Last updated December 6th, 2017
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Hero World Challenge Odds – Outright Winner Betting
Hero World Challenge Betting 2017; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2.
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Hero World Golf Challenge Odds Guide & Betting Tips with Preview
As the season comes to a close, the Hero World Challenge 2017, hosted by Tiger Woods, has its annual sideshow with the former World Number One set to return to action following his latest injury.
Woods is a rank outsider in the Hero World Challenge odds and it is an event that has a limited field of just 18 golfers.
Before we look properly at the markets let’s get Tiger out of the way. The host has the longest best odds of any player this week and is available at an industry best price of 50/1 (see odds table above for latest prices). Opinions are mixed and while it has to be good for the game to see him back, I’m just irritated by the media coverage that ignores the other players so we’ll quickly move on.
The favourite to win this week is Justin Thomas and you can pick up the reigning PGA Champion at 6/1 but it’s tight at the top. The ‘big three’ in World Golf are dominating the head of the market and therefore we have Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson on offer at 13/2.
Like Thomas, neither man has won this event but it’s been another impressive year for both and it must surely be just a matter of time before Spieth and / or Dustin Johnson add the Hero Challenge to their trophy cabinet.
Unlike some of the market leaders, Rickie Fowler has been quite busy at the end of the season and we like the look of his best price of 9/1. Fowler was second in Mayakoba last time out and is enjoying a consistently good year.
Hideki Matsuyama is our defending champion but the Japanese has struggled to find his outstanding form of 2016 and starts this week at best odds of 12/1. Slightly ahead, however, is the man who heads the Power Rankings this week as Justin Rose comes in at a best of 10/1. Another player who arrives on the back of a busy autumn, Rose took back-to-back wins across October and November to keep himself in touch with the Race to Dubai.
In a field of just 18 players it’s hard to find any real outside value but Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell are two players who have enjoyed productive seasons and sit just ahead of Tiger in 16th and 17th place. Hoffman can be backed at a best of 35/1 while Chappell is further back at a top price of 40/1.
Elsewhere, there has been interest in Tommy Fleetwood at 28/1 and it has been another consistent year for Matt Kuchar who also sits at best odds of 28/1. A mention must also go to Henrik Stenson who has been runner up here on two of the last three occasions and while it’s not been a great year for the Swede, best odds of 18/1 will be of interest to many.
Hero World Challenge Course & Betting Trends
We return to the Albany Course at Nassau, Bahamas this week. It is a course designed by Ernie Els that has an odd mix of holes that sees golfers line up to tackle five par-5s and five par-3s along the way. Otherwise, it’s fairly typical of a flat links location with plenty of bunkers dotted around each hole.
Inaccuracy off the tee is therefore routinely punished while scrambling has been a key stat over recent years. Low scoring isn’t always prevalent and much can depend on the wind factor and in the last six years we’ve seen winning totals ranging from -10 to -26.
Those factors could well point to the top three but inactivity brings its doubts – Dustin Johnson hasn’t played competitively for a month.
- Therefore, our tip in the outright Hero World Challenge odds is Rickie Fowler at best odds of 17/2 with Unibet. Fowler is playing regularly and close to peak form. Back him to win. In a small field of 18 there isn’t any value in our favoured Top 10 market so, in addition to Fowler, we have two each-way betting tips in Justin Rose at 10/1 and Kevin Chappell at 40/1, both those best odds are with Betfred.