Did the second circuit merely keep the PGA fires warm last weekend?
That’s the early West Virginia sportsbook consensus heading into the Byron Nelson Classic, running Thursday-Sunday at the TPC Craig Ranch near Dallas, Texas.
Max Homa, who just captured the Wells Fargo Championship, is nowhere to be seen among the contenders. Nor are any of the top finishers, and some of them won’t even play this week.
DraftKings WV reflected public sentiment backing Scottie Scheffler, the FedEx Cup and earnings leader heading into this tournament.
Scheffler, the player of the year if the competition stopped today, is the +700 chalk to win outright. He’s also +200 for a top-five finish and +100 for a top 10.
Even money for the top player in the world for a top-10 finish is a reasonably fair wager considering his recent dominance.
How to watch the Byron Nelson Classic
- Thursday-Friday: 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
- Saturday: 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)
- Sunday: 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)
Byron Nelson Classic odds at WV sportsbooks
Scheffler returns after a two-week break. He followed his Masters victory with a tie for 18th alongside partner Ryan Palmer at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Justin Thomas is the second choice at +900 to win, +250 for the top five, and +120 for the top 10.
Thomas seeks his first victory of the season. The 2017 FedExCup champ has six top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season.
Will Zalatoris is a nice price at +1400 to win, +350 for the top five, and +190 for the top 10. Playing his best golf of the season, Zalatoris was a strong sixth in the Masters, won by Scheffler. His 5-under-par final round was among the best of the day, and he rewarded numerous bettors who had placed wagers on him at top-20 and top-10 prices.
Zalatoris is an excellent under-the-radar consideration. Other players, particularly Scheffler, get most of the attention. But Zalatoris may have an appeal to bettors who want to put a top 10 bet on him and slam it.
Dustin Johnson is in action for the first time since his wedding to Paulina Gretzky. He is +1800 to win, +400 for the top five, and +190 for the top 10.
Xander Schauffele makes his Byron Nelson debut at +1800 on the win line, +400 for the top five, and +190 for the top 10.
Additional ways to bet on the PGA
Create a tournament within a tournament. A secondary betting interest is the best tournament standing among several players.
DraftKings first put up groups of five. Select the winner among a group, and it pays a little above or below +300.
This is unique for gamblers who may want to make a side wager away from their main selection. It maintains an interest in case one’s favorite player is not doing well and enables a gambler to cover more of the field.
Another involves taking any of three players to win. If either Thomas, Johnson, or Jordan Spieth prevails, for example, the payout is +400. That’s much less than the individual betting odds but gives the player three chances to cash a ticket.
Comparing PGA odds at Caesars Sportsbook
Golf continually provides one of the best shopping opportunities in the legalized sports betting world.
Zalatoris is a perfect example. He is +2200 to win at Caesars WV, compared to +1400 at DraftKings.
The beauty for gamblers is that the books can’t apply algorithms and probability scenarios to every golfer in the field. Find the golfer you want, scour the books, and find a deal.
The favorites are as follows on the Caesars board:
- Scheffler +900
- Thomas +1200
- Schauffele +1600
- Johnson +1800
- Spieth +1800
- Zalatoris +2200
Other bets include the margin of victory:
- One shot +250
- Two shots +350
- Three shots +450
- Four shots or more +330
- Playoff +300
For reference purposes, the winning margin last year was three strokes. Many tournaments are closer than that.
Byron Nelson betting at BetMGM
Here is a sample from BetMGM WV:
Scheffler is +1000, a significant value compared to other books and of particular interest to a gambler with a larger bet. Sam Burns gets some betting respect at +2000, while Hideki Matsuyama, who’s no stranger to the winner’s circle, is +2800.
BetMGM has a hole-in-one prop for each day. A yes is +400 for the first and second days but +750 for rounds three and four, in which only the top half of the field has made the cut and continued.
Odds will be adjusted on the leaderboard after each round. There is still good value on the win line as late as the start of the third round on Saturday.
New matchups will go up every day. Hole-by-hole wagering remains popular, too. Wager on the result of an ensuing hole by a particular player.