Hero World Challenge Betting Preview

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Many fans are under the impression that the PGA Tour and golf have packed it up for the year but we still have plenty of action ahead.

The President’s Cup tees off next week and this Wednesday, the Hero World Challenge gets underway from the Bahamas.

Several of the world’s best golfers will be in attendance.

It’s mostly American players but last year’s winner and this year’s favorite Spain’s Jon Rahm will be representing Europe along with Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.

Americans Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, and tournament host Tiger Woods round out the top five on the betting board under the heavily favored Rahm.

President’s Cup new additions Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, and Captain America Patrick Reed will all be in action this week.

Please Note:

Whether or not they are looking at this week as a tune-up or not is yet to be seen but with the exception of Reed, who has been active on the European Tour lately, these guys will need to already be in good form as of yesterday if they want a smooth start to next week.

Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson are both previous winners here with good prices by their names.

They are (+325) and (+450), respectively, just to finish inside the top 5.

If that seems like a stretch to you considering their inconsistencies the past several years, then you can still get both at even money or better for top 10s.

There is some solid betting value out there. Let’s zoom in!

Henrik Stenson

Alright, I have to go with the Swede here.

He is very tempting as a top 5 pick at (+375) but I’m trying to have some discipline here and take him at even money for the top 10.

He has quietly been playing at a fairly consistent high level ever since the Summer. 8, 9, 4, 20, 27, 3, 17, MC, 20, 17, 44…

That’s his record since early-June including a couple of Majors and some stops on the European Tour.

He’s a par 5 destroyer and we have 5 of them this week at the Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. It’s his tournament history that grabbed my attention this week. The Swede has played here four times and has a 4th place finish here as well as two runner-ups.

He is still trying to make a statement as well concerning his potential spot on the Ryder Cup Euro Team.

I think Stenson has more value than anyone in the field this week. He plays great here in the Bahamas, is in good form, and excels on coastal courses as well.

If rain was in the forecast, I would definitely take him top five or maybe even to win as he excels in those elements but Stenson should be able to adjust to the wind as well as anyone in the field this week.

The Bet
Stenson Top Ten

Patrick Reed

Captain America!

Tiger is very pleased to have selected fellow Masters winner Patrick Reed to the President’s Cup team.

I would look out for the babyface assassin from San Anton’ to come out guns blazin’ Texas-style this week at the Hero World Challenge.

I don’t think there is anyone else in the field this week that has been more active so far this year than Reed.

He has played well too. After finishing the 2019 season 1st, 19th, and 9th in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Reed didn’t take too much time off.

If you’re in a good rhythm, why quit? Since mid-September Patrick has finished 15th, 4th, 17th, 8th, and 28th.

He shouldn’t be too incredibly winded, though, as last week was a week off for him.

How about course history, you ask? 11, 5, 10, and 2… Pretty solid.

I don’t think a top ten bet is a bad one in this case.

The Bet
Reed Top Ten

Justin Rose

Alright, I had to pick at least one winner.

Rahm is the obvious choice but at less than 5 to 1, the value is just not there.

The Brit, with more than 50 million dollars in career earnings, has had one appearance this season to knock off the rust.

The WGC HSBC Champions was about a month ago and he placed 28th. He has had some appearances on the European Tour but has hung around the top twenty mark.

So, not great form for the Brit but in his previous two appearances here, he has 3rd and 5th place finishes.

On any given day, this man can outplay anyone so I think the 14-1 odds are about the best value you are going to get on a potential winner at the Hero World Challenge this week.

His power isn’t what it used to be but his tee-to-green game paired with precision putting is good enough for 20 under over 72 holes.

That’s probably what it’s going to take this week with fair conditions in the forecast.

Let’s give Justin Rose some love this week in hopes he’s hoisting the trophy on Saturday evening.

The Bet
Rose To Win

In Conclusion

This week should be a fun one!

Many are looking ahead to the President’s Cup or even the New Year and the Tournament of Champions.

While those two events will be overflowing with talent and excitement, Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge from the beautiful Bahamas is like an all-star game of golf.

Only 18 will contend in a 72 hole tournament that begins this Wednesday and concludes on Saturday.

Jon Rahm is the favorite this week as well as the defending champ but I wanted to look towards more valuable odds.

The Spaniard is the hottest golfer in the world and seems like the pick to make this week. I’m not mad at you if you do but (+450) for a win just isn’t doing it for me.

Justin Rose has knocked on the door here for the past couple of years and I’m sure the South African born Brit would love to add some cheer to his holiday season with a victory in the Bahamas.

Patrick Reed is another name that is always up there on this leaderboard and I especially like him to start well considering how much the American has been playing in the young season on both the PGA and European Tour.

Finally, I love Henrik Stenson in this spot. He is a two-time runner-up at Albany Golf Club and plays coastal golf at an elite level.

Like Patrick Reed, the Stenson has been very active this fall around the world as well.

Don’t throw all your betting cash on foosball this week!

We have some stellar value at the Hero World Challenge!

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.