As the U.S. Open Golf Championship tees off in less than 48 hours, and viewers tune into four days of expansive coverage, New York sports bettors will be seeing something brand-new on their TV screens.
FanDuel NY announced Tuesday that a new commercial featuring top golfers Abraham Ancer, Will Zalatoris, Harold Varner III and current FanDuel PGA TOUR partner and 2015 U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth will be broadcast during this week’s third major of the season - which starts Thursday - and will air through February 2023.
In addition, all four golfers will partner with FanDuel on social media support, which will include odds boosts and content surrounding FanDuel Free-to-Play initiatives. As part of the partnership, FanDuel also will have access to the players’ names and likenesses.
“Golf continues to be one of the fastest-growing sports on our platform and, as we greatly value our partnership with the PGA TOUR, we are excited to grow our PGA Tour program,” said Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group, in a news release. “Jordan has already been a fantastic partner and we look forward to expanding our golf ambassador roster with the addition of Abe Ancer, Will Zalatoris, and Harold Varner III.”
A Look at the Odds
FanDuel odds to win the 122nd edition of the U.S. Open for all four golfers as of Tuesday afternoon:
- Spieth: current +2500, opened at +1900
- Zalatoris: current +2700, opened at +4000
- Varner III: current +6500, opened at +11000
- Ancer: current +9000, opened at +9000
Also, according to the release, Zalatoris and Rory McIlroy are the sportsbook’s largest liabilities. Zalatoris has 5% of the bets and 6% of the handle; Spieth has 3% of the bets and 3% of the handle.
The top favorites are:
- Rory McIlroy (+1000)
- Justin Thomas (+1200)
- Jon Rahm, defending champion (+1500)
- Scottie Scheffler, current Masters champion (+1500)
To celebrate the U.S. Open this week, new sportsbook customers can take advantage of the NY sportsbook offer by FanDuel of bet $5 and receive $200 in free bets. The offer is available in all legal sports betting states in which FanDuel operates and ends June 21.
FanDuel Golf Deals
Last August, FanDuel announced an exclusive, multi-year partnership in which the operator became the exclusive sports betting and daily fantasy provider of Spieth.
Last December, FanDuel and The PGA Tour announced a three-year extension through 2024 to their content and marketing relationship, which designates FanDuel as an official betting operator of the PGA Tour.
In January 2021, FanDuel announced it will begin providing real-time highlights of PGA Tour golf events to FanDuel Sportsbook mobile app users.
FanDuel is, by far, the top NY sportsbook in the state. From the launch on Jan. 8 through the week of June 5, FanDuel’s cumulative handle is just short of $3 billion which is a 39 percent share of the total of almost $7.7 billion.