It wasn't that long ago that we were wondering when Bryson DeChambeau might finally break through for a top-10 finish in a major.
That was a relevant storyline as recently as August, when DeChambeau went into the PGA Championship without a top-10 result in his first 14 major starts. But he tied for fourth at TPC Harding Park, then went on to overpower Winged Foot en route to a six-shot win at the U.S. Open. Now, with an unprecedented fall Masters just two weeks away, he's listed as a betting favorite to win the year's final major and squeeze his bulked-up arms into a green jacket.
DeChambeau finished T-8 in Las Vegas in his first start after the U.S. Open, and he's one of many big names not expected to play competitively again until driving down Magnolia Lane. Instead he's been busy testing the limits of his newfound distance advantage, sharing data screenshots of 400-yard carries and dabbling with adding a 48-inch driver, the longest allowed under the Rules of Golf.
DeChambeau was going to be one of the biggest names to watch next week at Augusta National regardless, but as speculation continues to swirl over what he might do to the iconic layout he is a clear betting favorite in the futures market. Oddsmakers at PointsBet Sportsbook list DeChambeau at +800, and he's topping the list of two key metrics: 18 percent of all bets have been placed on him, more than any other golfer, and he's also the highest-bet player in terms of total money wagered (22 percent of the handle).
Only two other players are currently in the top five among both tickets and handle: Dustin Johnson (+1100) and Matthew Wolff (+3300). Johnson's standing is no surprise, given his summer tear that netted him both the world No. 1 ranking and $15 million FedEx Cup. He's the most popular wager behind DeChambeau, with 13 percent of tickets, while Wolff is second with 13 percent of the handle. Wolff is one of the biggest turnaround stories since the sport returned in June, with three runner-up finishes including the U.S. Open and a playoff loss earlier this month in Las Vegas.
With some big names like Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson expected to tee it up next week at the Houston Open, there's still time for the odds to shift and settle before players reach Augusta. But two weeks out, here's a snapshot of the market with Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm just behind the most recent major winner and defending champ Tiger Woods behind a handful of players after a disappointing performance at last week's Zozo Championship:
+800: Bryson DeChambeau
+1100: Dustin Johnson
+1200: Justin Thomas
+1400: Xander Schauffele
+1600: Brooks Koepka
+2500: Patrick Reed
+3000: Webb Simpson
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