Action Report: Scottie Scheffler Gigantic Betting Favorite For The American Express

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Scottie Scheffler acknowledges the gallery on the 10th green during the third round of The Sentry golf event, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jan 17, 2024, 1:16 PM

After two weeks in Hawaii, the PGA Tour is back in the continental United States.

Even though The American Express is not a PGA Tour signature event, plenty of top players are in the field, including Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.

When it comes to golf betting, no player is even close to Scheffler.

As of Wednesday at the BetMGM online sportsbook, Scheffler is drawing a massive 31.3% of the handle on 12.6% of the tickets. His odds have dropped to +550 after opening at +650.

The No. 1-ranked player in the world has three top 25 finishes in four appearances at this event, with his best coming in 2020 when he finished third. 

The event is at PGA West, which has three courses — Pete Dye SC, Nicklaus TC, La Quinta CC. Players will play all three courses for the first three rounds, and then the final round is exclusively at the Pete Dye SC.

It has proven to be a birdie fest over the years, with the winning score being 23-under or better in the past five years.

Scheffler is no stranger to making birdies, as he was tied for fourth in birdie average last year (4.41).

Another popular player is J.T. Poston (+2800). He’s drawing the second-most handle (8.4%) on the third-most tickets (6.8%).

In his last five appearances at the event, he has three top 25 finishes, including two top 10s.

Scheffler, Poston and Justin Thomas (+2500) are the biggest liabilities.

Thomas is making his first start in 2024 in what will be his tournament debut.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Scottie Scheffler – 31.3%
  2. J.T. Poston – 8.4%
  3. Tom Kim – 5.4%
  4. Justin Thomas – 5.2%
  5. Sungjae Im – 4.7%

Tickets

  1. Scottie Scheffler – 12.6%
  2. Justin Thomas – 7.8%
  3. J.T. Poston – 6.8%
  4. Xander Schauffele – 5.5%
  5. Sungjae Im – 5.4%

Kim finished T-6 at this event a year ago and has shown the ability to perform well at courses where plenty of birdies will be made.

Im is coming off The Sentry, where he set a record for birdies made at a PGA Tour event (34), and has made the cut in all five of his appearances at this event, with his worst finish being a T-18 a year ago.

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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.”