WagerWeb: PGA Tour Travelers Championship Prop Bets
by Dave Schwab - 6/20/2012
This week the PGA Tour heads to the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., for the Travelers Championship. While WagerWeb sportsbook has you covered with a complete set of odds for an expanded list of contenders to win this week’s event as well as odds for a number of head-to-head matchups, it also provides a couple of interesting prop bets to add a bit of extra action to this week’s tournament.
The following is a closer look at two of these props that offer an excellent opportunity to enhance your overall return on investment if you decide to wager on this event.
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WagerWeb has posted moneyline odds for 29 different players in terms of their chances to finish in the Top 10 this week. This prop bet is much easier to cash in on as opposed to picking the outright winner, but you have to know where to look to find the value.
Hunter Mahan is currently second in the FedEx Cup standings with 1,509 points. He has already won twice on the PGA Tour this season with victories in the Accenture Match Play Championship and the Shell Houston Open. His third Top-10 finish of the season was a tie for sixth in the Farmers Insurance Open. His recent form with a tie for 38th in last week’s US Open and a tie for 19th at the Memorial saps a bit of value from his odds, but he still remains a safe play at +140.
If you are looking for some longer odds on two solid contenders, then consider both Bo Van Pelt and Ryan Moore at +250. Neither of these players has won an event this season, but Van Pelt has five Top-10 finishes in 14 previous events and Moore has finished in the Top 10 three times in his 14 outings. Van Pelt finished tied for 59th in the US Open, but one of his Top-10s was a seventh-place finish in The Players Championship. Moore posted back-to-back Top-10s in late April at the Valero Texas Open and in early May at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Another solid bet on the list with longer odds could be Keegan Bradley at +350. His recent form saps some of the value out of these odds, but he does have a second-place finish in the Northern Trust Open after losing in a playoff to go along with two Top-10 finishes at the Cadillac Championship and the Shell Houston Open.
Top Finish by a European Player
Many of the top European players are sitting out this week’s event after enduring the brutal conditions at the Olympic Club in last week’s US Open, so there is a golden opportunity to capitalize on this week’s prop bet for top finish by a European. There are currently odds listed for only eight different players, which greatly enhances your chance to correctly choose the winner.
Padraig Harrington has the shortest odds at +170 primarily due to his fourth-place finish last week, but he also finished 15th in the HP Byron Nelson Championship in late May and tied for 13th in the St. Jude Classic earlier this month.
Ian Poulter ended up tied for 41st at the US Open after a solid start and was tied for 25th at The Players Championship. Adding some value to his +350 odds was an impressive run earlier this season where he finished third in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and went on to post a seventh-place finish the first major of the year; the Masters.
The real value in the odds could be with Brian Davis as a moderate longshot at +650 to best his fellow countrymen this week. He has been fairly solid in recent weeks with a 25th-place finish in both The Players Championship and the Memorial to go along with two fourth-place finishes earlier in the season in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Shell Houston Open.
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