Action Report: Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm Huge Favorites Among Bettors Ahead of FedEx St. Jude Championship

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Jon Rahm, left, of Spain, and Scottie Scheffler, right, shake hands after the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, June 4, 2023, in Dublin, Ohio.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Aug 09, 2023, 12:03 PM

The FedEx Cup Playoffs are here, and when it comes to the standings, Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler are well ahead of the rest.

Going into the playoffs, Rahm and Scheffler are separated by 174 points, but Scheffler is 842 points ahead of third place. 

Clearly, these two have played the most consistently good golf all season, which is why it should come as no surprise that the two are the most popular players in golf betting ahead of the FedEx St. Jude Championship this week from TPC Southwind.

As of Wednesday at the BetMGM online sportsbook, Scheffler is pulling in the highest handle (13.1%) on the second-most tickets (8%). Meanwhile, Rahm has the most tickets (8.1%) and the second-highest handle (11.7%).

The pair are combining for nearly a fourth of the betting handle for the entire field.

Scheffler has the best odds in the field, as after opening at +750, he’s now +650. Rahm opened at +800 and is now +900. 

Both players will be well rested since this will be their first event since the Open Championship.

Rahm finished T-2, while Scheffler snapped a streak of 19 straight events finishing T-12 or better, as he finished T-23. 

Specific to TPC Southwind, Scheffler missed the cut a year ago but does have two top-15 finishes. Rahm finished T-5 last year and also finished in seventh in 2019.

Collin Morikawa (+2200), Sam Burns (+3300) and Rahm are BetMGM’s biggest liabilities. 

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Scottie Scheffler– 13.1%
  2. Jon Rahm – 11.7%
  3. Collin Morikawa – 8.9%
  4. Rory McIlroy – 5.7%
  5. Sam Burns – 5.6%

Tickets

  1. Jon Rahm – 8.1%
  2. Scottie Scheffler – 8%
  3. Rory McIlroy – 6.3%
  4. Collin Morikawa – 6%
  5. Rickie Fowler – 5.5%

Morikawa is a popular option after finishing T-5 last year. He missed the cut at the Open Championship but lost to Rickie Fowler in a playoff at the Rocket Mortgage Classic two starts ago.

It’s no surprise Burns is generating solid action, as he putts well on Bermuda greens and finished T-2 at TPC Southwind in 2021.

Defending champion Will Zalatoris is not in the field after undergoing back surgery earlier this year.

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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.”