Hero World Challenge Odds Continue to Favor Rory McIlroy

The 2022 PGA TOUR was put on pause this week as the majority of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. However, it’s set to return next week with a rather intriguing tournament: the Hero World Challenge. The annual event will, once again, be hosted by golf legend Tiger Woods as some of the best golfers will compete at the Albany Golf Course in Albany, New Providence, The Bahamas from Thursday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 5.

When the field was announced last month, BetOnline listed Rory McIlroy as having the best odds to win at +800. With less than a week to go until the event begins, he is still listed as the +800 favorite to win it all.

McIlroy has competed at the Hero World Challenge three times in the best, with his best finish coming when he placed 4th in the 2010 edition of the event. With that being said, that happened when the tournament was held in Lake Sherwood, California. This year marks his first time competing at the Albany Golf Course.

Still, McIlroy does have momentum on his side this season. While he hasn’t competed in that many events, he did win the CJ Cup back on Oct. 17 and has finished T-4th or better in 50% of his last six showings. There’s a reason why he’s one of the best golfers in the world for a reason and he has a chance to prove that next week.

Hero World Challenge Odds Update

Odds via BetOnline as of Friday, November 26

  • Rory McIlroy (+800)
  • Justin Thomas (+1000)
  • Collin Morikawa (+1000)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+1100)
  • Viktor Hovland (+1100)
  • Jordan Spieth (+1200)
  • Xander Schauffele (+1200)
  • Daniel Berger (+1600)
  • Sam Burns (+1600)
  • Scottie Scheffler (+1800)
  • Tony Finau (+2000)
  • Abraham Ancer (+2000)
  • Matt Fitzpatrick (+2000)

The complete odds list is available at BetOnline.ag.

Justin Thomas’ Odds Stay the Same

Back in October, Justin Thomas was in a three-way tie with Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay for the second-best Hero World Challenge odds (+1000). While the others are no longer ranked that high, Thomas is.

The 28-year-old from Kentucky has competed in each of the last three years of the tournament, finishing 11th, 12th and 15th from 2018 to 2020, respectively. While he’s yet to win the whole thing, it’s hard not liking his odds after that much success in such a short period of time.

The 2022 season has also been treating Thomas nicely. He won the Ryder Cup with Team USA to kick off the tour before placing T-18th at the CJ Cup and 3rd at the World Wide Technology Championship. He hasn’t won a solo tournament since THE PLAYERS Championship back in March, so it’s more than overdue for a victory.

Collin Morikawa Hero World Challenge Odds

Sitting at +1000 odds, Collin Morikawa is tied with Thomas for the second-best odds heading into Albany next week.

This year’s tournament is a big one for Morikawa because it’s his Hero World Challenge debut. Keeping that in mind, the Los Angeles native has been one of the more consistent golfers over the last year or so. He competed in 23 events last season, making the cut in 19 of them and finishing Top 25 in 11. That includes his victories at the WGC-Workday Championship and Open Championship.

He’s brought that same energy into the 2022 PGA TOUR, being a part of that American Ryder Cup-winning team and placing 2nd and T-7th in the subsequent events. That’s one of the best stretches of golf he’s played in quite some time and only time will tell if that translates into results in The Bahamas in just under a week.

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Devon Platana
After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.