Action Report: Tommy Fleetwood Popular Among Bettors Ahead of Genesis Scottish Open

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Tommy Fleetwood, of England, waits for his turn to putt on the second green during the second round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Friday, April 15, 2022, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jul 12, 2023, 11:47 AM

Prior to missing the cut at the Travelers Championship a few weeks ago, Tommy Fleetwood was one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour.

The 32-year-old lost in a playoff at the RBC Canadian Open and finished T-5 at the U.S. Open. 

Fleetwood will return to action this week at the Genesis Scottish Open, and bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook believe he’ll get back to his top form.

As of Wednesday, Fleetwood is pulling in the most tickets (7.5%) on the second-most handle (10.7%).

This is no surprise given his recent form, but also a T-4 finish at the event a year ago.

Fleetwood is currently +2200 to win.

The event will be held at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. It is a par-70 course that plays to 7,237 yards. Designed by Tom Doak, it is a links-style course where its best defense is the wind.

A year ago, the wind picked up, and the winning score was 7-under (Xander Schauffele). Two years ago, scoring conditions were a bit easier, and Min Woo Lee won with a score of 18-under. Scoring this week will be weather-dependent.

Although not a designated event, it is a co-sanctioned event between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, so many top players from both Tours are in the field ahead of next week’s Open Championship from Royal Liverpool.

Another popular player is Tyrrell Hatton, who is drawing the most handle (12.3%).

He finished T-24 here last year and will be well rested, as he hasn’t teed it up since the U.S. Open. The 31-year-old is having a very consistent season, compiling six top-10 finishes in 16 events.

His odds have improved from +2500 to now +1800.

BetMGM’s biggest liabilities for the week are Fleetwood, Hatton and Ludvig Aberg.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Tyrrell Hatton – 12.3%
  2. Tommy Fleetwood – 10.7%
  3. Scottie Scheffler – 7.1%
  4. Rory McIlroy – 5.5%
  5. Viktor Hovland – 4.3%

Tickets

  1. Tommy Fleetwood – 7.5%
  2. Rory McIlroy – 7.2%
  3. Scottie Scheffler – 5.4%
  4. Tyrrell Hatton – 5.4%
  5. Rickie Fowler – 5.3%

Xander Schauffele, the defending champion, is +1400 and is only pulling in 3.5% of the tickets and 2.1% of the handle.

It’s no surprise that McIlroy (+900, up from +750) is a heavily bet-on player, but he hasn’t done much in his previous two tries at this event. He does enter with five straight top 10s, though.

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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.”