Hero World Challenge Odds Favor Rory McIlroy Over the Field

There’s a lot of buzz going around the golf world because the Hero World Challenge field was announced this week. The Tiger Woods-hosted tournament will take place at the Albany Golf Course in Albany, New Providence, The Bahamas from November 29 to December 5. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s nice to continue to get back to normalcy in 2021.

While the tournament is a part of the 2022 PGA TOUR, there will not be any FedEx Cup points on the line.

With 18 of the world’s best golfers taking part in the Hero World Challenge, it may be difficult to figure out who might win. That’s why BetOnline has released odds on the event, which currently favor Rory McIlroy at +800.

McIlroy has yet to compete in the tournament since it moved to the Albany Golf Course. However, he did compete when it was held at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, placing 4th in 2010 and 11th in 2014.

While both of those instances happened years ago, something that occurred more recently was McIlroy winning the CJ Cup almost two weeks ago. He finished by going 25-under-par, showing he doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. He’s also placed inside of the Top 20 eight times in his last 11 outings, which also includes winning the Wells Fargo Championship back in May.

Even though there are a lot of good golfers in the Hero World Challenge field, it’s hard not to like the momentum that McIlroy is bringing to the table.

2021 Hero World Challenge Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, October 26

  • Rory McIlroy (+800)
  • Patrick Cantlay (+1000)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+1000)
  • Justin Thomas (+1000)
  • Collin Morikawa (+1100)
  • Jordan Spieth (+1200)
  • Xander Schauffele (+1200)
  • Viktor Hovland (+1400)
  • Daniel Berger (+1600)
  • Tony Finau (+1800)
  • Abraham Ancer (+1800)
  • Hideki Matsuyama (+1800)
  • Scottie Scheffler (+1800)
  • Brooks Koepka (+1800)
  • Webb Simpson (+2000)
  • Tyrrell Hatton (+2000)
  • Harris English (+2500)
  • Patrick Reed (+2500)
  • Justin Rose (+2800)
  • Henrik Stenson (+4000)

Three-Way Tie For Second-Best Odds

As it stands, there’s a three-way tie for the second-best Hero World Challenge odds (+1000) between Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau.

When it comes to Thomas, he does have experience in The Bahamas. He’s competed in each of the last three iterations of the tournament, placing 11th, 12th and 5th from 2018 to 2020, respectively. He was also a part of the 2021 Ryder Cup-winning team, however, he hasn’t won a solo event since March.

Meanwhile, this will be Morikawa’s Hero World Challenge debut. Some may think that he’s at a disadvantage and that might be true, but he’s been playing well as of late. The 2021 Open Championship winner also helped win the Ryder Cup, placed 2nd at the CJ Cup and just finished T-7th at last weekend’s ZOZO Championship.

Lastly, DeChambeau competed in the last two editions of the event, placing 12th and 15th. He hasn’t competed at all yet on the 2022 PGA TOUR, so the jury is still out on how he looks. However, he did finish off the 2021 season strong with a trio of Top-10 finishes in his last four outings. There’s still a month or so until the Hero World Challenge kicks off, so there’s plenty of time to get back into form.

Hero World Challenge FAQ

Will the odds for the Hero World Challenge change?

More than likely. With more than a month until the tournament begins, golfers can go on hot and cold streaks leading up to it that can affect the odds. Also, players could pull out of the tournaments, which would also shake things up.

How do I bet on the tournament?

By making an account with one of our trusted partners or any sportsbook you feel comfortable with. After setting up your account, you should find the markets and odds under the golf section.

What other Hero World Challenge markets are out there?

Right now, it’s just the futures market for selecting the winner. Although, once we get closer to the tournament, you can find more options, such as head-to-head matchups, prop bets and more.

Devon Platana
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.