Canadian Brooke Henderson made the cut at this weekend’s US Women’s Open, but she did not do as well as oddsmakers had expected heading into this weekend’s tournament at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.
Because of the unique circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lack of daylight this time of year, competition was held on two courses, Cypress Creek and Jackrabbit. All golfers are competing at the Cypress Creek course for the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
After the first two days of competition, Henderson is in a tie for 47th place at +3, just a stroke away from missing the cut. She came into this tournament among the betting favorites to come out on top. The lone other Canadian in the field was a long shot, Alena Sharp, who finished with a +4 score through the first two rounds and came a stroke away from advancing to the weekend.
In the first round on Thursday, Henderson shot a 72, followed by a 73 on Friday. For Sharp, she shot 75 in Round 1 and performed much better on the second day with a 71, but it wasn’t enough to advance to the weekend.
Henderson is competing in a grouping that includes Hannah Green and Minjee Lee. All three golfers finished the first two rounds at +3 and are tied for 47th place.
Hinako Shibuno leads the pack after two days with a -7 score for the tournament. She is three strokes ahead of Linn Grant at -4 with Megan Khang, Amy Olson and Kaitlyn Papp tied for third at -3 so far.
Sei Young Kim was the betting favorite before the tournament started, and she was at -1 after the first two days of competition, which puts her in a tie for 14th place among five other golfers.
Updated US Women’s Open betting odds
Oddsmakers have adjusted the betting odds for the US Women’s Open prior to the start of Saturday’s third round. All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.
Shibuno is listed as the favorite to finish above the pack with +275 odds, followed by Kim at +650, Moriya Jutanugarn at +1400 and Lydia Ko at +1600. To round out the top five, Khang, Olson and Danielle Kang have the fifth best odds to finish as the winner at +1800 odds.
Kim was the betting favorite to prior to the start of the tournament, with Henderson seeing the second best odds at +1100. After the first two days of action, Henderson has the 18th best odds to be the champion by the end of the weekend at +4000, so she’s got a long way to go to get back into contention. To finish in the top five, she has +750 odds, and a top-10 finish would be +300. If she pulls off a miraculous round No. 3, oddsmakers give Henderson +15000 odds to lead the pack after the third round.
Henderson has been matched up with Kang to determine who will finish better after the weekend is over. Kang has a fairly significant advantage, so she has been given odds at -225. With Henderson at +16, she needs to make up quite a bit of ground over the next two days.
Prior to the tournament, Henderson was matched with Kang, Kim, Inbee Park and Hye Jin Choi as a group to determine which competitor will finish the US Women’s Open in a better position. Here’s a look at the updated odds among them, with Henderson now the biggest long shot.
- Sei Young Kim +120
- Danielle Kang +400
- Inbee Park +450
- Hye Jin Choi +550
- Brooke Henderson +700
The sportsbook is offering a tournament prop that allows bettors to wager on the winning margin of the US Women’s Open.
- One stroke +225
- Four strokes or more +300
- Two strokes +350
- Won by playoff +400
- Three strokes +550