2022 PLAYERS Championship Early Odds Movement: Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy Among Notable Changes
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Brooks Koepka has one win since 2019 and zero in the last 13 months, but when the top players show up with big money at stake, he immediately becomes a player to watch.
His betting odds have seen the most notable movement for THE PLAYERS this week, but it varies by book.
At FanDuel, he’s the early liability with the most outright bets through the first 24 hours of betting lines opening up. On Monday, his odds jumped from +4200 to +4800 before settling all the way down to +3600.
His +5000 price at DraftKings was erased in under an hour and sits at +3500 on Tuesday.
But at BetMGM, his odds went the other way. BetMGM opened him shorter compared to the competition at +3300 but lengthened him Monday night to +4000.
Koepka’s last win was the 2021 Waste Management Open in early February. Before that, you have to go back to the St. Jude Invitational in July of 2019, which was one of two wins that year.
It’s been an inconsistent start to 2022, as he’s alternated between making and missing the cut in each of his five starts. He finished 16th at the Honda Classic after missing the cut at Genesis. Prior to that he was 3rd at the Waste Management Open following a missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open.
It looked like Rory McIlroy might run away with a win at the Arnold Palmer after a 7-under opening round. But McIlroy faded the final three days finishing 4-over for the tournament, good for a T13. It seems bettors remember the final three rounds more than the opener, as BetMGM has moved him from +1600 to +2000.
Hideki Matsuyama never flashed that 7-under McIlroy showed, but he’s been popular enough this week for BetMGM to move him from +3300 to +2800.
Other notables include Patrick Cantlay, who can be found at +2000 after opening closer to +3000, Shane Lowry down to the +3500 range compared to earlier +5000 numbers and Jason Day up to +9000 from his +6600 opener.