After marking her first career LPGA Tour win in the 2023 Honda LPGA Thailand on Sunday, Lilia Vu is on everyone’s radar. That includes legal online North American sportsbooks that have posted futures for this week’s HSBC Women’s World Championship, putting her ahead of defending champion Jin Young Ko.
Whether betting on Vu to carry her momentum into Singapore is a wise move is up to each individual bettor. The field of competitors for Vu will definitely challenge that view.
HSBC Women’s World Championship details for 2023
The time difference between the venue for this event, the Sensota Golf Club’s Tanjong Course in Singapore, is +12 hours in terms of New Brunswick and +13 hours from New York City. For example, when it’s 1 p.m. in New Brunswick, it is 1 a.m. the following day in Singapore.
For that reason, this event will begin late Wednesday evening in the perspective of North American bettors. Other particulars are as follows:
- Par – 72
- Yardage – 6,749
- Defending champion – Jin Young Ko (271, -17)
Handicapping the field and the odds
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Lydia Ko opens the wagering on the winner of this week’s tournament as the odds-on favorite. That was the case last year for Jin Young Ko, too, as she was ranked No. 1 when she prevailed in this event.
Lydia Ko’s recent form suggests why she’s a favorite. Although Lydia Ko will be playing in just her second event of 2023 this week, she did finish tied for sixth in her 2023 debut and none of her rounds at last week’s Honda in Thailand hit the 70s, though.
So perhaps she’s ready to return to her dominating demeanor in Singapore this week. She also has two top-10 finishes in this event in her last four appearances. Sportsbooks like official LPGA partner also have Jin Young Ko and 2021 HSBC winner Hyo Joo Kim in their winners futures further down the market.
Then there’s Vu, sitting +1400 at BetMGM to nab her second consecutive win. Back-to-back wins on the LPGA Tour are super rare. However, it could be said that Vu has never played better in her career than she is right now.
As the week progresses and the field gets more firm, other markets like Top 5 and Top 10 finishes should become available. While those markets will not boast such a strong potential return as winner futures, they can poses far less risk as well.