Action Report: Rory McIlroy, Ludvig Aberg Popular Picks for Genesis Scottish Open

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, waits to putt on the ninth green during the final round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, in the Pacific Palisades area of, Los Angeles.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jul 10, 2024, 12:11 PM

The Open Championship is a week away, but many of the PGA Tour’s best players are across the Atlantic Ocean a week early for the Genesis Scottish Open from The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy headlines the field in what will be his first start since falling a stroke short at the U.S. Open last month. 

When it comes to golf betting at the BetMGM online sportsbook, McIlroy is a very popular pick.

McIlroy, who has the best odds at +800, is drawing the most bets (11.6%) and the second-most money (13.4%).

A year ago, he won the event at 15-under, one shot better than Robert Macintyre. Despite not winning the U.S. Open, McIlroy is playing some terrific golf. He has six straight top-15 finishes, including two wins (Zurich Classic of New Orleans and Wells Fargo Championship).

Another popular pick is Ludvig Aberg (+1200). 

Even though he missed the cut in his lone appearance at this event last year, he’s pulling in the most money (15.6%) on the second-most tickets (8.7%).

Aberg has some strong finishes of late, including a T-5 at the Memorial and a T-12 at the U.S. Open.

Aberg, Viktor Hovland (+2200) and Aaron Rai (+3300) are BetMGM’s biggest liabilities. 

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Ludvig Aberg – 15.6%
  2. Rory McIlroy – 13.4%
  3. Viktor Hovland – 9.1%
  4. Collin Morikawa – 6.6%
  5. Xander Schauffele – 6.5%

Tickets

  1. Rory McIlroy – 11.6%
  2. Ludvig Aberg – 8.7%
  3. Viktor Hovland – 7.1%
  4. Xander Schauffele – 6.6%
  5. Aaron Rai – 5.6%

Schauffele has the second-best odds at +900 and won this event back in 2022. He is also playing exceptional golf this season, logging 12 straight top-25 finishes, including five top-5 finishes.

Hovland (+2200) has had an up-and-down year but most recently finished T-20 at the Travelers Championship and T-15 at the Memorial. 

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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.”