Even though the Charles Schwab Challenge is sandwiched between the PGA Championship and a designated event at the Memorial, several top players are in the field, given the rich history of the event and the course – Colonial Country Club.
Four of the top 12 players in the Official World Golf Rankings are teeing it up — Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland, Jordan Spieth, and Tony Finau.
When picking a winner, past success at the event has been essential. Five of the last eight winners had posted a T-10 finish or better in the three years before winning.
Bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook seem to have noticed this trend.
As of Wednesday, four of the top five players in handle and tickets meet the criteria. The only player who doesn’t is Viktor Hovland (+1400 odds to win, down from +1600).
Hovland, who is drawing the most tickets (10.8%) and fourth-most handle (9.8%) has finished T-23 (2020) and T-21(2022) in his two previous tournament appearances but comes into the event finishing T-2 at the PGA Championship last week and T-7 at the Masters last month.
Scottie Scheffler (+400), Jordan Spieth (+1400), Collin Morikawa (+1600), and Justin Rose (+2500) are the other players generating the most action going into the event.
Scheffler lost in a playoff a year ago, Spieth is the tournament’s all-time money leader and has four straight top 10s at the event, Morikawa lost in a playoff in 2020, and Rose was T-3 in 2020.
Spieth, who is second in tickets (8.5%) and handle (12.1%), hasn’t won since the 2022 RBC Heritage. In nine career appearances at the tournament, which is right in his backyard of Fort Worth, Texas, he has one victory, three runner-ups, and nine total finishes in the top 14.
Current Handle & Tickets
- Collin Morikawa – 12.5%
- Jordan Spieth – 12.1%
- Scottie Scheffler – 12.1%
- Viktor Hovland – 9.8%
- Justin Rose – 7.7%
- Viktor Hovland – 10.8%
- Jordan Spieth – 8.5%
- Scottie Scheffler – 6.8%
- Justin Rose – 6%
- Collin Morikawa – 6%
Hovland, Spieth, and Michael Block, the star of the PGA Championship, are the three biggest liabilities.
At +30000, Block is receiving 3.1% of the tickets on 1.8% of the handle. He also has a number of prop options available.
Some of the most popular ones include: to make the cut (+225), to finish top 40 (+333) and to finish inside the top 20 (+800).