2019 LPGA Indy Women in Tech Championship Betting Guide: Believe in Brooke Henderson
Eric Bolte, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Brooke Henderson
Known for hosting arguably the greatest motorsports race in the world, the city of Indianapolis switches its focus from Gasoline Alley to women’s professional golf.
The LPGA Tour returns to action this week for the Indy Women in Tech Championship at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.
This event, which is unique simply due to the fact four holes are played inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway, comes on the heels of one of the most dramatic Solheim Cup competitions between Europe and the United States in its storied history.
Several marquee players are in the stacked field, including Brooke Henderson. The Canadian and No. 5 player in the latest Rolex world rankings, is the consensus favorite, sitting at 9-1 odds.
South Korean star and defending champion Sung Hyun Park returns, as well as Thai standout Ariya Jutanugarn. Both sit at 11-1 odds on the board, followed by Inbee Park at 16-1 odds to round out your favorites.
As usual, there is plenty of value around the market this week, but I have a feeling this could be a relatively chalky event. I am fading all but one player who took part in the stressful Solheim Cup and feel like the better rested starts are the ones to target as the outright tournament winner.
Brooke Henderson (9-1)
The Canadian favorite has a strong track record at this event, which is being contested for the third time in tour history. Henderson finished tied for 7th here a year ago and wound up T5 in 2017. Add in the fact she finished T4 and T3 in her last two events and I have no doubt she will be in the mix come Sunday as she chases her third win of the season and 10th career overall tour win.
I think Henderson is a slight overlay in the odds, but getting her at 9-1 or better is still very much worth playing.
Sung Hyun Park (11-1)
The defending champion, who is No. 2 in the latest world rankings, heads to Indianapolis looking for her third win of the season.
Park has been in solid form over recent weeks, finishing inside the Top 20 in her last seven starts. She caught fire this time of year in 2018, picking up wins here and at the Volunteers of America Classic.
I fully expect Park to keep up her stellar play this week and the rest of the season for that matter in her pursuit to return to the top of the world rankings.
Ariya Jutanugarn (11-1)
It really is unbelievable the former world No. 1 player has not won an event this season.
Jutanugarn, a two-time tour player of the year currently ranked No. 8 in the world, has finished no worse than ninth in five of her last seven starts and is overdue to pick up the 11th win of her decorated career.
Lexi Thompson (18-1)
The American is the lone Solheim Cup player I am using this week, largely due to the fact she won the inaugural Brickyard event two years back and finished a respectable T12 at last year’s tournament.
Thompson has hit a bit of a rough patch as of late, which includes a dismal 0-2-2 record at this year’s Solheim Cup. However, a player like Thompson can catch fire at any time and I’m not about to pass up a chance to play her at close to 20-1 odds at an event where she has a proven track record of success.
Amy Yang (33-1)
The South Korean came awfully close to winning here a year ago, finishing solo third and only a shot behind Park and eventual runner-up Lizette Salas.
Yang already has a win this season, capturing the Honda LPGA Thailand crown, and could be primed to notch her fifth career victory this week in Indiana.
Mi Hyang Lee (50-1)
My sleeper play of the tournament. The South Korean has been more miss than hit this season, but her recent fourth-place finish at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open was a sign she could be turning the corner at the tail end of her 2019 campaign.
Add in the fact Lee wound up T7 here a year ago after earning a share of 19th place two years back and you have a very live play at long odds at the Brickyard.
Moriya Jutanugarn (50-1)
The oldest of the Jutanugarn sisters comes in a tad cold, missing the cut in her two most recent starts. Prior to that, Jutanugarn was playing some solid golf, finishing T2-T11-T6-T3 over a four-tournament stretch.
Jutanugarn, currently ranked No. 24 in the world and owner of seven Top 10 finishes so far this season, was 10th at the 2017 Brickyard event. Getting off to a fast start would be huge for Jutanugarn, who could very well make her way into the hunt come Sunday in pursuit of her second career tour win.
Sung Hyun Park (+100) over Brooke Henderson
This matchup is as even as it gets. Going with the better number and the defending champion in this tight battle.
Moriya Jutanugarn (-130) over Meghan Khang
Sticking with my angle of going with the rested player against a Solheim Cup participant. Add in the fact Khang was dismal in Scotland, going 0-2-1 in her four events for a half point, and we are going to ride the slight favorite.
Mi Jung Hur (+110) over Danielle Kang
Taking the player in better form here. Hur won the Ladies Scottish Open a few weeks back and earned a T9 finish at the Cambia Portland Classic in the most recent tour event. Play the underdog with confidence.