Each week TheLines takes a glance at what will be the most wagered-on events in the sports world. Here is what’s on tap through Sunday, July 12.
UFC 251: Usman vs Masvidal (Saturday, July 11)
When he was told that the UFC just can’t happen in the US amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dana White took his talents to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and continued to show intense innovation. Kamaru Usman was slated to fight Gilbert Burns, until it was announced that Burns tested positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by Jorge Masvidal. Usman opens a heavy favorite (-260) to defend his welterweight title, with Masvidal coming in as the underdog (+200). The bets don’t stop at the main event – UFC 251 has a great slate of undercard fights.
Workday Charity Open (Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12)
This is the first-ever Workday Charity Open and it will take place at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Muirfield is also home to the annual Memorial Tournament. There are plenty of big names slated to participate in the inaugural event, with Jon Rahm, Brooke Koepka and Justin Thomas set to tee it up. Patrick Cantlay is one golfer in the field to watch, as he won last year’s Memorial.
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PGA American Century Championship (Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12)
Once a year, celebrities and athletes try their hand at golf in one of the most entertaining golf tournaments of the year (see: Charles Barkley). While this year’s contest will be held without fans, the list of competitors is no less spectacular; Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Marcus Allen, Jerome Bettis, and Larry Fitzgerald are some representatives from just the NFL. Throw in Oscar De La Hoya, Steph Curry, Joe Buck, Michael Peña, and Greg Maddux; and you’ll start to get the gist of the scope of this tournament. Tony Romo won the tournament last year.
Austrian Grand Prix 2 (Saturday, July 11)
Valtteri Bottas (+600) raced to a first place finish at this past week’s Austrian Grand Prix in what shaped out to be a wild race. It was the first run F1 has had since being halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues this Saturday. Previous-favorite Lewis Hamilton (+150) just missed out on the podium after a penalty following a wreck. The six-time champion (thrice defending) is looking to correct his course with the second running. Others expected to be in the running include Max Versaeppen, Charles Leclerc, and Sabastian Vettel.
The Basketball Tournament (Monday, July 7 – Sunday July 12)
Despite some teams having to withdraw from this year’s TBT, the tournament began as scheduled this past holiday weekend and continues this coming week. The usual suspects await their challengers with first round byes; including Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State), Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse), and Overseas Elite. Two-seed Overseas Elite (+150) holds the best odds to win the tournament, followed closely by Carmen’s Crew (+200), and Golden Eagles (Marquette, +450). TBT is one of the more unique sporting events of the year, with some seriously intense games. It’s a must-watch, especially ahead of major sports returning.