PGA Matchup Bets: Sungjae Im Over Matt Kuchar, More For the 2020 Northern Trust
Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images. Pictured: Sungjae Im
- Sungjae Im over Matt Kuchar. Tyrrell Hatton over Harold Varner III. Rory McIlroy over Bryson DeChambeau.
- Find out why these are some of our golf betting analysts' favorite matchup bets for the 2020 Northern Trust.
The field for the 2020 Northern Trust is chock-full of talent. All the big names will be in Boston this week as the 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs get underway.
With all the star-power in the field, the sportsbooks have posted a ton of mouth-watering matchups.
This week our analysts like Rory McIlroy, Sungjae Im, Kevin Kisner and Tyrrell Hatton in their respective matchups. Check out why below:
Sungjae Im (-112) over Matt Kuchar
It’s almost like Kuchar has skated by on reputation and world ranking (which is somehow still 23rd) without the books really acknowledging how average he’s been. The reality is that he hasn’t finished in the top-20 in eight starts, dating back to February.
Granted, Im was in a bit of a “slump” as well, but he looked like he got things turned around in Greensboro last week. If I was ranking this entire field, I’d have Sungjae at least 25-30 spots higher than Kuch, so this one is an easy play for me.
Tyrrell Hatton (-137) over Harold Varner III
This is a weird matchup to see because these two players really aren’t even close to the same caliber.
Hatton appears to be in a bit of a slump but his missed cut at the PGA Championship can be chalked up to poor putting. The Englishman finished 12th here in 2018, while Varner has yet to crack the top-30 in this event.
Overall in their careers, Hatton in 17-9-1 against Varner in the same event, so I’ll take a chance with the better player and lay a little juice, especially on a course that should fit his eye.
Rory McIlroy (+110) over Bryson DeChambeau
It seems like nobody wants to bet McIlroy, who was considered the best player in the world before the hiatus. Although Rory has not missed a cut in over a year, the Northern Irishman has just one top-20 finish during The Return to Golf.
Rory struggled with driver at the PGA Championship, while his putter failed him at the St. Jude. At Memorial, it was his scrambling that wobbled him.
All that said, I’ll take the plus-money on Rory against DeCheambeau. Not only is McIlroy still fourth in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green and playing on a more forgiving course this week, but he’s also won more money at the FedEx Cup than anybody else.
Sure, DeChambeau has won on this track before and has five top-10 finishes since the pause, but he’s struggled hitting Greens in Regulation over his last three events.
Kevin Kisner (-112) over Justin Rose
Over his past 12 rounds Justin Rose ranks 58th in the field in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, 68th in Strokes Gained: Approach, and 97th in Strokes Gained: Around the Green. Simply put, he has been playing some truly awful golf lately.
Meanwhile, Kevin Kisner is coming off an impressive third-place showing at Sedgefield. Kiz is a bentgrass putting specialist and in his last three tournaments he has gained 5.0, 5.1, and 8.1 strokes putting on the field.
In his past two events he has gained 4.9 strokes on approach at the PGA Championship and 5.3 strokes on approach at the Wyndham. At a second-shot golf course, I’ll take the guy with the hot irons.