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The 2021 Wells Fargo Championship tees off tomorrow, and a strong field has its eye on the $8.1 million purse.
So who are William Hill bettors backing to finish in first at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina?
Let’s look at the updated odds first. Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm opened as 12/1 co-favorites at William Hill Nevada. They’re still co-favorites, though now their prices are 10/1 each. Thomas reached as low as +900 when he was the sole favorite before coming slightly back up to 10/1.
Xander Schauffele is down to 14/1 after first being listed at 18/1, as he’s now tied with Bryson DeChambeau for the third-lowest odds. Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland are next at 18/1 each, with Will Zalatoris right behind at 20/1 after originally residing at 35/1.
In terms of who William Hill bettors are taking to win this week’s tournament, you don’t have to look very far down the board.
“All of the favorites took money this week,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “Thomas took money, Rahm took money, X took money, DeChambeau took money. Obviously the public thought that those prices were juicy. Everything is top-heavy, all the top money-getters so far are the big names.”
Rahm leads the way with 12% of the total dollars wagered, with Schauffele second at 11%. Thomas and DeChambeau have both attracted 9% of the total dollars wagered, followed by Patrick Reed and Zalatoris at 7% apiece.
For notable wagers, one Nevada bettor put $2,000 on Schauffele 18/1 for a total potential payout of $38,000, which is the largest 2021 Wells Fargo Championship bet placed at William Hill thus far. Meanwhile, another Nevada bettor placed $1,000 on Zalatoris 35/1 for a total potential payout of $36,000.
“Schauffele has the most liability for us, then Zalatoris,” Bogdanovich said. “Zalatoris dominated the Korn Ferry [Tour], then when he came out [to the PGA Tour], he started playing well right away. This guy is the real deal, and it’s not a surprise that people love to back him.”
Defending Wells Fargo Championship winner Max Homa (35/1) is tops in total number of tickets at 6%. Hovland, DeChambeau and Webb Simpson (25/1) are all lurking nearby at 5%. In fact, DeChambeau is the one golfer to rank inside the top 5 in both total number of tickets and total dollars wagered.
“Everyone says this course is a bomber’s paradise,” Bogdanovich said. “DeChambeau has been off for a few weeks, so maybe they think he’ll come out with a nice fresh mind and fresh game, and let it rip. Even with his recent struggles, he’s still a major threat to win at any tournament.”
Check out William Hill’s latest trends for the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship below.