t stand a chance.
Charles Schwab Challenge Prop Bets
Choosing the outright winner in this particular tournament will require a hefty amount of luck, so looking at some prop bets that offer a little more leeway can be very beneficial to the golf bettor looking to get back in the swing of the things.
One of the best props is the Top-20 finish bet, which gives bettors much more leeway in who they think will put together a good weekend.
There is some great value with odds up to +500 on golfers like Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell, or Jason Dufner to finish high on the last day.
Additionally, there are some 3-Ball group bets available for pairings like Gary Woodland (+145), Kevin Na (+155), and Phil Mickelson (+250).
While Mickelson is warm after his match with Tiger Woods, Kevin Na is the defending champion and could be poised for a high finish.
Regardless of expertise or experience, there is a golf bet waiting to be made as the PGA Tour returns to full strength.
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