When Lexi Thompson tees off Thursday in Las Vegas at the Shriners Children’s Open, the LPGA Tour star will become the seventh female to contend in a PGA Tour party.
Jeff Sherman, SuperBook Sports’ vice president of risk and a golf oddsmaker, remembers Annika Sorenstam’s start at the 2003 Colonial effectively. Her hard work to contend with the guys drew important media interest and captivated athletics betting fascination in Las Vegas two decades ago. Thompson’s upcoming start reminds Sherman of that, and he leaned on that knowledge as SuperBook established odds for Thompson’s 2023 work.
Sherman anticipates Thompson will enjoy pretty conservatively as she adjusts to the one of a kind circumstance and probable media and supporter consideration. He would not be stunned to see Thompson actively playing for pars, instead than getting dangers that could bring double or triple bogies into engage in.
“We’ve observed via these experiences — I definitely try to remember Annika undertaking this at the Colonial — that they’re gonna go out there and play conservative on this class,” Sherman explained.
Sorenstam shot a 71 in her first round prior to a 74 on Friday, lacking the reduce by 4 shots.
Building the slash
SuperBook Sports lists Thompson’s above/below on her initially spherical score at 76.5, with -115 odds for equally in excess of and less than. Supplied TPC Summerlin’s propensity to give up birdies, two rounds in the mid-70s would not be adequate to hold Thompson all over for the weekend.
DraftKings has Thompson at +275 to make the reduce. BetMGM lists Thompson at +900 to make the slash and -5000 to overlook it.
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SuperBook Athletics goes markedly greater, with +1500 odds on Thompson to make the slash and -5000 odds on the LPGA Tour standout to overlook it.
“We opened at 25/1 for the slice, and we actually took some revered money at 25/1, so decreased it down to 15/1 odds for the slash at this place,” Sherman stated.
Thompson has her function slash out for her as match host TPC Summerlin played at 7,255 yards previous yr. Thompson averages 270 yards off the tee, which makes her 1 of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour, but that driving distance would be last on the PGA Tour. On the constructive facet, Thompson enters the tournament coming off a pair of major-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour.
“We’ll see the place the golfing will take me,” Thompson informed the media. “I know I have played effectively the past several weeks, and just consider a person shot at a time. Regardless of what comes about, it is a blessing to be right here.”
Odds to win
Thompson’s odds to earn the function are the longest of any one in the industry. She’s +100000 to win the tournament on FanDuel, the very same odds as many other gamers deep down the odds board. She’s +1000000 to get the event on SuperBook Sports.
“It’s clearly asking a good deal for her to be aggressive occur Sunday,” Sherman explained.
At the very the very least, Thompson’s battle to make the slice need to draw notable media protection during the 7 days. As a end result, Sherman anticipates die-hard golf bettors wagering on Thompson marketplaces.
“Whether it’s smaller amounts or even some massive kinds like we took, you will have people that want to get associated from this factor because I’m sure she’s going to get lots of Tv protection,” Sherman explained.
The past woman golfer to make a PGA Tour cut was Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945.