2021 Hero World Challenge Round 3 Picks, Buys & Fades: Viktor Hovland Presents Value Into Moving Day
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images. Pictured: Viktor Hovland
The second round of the Hero World Challenge saw much of the same as the first round as low scores were available throughout the course at Albany. Bryson DeChambeau led the way with an 8-under 64 to take the lead into the weekend by one shot over a group of three others. He posted 10 birdies and one double bogey in his round, as he was dialed-in through most facets of his game on Friday.
Collin Morikawa, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka will start the third round just one shot back of his lead. Morkiawa and Finau had two of the better rounds on the day with round of 6-under, to get into position for one of the final tee times on Saturday. Still, half of the field is within four shots of the lead, which keeps a number of players in the hunt going into the third round.
Let’s get right into my favorite plays for Round 3 in the Bahamas.
Viktor Hovland +2000 BetMGM
There are a few players from further back that could be in position with a low round on Moving Day, and Viktor Hovland stands out among that bunch. He is listed at +2000, but just four shots back of the lead. All three of Hovland’s wins on TOUR have come at coastal venues, and he is set to contend once again this week in the Bahamas.
Hovland has been consistent across his first two rounds after following an opening day 68 with a 69 on Friday. He’s stumbled a few times across each round, but if he can rein in the mistakes, the Norwegian will be someone to watch on Sunday. I’ll be in on Vik to win, but also in Top 5 markets heading into Saturday’s third round.
Patrick Reed +145 over Rory McIlroy
This bet is solely on the number. We aren’t going to dive into anything lately that shows Patrick Reed as having an edge over Rory McIlroy in the third round on Saturday, but very few matchups between two elite players should have these odds. Reed has shown across the first two rounds at Albany that he has better form than what he showed to finish the fall swing, and we are getting him at +145 to beat Rory over just one round. I’ll take a chance that he keeps that form and can win the day on Saturday.