Action Report: Tom Kim, Akshay Bhatia Popular Picks Ahead of Rocket Mortgage Classic

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Tom Kim, of South Korea, gestures after making a putt on the 10th hole during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Friday, May 10, 2024, in Charlotte, N.C.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jun 26, 2024, 12:25 PM

Scottie Scheffler winning for the sixth time this season at last week’s Travelers Championship garnered a lot of attention, but Tom Kim went head-to-head with him on the back-9, ultimately falling short on the first playoff hole.

It was Kim’s second top 5 finish in his last four starts. And unlike most PGA Tour stars, who are taking the week off, he is in the field at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

As of Wednesday, Kim is the most popular player at the BetMGM online sportsbook ahead of the tournament.

Kim has the best odds in the field (+1200) and is pulling in the most handle (13.7%) on the most tickets (13.8%). 

This is Kim’s ninth straight week playing a PGA Tour event and has a seventh-place finish at Detroit Golf Club in 2022 to fall back on. 

Another player generating heavy interest is Akshay Bhatia, who also had a solid week at the Travelers Championship, finishing T-5.

Bhatia (+2000, down from +2200) is drawing the second-highest handle (12.1%) on the second-most tickets (9.9%).

He missed the cut in his only start at Detroit Golf Club last year, but has been playing solid golf lately. He has three straight top 25 finishes, including a T-16 at the U.S. Open. 

Bhatia, Kim and Cameron Young (+1400) are BetMGM’s biggest liabilities this week in golf betting

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Tom Kim – 13.7%
  2. Akshay Bhatia – 12.1%
  3. Cameron Young – 9.3%
  4. Min Woo Lee – 8.8%
  5. Taylor Pendrith – 7.6%

Tickets

  1. Tom Kim – 13.8%
  2. Akshay Bhatia – 9.9%
  3. Cameron Young – 9.3%
  4. Rickie Fowler – 5.6%
  5. Min Woo Lee – 5.6%

Young is drawing attention following his 59 last Saturday in the third round of the Travelers Championship. Ultimately, he finished T-9. He also has had some success at this event, finishing T-2 in his only start back in 2022.

Fowler (+4000) is the defending champion. It hasn’t been his best season thus far, but he’s coming off a T-20 last week. 

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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.”