We’ve got two very different practices going on in PGA Tour Betting Lines. On one hand, oddsmakers seem to be fixated on Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy despite a lack of overwhelming success. Despite better play by lesser-known golfers, the trio are still among the leaders to win the U.S. Open in San Francisco.
On the other hand, some sportsbooks are using recent performances to dictate the rest of the field.
Matt Kutchar’s win at The Player’s Championship last weekend dramatically increased his odds to win the upcoming U.S. Open. After his impressive win, sportsbooks took note by lowering his odds to win the tournament from around 40/1, depending on the book, down to 28/1.
That puts Kuchar among the favorites in Bovada’s U.S. Open Futures Odds to win the major. Only a handful of golfers are ahead of him: favorite McIlroy (8/1), Woods (10/1), Mickelson (12/1), Luke Donald (16/1) and Lee Westwood (14/1).
Rickie Fowler also had a good week, finishing second at Sawgrass after winning the week before at Quail Hollow. Bovada adjusted his odds to win the Open, dropping him down to a respectable 40/1.
Woods did his best to drop his odds last week, finishing 40th with a -1 at Sawgrass, yet sportsbooks are still riding his heavy action. His sheer talent is undeniable, and bettors are willing to gamble that he can fix his game within two months.
“Due to there are two months for him to work on getting back to how he performed two weeks ago in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he is still a favorite,” LVH Superbook Assistant Director Jeff Sherman said, according to GolfLasVegasNow. “Also, there is such public support for him that we will have liability at 8/1 and at this time there is no need to go higher than that. He was our largest liabilility in the Masters after being supported at 9/2.”