The PGA Tour heads to Illinois this week for the second of the three FedEx Cup Playoff events and our golf expert John Pentin has provided a complete preview of this event and also highlighted the best bets. Read on to find the tips and also make sure you take advantage of the selected bookmakers offers to maximise the betting value.
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Main Bet: Viktor Hovland To Win
The Pinnacle of the FedEx Cup Playoff
As the FedEx Cup playoff season reaches its zenith, only the top-50 players in the standings are left. The stakes are higher than ever as we are on tenterhooks: players must navigate their way into the top-30 to qualify for the grand finale next week – the Tour Championships.
The Battle for 30th Place
Let’s delve into the heart of the matter, focusing on those hovering around the perilous 30th position. The fate of these players will be the talk of the tournament:
25th – Corey Conners
26th – Tyrrell Hatton
27th – Jordan Speith
34th – Denny McCarthy
35th – Seamus Power
The Prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club
The BMW Championship marks its triumphant return to Olympia Fields Country Club’s North Course this year. Enthusiasts might remember the remarkable victory of Jon Rahm here in 2020. Located in Illinois and crafted by Willie Park Jnr in 1915, the North Course is steeped in history, hosting six major championships and the U.S Amateur Championship.
North Course Essentials:
- Par 70 spanning 7366 yards
- Designed by Willie Park Jnr with a restoration in 2014 by Mungeam
- Bentgrass/Poa Annua blend fairways and greens amidst a bluegrass rough
- The parkland design incorporates tree-lined routes with significant undulations on the small to medium-sized greens.
The Field of Dreams and the Battle of the Best
The entire top-50 from the FedEx standings are set to compete, barring any last-minute changes.
The betting world is abuzz with excitement as Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy, both currently in outstanding form, emerge as joint favourites with 15/2 odds on BetVictor. Their prowess from Tee2Green is renowned; however, their potential Achilles heel remains their inconsistent putting. McIlroy, with his stunning performance at the St. Jude Championship, appears to be the man with an edge in confidence.
Following them is the world number three and the FedEx cup leader, Jon Rahm, priced at 9/1. Despite being the defending champion of this course, his recent driving inconsistency is a cause for concern.
Looking further down the betting list, Patrick Cantlay, Viktor Hovland, and Xander Schauffele catch the eye. Cantlay, last year’s BMW champion, has showcased some magnificent play recently. Meanwhile, both Hovland and Schauffele, with their consistent off-the-tee performance, represent formidable contenders.
Spotlight on Viktor Hovland
The market between 20/1 to 40/1 is rife with talent, making the choice challenging. Still, Viktor Hovland stands out.
Viktor Hovland at a Glance:
- Odds: 16/1
- Recent Form: 13-13-25-29-19
- Course Form: Making his debut
Consistency defines Hovland’s gameplay. With a victory this season and seven top tens under his belt, his form is impressive. His long, straight shots are tailor-made for the Olympia Fields Country Club. Statistically, Hovland’s performance is awe-inspiring: 11th in Strokes Gained: Total, 8th in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, and 13th in Strokes Gained: Approach. At this price, represents the best betting value for this week’s event.