Action Report: Bettors Like Sahith Theegala Ahead of Fortinet Championship

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Sahith Theegala waves after his putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 9, 2023, in Augusta, Ga.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Sep 13, 2023, 12:57 PM

After a few weeks off following the Tour Championship, the PGA Tour is back with the Fortinet Championship, Sept. 14-17, from the Silverado Resort in Napa, California.

For some players, it’s their first event in almost a month, including Sahith Theegala, who finished No. 31 in the FedEx Cup standings, thus barely missing the Tour Championship. 

The 25-year-old may have a little extra motivation this week, which could be good news for bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook, who like Theegala heading into the event.

As of Wednesday, Theegala, who is +1600 to win, is pulling in the second-most handle (15.5%) on the third-most tickets (9.1%).

In his two FedEx Cup Playoff events, he finished inside the top 20 and also has course history on his side this week.

Theegala is a perfect 3-for-3 at the Silverado Resort, including finishing T-6 a year ago.

The other most popular player is Max Homa, which isn’t much of a surprise given he’s won the event two years in a row.

Homa is drawing the highest handle (24.8%) on the second-most tickets (10.1%). He has the best odds in the field at +750.

Theegala and Homa are the only two players in the field drawing double-digit handle percentages.

Those two players, along with Akshay Bhatia (+4500), are BetMGM’s biggest liabilities.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Max Homa – 24.8%
  2. Sahith Theegala – 15.5%
  3. Cam Davis – 8.4%
  4. Justin Thomas – 6.5%
  5. Stephan Jaeger – 6.2%

Tickets

  1. Justin Thomas – 10.9%
  2. Max Homa – 10.1%
  3. Sahith Theegala – 9.1%
  4. Cam Davis – 6.4%
  5. Akshay Bhatia – 6%

After missing out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Thomas (+1600) is making his first start in well over a month as he gears up for the Ryder Cup. 

Although he has the most tickets, his handle only represents 6.5% of the total.

Davis (+2000) enters the tournament with three straight top-10 finishes.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”