Next First-Time Golf Major Winner Odds: Hovland And Aberg Lead Elite Field

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Xander Schauffele recently captured the USPGA Championship at Valhalla and golf betting sites have turned their attention to which player could become the next first-time major winner.

The understated American had developed a reputation as the nearly man of elite golf, having posted 12 top 10s in his previous 27 major appearances without lifting a trophy, but he finally got his hands on one in Kentucky.

Schauffele birdied the long 72nd hole for a one-shot victory over Bryson DeChambeau and simultaneously broke the record score to par in majors at 21 under.

After Schauffele’s thrilling victory, we’re examining the players in the queue for success at the highest level and their next first-time golf major winner odds.

Next First-Time Major Golf Winner Odds

PlayerOdds
Probability
Viktor Hovland2/1
33.3%
Ludvig Aberg5/2
28.6%
Tommy Fleetwood4/1
20%
Patrick Cantlay5/1
16.7%
Max Homa6/1
14.3%
Joaquin Niemann7/1
12.5%
Will Zalatoris8/1
11.1%
Tyrrell Hatton8/1
11.1%
Cameron Young9/1
10%
Tony Finau10/1
9.1%
Sahith Theegala12/1
7.7%

Hovland And Aberg Top Of The Tree

Viktor Hovland considered pulling out of the USPGA Championship because of his poor form, but the Norwegian looked transformed in the year’s second major.

Hovland briefly held the lead on the back nine and was still in with a chance of winning when he teed off at the 17th, but he missed a makeable birdie and then three-putted the closing hole for a bogey to finish in third place.

Since the 2022 Open, Hovland has finished seventh or better in four of the last seven majors and he was inside the top 20 in two others, with a missed cut at this year’s Masters the only blemish.

Hovland has yet to post a top 10 at the US Open and his best performance in that major came as a leading amateur on his 2019 debut when he finished 12th, so he needs to step up if he is to get the job done at Pinehurst in June.

However, his performance at Valhalla bodes well for the future and he is the fifth favourite at 18/1 with Bet 365 to win The Open Championship at Royal Troon, so he could even break his duck this year.

 

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