3M Open Betting Market Report: Public Prefers Sahith Theegala & Tony Finau at TPC Twin Cities
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Whatever the opposite of a major championship field is might as well be the 3M Open, which leaves the betting market wide open when searching for a winner.
A week after a thrilling Open Championship with a star-studded leaderboard, the PGA TOUR heads to TPC Twin Cities for a tournament that has seen three winners with odds above 100-1 in the history of the event.
There are three big names in the field and a group of trendy golfers with shorter odds than bettors are used to seeing.
Tony Finau is the favorite (+1400) ahead of Sungjae Im (+1600) and Hideki Matsuyama (+1600). Finau is the most popular play of the three, but he’s not the biggest threat to sportsbooks in the field.
Sahith Theegala (+2500) has the most bets and money taken at BetMGM in the outright market, according to data the sportsbook released on Wednesday.
Theegala, 24, has emerged as one of the trendier players in the golf community still looking for a win. Theegala was on the cusp of a win in February at the Phoenix Open. He added a T5 at the Memorial, a T2 at the Travelers Championship and a T16 at the John Deere Classic earlier this month.
Behind Theegala in popularity is Davis Riley (+2500). A prominent player on the Korn Ferry Tour last season, Riley has six top-10 finishes in 24 starts this year. He jumped onto the scene with a second-place finish at the Valspar, where a final-round 72 cost him a win. His results haven’t been great (T64 in his last start, T31 before that), but his talent is obvious.
Then there’s Finau.
Finau is third in bets and handle at BetMGM as the clear favorite in the field. He finished T28 at The Open last week, T13 at the Travelers and missed the cut at the U.S. Open. He did finish second in the Canadian Open to Rory McIlroy back in June.
Because Finau’s odds are short, he’s not a top-three liability. That belongs to Theegala, Riley and Cam Davis (+2500).
The longshot getting the most attention is fan favorite Rickie Fowler, who at +6600, is 11th in bets taken.
Other longshots seeing their odds move include Beau Hossler (+10000 to +8000), Callum Tarren (+10000 to +8000) and Garrick Higgo (+12500 to +10000).