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3 Dark Horse Golf Picks to Win the 2021 BMW Championship on FanDuel Sportsbook

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The FedExCup Playoffs produced a dark horse winner in the opening leg at The Northern Trust when Tony Finau won in a playoff. He cashed in for some bettors at near +5000 odds. Jon Rahm had the lead on the back nine, but stumbled a bit down the stretch. Still, world No. 1 Rahm is a heavy favorite to win the BMW Championship, according to golf odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

The usual favorites are at the top of the odds board to win the BMW Championship. But there is a big drop-off after Rahm (+650). Justin Thomas (+1800) has the second-best odds, while Collin Morikawa (+2000), Xander Schauffele (+2000) and Dustin Johnson (+2200) aren't too far behind.

With plenty of other big names and top golfers in the 70-player field, there are dark horses that can emerge at longer odds like Tony Finau did last week. Here are three dark horses to consider at The BMW Championship.

1. Viktor Hovland (+3300)

Viktor Hovland is top 10 in ball striking, tee-to-green, off-the-tee and around the green over his last 24 rounds on bentgrass. The 23-year-old Norwegian star is top 10 in birdies or better gained over his last 36 rounds, and is No. 3 on Tour in birdie average this season. Hovland's putting and around the green game have held him back in his last three U.S. events, but he still ranks top 30 in this field in putting on bentgrass and all greens. Hovland's iron game and approach play remain strong ranking highly in proximity to the hole stats including No. 3 from 175-200 yards. There is nearly nobody better this season combining tee-to-green, approach and ball striking than Viktor Hovland. The payoff may come this week in the big money FedExCup Playoffs.

2. Scottie Scheffler (+3300)

Scottie Scheffler is No. 6 on Tour over his last 24 rounds in strokes gained total. He's consistent across the board in his play and been most solid off-the-tee and tee-to-green, where he's gained strokes in all but one tournament going back to mid March. That strength of his game can give him the groove needed to make more birdies, which Scheffler ranks top-5 on Tour. In fact, over his last 36 rounds, Scottie is No. 2 in this field in birdies or better gained. Scheffler has been a rising young star who has proven he can rise up in the biggest events with three top-10s in majors this year plus a top-20 at The Masters.

3. Jason Kokrak (+6500)

Despite not playing too well over the past month, Jason Kokrak is a dark horse and longshot offering value. He's still top 15 in birdies or better gained over his last 36 rounds, and No. 1 over his last 24 rounds in strokes gained putting on bentgrass. He's also top 10 tee-to-green, off-the-tee, ball striking and short game. Kokrak has the distance off the tee and strength in hitting greens to do well this week. At No. 17 in the FedExCup Points standings, Kokrak is the longest odds to win this week of nearly all the players in the top 30.


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