How Public Is Betting on 2022 Presidents Cup

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Justin Thomas hits from the 13th tee during practice for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Sep 21, 2022, 11:44 AM

After a year off due to COVID-19, the Presidents Cup, a biennial event, is back at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

When it comes to golf betting, because of the disparity between the United States and International teams, the Americans are a massive favorite (-700) to win the event for an eighth straight time after tying in 2003.

The average world ranking among the 12 American players is 11.83, while no International player ranks higher than 16th. In addition, the United States hasn’t lost a Presidents Cup since 1998, and has never lost on home soil.

Here’s a look at how the public is betting on the event as of Wednesday at the BetMGM online sportsbook.

Presidents Cup – Overall Winner

TeamOpening OddsCurrent OddsTicket %Handle %
USA-400-70041.9%77%
International+400+65048.9%21.4%
Tie+1400+16009.2%1.6%

After opening at -400, the United States has skyrocketed to -700 and is receiving 77% of the handle. It’s interesting that slightly more tickets (48.9%) are on the International squad to pull off the upset than on the Americans (41.1%).

Presidents Cup – Handicap

TeamCurrent OddsTicket %Handle %
USA (-6.5)-12546%76.5%
Internationals (+6.5)+10054%23.5%

This type of bet isn’t very common at golf team competitions, but because of the disparity between the two teams it’s being offered this week.

Like the overall winner, more money is on the United States at -6.5 points (76.5% to 23.5%), but more bets have been placed on the International team (54% to 46%). 

Presidents Cup – Top Scorer Overall

GolferCurrent OddsTicket %Handle %
Scottie Scheffler+70021.5%31.9%
Justin Thomas+100023.4%22.7%
Xander Schauffele+80014.9%12%
Patrick Cantlay+7509.2%11.4%
Sam Burns+11005.6%2.4%
Max Homa+12003.8%2.1%
Jordan Spieth+14002.9%1.9%
Collin Morikawa+12002.7%1.3%
Sungjae Im+18002.7%3%

With the United States expected to roll, no International player is in the top seven for ticket share. Sungjae Im is tied for eighth, with 2.7% of the tickets.

Bettors like world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler to have a good week; he’s drawing the most tickets (24.5%) and most handle (31.9%).

Presidents Cup – Top USA Scorer

GolferCurrent OddsTicket %Handle %
Justin Thomas+70020.3%21.6%
Scottie Scheffler+50017%19%
Xander Schauffele+60012%10%
Max Homa+100010.2%10.7%
Jordan Spieth+12009.2%10.8%

Scheffler and Justin Thomas are popular plays for this bet, although five different players have more than 10% of the handle.

Thomas is leading the way in both tickets (20.3%) and handle (21.6%). He won the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in 2017.

Presidents Cup – Top International Scorer

GolferCurrent OddsTicket %Handle %
Sungjae Im+50022%23.1%
Tom Kim+70014.9%14.6%
Hideki Matsuyama +55012.7%11.5%
Adam Scott+65010.4%6.6%
Cam Davis+120010.1%10.6%
Taylor Pendrith +12008.2%11.7%
Corey Conners+6507.5%11.3%

Like the United States, the handle for this bet is extremely spread out with six players receiving more than 10%.

Im is the most popular, drawing the most tickets (22%) and handle (23.1%).

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy 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 copy 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.”