The LPGA Tour’s first match-play event in four years will be won by the world’s top-ranked golfer, Jin Young Ko, more than 20 percent of the betting public predicts.
Ko headlines a 64-player field at the Bank of Hope Match-Play in Las Vegas, the first-ever LPGA event at Shadow Creek Golf Course and the tour’s first match-play event since the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in May 2017. The seven-time LPGA winner is four weeks removed from her most recent tournament, a 24th-place finish in the HSBC Women’s World Championship. It was her first finish outside the top 10 this season.
Despite the uncharacteristic showing in Singapore, Ko is the odds favorite and heavy public favorite this week in Vegas. She opened at +700 in golf betting odds on Monday and has since climbed to +550. Updated odds as of Tuesday:
- Ko: +550
- Park: +800
- Kang: +1000
- Henderson: +1300
- H. Kim: +1500
- Tavatanakit: +1500
- S. Kim: +1500
- Green: +2000
“Shadow Creek is a monster of a golf course,” Danielle Kang, a Las Vegas resident, told the Las Vegas Journal-Review. “Mistakes are just right around the corner. For match play, I think you’ll see a lot of players making high numbers and people making mistakes left and right off the tee, around the greens. It’s never done until the ball drops in the hole here.”
When the Bank of Hope Match-Play is done on Sunday, the public believes Ko will win. As of Tuesday morning, 21.7 percent of all tickets were on Ko, accounting for 24.1 percent of the handle. No other golfer has more than 10 percent of the tickets or handle.
Ten most popular picks (by tickets):
|Jin Young Ko||21.7%||24.1%|
|So Yeon Ryu||7.5%||7.3%|
|Sei Young Kim||6..8%||7.5%|
|Hyo Joo Kim||4.3%||4.4%|