Scottie Scheffler Drawing Most Betting Action Ahead of PGA Championship

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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable May 17, 2022, 12:17 PM

Scottie Scheffler is the world’s No. 1 player, has won four of his last six individual tournaments, including the Masters and the golf betting world doesn’t seem to think his run is going to stop this week at the PGA Championship.

Scheffler, who has +1200 odds to win the PGA Championship, is pulling in the most tickets (9.6%) and most handle (16.9%) at the BetMGM online sportsbook as of Tuesday.

The 25-year-old didn’t have a single PGA Tour win going into the WM Phoenix Open in early February, but now four months later, he has four, including a major. 

The run Scheffler is on rivals what Tiger Woods was able to achieve in his prime.

And it very well could continue this week at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a course Scheffler recently shot 64 at in a practice round and is on record saying is one of his favorite courses.

His game seems like an ideal fit as it isn’t a super demanding course off the tee but puts a premium on performing around the green. 

Scheffler is third on the PGA Tour this year in greens in regulation percentage and then is in the top 25 in both strokes gained around-the-green and strokes gained putting.

He also has the highest ticket percentage (6.2%) when it comes to being the first-round leader.

Jordan Spieth is another betting favorite this week. 

After coming in second place at the AT&T Byron Nelson last week and winning the RBC Heritage in his start before that, the 28-year-old enters with plenty of confidence.

Spieth is pulling in the second-most tickets (7.4%) and handle (9.2%).

After playing a practice round at Southern Hills with Justin Thomas last week, Spieth remarked it could be a higher-scoring PGA Championship, which likely would benefit him. He has performed well in the past when conditions are tough, and par is a good score.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Scottie Scheffler – 16.9%
  2. Jordan Spieth – 9.2%
  3. Patrick Cantlay – 6.2%
  4. Jon Rahm – 6.2%
  5. Hideki Matsuyama – 5.9%

Tickets

  1. Scottie Scheffler – 9.6%
  2. Jordan Spieth – 7.4%
  3. Tiger Woods – 5%
  4. Hideki Matsuyama– 4.6%
  5. Collin Morikawa – 4.4%

Rahm is tied with Scheffler for the best odds to win going into the week, but only 3.4% of the tickets are on him. He did snap his winless streak by winning his last start at the Mexico Open.

Woods will be playing his second tournament since his car crash in February of 2021. At +6600, he has the third-most tickets (5%) but only 4.6% of the handle.

Lastly, in terms of line movement, Scheffler’s odds opened at +5000 so being +1200 now is a huge jump. Meanwhile, Collin Morikawa opened at +2200 and is now +2000, and Spieth opened at +1600 and is now +2000.

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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.”