PGA BMW Championship Betting Preview, Sportsbook Promotions

Posted on August 26, 2020 - Last Updated on March 20, 2024

The PGA Tour continues this week with the BMW Championship.

The tournament will take place Aug. 27-30 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

Originally, BMW was going to take place last week, but COVID-19 forced the golf calendar to mix things up.

There’s a $9.5 million purse up for grabs, so the top golfers in the world will be there making a run at it.

BMW Championship Odds

Last year’s champion Justin Thomas will be in the mix once again this year. Currently, he’s one of the favorites to come out on top.

Indiana’s online betting apps are taking action on the BMW Championship. Here’s a look at the odds for the top golfers from sportsbooks that are taking bets on the winner:

Dustin JohnsonJon RahmJustin ThomasBryson DechambeauXander Schauffele

There are still some big names outside of the top five.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are two of the outliers. DraftKings Sportsbook has McIlroy at +1,700, with Woods trailing as a +3,500 underdog.

PGA bets from BetMGM and PointsBet

BetMGM recently inked a deal to become an official sports betting partner of the PGA Tour.

Just a few weeks later, PointsBet followed up with a PGA deal of its own.

Now that the duo are officially working with the Tour, both sportsbooks are pumping out new betting options for BMW.

PointsBet is the only Indiana sportsbook that has a promotion out for the BMW Championship right now.

That promo comes in the form of an odds boost for either Dustin Johnson or Jon Rahm to win the tournament. The promo boosts those +425 odds up to +500.

The two have combined for three wins since the PGA Tour restarted, so the odds boost is a great value for bettors who don’t want to put all their eggs into one basket.

PointsBet also has three-ball prop bets up on the board.

Bettors select a slate of three golfers, and then pick which one of those three they think will end with the lowest score. PointsBet has dozens of options out there for this prop, so there’s plenty to pick from.

Meanwhile, BetMGM has been busy putting out the most extensive list of BMW Championship prop bets in Indiana.

To start, you can bet on your favorite golfer’s finishing position. You can bet on any golfer in the field to finish in the top five, top 10, or top 20.

There’s also a huge list of “Tournament Specials” prop bets.

Will there be an albatross in the tournament? Will there be a hole in one in a specific round? There’s a whole list of options over at BetMGM.

DraftKings, FanDuel and the BMW Championship

BetMGM might have the largest list of betting options, but that doesn’t mean Indiana’s top dogs are sitting this one out.

Both DraftKings and FanDuel have plenty of betting options out there for the BMW Championship. Many of them mirror the selections from BetMGM and PointsBet, but they each have their own unique options.

For DraftKings, one of those options is nationality props.

You can bet on the nationality of the winning golfer, with the following as options:

  • USA
  • Europe
  • England
  • Australia
  • Asia
  • Canada

Furthermore, you can pick which golfer from your favored nationality will come out on top.

For example, if you think an English golfer will win the tournament, you could bet on Rory McIlroy or any of the other English golfers to win BMW.

FanDuel, on the other hand, is handling things differently.

The sportsbook has an entire list of special betting odds out there. That list imagines a world where Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas aren’t involved in the BMW Championship.

By taking some of the favorites off of the list, betting on the tournament becomes a whole different game.

If you’re looking to bet on that alternative list, here’s how the odds for the new favorites are looking:

  • Xander Schauffele: +850
  • Rory McIlroy: +1,000
  • Daniel Berger: +1,200
  • Collin Morikawa: +1,400
  • Jason Day: +1,800

With each of the state’s sportsbooks putting out their own list of betting odds, there’s plenty of options to pick from. If none of these options strike your interest, do some shopping around at your favorite online sportsbooks for the full list of options.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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