Ryan Moore – 20/1
A winner on the greens of Greensboro, North Carolina in 2009, Moore has netted more single outright bets than anyone else ahead of the tournament.
That victory eight years ago – claimed in a play-off against Jason Bohn and Kevin Stadler – was made even more special by the fact it was his debut victory on Tour. It’s a little over a year since he last held a trophy aloft and a second title here would be a nice way to end a mini-drought for the fashion loving American.
He’s been known to sport a tie on course from time-to-time, but things have seemed a little hot under the collar for Moore lately, as he’s missed three cuts in his last five outings. However, a top 15 finish at the US PGA Championships last weekend could see Moore get competitive at the place where it all began for him.
Henrik Stenson – 14/1
Paddy will be looking for the nearest 19th hole if the Swede storms to the top of the leaderboard come Sunday. That’s because even though Ryan Moore has attracted the most individual bets, the liability is higher on the former Open Champion.
Stenson can handle the favourite’s tag better than most as his mentality is cooler than a winter’s day in Gothenburg. He also appears to be coming into form at the right time ahead of the FedExCup playoffs, netting four Top 20 finishes in his last five tournaments.
Swedes also seem to love the North Carolinian surroundings. Stenson’s compatriot Jesper Parnevik topped the standings in 1999 while Carl Pettersson landed the spoils in 2008 and Fredrik Jacobson was unlucky to lose a play-off in 2014. A third Swedish winner could be a bet as tasty as Ikea meatballs before you venture in to buy a flat pack wardrobe this weekend.
Shane Lowry – 55/1
Patriotic punters may be pushing this one as Lowry has seemed more out of sorts than Liverpool defending corners.
The Offaly man has plummeted to No. 83 in the world rankings and is in real danger of missing out on the top 125 positions to make it to the FedExCup playoffs. He needs a mighty performance and a top-five result just to get him to the dance this weekend.
Those who’ve backed him must be hoping the extra motivation can spark Lowry into form. He’s the third most popular bet in the field on Tuesday evening and it would be fantastic to see him hole out for victory this weekend.