Action Report: Sahith Theegala Very Popular Among Bettors Ahead of RBC Canadian Open

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Sahith Theegala waves after his putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 9, 2023, in Augusta, Ga.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jun 07, 2023, 12:09 PM

The PGA Tour is north of the border this week for the RBC Canadian Open. 

Even though it’s not a designated event and the week before the U.S. Open, the event still has a solid field led by two-time defending champion Rory McIlroy.

For the first time, the tournament will be held at Oakdale Golf & Country Club in Toronto.

It is a par-72 that plays to 7,264 yards and, by all accounts, should be a relatively easy course by PGA Tour standards. The three par-5s will be reachable in two shots, and there are a number of short par-4s.

When it comes to golf betting at the BetMGM online sportsbook, Sahith Theegala is the most popular player.

As of Wednesday, he’s pulling in the most handle (9.3%) on the most tickets (6.7%).

The 25-year-old is ninth on the PGA Tour this year in birdie average (4.29), which should help him thrive this week, as it appears a lot of birdies will be made. 

He has played extremely well this season, making 17 straight cuts and 12 top-10 finishes. In addition, he’s one of the better players on Tour, seeking his first career win.

Theegala has seen his odds drop from +3300 to +2800.

Another popular player is Cameron Young (+1500).

The 26-year-old hasn’t been as good as he was last year, but still has six top-25 finishes this season, including a T-7 at the Masters.

Young is drawing the fourth-most tickets (5.1%) and tied for the second-most handle (9.1%).

Two-time defending champion Rory McIlroy (+450) has the best odds in the field and has 6% (second-most) of the tickets and 5.4% (fifth-most) of the handle.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Sahith Theegala – 9.3%
  2. Cameron Young – 9.1%
  3. Ludvig Aberg – 9.1%
  4. Sam Burns – 5.6%
  5. Rory McIlroy – 5.4%

Tickets

  1. Sahith Theegala – 6.7%
  2. Rory McIlroy – 6%
  3. Corey Conners – 5.2%
  4. Cameron Young – 5.1%
  5. Sam Burns – 4.9%

Sam Burns (+1400) is also generating a lot of action ahead of the event. He has two straight top-16 finishes, so he enters in good form.

Local PGA pro Michael Block (+50000) is in the field on a sponsor’s exemption and is pulling in 0.6% of the tickets and 0.1% of the handle.

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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.”