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PGA at The Greenbrier: Odds, Tips & Picks for Season Opener

PGA at The Greenbrier: Odds, Tips & Picks for Season Opener
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Golfers get very little time off these days, but as fans of golf betting, we don’t mind that – bring on the new season! It kicks off with The Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, played at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., a traditional design with bent grass greens and playing to a par of 70.

The Military Tribute at The Greenbrier Best Bets

BetOdds
Viktor Hovland to Win+1200
DraftKings
Harold Varner III to Win+5500
FanDuel
MacKenzie Hughes to Win+10000
FanDuel

All odds are current as of publication and subject to change.

PICK 1: Viktor Hovland

It is potentially a huge couple of weeks for Norwegian golf, which is not a line you expect to read (or write!) in golf. First, the country’s greatest player, Suzann Pettersen, who earned a surprise captain’s pick in the Solheim Cup, will aim to justify that faith and help Europe regain the trophy.

However Hovland, who has just confirmed he will make his debut in next week’s BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event on the European Tour, is all set to become Norway’s big story sooner rather than later.

Could he begin this new season in style? Why not? He’s part of an exciting new breed of golfers and is desperate to emulate Matthew Wolff and Collins Morikawa in claiming a win. After finishing 12th in the U.S. Open as an amateur, he quickly added another four top-20s as a pro and then confirmed this season’s card with finishes of 11th and second in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

Owning a superb all-round game, he is no long-hitting one-trick pony and has a live chance this week at +1200 with DraftKings.


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PICK 2: Harold Varner III

It is only two starts ago that Varner III recorded a third-place finish in The Northern Trust, a week when he briefly looked like posting a career-changing result. He couldn’t maintain the form and progress to the Tour Championship, but don’t fret too much. A golfer who is in form will often have too high expectations but then become dangerous again.

There is another potent reason to back him: He not only have recent experience of flirting with a win, he’s also been close on the course. In fact, last year he opened the week with rounds of 66-64-66 to tie the 54-hole lead. A 72 followed on Sunday, and he drifted back into a tie for fifth, but those memories might easily put fire in his belly. He’s +5500 with FanDuel.

PICK 3: MacKenzie Hughes

The Canadian golfer is set to make his third appearance in this event, and he’s already laid down a marker as to his suitability for the test. Back in 2017 he made his debut and finished 20th and then a year later he improved to 13th. No less than seven of his eight laps have been sub-70. He hit lots of greens in regulation the first year and then drained plenty of putts in the second.

If he can combine the two, he’ll have the perfect game. At the start of last month he showed some decent form when opening the Wyndham Championship with rounds of 63-66 to sit third at halfway. His top-10 finish at Colonial Country Club in May is another fine pointer for this week, and he’s a huge +10000 with FanDuel.

WV Mobile Sports Betting is Back

That this week’s tournament is in West Virginia is perfect timing because online sports wagers are available again in the Mountaineer State. FanDuel announced a partnership with The Greenbrier at the end of August that allows users to “use fantasy sports and sportsbook winnings interchangeably, ” according to a news release

So, it’s exciting times for bettors with FanDuel operating a wide menu of sports that takes in plenty of golfing options on the PGA Tour – including, of course, this week’s tournament.

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