- Viktor Hovland is the betting favorite with (+2000) odds, showing how open the field is.
- Corey Conners is listed at (+3300) as a viable betting option outside of the favorites.
- Doug Ghim (+15000) is a longshot who could make a run at a title in this tournament.
LAS VEGAS – TPC Summerlin will host the Shriners Children’s Open starting on Thursday in the fourth PGA Tour event of the 2022 season. Those betting on the event can find a few golfers with potentially generous odds.
What Stats Matter?
Since the Shriners Children’s Open is hosted at TPC Summerlin every year, there is a lot of data to help decipher which stats matter the most heading into the tournament. Regulated sports betting sites may not be taking past performances seriously enough considering the way the odds have been set.
In the last three years, the two winners have finished first and second in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green, two were top-five in Ball Striking, and two were top-five in driving accuracy. Given this information, there’s a rough estimate of what style of play translates to success.
Best Favorite To Bet: Viktor Hovland (+2000)
Viktor Hovland seemingly fits the course pretty well. Although golf betting sites have him listed as the favorite, the (+2000) price tag leaves an ample amount of value on his name.
Hovland finished the 2021 season eighth in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green, 13th in Ball Striking, and 60th in Driving Accuracy.
Best Mid-Level Odds To Bet: Corey Conners (+3300)
Corey Conners is listed with the 11th-shortest odds in the field and may actually fit the course better than all of the golfers ahead of him. He finished last season as 12th in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green, sixth in Ball Striking, and seventh in Driving Accuracy.
Conners is the only man in the field to rank inside the top 15 in all three of these stat categories.
Best Longshot To Bet: Doug Ghim (+15000)
Doug Ghim is easily the longshot to take a flyer on for this tournament. In the 2021 season he ranked exceptionally well in all three categories and if he can put it all together for the tournament, could be right in the hunt for the championship on Sunday.
Ghim ranked 21st in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green, 14th in Ball Striking, and 15th in Driving Accuracy during the 2021 season. This may be a case where the player looks better on paper than he does on the course, but at (+15000) why not take a chance on Ghim.
The tournament is set to begin on Thursday and run through Sunday. The GOLF Channel will have coverage of the event.
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