Daily Sports Betting Preview 01/02/2020: The PGA In Hawaii

  • The Sentry Tournament of Champions is the first PGA tournament in the 2020 calendar season.
  • Golfers must have won a tour event in 2019 in order to participate in the Hawaiian tournament.
  • With a month-long break occurring, this tournament is truly any golfers chance to win again.

MAUI, Hawaii. – The early PGA Tour season continues on Thursday when the Sentry Tournament of Champions begins at 3 p.m. EST. The tournament is known as one of the best golf betting situations, as the offseason from mid-November to now can allow unexpected players with insane odds to take the crown.

This tournament only invites golfers who were successful in the previous year and who won a Tour tournament. With this, the winner can be any golfer, and bettors should consider taking a chance on a longshot.

Who Will Win The Sentry Tournament Of Champions?

Of the 34 players in the field, there are a few golfers who are slated as the favorites amongst the pack. The golf betting futures odds are as such:

  • Jon Rahm +450
  • Justin Thomas +500
  • Dustin Johnson +800
  • Xander Schauffele +800
  • Patrick Cantlay +1200
  • Patrick Reed +1400
  • Rickie Fowler +1400
  • Gary Woodland +1400

However, this 7,518-yard, par-73 course rarely sees repeat champions. While Dustin Johnson won in 2013 and 2018, only three players since 2011 have won the event more than once (Geoff Ogilvy in 2009 and 2010 as well as Stuart Appleby in 2004, 2005, and 2006).

With this, betting on Schauffele, Johnson, Thomas, and Reed should be avoided. Instead, bettors should take an opportunity to win big on a golfer with the highest odds.

Corey Conners (+4500) is one of the golfers that could make a deep run in the tournament. Despite being ranked outside of the top 30, Conners has definitely trended up in recent months.

Conners finished sixth at the ZOZO Championship, 12th at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, and 13th at the Safeway Open to finish his season. With odds of +4500, bettors may find themselves with a weekend hedging opportunity should Conners open the tournament successfully.

Another longshot golfer who could win the Sentry Tournament of Champions is Joaquin Niemann. Winning the opening PGA Tour tournament in September (A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier), Niemann (+5000) could make any bettor that takes a chance on him at online sports betting sites quite happy.

Niemann also finished tied with Conners in the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in late October and has made his statement since leaving the amateur golf world behind in April 2018.

Brendon Todd (+3300) and Tyler Duncan (+15000) may be interesting plays as well, as the two golfers won three of the four tournaments before the December break.

In short, any golfer can take this title and those betting on the PGA should not hesitate to take a chance on an outlier. Longshots are longshots for a reason but nobody wants to be the bettor at the end of the tournament that says “I KNEW he could have won this tournament”.

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