PGA Golf Betting Update: English leads WGC-St Jude, Dahmen tops Barracuda
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Harris English and Joel Dahmen climbed atop the leaderboards of the WGC-St. Jude Invitational and the US PGA Barracuda Championship, respectively, after pulling excellent first-round performances on Thursday. English shot a career-equalling 62. He seized a two-stroke advantage at the World Golf Championships-sanctioned event. Dahmen scored 16 points on a bogey-free first round in the Barracuda. The first-round ascent by the two golfers has surprised online PGA golf betting sites that cover the sport 24/7.
Golf Betting Update with Harris English
Harris English came out blazing in the first round firing six birdies in the first seven holes. The American concluded the opening round, making three birdies on the last four holes to finish on 8-under in the USD10.5-million event at the TPC Southwind course in Memphis, Tennessee. The 32-year-old parbuster is two shots ahead of Ian Poulter of England, Carlos Ortiz of Mexico, and Americans Jim Herman and Matthew Wolff. Three shots off the pace are former US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler, and Australian Marc Leishman. British Open champion Collin Morikawa settled for a 67, as defending champion Justin Thomas. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy had a disappointing start with a 72.
Some of the golfers have just returned from the Tokyo Olympics. They include Xander Schauffele, who carded a 69 to approach the second round tied for 36th place. Top seed Jon Rahm did not join the field after testing positive for coronavirus. The Olympics made Dechambeau withdraw due to being COVID-19 positive.
Dahmen’s bogey-free start helps him lead Barracuda
Dahmen fired eight birdies in a bogey-free first round to move him atop the PGA Barracuda Championship leaderboard with 16 points.
The 33-year-old American is ahead by two points over Stephen Jaeger while Scott Harrington is third with 13 on an eagle-spiked round. 12 points got tied to Michael Thompson and Emiliano Grillo got tied for fourth with 12 points. Canadian Roger Sloan is in solo sixth spot with 11 points.
The event follows a Modified Stableford scoring system where players receive eight points for an albatross, five for eagle, two for birdie, and none for par. A point is subtracted for a bogey, and three points are taken away for a double bogey or worse.
The WGC-St. Jude Invitational and the Barracuda Championship are two golf events held on the same weekend. This is a rare opportunity that online golf punters should not miss because there are two opportunities to bet for the winning golfer and win in both events as well. The star-studded St. Jude Invitational will bring headaches to betting enthusiasts because of the caliber of entries taking part in the event. On the other hand, the Barracuda Championship field is unpredictable and the points system might affect the golfers’ performances in the coming rounds.