Action Report: Bettors Like Sepp Straka Ahead of 3M Open

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Austria's Sepp Straka celebrates after making a birdie putt on the 18th green on the first day of the British Open Golf Championships at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, Thursday, July 20, 2023.
(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jul 26, 2023, 11:44 AM

Recent form is at the top of the list of things to consider when selecting players ahead of a particular PGA Tour event.

And as it relates to this week’s 3M Open, no one enters playing better than Sepp Straka.

Straka won the John Deere Classic two starts ago, and then he tied for second at last week’s Open Championship. The 30-year-old shot 62 in the final round of the John Deere Classic for a come-from-behind win and then shot 69 in difficult conditions at Royal Liverpool in the final round to finish T-2.

Bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook took notice, as he’s the most popular pick of the week.

As of Wednesday, Straka is pulling in the highest handle (13.2%) on the most tickets (8.3%). After opening at +2800, his odds are now +2200.

Going into this week, Straka has eight top-25 finishes and five top-10s in 24 events this season. He has played this event three times before, with his best finish being a T-18 in 2020.

Another popular pick is also a player who has been playing well of late – Cameron Young.

Young finished T-6 at the John Deere Classic and then T-8 at the Open Championship. He has the best odds to win this week at +1400.

The 26-year-old is pulling in the second-highest handle (9.3%) on the second-most tickets (7.4%).

He’s also making his tournament debut.

Straka, Young and rookie Ludvig Aberg (+2800) are BetMGM’s biggest liabilities for the week.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Sepp Straka – 13.2%
  2. Cameron Young – 9.3%
  3. Emiliano Grillo – 8.3%
  4. Ludvig Aberg – 7.2%
  5. Adam Hadwin – 5.7%

Tickets

  1. Sepp Straka – 8.3%
  2. Cameron Young – 7.4%
  3. Ludvig Aberg – 5.3%
  4. Justin Thomas – 3.9%
  5. Sungjae Im – 3.6%

Tony Finau, the defending champion, has seen his odds go from +1200 to +1600. He is drawing just 3.5% of the tickets and 2.1% of the handle.

Justin Thomas, who is +2500, is pulling in 3.9% of the tickets and 2.9% 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.”