Hero World Challenge Picks – Johnson, Spieth favorites; Tiger a long shot

Hero World Challenge Picks - Johnson, Spieth favorites; Tiger Woods a long shot

Hero World Challenge Picks – Johnson, Spieth favorites; Tiger a long shot

The PGA Tour continues another great season of golf action with the Hero World Challenge from Dec. 2 through Dec. 4. This tournament marks the return of Tiger Woods, who is a 40-1 longshot to win the Hero World Challenge, a tournament he is hosting in the Bahamas. 

Dustin Johnson is the favorite at 9-2, followed by Jordan Spieth at 6-1 and Hideki Matsuyama at 8-1, who are both at 13-2. Which golfer presents himself as the top underdog to win this weekend?  Keep reading for my favorite, smart and underdog for the Hero World Challenge!

Hero World Challenge Picks

What: Hero World Challenge
When: December 2-4, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 AM ET  
Where: The Bahamas
Stadium: Albany, Golf Course
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

Recent winners of this event include Bubba Watson (2015), Spieth (2014), Zach Johnson (2013), Graeme McDowell (who has won it twice) and Tiger (who has won it five times). This is just the second year it has been played in the Bahamas (2015 was the other).

  • Dustin Johnson: 5-1
  • Jordan Spieth: 6-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 8-1
  • Brooks Koepka: 10-1
  • Henrik Stenson: 10-1
  • Patrick Reed: 12-1
  • Rickie Fowler: 16-1
  • Justin Rose: 16-1
  • Bubba Watson: 16-1
  • Russell Knox: 25-1
  • Matt Kuchar: 25-1
  • Emiliano Grillo: 28-1
  • Louis Oosthuizen: 28-1
  • Brandt Snedeker: 28-1
  • Tiger Woods: 28-1
  • Jimmy Walker: 28-1
  • J.B. Holmes: 33-1
  • Zach Johnson: 33-1

The Odds-On Favorite To Win The Hero Challenge:  Dustin Johnson 9/2

Dustin Johnson has had a breakout 2016. He played just okay in his last, the WGC-HSBC Champions from Oct. 26 through Oct. 30, to finish thirty-fifth. Johnson shot a 74-74-70-69, 287. He finished at 1 under par. Could he bounce back with a win in the Hero World Challenge?

Maybe. Dustin Johnson finished fifteenth in Tiger’s Hero World Challenge last year. That doesn’t look bad on paper until you realize that Tiger only invites 18 golfers to the Hero World Challenge, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.  9/2 odds are awfully low on a golfer who may not be at his best this week.

I have to pass on backing DJ at the low odds.

The Smart Pick To Win The Hero Challenge: Jordan Spieth 6/1

If golf bettors want to take low odds, they can look no further than Jordan Spieth. Spieth hasn’t golfed competitively since the Tour Championship at East Lake from Sept. 22 to Sept. 25. No matter. He excels over Albany and New Providence. Spieth has the record in the tournament. He shot a 26 under par in 2014. Last year, Spieth shot a 20 under par to finish fourth.

It’s going to be incredibly difficult to beat Spieth in the Hero World Challenge this week. Golf bettors should jump on the odds at 6/1. Once the pro golf bettors get wind that Spieth is going off at higher odds than DJ, they’re likely to pound Spieth in sportsbooks.

Tuen Underdog Pick To Win The Hero Challenge: Tiger Woods 40/1

Out of the 18 golfers, Tiger is the longest shot on the board. But, here’s the thing, it’s his tournament. Tiger set up the tournament for his foundation. Sure, he hasn’t played well in ages, but he’s still one of the greatest golfers ever. Not only that, but most of this week’s participants in the Hero World Challenge have taken at least 8 weeks off. The last time Tiger won the Hero World Challenge was in 2011. He could be due at huge odds.