This week on the professional golf circuit we have a pair of co-sanction tournaments between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. The Genesis Scottish Open will be where a majority of the big names will be, with three spots in the Open Championship on the line for the highest finishers not already exempt into St. Andrews. State-side, the Barbarsol Championship, which historically has been played as an alternate event during the Open Championship, will give both PGA Tour and DP World Tour players a final shot at earning a spot at next week’s major. It’s time to take a closer look at the upcoming events so you can get all set to make your bets against the PGA Tour Odds.
Golf Betting Preview for the 2022 PGA Tour Genesis Scottish Open & Barbarsol Championship Tournaments
Genesis Scottish Open
Many of the top players in the world will get accustomed to the game across the pond on a links-style track that’ll be similar to the layout at St. Andrews. The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland is the host of the tournament for the fourth year in a row. The Scottish Open is one of five events on the DP World Tour schedule that is a part of the Rolex Series.
Min Woo Lee captured his first European title last year after sinking a birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Thomas Detry and Matthew Fitzpatrick. The winner of the Scottish Open has been decided by a playoff for the last three years.
The par-71 course stretched along the North Sea and like many Scottish courses can play completely different depending on the weather. A modern links course, the track stretched just over 7,300 hards and features four par 5s, nine par 4s, and five par 3s. Winning scores at The Renaissance Club have ranged from 11-under to 22-under.
Jon Rahm (+1150) is the pre-tournament favorite heading into Thursday’s first round. Right behind Rahm is world no. 1 Scottie Scheffler (+1175). Justin Thomas (+1300), Matthew Fitzpatrick (+1775), and Xander Schauffele (+1800) round out the top five favorites.
While the big names will be across the pond, the Barbasol Championship brings its own excitement even with a weaker field as players try to win a PGA Tour event and lock up the final spot in the 150th Open. Keene Trace Golf Club, one of the best courses in Kentucky, has hosted the tournament since 2018. Located in Nicholasville, Kentucky, the property sits just outside of Lexington.
Seamus Power knocked off J.T. Poston in a six-hole playoff to secure his first PGA Tour victory in 2021. Both of those players will be in the field next week at St. Andrews. The average winning score at Keene Trace has been just over 23-under par.
The course is a traditional par-72 layout that plays approximately 7,300 yards from the back tees. Historically a low-scoring event, players will need to take advantage of the large greens and wide fairways to give themselves ample birdie opportunities. Avoiding the 60+ bunkers and water hazard on the final holes is a must.
Mark Hubbard (+1600) comes to Kentucky as the betting favorite to win his first PGA Tour title. PGA Tour rookie Chris Gotterup, who was playing in the NCAA Tournament just last month, is right behind Hubbard at +1800. Kevin Streelman (+2200), Adam Svensson (+2500), John Huh (+2800), and Taylor Pendrith (+2800) round out the favorites looking for to punch their ticket to St. Andrews.