Action Report: Bettors Love Rickie Fowler Ahead of Valero Texas Open

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Rickie Fowler hits his drive from the 16th tee during the third round of the Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Mar 29, 2023, 12:43 PM

With the Masters being one week away, many in the golf betting community have their eyes already on Augusta National.

But there’s one PGA Tour event to go, the Valero Texas Open from TPC San Antonio.

Almost all of the players in the field this week are not playing at Augusta, but that can change with a win. 

And bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook like one player in particular to do that — Rickie Fowler.

As of Wednesday, Fowler is pulling in a massive 18.1% of the handle on 12.8% of tickets. This is by far the most of any player. He has +1600 odds to win, which are the second-best in the field.

The 34-year-old enters the event playing his best golf in years, which includes five top-20 finishes in his last six starts, including a T-13 at the Players Championship.

Specific to TPC San Antonio, he missed the cut at the tournament in 2022 but had back-to-back T-17 finishes in 2021 and 2019. 

Fowler’s strong ball-striking should serve him well playing in the tricky Texas wind.

Another player generating a lot of action is Si Woo Kim (+1800, third-best odds). He has tied for the second-most handle (7.6%) on the second-most tickets (6%).

Unlike Fowler, he’s in the field at Augusta. He also has a solid course history at TPC San Antonio.

The 27-year-old has made the cut five straight times, and that includes two top-20 finishes, the best being a T-4 back in 2019 when he led after the first three rounds.

Fowler and Kim are two of BetMGM’s top 3 liabilities for the tournament.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Rickie Fowler – 18.1%
  2. Si Woo Kim – 7.6%
  3. Matt Kuchar – 7.6%
  4. Tyrrell Hatton – 5.8%
  5. Corey Conners – 5.6%

Tickets

  1. Rickie Fowler – 12.8%
  2. Si Woo Kim – 6%
  3. Hideki Matsuyama – 4.6%
  4. Matt Kuchar – 4.1%
  5. Corey Conners – 3.6%

Kuchar (+2800) is BetMGM’s second liability, and he comes into the week making it into the Round of 16 at last week’s WGC-Dell Technologies World Match Play.

Hatton has the best odds of any player in the field at +1200, which makes sense, given he’s the highest-ranked player (No. 17). Although he did not win a single match last week.

Conners (+2000) won the 2019 edition of the tournament as a Monday qualifier.

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Ryan Hannable

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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.”