Valspar Championship COVID Withdraws: Odds Shift With Tyrrell Hatton & Others Out After Positive Tests
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Tyrrell Hatton entered the week among the betting favorites at the Valspar Championship, but now he’s one of multiple golfers to withdraw following a positive COVID-19 test.
Hatton, Strep Straka, Will Gordon and Brice Garnett have all withdrawn from the tournament due to positive tests, the PGA TOUR announced.
Hatton, ranked No. 8 in the Official World Golf Rankings, was tied for sixth on the oddsboard at DraftKings at +2200 when lines opened on Monday. He’d finished in the top 20 just once in his last five individual tournaments.
Hatton paired with Danny Willett at the Zurich Classic to finish tied for eighth.
Gordon and Garnett were the first two golfers the TOUR announced would miss this week’s event. Along with Straka, all three were major longshots. Straka and Garnett were listed at 150-1. Gordon came in at 350-1.
Odds weren’t largely impacted because of the changes in the field.
As of Tuesday night, betting favorites Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson each dropped a point to 10-1 and 11-1. Corey Conners moved to 18-1 from 14-1, where he’s tied with Patrick Reed at 18-1.
Two-time defending Valspar champion Paul Casey is 22-1 along with Viktor Hovland. Sungjae-Im is alone at 28-1 before several golfers including Abraham Ancer, Russell Henley and Scottie Scheffler come in at 30-1.