The Sentry: PGA Tour First Round Matchup Bets, Odds 1/4/24
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This week, the PGA Tour presents the opening event of the season, the 2024 Sentry.
The 2024 Sentry will be played at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. The golf course is a par 73 that measures approximately 7,596 yards.
Before I discuss my favorite first round matchup bets for the 2024 Sentry let's take a look at the current leaders in overall scoring average on the PGA Tour that are in this week's field.
Top Five Golfers in Scoring Average
Now that we have established who the top five golfers in overall scoring average are on the PGA Tour (in this week's field) let's shift our attention to my favorite first round matchup bets for the 2024 Sentry.
Collin Morikawa -155 over Brian Harman
The 2021 Open Champion has accumulated two consecutive top seven finishes on the PGA Tour, including a win at the 2023 ZOZO Championship in October.
In relation to this week's current listed 2024 Sentry field, in the last 50 rounds played on the PGA Tour, Collin Morikawa ranks fifth in strokes gained ball striking, second in strokes gained approach, 11th in birdie or better percentage, and first in GIR (greens in regulation).
It should be noted that Collin Morikawa finished second at the 2023 Sentry.
Sungjae Im +100 over Matt Fitzpatrick
Since the beginning of August, Sungjae Im has played six tournaments on the PGA Tour. In those six events just mentioned, Im accumulated five top 14 finishes, including a seventh place result at the 2023 BMW Championship in September.
Sungjae Im has also had a great deal of success at the Plantation Course through the years. Since 2020, Sungjae Im has played the Sentry three times. In those three tournaments just noted, Im has accumulated three top 13 finishes, including a fifth place result at the 2021 Sentry.
In summary, I am backing Sungjae Im to defeat Matt Fitzpatrick in this first round matchup bet.