2021 AT&T Byron Nelson Market Report: Will Zalatoris More Popular Than Ever
Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Pictured: Will Zalatoris
Fresh off a missed cut, Will Zalatoris has never been more popular among golf bettors than he is at this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.
That’s saying something, because Zalatoris has been one of the most popular players in betting circles this year during his quick rise from the Korn Ferry Tour.
He’s the most popular play this week in his home state of Texas, getting the most bets at both PointsBet and BetMGM. In fact, 16% of all bets placed on the outright market at BetMGM are on Zalatoris, soaring past his previous high of 9%. It’s one of the highest percentages for any golfer this season. The 8% he’s getting at PointsBet is still more than anyone else.
Before his missed cut at the Wells Fargo Championship, Zalatoris was on a tear going back to the U.S. Open in September where he finished sixth. In the 15 events since, he’s recorded five top-10 finishes. However, he’s yet to win on the PGA TOUR. Bettors don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines when he eventually does win.
Scottie Scheffler has the second-most bets at PointsBet, but it’s Bryson DeChambeau seeing most of the dollars bet. A whopping 27% of the total handle is on DeChambeau, who figures to translate well to a course that should benefit ball-strikers and those long off the tee.
Scheffler, also a Texan, has the third-most bets and handle at BetMGM, making him the second-biggest liability at the book.
Don’t worry, bettors didn’t forget about Jordan Spieth. Another Texas native, Spieth is second in bets and fourth in handle at BetMGM, which is a notch or two below where he’s been the last few months. He’s fourth in handle and bets at PointsBet. Spieth is making his first start since the Masters.
Thomas Pieters is the biggest liability at PointsBet, ahead of Rickie Fowler, DeChambeau and Zalatoris.