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2019 Tour Championship Preview

The 2019 PGA Tour season is coming to a close, and there’s no better way to end the season than by watching the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings duke it out for a massive $15 million first-prize purse and the FedEx Cup crown.

The Tour Championship represents the final tournament of the FedEx Cup playoff and the PGA Tour season, which is set to take place at the East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia from August 22-25. The Northern Trust and BMW Championship set the stage for this final clash between the world’s best golfers, and not surprisingly, Justin Thomas (+250) sits on top of the FedEx Cup standings as well as the Tour Championship odds board after an impressive victory this past weekend at Medinah. 

The 2019 Tour Championship represents a new era for the FedEx Cup. The PGA has adopted a ‘Starting Strokes’ advantage, which gives a stroke advantage to players based on their ranking in the FedEx Cup standings. As the No. 1 golfer in the Fed Cup, Thomas will enter the tournament at 10-under. Every player thereafter will have a corresponding stroke advantage until positions 26-30, who start at even-par. In addition, the winner of the Tour Championship will also be named the FedEx Cup winner, as in years past it was possible to have two different winners of the Tournament and the Cup. It’ll certainly be an interesting weekend in Georgia, so we’ll dive into this Tour Championship betting preview so you have a firm grasp of the field prior to tee-off.  

Tour Championship Favourites 

Despite winning the 2018 Tour Championship, you won’t find any Tiger Woods odds on the PGA golf betting list this year. Woods failed to qualify for the Tour Championship after missing out on the top-30 cut despite shooting a respectable -7 at the BMW Championship. Instead, we’ll see many new faces vying for PGA Tour accolades, including the relatively unknown Patrick Cantlay, who enters the week as the No. 2-ranked golfer in Cup points and second in the golf betting odds at +450. In addition, we’ll see some more familiar faces among the favourites as Brooks Koepka (+500), Rory McIlroy (+800) and Dustin Johnson (+2500) make a push for the coveted title and cash prize. Read on as we discuss the top-three favourites and how they obtained the coveted stroke advantage leading up to Day 1 of the Tour Championship.

Justin Thomas: +250 Tour Championship Odds

There was no better time for Justin Thomas to find his game than this past week when he shot a new course record 61 at Medinah Country Club. That incredible round opened up a six-stroke lead in advance of the final round of the BMW Championship. Thomas finished it off with 68 in the final round and a tournament victory. More importantly, however, was that the win catapulted Thomas from No. 15 on the FexEx Cup standings to No. 1. That’s provided him with a significant two-stroke advantage over the next closest golfer heading into Round 1 of the Tour Championship, and as a result, makes Thomas the clear-cut favourite this weekend. Should Thomas be victorious, it’d be his second-career FedEx Cup title, with his first being won in 2017. 

Patrick Cantlay: +450 Tour Championship Odds

Like Thomas, Patrick Cantlay has saved his best golf for the end of the season. Cantlay finished in second place at the BMW Championship after shooting an impressive 22-under par, which included a 65 in the final round. That clutch performance moved him into second place on the FedEx Cup standings after Koepka struggled at Medinah with a T-24 place finish and dropped to third.

Brooks Koepka: +500 Tour Championship Odds

Brooks Koepka has been arguably the most consistent golfer on the PGA Tour this season. He’s won three events and has finished in the top-10 eight times. However, his previous two tournaments, The Northern Trust and the BMW Championship have left Koepka wanting more. While neither tournament was a disaster for the World’s No. 1-ranked golfer (OWGR), Koepka finished tied for 30 and tied for 24 in each of the previous two events. While he’s still in good shape starting at -7 and just three shots back of Thomas, there will be little room for error for the reigning Player of the Year.

*Odds as of August 20, 2019

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Types of PGA Betting

Golf can be a foreign, yet exciting, world to enter for the average sports bettor. Golf futures offer tremendous variety for you to choose from when betting on your favourite player at a preferred course. In addition, Head-2-Head betting and Golf 3-Ball betting are some of our most popular betting options. If you’re new to golf betting, fear not. We’ve built this handy guide to help you navigate through the most common betting scenarios and give you the best chance to make the most of your wager. If you’re a seasoned pro in the golf betting world, then this guide may provide you with some useful tips to refine your golf betting strategies. Let’s dive in to the exciting world of golf betting with Bodog.

 

How Golf Futures Work

Within the Golf Futures category of Bodog’s sportsbook, bettors have the opportunity to place wagers on who they think will win one or all of the major PGA tournaments. As we discussed earlier, the 2019 Masters is getting the most action, as we’re mere weeks away from the tournament’s tee off. However, if you’re interested in making some bold, long-term predictions to get an edge on the odds, the PGA Championship, US Open and The Open Championship are all available for bettors to explore.

We’ll use an example from the 2019 US Masters to illustrate how futures betting works.

Rory McIlroy +700

Rory McIlroy is the favourite to win the tournament, as his +700 golf betting odds are shorter than the rest of the field. If McIlroy wins, bettors would be paid $700 on a $100 bet.

In addition to betting on the majors, golf fans can bet on the money list winner for the Champions Tour as well as which team will win at the Walker Cup, Solheim Cup and the Ryder Cup.

 

How Golf Head-to-Head Betting Works

 A Head-to-Head bet in golf gives bettors the option of making a side bet between two players on the course during a tournament. Lines are set for each player regardless of the results of the rest of the player field.

Branden Grace +1000

Dustin Johnson -350

Tie +450

For the WGC – Dell Match Play, Branden Grace and Dustin Johnson were each assigned odds as if they were playing against each other head-to-head in the tournament. In this example, Johnson was the overwhelming favourite, as indicated by his negative odds. Grace was the underdog, as indicated by his positive odds. If Grace managed to upset Johnson in the tournament, bettors would be rewarded with a $1000 payout on a $100 bet. Those going for the favourite would win $100 on a $350 bet. If a tie were to occur, bettors would be awarded with a $450 payout for a $100 bet on the tie.

 

How Golf 3-Ball Betting Works

3-Ball betting is another popular side bet available at Bodog Sportsbook. In 3-Ball, three players are assigned odds to win within the group regardless of the results of the rest of the field. The player with the lowest score of the three is declared the winner of the side bet. If two or more players finish in a tie, dead heat rules apply.

 

Lucas Bjerregaard -120

Matt Wallace +170

Justin Thomas +400

In this example, Lucas Bjerregaard was selected as the favourite of the 3-Ball grouping, as indicated by his negative odds. If Bjerregaard won the grouping with the lowest score, bettors would be paid $100 on a $120 bet. If Matt Wallace came out victorious, bettors would be paid $170 on a $100 bet. And if bettors took Justin Thomas as the longshot, they’d be rewarded with a $400 payout on a $100 bet. As with all sports betting with Bodog, ensure you’re keeping up to date on the developing odds as the Masters and other golf tournaments approach.

 

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