When it comes to PGA Tour betting, one of the biggest things to consider is what type of player the course favors.
This week’s World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba is very similar to last week at the Butterfield Bermuda Classic, where the course is one of the shorter ones on Tour, and a lot of birdies will be made.
At 6,982 yards, El Camaleon Golf Course is the fifth-shortest players will face all year, and in the past, it has rewarded players who are most accurate off the tee and into the greens.
Viktor Hovland, one of the best ball-strikers on Tour, has won the event in back-to-back years, and a similar player is one of the most popular players in early betting at the BetMGM online sportsbook.
As of Tuesday, Morikawa, with golf odds of +1800 to win, is pulling in the most handle (20.8%) on the third-most tickets (6.8%). The 25-year-old finished 29th in driving accuracy (65.27%) a year ago and was 30th in greens in regulation percentage (68.61%).
Those numbers suggest the course is a good fit for him, and he enters the week coming off a T-28 at The CJ Cup a few weeks ago.
Morikawa is also due for a win. His last win worldwide came at the DP World Tour Championship in November 2021, and his last PGA Tour win was the 2021 Open Championship (July).
Another popular player ahead of the tournament is Tony Finau (+1800), even though he’s known for driving distance over accuracy. He has two career top-10 finishes at this event, including a T-8 in 2020.
Finau is drawing the second-most handle (14.6%) on 9.5% of the tickets, which are also the second-most.
Hovland, who is going for a three-peat, has +1100 odds to win and is drawing the fourth-most tickets (6.6%) and fifth-most handle (5.5%).
As of Tuesday, November 1 at 4:00pm EST.
Scheffler has the best odds to win at +900 and is another player bettors are targeting. This is his first event since losing his No. 1 World Golf Ranking to Rory McIlroy.
Grillo is an interesting player getting a lot of action – generating the most tickets and third-most handle. He missed the cut at the event a year ago but has multiple career top-10 finishes. Grillo also has two top-5 finishes already this season.
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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.”