Action Report: Will Course Knowledge Help Max Homa at U.S. Open?

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Max Homa watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club on Thursday, May 18, 2023, in Pittsford, N.Y.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jun 14, 2023, 11:55 AM

Another golf major is here with the U.S. Open from Los Angeles Country Club on June 15-18, which means another great week of golf betting.

The course hasn’t hosted a PGA Tour event since the 1940s, so course knowledge is very limited this week. But one player who has played competitive rounds at LACC is Max Homa in the 2013 Pac-12 Championship. 

The L.A. native actually set the course record in that event with a 61.

Bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook seem to be aware because as of Wednesday, Homa is drawing the third-most handle (8.1%) on the second-most tickets (6.9%.

Although Homa has struggled in majors (his best finish is a T-13 in 15 starts), he’s had tremendous success in California. Four of his six PGA Tour wins, including this year’s Fortinet Championship and Farmers Insurance Open, have come in the state where he grew up.

Homa opened +5000 when odds were released last summer, but is now down to +2800.

The most bet-on player is Brooks Koepka.

The two-time U.S. Open champion and winner of the PGA Championship last month is pulling in the most tickets (9.4%) and the highest handle (13.2%). 

His odds opened +3300 and are down to +1100. In nine U.S. Open appearances, he has five top-5 finishes.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is also generating a lot of action.

The 26-year-old has the second-highest handle (11%) on the third-most tickets (6.6%). His odds are all the way down to +600 after opening at +1200.

Scheffler is on a tear of late, as he’s finished inside the top 12 in his last 16 events, including four straight top 5s.

BetMGM’s biggest liabilities for the week are Homa, Koepka and Cameron Smith (+2800).

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Brooks Koepka – 13.2%
  2. Scottie Scheffler – 11%
  3. Max Homa – 8.1%
  4. Jon Rahm – 7.4%
  5. Viktor Hovland – 6.4%

Tickets

  1. Brooks Koepka – 9.4%
  2. Max Homa – 6.9%
  3. Scottie Scheffler – 6.6%
  4. Viktor Hovland – 6.1%
  5. Jon Rahm – 5.9%

Hovland has seen his odds drop considerably following his second-place finish at the PGA Championship and winning The Memorial.

There are also several prop bets available at the sportsbook, including top-5, 10 and 20 finishes.

Koepka is pulling in the most tickets to finish in the top 5 (+250) and top 10 (+120). Meanwhile, Tyrrell Hatton has the most tickets to finish in the top 20 (+120).

And lastly, Phil Mickelson is the most-bet player to make the cut (+140), while Bryson DeChambeau is the most bet-on player to miss the cut (+170).

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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.”