Action Report: Bettors Targeting Cameron Young, Rory McIlroy Ahead of Wells Fargo Championship

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Cameron Young hits from the tee on the third hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, in Atlanta.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable May 03, 2023, 2:30 PM

The Wells Fargo Championship is another designated event on the PGA Tour, meaning most all of the top players are teeing it up this week at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The course has hosted the 2017 PGA Championship and 2022 Presidents Cup, which makes it no surprise that bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook are targeting players who have had success on major championship golf courses.

As of Wednesday, Cameron Young and Rory McIlroy are the two most popular players.

Young (+2000) is drawing the most handle (16.9%) on the second-most tickets (8.9%), while McIlroy (+750) has the second-most handle (16.6%) on the third-most tickets (7.2%).

The 25-year-old Young has yet to win on the PGA Tour but has come very close. 

He has three top-10 finishes this season, including finishing second at the WGC World Golf Championship and then last season had six top-5 finishes, which included the PGA Championship and Open Championship.

Young also added a second-place finish at the Wells Fargo Championship, but that was at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm because Quail Hollow was hosting the Presidents Cup.

It was a disappointing Presidents Cup for Young, going 1-2-1, but he got some familiarity with the course, which will help this week.

Meanwhile, for McIlroy, Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship is a place he’s loved over the years.

He has won three times at the venue and twice set the course record (61). He claimed his first career PGA Tour win here in 2010, won by seven five years later, and is the most recent winner at Quail Hollow (2021).

This will be his first event since the Masters, as he withdrew from the RBC Heritage, but it appears McIlroy is refreshed and ready to compete again.

Another betting favorite this week is Viktor Hovland (+1800). 

The 25-year-old has the third-highest handle (12.3%) on the most tickets (9.3%). Hovland finished T-3 at the 2021 event, which is his only appearance.

Hovland recently finished T-7 at the Masters, so he has some momentum going into the event.

These three players are BetMGM’s biggest liabilities for the week.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Cameron Young – 16.9%
  2. Rory McIlroy – 16.6%
  3. Viktor Hovland – 12.3%
  4. Jordan Spieth – 5.4%
  5. Patrick Cantlay – 4.6%

Tickets

  1. Viktor Hovland – 9.3%
  2. Cameron Young – 8.9%
  3. Rory McIlroy – 7.2%
  4. Jordan Spieth – 6.9%
  5. Max Homa – 5.2%

Not only is Homa the defending champion, but he also won the 2019 edition. He’s +2500 to win, but only drawing 5.2% of tickets and 3.9% of the handle. He’s missed his last two cuts.

Spieth (+1800) doesn’t have much experience at Quail Hollow besides a dominant Presidents Cup last fall but is entering with back-to-back top-5 finishes at the RBC Heritage and the Masters.

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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.”