2021 Houston Open Betting Market: Brooks Koepka & Scottie Scheffler Become Trendy Plays
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Brooks Koepka hasn’t finished better than 38th in three starts this season. Scottie Scheffler has yet to win on the PGA TOUR. Yet, bettors believe this is the week one of those top players can break through at the Houston Open.
According to data released by BetMGM, no golfers have taken more bets than Scheffler and Koepka this week. That makes them two of the three biggest liabilities at the sportsbook this week.
Scheffler has the second-shortest odds of the week at +1600 only to Sam Burns (+1400). But the low number hasn’t scared away bettors, as 9% of all bets are on the Texan in his home state.
Koepka is the biggest liability of the week, taking 9% of bets and 10% of total dollars. The narrative around Koepka will be that he’s familiar with the course since he served as the player consultant for the redesign of Memorial Park, the golf course hosting the tournament.
Yet, the other side of the coin is Koepka’s motivation in non-majors. Four of his eight career wins are majors and one is in a World Golf Championship event. Two of his three other wins are at the Phoenix Open, including his last victory in February of 2021. In his three starts this season, he has a missed cut, T-67 and T-38.
Koepka is fifth on the oddsboard at +2500.
The third player seeing most of the bets is Max Homa, who is the second-biggest liability of the week thanks to taking the second-most handle. Homa has a victory in one of his two starts this season but is in the middle tier of odds at +5000.