2020 BMW Championship Odds, Preview: Rejoice! Illinoisans Can Finally Bet On Golf Again

Posted By Joe Boozell on August 27, 2020 - Last Updated on February 25, 2021

The 2020 BMW Championship will take place this week, Aug. 27-30, at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

And yes, locals can bet on the golf event, which hasn’t been the case in recent weeks. That’s excellent news for Illinois sports bettors.

Here are the odds at DraftKings and BetRivers sportsbooks (they are the same), the state’s two live mobile sportsbooks.

2020 BMW Championship odds

PlayerOdds
Dustin Johnson+800
Jon Rahm+900
Justin Thomas+1100
Bryson Dechambeau+1400
Xander Schauffele+1400
Daniel Berger+1600
Rory McIlroy+1600
Collin Morikawa+1600
Patrick Cantlay+2800
Scottie Scheffler+2800
Jason Day+3000
Tony Finau+3000
Patrick Reed+3000
Harris English+3300
Tyrrell Hatton+3300
Kevin Kisner+3300
Tiger Woods+3300
Viktor Hovland+3300
Brian Harman+3300
Adam Scott+3500
Hideki Matsuyama+3500
Paul Casey+4000
Matthew Wolff+4000
Billy Horschel+4500
Matthew Fitzpatrick+5000
Alexander Noren+5000
Louis Oosthuizen+5000
Jason Kokrak+6000

BMW Championship event info

  • Course: Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course)
  • Location: Olympia Fields
  • Date: Aug. 27-30
  • Par: 70
  • Yardage 7,366
  • Purse: $9.5 million/Winner $1.66 million
  • Fairways/Rough: Bentgrass/Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Greens: Bluegrass/Poa annua
  • TV: Golf Channel and NBC (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Live Streaming: NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports app and PGA Tour Live

2020 BMW Championship preview

Dustin Johnson won last week’s Northern Trust in decisive fashion, finishing 11 strokes ahead of his closest challenger.

Pair that with his second-place finish at the PGA Championship, and it’s easy to see why DJ is the betting favorite.

Johnson missed the cut at the Memorial, but outside of that, he’s been phenomenal since mid-June.

The 36-year-old won the Travelers Championship on June 28 and has finished in the top two in three of his last five events.

With that said, there’s plenty of firepower in this field behind Johnson. Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau aren’t riding the same momentum wave as Johnson, but are more than capable of winning.

Collin Morikawa is intriguing as well, as he just won his first major and burst onto the national scene with a Workday Charity Open win in July (that won a certain bettor a lot of money). He missed the cut at the Northern Trust, and there’s much more variance baked in with Morikawa than someone like Johnson, Rahm or Thomas.

But he’s shown the ability to catch fire for a weekend and isn’t as pricy as some more familiar options.

Golf betting back at Illinois sportsbooks

The Illinois sports betting scene has been a roller coaster in recent weeks, to say the least.

Mobile vs. in-person registration flip-flopping has garnered most of the attention, but the inability to bet on golf has been a strange additional wrinkle.

It would have been a particularly bad look for Illinois if people couldn’t bet on an event in their home state; however, it looks like the problem is resolved.

For background, in July, BetRivers (the only Illinois mobile sportsbook at the time) quietly took down PGA Tour lines.

The likely reason? Integrity concerns with some language in the Illinois gaming bill.

In golf, there’s a possibility that players could miss the cut and not win any money. Therefore, a player’s expenses (flight, training, caddie, etc.) could exceed their winnings.

That wasn’t allowed, for the apparent fear that someone could throw an event in order to win outside betting money.

But on July 23, Illinois sportsbooks requested that golf betting be reinstated. The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) had to wait 30 days before responding.

And as we are now outside of that window, it looks like we know the IGB’s answer.  So, at this snapshot in time, bettors can register from their mobile devices and wager on golf.

It’s a rare glimpse of normalcy in the otherwise hectic Illinois sports betting industry.

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Joe Boozell has also been a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FoxSports.com and NBA.com. Growing up, Boozell squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene ... you can imagine how that went.

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