If any sport would seem to have the ability to return from COVID-19 it would be golf. Consider the sport naturally social distances and is played outdoors. Golf lacks the physical contact of the other sports. Yet there has been no action for over two months with the PGA golf betting odds. Fortunately, that is about to change. Golf will be returning with weekly tournament action. Starting on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Challenge will gamblers get well-deserved relief. With that in mind let’s take a look at what is ahead and the Official World Golf Ranking.
Upcoming PGA Schedule
At the onset of golf’s return will be the Charles Schwab Challenge form the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. This tournament will run June 11 through June 14 with a total purse of $7.5 million. CBS and Golf Channel will provide coverage.
Following that formal reopening will be the RBC Heritage from Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The total purse will be $7.1 million. CBS and Golf Channel will again televise the online sportsbook action.
Next will be the Travelers Championship from the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. For the Travelers Championship, the total purse is $7.4 million. CBS and Golf get the television assignment for the third straight week.
July 2-5 will feature the Rocket Mortgage Classic from Detroit Golf Club North Course in Detroit, Michigan. In sum, the total purse for the Rocket Mortgage Classic will be $7.5 million. Golf Channel and CBS get this July 4th weekend event.
Top Ranked Players
As play resumes Rory McIlroy is atop the Official World Golf Ranking. Late on McIlroy has been one of the hottest players in the sport. McIlroy has finished in the top five in his last seven consecutive events. He beat the Golf betting odds for a win in the World Golf Championship Mexico Championship. Of course, McIlroy is best known for winning the PGA Championship, US Open, and The Open Championship. Later this year he will get his chance to finally sport the coveted Green Jacket at The Masters.
Second, on the OWGR is Jon Rahm. He has also been in good form with seven top ten or better finishes in his last eight outings. Rahm was the winner of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. However, he is still on a quest to win his first PGA major tournament. His best finish in a major was third at the 2019 US Open. At the age of 25, Rahm’s best days are likely ahead of him.
Brooks Koepka is third on the OWGR. Of great concern is a recent slump by Koepka. Most recently Koepka finished 47th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Prior to that, he missed the cut at the Honda Classic. An account of a 43rd place finish at the Genesis Invitational was more misery. Koepka finished 17th at the Saudi International and 34th at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Furthermore, he withdrew from the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges and missed the cut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Koepka was the winner of the 2018 and 2019 PGA Championship. Also, he tied for second at the 2019 Masters, which he has never won. His recent form has gamblers wondering which version that they are going to get. Consider he was ranked atop the OWGR at the end of 2019.
Justin Thomas has held steady in fourth place for quite some time. Last time out for Thomas was a sixth-place finish at the World Golf Championship Mexico Championship. His last win was at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
A Total Reset for Handicapping
Above all the deck will be completely reshuffled for golf going forward. Following the long layoff will players potentially be out of sync. What’s more some surprise winners and losers are likely in the weeks ahead. More emphatically the wagering challenge is not for the faint of heart!
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