The first round of the 2015 Tour Championship has already come and gone, but there is still an entire weekend of great golf betting to be had. Henrik Stenson leads the pack by 2 with a bunch of ties at third through fifth place after one round. This is still anyone’s tournament with three rounds to go.
Jason Day came in riding high as the World No. 1 and first place finisher in 4 of his last six tournaments, including last week’s BMW Championship. He started the day with three birdies in a row and then triple-bogeyed the fifth. He managed to finish the day at 1-under to settle at a tied-for-eleventh place.
The rest of the field is bunched up across the lower ranks but that will shake out soon enough. Rankings don’t matter as much now as long as nobody has anything too crazy going on score-wise. What’s more important is to look at the form of your picks after 18. Jason Day played a pretty decent game outside that horrific triple bogey on the fifth. He regained his composure and went on to notch a couple more birdies. He has some catching up to do, but he’s far from done.
If you haven’t already put a little money on the Tour Championship, it’s not too late. All the top golf betting sites are still open for business. The odds have been updated to reflect the new favourites, but this tournament is just getting started. Let’s take a look at an overview of the current standings and latest betting odds on each golfer.
Current Standings after Day One
Henrik Stenson leads the way with a 7-under 63 and a 2-shot lead over Paul Casey. Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson are tied for third at 4-under while Kevin Na, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, Steven Bowditch, J.B. Holmes and Jordan Spieth are all tied for fifth.
Stenson was the story of the day on Thursday after bringing the heat and going 8-under after just 12 holes. He went on a stretch of pars and made bogey to close out the day, but it was still good enough to put him at a respectable 63 and first place in the standings. The golf betting bookmakers definitely took note and Stenson is now showing odds in the 15/8 (+190) range. The next runners-up are all paying 3-to-1 or more to win it all.
Nothing is written in stone, but Stenson does have a bit of a reputation of turning it on when the pressure is on. In 2013, he won the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai by winning the final tournament of each race. His double-double that year was the first time anyone had ever won both titles in the same year. There’s something about him that responds favourably to pressure.
However, getting off to a strong start is by no means a guarantee of a Henrik victory. He led after 54 holes in both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Deutsche Bank Championship but faltered later and failed to seal the deal. In any case, Stenson currently leads the 2015 Tour Championship betting odds.
Tour Championship Betting Odds after Day One
Now that one day is down, the odds are firming up and we’re getting closer to seeing who’s going to win what. The odds may have shortened for Stenson, but they’re getting longer for everyone else. If you see a comeback in the making, now is the time to bet on the Tour Championship online.
Remember, most golf bookmakers are also taking a variety of other wagers such as “top 3 finish” and 2nd, 3rd and 4th round match-ups. If you’re not sold on the odds for any individual golfer to win it all, these other betting options serve as nice alternatives With the odds tightening as more information becomes known, it becomes even more important to consider different types of bets other than the outright winner.
Wes Burns has more than a decade’s worth of experience as a writer, researcher, and analyst in the legal online betting industry and is co-founder of OnlineBettingSites.com. Wes approaches his work from the viewpoint of players.