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How the public is betting leader after day 1 of the Travelers Championship

The Travelers Championship tees off on Thursday. Here’s how bettors are viewing first round performance.

Jhonathan Vegas tees off on the 16th hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship on August 17, 2018 at Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, NC. Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The PGA Tour tees off at TPC River Highlands on Thursday with the 2020 Travelers Championship. There was concern the tournament might get canceled due to Covid-19, but the Tour is forging ahead, with the first golfers teeing off at 6:45 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Justin Thomas entered this week’s tournament as the betting favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Late money closed him at +900 to win the whole thing, keeping him just ahead of regular favorite Rory McIlroy (+1000). Bryson DeChambeau (+1100) and Jon Rahm (+1600) followed, with Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Xander Schauffele all next at +2200.

There will be plenty of wagering on who will win the tournament, but once the tournament starts, you’re stuck waiting four days for the results. Why not bet on a round-by-round basis as well? The book offers odds on who will lead after each round, giving you some same day finality.

The leader after round 1 odds include top names, but we get a few longer shots mixed in. Jhonathan Vegas (+8000) is the longest shot getting some love to have the low round on Thursday. Last week at the RBC Heritage, he finished 17th, but had the low round on Friday.

It’s no surprise Bubba Watson is in the top five in handle. He’s won the Travelers Championship three times dating back to 2010. He’ll be a popular bet this week, but also a popular DFS play.

Here are the 13 golfers getting the most action heading into Thursday.

Bryson DeChambeau (+2000): 8% handle, 5% bets
Justin Thomas (+1800): 5% handle, 3% bets
Jordan Spieth (+5500): 4% handle, 4% bets
Abraham Ancer (+4000): 3% handle, 3% bets
Bubba Watson (+4500): 4% handle, 3% bets
Rory McIlroy (+2000): 3% handle, 3% bets
Jhonattan Vegas (+8000): 3% handle, 4% bets
Patrick Cantlay (+3300): 3% handle, 3% bets
Scottie Scheffler (+6000): 3% handle, 2% bets
Justin Rose (+3300): 3% handle, 2% bets
Jon Rahm (+2800): 3% handle, 2% bets
Joaquin Niemann (+4500): 2% handle, 2% bets
Paul Casey (+5000): 2% handle, 2% bets

Last week, Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard tied for the lead on Thursday. Poulter was +6600 to top the field in the first round, while Hubbard was +12500.

A solid first day puts a golfer in position to get into the weekend, but some there are always notable names that stumble after performing well on day 1. Rickie Fowler was tied for 26th after day 1 thanks to a 67, but failed to make the cut after a Friday 72.

Here are the full odds for who will lead when the first round comes to a close.

Travelers Championship leader after Round 1 odds

Golfer Odds
Golfer Odds
Bryson Dechambeau +2000
Rory McIlroy +2000
Justin Thomas +2000
Jon Rahm +3300
Justin Rose +3300
Xander Schauffele +3300
Patrick Cantlay +4000
Dustin Johnson +4000
Abraham Ancer +4500
Collin Morikawa +4500
Patrick Reed +4500
Sungjae Im +4500
Bubba Watson +4500
Paul Casey +5000
Tony Finau +5000
Viktor Hovland +5500
Joaquin Niemann +5500
Jordan Spieth +5500
Sergio Garcia +6000
J.T. Poston +6000
Scottie Scheffler +6000
Matthew Fitzpatrick +6600
Marc Leishman +6600
Gary Woodland +6600
Joel Dahmen +7000
Billy Horschel +7000
Corey Conners +8000
Brian Harman +8000
Max Homa +8000
Kevin Kisner +8000
Louis Oosthuizen +8000
Ian Poulter +8000
Sepp Straka +8000
Jhonattan Vegas +8000
Matt Wallace +8000
Keegan Bradley +9000
Byeong Hun An +9000
Bud Cauley +9000
Jason Day +9000
Dylan Frittelli +9000
Lucas Glover +9000
Jason Kokrak +9000
Phil Mickelson +9000
Ryan Moore +9000
Ryan Palmer +9000
Patrick Rodgers +9000
Harold Varner III +9000
Joseph Bramlett +10000
Rafa Cabrera-Bello +10000
Tyler Duncan +10000
Jim Furyk +10000
Brice Garnett +10000
Branden Grace +10000
Russell Henley +10000
Mark Hubbard +10000
Zach Johnson +10000
Matt Jones +10000
Luke List +10000
Shane Lowry +10000
Sebastian Munoz +10000
Kevin Na +10000
Matthew NeSmith +10000
Henrik Norlander +10000
Chez Reavie +10000
Si Woo Kim +10000
Cameron Smith +10000
Brandt Snedeker +10000
Kevin Streelman +10000
Vaughn Taylor +10000
Matthew Wolff +10000
Sam Burns +12500
Stewart Cink +12500
Wyndham Clark +12500
Harry Higgs +12500
Charley Hoffman +12500
Russell Knox +12500
Danny Lee +12500
Carlos Ortiz +12500
Doc Redman +12500
Charl Schwartzel +12500
Brendan Steele +12500
Brendon Todd +12500
Aaron Baddeley +15000
Lucas Bjerregaard +15000
Zac Blair +15000
Scott Brown +15000
Bronson Burgoon +15000
C.T. Pan +15000
Kevin Chappell +15000
Cameron Davis +15000
Luke Donald +15000
Talor Gooch +15000
Lanto Griffin +15000
Emiliano Grillo +15000
James Hahn +15000
Bo Hoag +15000
Tom Hoge +15000
Beau Hossler +15000
Mackenzie Hughes +15000
Nate Lashley +15000
Adam Long +15000
Troy Merritt +15000
Keith Mitchell +15000
Grayson Murray +15000
Sam Ryder +15000
Adam Schenk +15000
Scott Stallings +15000
Kyle Stanley +15000
Chris Stroud +15000
Brian Stuard +15000
Sung Kang +15000
Hudson Swafford +15000
Sahith Theegala +15000
Michael Thompson +15000
Cameron Tringale +15000
Kevin Tway +15000
Danny Willett +15000
Aaron Wise +15000
Ryan Armour +20000
Brian Gay +20000
Patton Kizzire +20000
Peter Malnati +20000
Denny McCarthy +20000
Cameron Percy +20000
Steve Stricker +20000
Richy Werenski +20000
Xinjun Zhang +20000
Wesley Bryan +25000
Austin Cook +25000
Matt Every +25000
Will Gordon +25000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee +25000
Hank Lebioda +25000
Jamie Lovemark +25000
Rob Oppenheim +25000
Ted Potter Jr. +25000
Seung-Yul Noh +25000
Robby Shelton +25000
Roger Sloan +25000
J.J. Spaun +25000
Bo van Pelt +25000
Greg Chalmers +35000
Scott Harrington +35000
J.J. Henry +35000
Michael Kim +35000
Peter Kuest +35000
Davis Love III +35000
Hunter Mahan +35000
Vijay Singh +35000
Martin Trainer +35000

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