Golf’s Match V Is Coming To An Iowa Sportsbook Near You

Written By Marc Meltzer on November 23, 2021

Keep checking Iowa’s top sportsbooks. The Match V odds for Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau should be popping up soon — if they aren’t in place already.

The fifth installment of the head-to-head golf match returns to Las Vegas at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. This exhibition will take place on 12 of the 18 holes at the Wynn Golf Club.

The Match isn’t a typical golf event so some legal sportsbooks in Iowa hesitated before adding it to the state’s betting menu. Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) administrator Brian Ohorilko confirmed that The Match meets regulatory requirements for an Iowa bet.

“Matchplay golf events have come up in the past. And the majority of them would be something that would not meet the statutory definition of an authorized sporting event or would be unapproved for other reasons. For example, we’ve seen some matchplay events where professional golfers aren’t involved. That would be something that we have not authorized in the state of Iowa.”

Ohorilko also said the professional athletes have to be paid for the event to be eligible in Iowa.

How to watch The Match V

  • What: Brooks Koepka vs. Bryson DeChambeau in The Match V
  • When: 3 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Wynn Golf Course is part of Wynn Las Vegas. This is the only Vegas Strip casino with its own golf course.
  • TV: The main broadcast of The Match will be on TNT. Much like March Madness, this event will be shown on Warner/Turner networks. TBS, truTV and HLN will also broadcast The Match.
  • Streamers will be able to watch The Match on the apps and websites associated with each network including Watch TNT.

The Match broadcast team will feature the debut of Phil Mickelson in the broadcast booth. TNT’s Charles Barkley will join Lefty in the booth. The duo won The Match last year.

Brian Anderson will handle play-by-play. Amanda Balionis will be the on-course reporter

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Wynn Las Vegas is hosting The Match and WynnBet has DeChambeau a -120 favorite to defeat Koepka. WynnBet isn’t in Iowa yet, but Ohorilko said “Wynn is continuing to work with the commission in obtaining their license” through Riverside Casino & Golf Resort near Iowa City.

Made-for-TV matches offer a distinct way to bet on golf. Since there are only two participants, legal US sportsbooks can offer wagering options that aren’t always available.

WynnBet senior trading manager Alan Berg tells PlayIA that betting was slow prior to The Match but he “figure(s) to see some solid action day before and day of once it’s on everyone’s radar.”

DraftKings may have the largest betting menu for The Match once the sportsbook updates its Iowa site and app. The odds include prop bets based on each hole:

  • First Hole: DeChambeau +250, Koepka +275, Tie -120
  • Second Hole: DeChambeau +190, Koepka +210, Tie +130
  • Third Hole: DeChambeau +275, Koepka +300, Tie -140
  • Fourth Hole: DeChambeau +250, Koepka +275, Tie -120
  • Fifth Hole: DeChambeau +190, Koepka +210, Tie +130
  • Sixth Hole: DeChambeau +280, Koepka +290, Tie +135
  • Seventh Hole: DeChambeau +240, Koepka +265, Tie -110
  • Eighth Hole: DeChambeau +250, Koepka +275, Tie -120

DraftKings also has partial match wagering options based on which player will have the lead after three, six and nine holes.

Bets cover aces and par wins too

PointsBet has +7000 odds that DeChambeau will make a hole in one. The odds are the same for Koepka to make a hole in one. Odds are +3500 for someone to wager on whether either player will make a hole in one.

The sportsbook also has odds on which player will win the most of each type of hole:

  • For Par 3s: DeChambeau -120, Koepka -110
  • Par 4s: DeChambeau -120, Koepka -110
  • And, Par 5s: DeChambeau -125, Koepka -105

Why Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau?

The Match usually features golfers playing for fun and charity. This event could be a little different.

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have had a contentious relationship for a couple of years. Even though the two were cordial playing together at the Ryder Cup, there’s at least some good-hearted distaste for one another.

The animosity started in 2019 when Koepka commented on DeChambeau’s slow play at the Dubai Desert Classic. The sniping continued later in the year when more players piled onto DeChambeau’s slow play.

The rivalry hit a peak when Koepka rolled his eyes during an interview after DeChambeau walked behind him.

The feud continued through this year but might be a little less bitter after playing together at the Ryder Cup in September. The rivals hugged as they posed with the Ryder Cup trophy.

And now … the two will play head to head in The Match in Las Vegas.

The Match V scoring

The Match will take place on up to 12 of the 18 holes at Wynn Golf Club. There may not be a need for Koepka and DeChambeau to play all 12 holes. This matchup will be scored as a match play event similar to the Ryder Cup.

A player who shoots the lowest score on the individual hole will receive one point. A player will receive a half-point if they both tie a hole.

The winner of The Match will be the player with the most points after 12 holes.

The Match can end early if a player has an insurmountable lead.

Wynn Golf Club

Wynn Golf Club is a 6,722-yard, par-70 course. DeChambeau and Koepka will only be playing 12 of the 18 holes at the Wynn Las Vegas golf course for The Match.

The Tom Fazio-designed golf course at Wynn Las Vegas originally opened in 2005. The course was closed in 2017 when the company planned an expansion on the land.

The plans for the Wynn Paradise Park were canceled after part of the golf course was removed. The course returned in 2020 with eight new and 10 refurbished holes.

Green fees are $550 for anyone who wants to play the course. High rolling guests can use reward points or ask a host for a comp to play the course.

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