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Golf Is Back June 11, & Here Are the Players to Watch

Golf joins the list of returning sports on June 11, with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. This is the first PGA Tour event since March 13, when the regular schedule was suspended due to Covid-19.

It’s never too early to line up your wagering shot.

Golf will return with the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 11 to Tuesday, June 14. This is the first PGA Tour event since the interruption of the regular schedule due to Covid-19.

The tournament will be played with no spectators. That won’t bother bettors one bit. They’ll be weighing in on their apps anyway.

There’s no post-Covid playbook for betting hunches. In other returning sports like NASCAR and UFC, some favorites looked in the money, but didn’t win. And the underdogs who beat them weren’t major long shots, but small-to-medium shots.

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Rory Out In Front

That said, Rory McIlroy (above) leads the field of 140 golfers across all major sportsbooks. PlaySugarHouse.com listed him as + 750 in early June, followed by Jon Rahm at +900, Justin Thomas (l.) at +1400 and Webb Simpson at +1800.

McIlroy has appeared in six events this season, and finished in the Top 10 in all of them. He also had a win at the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai last November. He’s finished no worse than fifth, and is averaging 68.6 strokes per round.

Check Your Golf Smarts
She played the Charles Schwab in 2003, becoming the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event in 58 years. Though widely regarded as one of golf’s greats, she shot 71 and 74 and missed the cut by four strokes. (Answer below.)

Winners’ Reunion

Want to take a stab at players who know the course? The last five winners of the Colonial tournament will all take part in this one, and should pay substantially if they catch fire. That list includes:

  • Kevin Na (55-1)
  • Justin Rose (45-1)
  • Kevin Kiser (80-1)
  • Jordan Spieth (55-1)
  • Chris Kirk (200-1)

Do you like the idea of semi-recent form carrying over? Im Sung-Jae won the Honda Classic at the end of February and is 33-1. Patrick Reed captured the WGC-Mexico Championship one week before that and is 28-1.

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Follow the Money

How about indexing your bets to the leading money list? Topping the list are:

  • Thomas – earned $4.2 million in 2020
  • Sungjae – $3.8 million
  • McIlroy – $3.8 million
  • Reed – $3.2 million
  • Marc Leishman – $2.9 million

And keep this angle in mind: Thomas, McIlroy and Simpson, who is sixth on the money list, have earned the most amount of money per round this year.

Golf Smarts:

Sweden’s Annika Sörenstam drew lots of media attention at the 2003 Schwab, but didn’t make the cut. Another famous female golfer, Babe Didrickson Zaharias, made three cuts as an amateur way back in 1945.

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, has covered sports for the Associated Press, ESPN, HBO and Showtime and called boxing matches on every major network. Dave is a winner of the Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and is a member of both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Atlantic City International Boxing Hall of Fame. He writes regularly for sportsquare.com and Global Gaming Business magazine.

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