Busan hosts the BMW Ladies Championship this week where the best players in the world tee it up.
Lydia Ko is the tournament favorite with golf betting markets, but looking to score a minor upset is Jin-Young Ko, who returns from injury earlier than expected.
Jin-Young Ko Returns to Defend Title
Despite nursing a wrist injury, Jin-Young Ko is back to defend her BMW Ladies Championship and the best player in the world can’t be overlooked.
She was expected to sit out several weeks, but she returns early and we don’t see a problem with that. It shows that she’s hungry to defend her title and she has the ultimate respect from her playing companions.
“I feel like people don’t give her enough credit for how dominant she is and how consistent she is,” Cheyenne Knight told LPGA.com. “She always strives to be better. She’s definitely someone that I look up to. And I feel like she’s never fully satisfied. How good she is in every aspect of her game is incredibly impressive.”
The sportsbook has Jin-Young Ko at +2000, which is the best price you’ll ever get for her. She is usually around the +600 mark, so we’re taking the value – injury or not.
- Pick: Jin-Young Ko +2000
Lydia Ko Favored to Win
We’re talking about Lydia Ko now, who has been well-backed to win the last few tournaments on the LPGA Tour.
The New Zealander has been playing well without winning, but bookmakers expect her to get the job done in Busan.
She comes off a third-place fish at the Volunteers of America Classic and she’s excited to be in contention
“It’s always nice to be in contention, and I think that’s what the ultimate goal is, to be in contention,” Ko said. “And whatever happens at the end of the week, you’ve really got no control after that.”
Taking +650 for Ko is on the shorter side of value, but we wouldn’t bet on the BMW Ladies Championship without having Lydia Ko in our selections.
- Pick: Lydia Ko +650
Green Closing In
Australian Hannah Green is a value pick with golf odds at +2200 following some impressive results.
The 25-year-old finished T3 at the Portland Classic and she also recorded a T10 finish at the Dana Open a few weeks prior.
She hasn’t won in awhile, but she recorded a second-place finish earlier in the year and she’s the 2019 PGA Championship winner, so class is on her side.
Despite having only two wins on her record, both coming in 2019, Green is getting back to her best and she could take advantage of her solid short game at the BMW.
She has recorded two top-10 finishes in majors this year, including a T5 at the PGA and a T8 at the Chevron Championship.
Green is a value pick for bettors and she’s worth having on the ticket.
- Pick: Hannah Green +2200
Shibuno Forgotten About
Hinako Shibuno is only 23 years old and, despite winning the 2019 British Open, she doesn’t have any friends with betting online markets.
The Japanese player is a +11000 chance with bookmakers, and despite recent form being below her best, we can’t overlook those odds.
Her British Open upset might be her only LPGA Tour win, but she’s a six-time Japan Tour winner and she always plays well in the big tournaments.
Shibuno finished T4 at the Chevron and third at the 2022 British Open, so there’s no reason to jump off her back.
The odds are juicy and bettors could smash the sportsbook at the BMW Ladies Championship.
- Pick: Hinako Shibuno +11000