Hero World Challenge Odds and PGA Betting Favorites

Hero World Challenge Odds and PGA Betting Favorites

Tiger Woods hosts the end-of-year event on the PGA Tour in the Hero World Challenge at the Albany Resort in New Providence, Bahamas. The limited-field event will feature 20 of the best golfers in the world competing. Play begins on Thursday, December 1st, and ends on Sunday, December 4th.

Viktor Hovland returns to the island to defend his title after topping Scottie Scheffler by one shot with a Sunday round of 66 (6-under). Hovland was the third straight European player to win the tournament.

The prize purse is $3.5 million dollars with the winner earning $1 million. While there are no FedEx Cup points for this event, players in the field will earn World-ranking points. Without further ado, it’s time to have a closer look at the upcoming Hero World Challenge tournament so you can bet against the PGA Tour Odds.

Golf Betting Preview for the Hero World Challenge 2022 Tournament

The Field

The field is small but mighty this week, with many of the top names taking part in the charity event hosted by one of the best golfers of all time. Woods was planning to return to action this week, but had to withdraw early in the week with a foot injury.

The field includes Hovland, the defending champion, along with six newcomers to the event. Highlighting the group of newcomers is PGA Rookie of the Year Cameron Young and fan-favorite Tom Kim.

Three of the four 2022 major winners are teeing it up at Albany. Last season’s runner-up and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is joined by PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and U.S. Open victor Matthew Fitzpatrick.

The Course

The course at the Albany resort was designed by four-time major winner Ernie Els. The par-72 track features five par 5s and five par 3s on the scorecard. Each of the last five winners of the event have finished exactly 18-under par.

The property is a typical resort design with wide fairways, but missing the short grass will give players troubles. The fairways are lined with windswept dunes, and there are strategically placed bunkers throughout the layout. 

Betting Odds

Jon Rahm (+510) is the pre-tournament betting favorite. Rahm won here in his debut in 2018 and followed it up with a runner-up finish in 2019. Scheffler, last year’s runner-up and four-time winner on Tour this season, is next on the board at +770.

Tony Finau picked up his fifth PGA Tour win at the Cadence Bank Houston Open in November and carries that momentum into the Bahamas with the third-best odds to win at +910. Olympic gold medal recipient Xander Schauffle trails closely behind Finau with odds of +990.

Rounding out the top five is one of Woods’ good friends in Justin Thomas, with a value play at +1250. Thomas has teed it up just once since the Presidents Cup, finishing T40 in South Carolina at the CJ CUP.

Peering further down the list, some notable odds include last year’s winner Hovland at +1600. Hovland was on a tear this time last year, but it ended up being a quiet year for the 25-year-old Norwegian. Past winner Jordan Spieth is a great pick with odds of +2100 entering the event.

 
 

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