Two Canadians are competing in the LPGA US Women’s Open this weekend at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, in a tournament that started on Thursday, Dec. 10 and will finish up its final round on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Brooke Henderson is one of the competitors representing Canada in the event, and oddsmakers expect her to be near the top of the leaderboard when the tournament finishes. Canadian Alena Sharp is also getting started on Thursday, though she is not expected to be among the contenders.
The 75th US Women’s Open was originally scheduled from June 4-7 before the ongoing coronavirus pandemic postponed it to this weekend. For the first time ever, it will be played on two courses at Champions Golf Club due to the lack of daylight this time of year. Using two courses will let players finish earlier in the day.
Players are competing at the Cypress Creek course, which was the expected host of the tournament, but they are also on the Jackrabbit course on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, to finish the US Women’s Open, players will revert to Cypress Creek to complete the tournament. The purse for this year’s tournament is set at $5.5 million.
Henderson finished in a tie for 39th place at +5 in this tournament last year, and Sharp did not make the cut the last time she competed in it, back in 2018.
Jeongeun Lee won the US Women’s Open in 2019 at -6, and she will be looking to defend her title, though oddsmakers aren’t expecting that to be the case.
US Women’s Open Betting Odds
Here is a look at the odds for the LPGA US Women’s Open prior to the start of Thursday’s competition, with a variety of wagering options to choose from. All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.
The sportsbook is offering odds on where certain golfers in the field will finish, whether it’s the winner or within a certain number. Though Henderson is not the favorite to win this tournament, she is among them. Sei Young Kim is listed at the top of the market with +600 odds to come out on top this weekend. Henderson checks in with the second best chance, according to oddsmakers, at +1100. Rounding out the top five are Inbee Park and Danielle Kang at +1200 as well as Jin Young Ko at +1600. Sharp is in a tie among 14 golfers with the 55th best odds, at +15000.
Last year’s winner, Jeongeun Lee, is tied for 15th best odds to repeat as the champion at +4500, so oddsmakers are expecting a new tournament winner in 2020.
Henderson has +300 odds to finish in the top five and +163 to finish among the top 10 competitors. For Sharp, oddsmakers still think it’s a longshot she will be able to get close to the top. She has +3300 odds to crack the top five and +1400 to finish among the best 10 golfers.
Henderson is expected to at least finish within the top 20, according to the sportsbook, with -125 to accomplish that feat. Sharp has +550 odds to finish among the top 20.
Oddsmakers paired some of the more notable names in the field together, and sports bettors can place a wager on which golfer will finish with the better score by the end of the US Women’s Open.
Henderson was matched up against Kang, and Henderson is listed as the favorite at -118. Kang is at -106, so oddsmakers expect a fairly close competition between the two. If Henderson and Kang finish with the same score, it’s a push and all bettors get their money back.
The sportsbooks also paired multiple golfers together, allowing bettors to make a pick based on a group of competitors. The top five to win the event are put together, with Kim leading them at +188 odds to finish the best among them, and Henderson at +350. Kang sits at +400, Park is at +450 odds, and Choi rounds out the top five at +550.
Making The Cut
Henderson is expected to make the cut by a wide margin this weekend with “yes” on that bet at -560, and “no” at +350. It would be a major surprise if she is not among the competitors on Saturday and Sunday.