2023 BMW Championship First-Round Leader Picks: Bet Adam Svensson, Byeong Hun An

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Pictured: Adam Svensson. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

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GolferBMW Championship Odds
Scottie Scheffler+750
Rory McIlroy+750
Jon Rahm+900
Patrick Cantlay+1100
Viktor Hovland+1700
Xander Schauffele+1700
Tommy Fleetwood+2400
Max Homa+2700
Collin Morikawa+2700
Tyrrell Hatton+2700

GolferBMW Championship Odds
Jordan Spieth+3000
Rickie Fowler+3500
Cameron Young+3500
Russell Henley+3500
Hideki Matsuyama+3800
Jason Day+4500
Wyndham Clark+4500
Tom Kim+4500
Sungjae Im+4500
Tony Finau+4500
Sam Burns+5000

GolferBMW Championship Odds
Lucas Glover+5000
Brian Harman+5000
Corey Conners+5000
Matt Fitzpatrick+5500
Byeong-Hun An+5500
Cameron Davis+6000
Si Woo Kim+6500
Keegan Bradley+6500
Justin Rose+6500
J.T. Poston+7500
Sepp Straka+8000
Emiliano Grillo+9000
Sahith Theegala+9000

GolferBMW Championship Odds
Adam Hadwin+10000
Denny McCarthy+10000
Taylor Moore+10000
Harris English+11000
Brendon Todd+11000
Eric Cole+11000
Andrew Putnam+12000
Adam Svensson+12000

GolferBMW Championship Odds
Lee Hodges+14000
Adam Schenk+14000
Kurt Kitayama+17500
Patrick Rodgers+17500
Chris Kirk+17500
Nick Taylor+20000
Seamus Power+20000
Tom Hoge+22500

With last week's FedEx St. Jude Championship in the rear-view mirror, we can now look forward to the second round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs — the BMW Championship in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

Olympia Fields is a par-70, 7,366-yard track designed by Willie Park Jr. With thick rough and firm greens, Olympia Fields is likely to play extremely difficult, just as it did when Jon Rahm won with a -4 final score in 2020.

Here are my two picks in the first-round leader market for the 2023 BMW Championship.

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BMW Championship First-Round Leader Picks

Adam Svensson +6600 (BetRivers)

First-Round Tee Time: 9:37 a.m. ET

The first golfer to target in this market is Adam Svensson, who is teeing off with Matt Fitzpatrick on Thursday morning.

The morning wave almost always performs better than the afternoon, but those splits are going to be amplified this week. There are two aspects of Olympia Fields that make it a difficult challenge for even the best golfers in the world — thick rough and firm greens.

The latter is more important regarding the morning/afternoon splits, as the greens are only going to get firmer and faster as the day progresses. Considering how tough these greens will be in the afternoon, the morning wave has an advantage.

That brings us to Svensson, who is one of four Canadians to win a TOUR event this season (The RSM Classic). The rest of his season hasn't lived up to that performance, but Svensson enters this week in good form with five straight top-40 finishes, including his T7 performance at the Wyndham Championship.

His putter has been the only inconsistent part of his game over the past few months and that could get bailed out with close approach shots on the soft morning greens. Even if that doesn't come to fruition, perhaps his putting will turn around this week.

When Svensson's putter is hot, it is HOT. We saw that play out when he gained 3.01 strokes on the greens at The RSM Classic.

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Byeong-Hun An +4500 (BetMGM)

First-Round Tee Time: 9:48 a.m. ET

Byeong-Hun An is also worth targeting in the first-round leader market.

Simply put, An is playing his best golf of the year. He has gained strokes off the tee, around the green and putting in each of his past four tournaments. Perhaps he can carry that momentum and take advantage of his early tee time. He hasn't missed a cut since the Rocket Mortgage Classic and has nearly won numerous times over that stretch, including a T3 finish at the Genesis Scottish Open and a runner-up performance at the Wyndham Championship.

He also boasts the advantage of having played here in 2020 (T12).

There's a lot to like about An, and at 45/1 with an early tee time, why not take a shot on him to start fast.
Pick: Byeong-Hun An FRL +4500

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