BMW PGA Championship Betting Report: PGA Tour Stars More Popular than LIV Golfers
Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images. Pictured: Matt Fitzpatrick.
The PGA Tour season has wrapped up and is set to begin next week.
In the meantime, the stars have descended onto Wentworth in Surrey, England for the DP World Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.
In this day and age of the golf world, stars can be viewed as a loose term; mostly because there are now stars on the Saudi-backed LIV Tour, and some still on the PGA Tour – neither of which were expected to be playing in the same event in the new future.
The BMW PGA Championship has changed that.
Stars from both tours will be playing in this week's event, including Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Jon Rahm, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Abraham Ancer.
BMW PGA Championship Market Report
Viktor Hovland is a significant liability for BetMGM this week.
The Norweigan is getting 12.8% of the outright bets and accounts for 16.6% of the money. His odds have moved from +2500 to start the week to +2000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
The other massive liability for BetMGM is Fitzpatrick.
The reigning U.S. Open champ is getting plenty of action back in his home country, garnering 7.5% of the tickets and a whopping 29.6% of the total handle, the latter figure indicating bigger bettors have their eyes on Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick has gone from opening at +1400 to +1100 as of Wednesday.
Shane Lowry, meanwhile, is another liability for MGM.
He's generated 6% of the bets and accounts for 10.7% of the money. Lowry's moved from +1800 to +1600 to win the tournament.
All three of the biggest liabilities for BetMGM hail from Europe, which is fitting for the flagship event of what was previously named the European Tour.
The Saudi-backed players haven't received much action this week. Gooch has received the most bets at 2.7%; the rest have received no more than 1.2% of the tickets.