Mackenzie Hughes was a massive +15000 to be the first-round leader at the Travelers Championship before the opening group teed off yesterday. Hughes defied those odds, and in some style, the twenty-nine-year-old finished ten under, three shots clear of Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland.
For those who aren’t too familiar with betting, if you placed $20 on Hughes to be the first-round leader at the Travelers Championship, you would have won $3,020. However, it’s vital golf bettors always check Oddschecker, +15000 were the best odds on the market, but some sportsbooks were offering +12500.
Rather surprisingly there were a few lucky bettors who took a risk on Hughes pre-tournament, just over 2% of bets in the first round leader market were on Mackenzie Hughes. Bryson Dechambeau was the most popular option, accounting for just under 6% of all wagers.
Despite Hughes being three shots clear of the field, online sportsbooks still don’t fancy his chance of being successful after four days. The Canadian is +2000 to win the Travelers Championship which puts him some way down in the betting market.
Mackenzie Hughes’ strength on the opening day was his putting, he was +5.01 in SG: Putting, the same can’t be said for Rory McIlroy. McIlroy only gained +0.07 with the putter, which is the main reason he doesn’t find himself leading the field.
Despite not being hot with the putter, McIlroy is the bookmakers favorite to win the Travelers Championship, he can be backed at +400.
Xander Schauffele sits tied second with McIlroy and is also second-favorite in the betting market at +650, he’s quickly followed by Bryson DeChambeau at +800.
Travelers Championship Betting
Since the first group teed off on day one, Bryson DeChambeau has been the most backed in the winners market. Bettors were obviously impressed by Sepp Straka’s opening few holes as he was second most backed option, however, his chances slipped away as his round progressed.
Every single shot on the PGA tour appears to have an impact on the Masters, which is being played later this year. Bettors were busy backing the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Viktor Hovland during the opening day in Connecticut.
Our golf expert is sitting in a pretty nice position after unloading on DeChambeau before the competition. Bettors looking for a bet today, we are pretty keen on the +350 for Mackenzie Hughes leading after day two. It’s unlikely his putter will be as hot today, but three shots is some distance to catch. We also wouldn’t put people off backing Rory to win the Travelers Championship, if he starts nailing a few putts he’ll be hard to catch.
Travelers Championship Odds (click player to bet)