The 2015 Hero World Challenge PGA golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods is taking place this week from December 3-6, 2015, at the luxury resort community of Albany on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. Here is a list of the betting odds for the PGA players to win the 2015 Hero World Challenge.
The Hero World Challenge has been played annually since 1999. Tiger Woods, who now hosts the tournament, holds the record for most wins with five (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011). Davis Love III (2000, 2003) and Graeme McDowell (2010, 2012) are the only players with more than one win. Jordan Spieth is the defending champion as he won the Hero World Challenge last year in 2014.
Only 18 of the top golfers in the world can play in the 2015 Hero World Challenge. The tournament is an unofficial money PGA event which means the prize money won by the players does not count towards money rankings.
All 18 players are listed below with their odds to win the 2015 Hero World Challenge along with comments. Good luck to all the PGA golfers and especially the bettors this week at the 2015 Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas!
1. Jordan Spieth – 10/3 to 1 odds
Jordan Spieth is the fairly heavy betting favorite to win the 2015 Hero World Challenge at odds of 10 to 3 to 1. Jordan Spieth has not played that much golf since he won the Tour Championship and the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. Spieth finished tied for 7th at the WGC-HSBC Championship in early November and he just finished tied for second at the 2015 Australian Open last week.
Jordan Spieth won the Hero World Challenge last year and he is a worthy favorite this week. He appears to be rounding into form and he only has to beat 17 other competitors this week. The only question is do you want to take the pretty low odds on him this week?
2. Dustin Johnson – 6.5 to 1 odds
At odds of 6.5 to 1, Dustin Johnson is the second betting choice to win the 2015 Hero World Challenge. Dustin Johnson has never won this event but he certainly has the talent to win it. But he has not played since he tied for 5th at the WGC-HSBC Championship on November 8.
3. Justin Rose – 7 to 1
Justin Rose has also never won this tournament. Justin Rose did win the UBS Hong Kong Open on October 25, 2015. Since then, Justin Rose was tied for 7th at the BMW Masters on November 15th, and he was tied for 22nd two weeks ago at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
T-4. Bubba Watson – 9 to 1
Bubba Watson has not played since he finished tied for 35th at the WGC-HSBC Championship a month ago. Bubba Watson has yet to win this event. He tied for 11th place here last year and in 2013 he tied for 3rd place. He’s a big threat if he’s not too rusty this week.
T-4. Rickie Fowler – 9 to 1
Rickie Fowler is another player who has never won this event and has not played in a tournament since the WGC-HSBC Championship where he finished tied for 17th place. The odds here for Rickie Fowler are too low considering he has only won three times on the PGA Tour in 154 tournaments.
6. Patrick Reed – 12 to 1
Based upon his recent form, Patrick Reed is a threat here. Reed was second at the BMW Masters three weeks ago and he tied for 10th two weeks ago at the DP World Tour championship, Dubai. So Patrick Reed has an advantage in recency over some of his major competitors this week.
7. Hideki Matsuyama – 14 to 1
Hideki Matsuyama has the talent to win this tournament but he’s won just once on the PGA Tour in 63 starts. That win was at the Memorial in June of 2014. In his last PGA Tour start, Hideki Matsuyama missed the cut at the WGC-HSBC Championship a month ago.
8. Adam Scott – 16 to 1
Adam Scott just finished tied with Jordan Spieth for second place at the 2015 Australian Open last week. So Scott is in good form. The problem with Adam Scott is that he has not won a tournament anywhere since May of 2014.
T-9. Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Paul Casey – 20 to 1 odds each
Zach Johnson is pretty interesting here at 20 to 1 odds because he won the Hero World Challenge in 2013 but he was tied for 75th at the RSM Classic two weeks ago on his home course in his last start. Matt Kuchar won the Fiji International on October 18, 2015, but he finished tied for 25th in his last start at the RSM Classic. Brooks Koepka hits the ball a mile but he hasn’t played on tour since he missed the cut at the Shriners Open in October. Paul Casey finished tied for 7th three weeks ago in his last start at the BMW Masters.
T-13. Jimmy Walker, J.B. Holmes – 33 to 1
Jimmy Walker has not played on tour since he was tied for 50th at the Shriners Open back in October. J.B. Holmes is making his 2016 PGA Tour debut this week. Both Walker and Holmes are talented golfers but coming into this off long layoffs does not bode well for either player this week.
T-15. Anirban Lahiri, Bill Haas – 40 to 1
Anirban Lahiri won the 2015 Hero Indian Open last February for his last pro win. That was Lahiri’s second European Tour win. In his last start, Anirban Lahiri finished tied for 34th at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai two weeks ago. Bill Haas finished tied for 33rd at the RSM Classic three weeks ago in what was his first 2016 PGA Tour event.
17. Billy Horschel – 45 to 1
The 2015 Hero World Challenge is the first PGA Tour event of the 2016 season for Billy Horschel and he is 45 to 1 odds to win it. Horschel has won three times on the PGA Tour in 130 starts. His claim to fame is winning the 2014 Tour Championship and the rich $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.
18. Chris Kirk – 50 to 1
Chris Kirk finished tied for 18th at the RSM Classic a couple weeks ago in his last PGA Tour start. Kirk has won four times on tour with his last win coming in at the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational last May. Chris Kirk broke his hand last June or July but if he’s fully healed he’s not a terrible bet here at 50 to 1 odds. He’s certainly a better bet than many of the other players with lower odds who have not played in a while.