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I will explain my selections for each of the six golfers so you can understand the logic behind the golf pick. We will be placing 1 unit on any picks on outright winners we usually pick 6 golfers using the 6 pack system, but it can depend on the tournament. We place 1 unit on six different golfers. We picked the winner of the tournament and the odds were 30 to 1 for him to win the event. We picked 6 golfers during the week totalling 6 units. Head to Head betting is a way of betting on golf where you pick one golfer to post a better score than another golfer in the field.
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Below I will explain how I make my weekly golf picks. Head To Head Picks: So a close No. Henry, who entered the tournament in North Carolina No. In golf this year, six has been a lucky number. As in, how many letters in each major championship winner's first and last names. Sergio Garcia won his first Grand Slam tournament at the Masters. Brooks Koepka won his first major at the U. You know, I was probably leaning toward picking Japan's Hideki Matsuyama to take his first career major title this week at the PGA Championship, but I'm off his bandwagon now because it's so incredibly rare to win the week before a major and then take said major.
Perhaps Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas should apply for a work visa in Canada; hey, they have good health care and Venezuela is a mess right now! If you are a big-time sports fan like me, then you probably have yelled at your TV screen on more than one occasion when an athlete screws up an easy situation with something along the lines of: He had an amazing college career at SMU and made history during the summer of when he became just the fifth player to win both the U.
Amateur and the NCAA individual title in the same year. He turned pro last spring and won the first Web. Now that's a name! Sounds almost like a James Bond villain or something. You might not have heard of the year-old unless you follow golf pretty intently. He became somewhat well known with a Top 5 finish at the U. Open at Erin Hills earlier this month. On Sunday, Schauffele, who turned pro in , got his first win by taking the Greenbrier Classic with a birdie on the 72nd hole at the Old White Course in West Virginia.
You can add one name to the field at the British Open in two weeks at Royal Birkdale: Stanley will return to the Open for the first time since missing the Muirfield in Howell's runner-up qualified him for the first time since I don't get too excited about non-major PGA Tour events, but it was pretty cool watching Sunday's playoff between Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger as the two are good buddies.
Spieth got his second win of the year by holing out from a greenside bunker on the first extra hole of the Travelers Championship playoff at TPC River Highlands outside Hartford.
Spieth's celebration after was awesome. I've already heard some stodgy old golfers complain about it, but I thought it was great and golf needs more emotion.
Plus, Berger got a good laugh from it all, so if he wasn't offended then no one else should be. Berger was officially eliminated from the playoff when he missed a foot putt to match Spieth's birdie3. Has Tiger Woods hit rock bottom? Will Tiger Woods ever win another golf tournament? Will Tiger Woods ever be healthy again? These are the questions I want answered. However, offshore sportsbooks have other ideas. Since turning professional over 20 years ago, Woods has become a global icon and one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.
But when you are on top of the mountain, the only thing that is going back down, and right now Woods is spiraling. Open looked great on television at the links-style Erin Hills course in the middle-of-nowhere Wisconsin this past weekend, but I don't think the USGA is going to allow its crown jewel tournament to go back there unless it can be toughened up. I don't know about you, but I like watching guys brought to their knees by the toughest possible conditions in the U.
Open, and that's essentially what the USGA wants. Alas, a lack of wind at Erin Hills made the course quite tame - the fairways are frankly too wide -- and American Brooks Koepka won his first-ever major championship by finishing at under. The under-par mark tied a U.
I learned two things about Daniel Berger this past weekend: Jude Classic, and he's not going to win this week's U. Open because no player has won that tournament after winning an event the previous week. He also joined Nicklaus as the only Ohio natives Dufner was born in Cleveland to win the event in Dublin, outside of Columbus.
My reasoning for picking him was: Prior to the T10 last year he was T5 in and is averaging I'm thankful every day for living in a free country like the United States.
Why do I mention this in a golf story? At age 21, Si Woo Kim of South Korea became the youngest winner of the Players Championship on Sunday with a closing 3-under 69 and three-shot victory. Frankly, the two most interesting things to happen in golf this past weekend didn't involve Brian Harman winning the Wells Fargo Championship with a foot birdie putt on the final hole to deny world No. I think the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was a pretty big success with its new two-man team format, and I'm quite certain that the tournament will stick with that going forward.
It really did seem like the players were more engaged while also having fun playing with a friend or countryman. Many players said they chose friends on the Tour rather than research whose game best complemented their own. Here's hoping the Tour allows more creativity with format changes at other events.
He made an eight-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole to beat Brooks Koepka by a shot. Chappell had a pretty memorable post-victory celebration - I recommend checking it out. I have been picking Sergio Garcia to win one major each year since I started doing golf previews here at Doc's. The Spaniard probably was the best player still without one, and it had to come sooner or later. Sadly, I didn't really touch on El Nino at the Masters, but he won the green jacket by beating Justin Rose on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday in what was some compelling golf to watch - although the TV ratings were way down.
I guess Americans didn't care as much to see a guy from Spain and one from England duel on the back-nine. How good is Dustin Johnson's life right now? He's married to the gorgeous Paulina Gretzky and gets to hang around father-in-law and the greatest hockey player ever in Wayne Gretzky whenever he wants. Oh, and DJ's playing some pretty decent golf these days. Johnson solidified himself as the Masters favorite by winning the World Golf Championships-Match Play in Austin on Sunday for his third straight tournament win - no one had done that on Tour since Rory McIlroy in I honestly didn't much consider another Aussie at Arnie's tournament, but Marc Leishman, a guy I do usually pick to win an event or two each year because the talent is there, got his second career Tour win.
He entered the final round three shots out of the lead but seized it with an epic foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th on Sunday. Leishman, one of the Tour's top-rated putters, then got up-and-down on the final two holes to finish at under and win by a shot over Americans Charley Hoffman and Kevin Kisner - they both shot final-round 73s as the third-round co-leaders. Kisner and Hoffman started the final round at 11 under par. Yeah, all I could think of was former Masters champion Mike Weir.
He has really struggled in recent years, though. Canada currently has just six full-time PGA Tour players, but the country finally added another victory last week at the Valspar Championship in the Tampa Bay area. I'm taking credit for another victory last week at the inaugural World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.
My singular value pick was Gary Woodland because he can hit it a mile and that tournament in Mexico City was played at the highest altitude ever for a PGA Tour event. Yep, I outsmarted myself last week.
Yet there was Fowler teeing off on Sunday in Palm Beach with a four-shot lead. He was far from sharp in his final-round 71, but he won by the margin he started the day with although the lead was down to one shot briefly. I'm giving myself credit for a half-win last week at the Genesis Open at historic Riviera outside Los Angeles. When I wrote that preview last Tuesday here at Doc's, there hadn't yet been a Bovada prop posted that paired both Adam Scott and Dustin Johnson against the field.
I said I thought one of the two would win, but that I'd go with Scott at that point simply because he was better value at a longer price. That said, Bovada did post one of those props by Wednesday. Did we have an official changing of the guard in golf over the weekend?
One could look at it that way as year-old Jordan Spieth continued to set records, while year-old Tiger Woods had to pull out of his next two PGA Tour events because his back still isn't right. No male golfer from Japan has won one of golf's four Grand Slam tournaments, but I'm thinking about going to one of Doc's promoted sportsbooks right now and dropping down some money on Hideki Matsuyama to win a major in as that guy is in the midst of a tremendous stretch of golf.
The guy was one of the best collegians ever as the only two-time winner of the Ben Hogan Award in and , which recognizes the outstanding male amateur and collegiate golfer of the year.
I wasn't real high on Thomas after winning the SBS Tournament of Champions the week before because only one player had ever swept both events in one season and the courses are very different. Your early leader to be the breakout superstar of this PGA Tour season? I hit on five winners in the calendar year, and six if you include me casually referencing I liked Justin Rose to win the Olympic gold medal in Rio when I actually previewed that week's PGA Tour event.
Technically the wraparound season has already started with seven official fall events. After an absence so long that many people started to think he would never come back, Tiger Woods returned to action last weekend in the Hero World Challenge. Now, it wasn't exactly a return out of a Disney movie - he finished 15th in the player field and had a pretty lousy final round.
He survived all four rounds, though, and despite looking like walking a whole round was too much for him - which it probably is because he'd practice with a cart and can't be working out like he used to - he looked mostly fine.
Then I'll address Tiger Woods' highly-anticipated return to action this weekend in the Bahamas. For the second week in a row, we saw a veteran PGA Tour player who had largely been forgotten about get his first Tour win in years. It was a pretty watered-down field in Las Vegas last week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, so I figured it was a good time to pick someone a bit off the radar to win -- and my choice was Scott Piercy. Alas, the American finished T24 after a final-round 71, his worst round of the week by far.
He was in contention entering Sunday. Alas, all that travel I thought would cool him off. Hard not to root for a guy like Justin Thomas. He played collegiately at Alabama, and around 4 a. Now, you might be thinking that's no big deal, but golfers tend to like their routines and Thomas had to go play the final round of the CIMB Classic later that day. It has been an interesting few weeks in golf since I last wrote, previewing the Tour Championship.
I liked England's Paul Casey to win the tournament and the Cup; he finished fourth in Atlanta at 9-under. It has easily been my best season in picking winners as I hit on No. Tour Championship Odds and Betting Predictions. Nothing like a final-round 65 to end a victory drought! McIlroy did have a European Tour win this year.
He was six shots out of the lead when he teed off on a windy Monday and was 4-over-par after his first three holes in Friday's opening round. He's now assured of playing in the Tour Championship. Reed had been seventh in the standings, the highest of any player without a victory. Reed now has a point lead over second-place Jason Day, who tied for fourth. He shot a final-round 67 on Sunday to finish at under tying tournament record and beat out former world No. Kim really won the tournament on Friday with a course-record 60 and never looked back.
He beat Henrik Stenson, the Swede and tournament favorite, by two shots. I also pegged Patrick Reed as the top of four American golfers, but he finished T Matt Kuchar was the top finisher from the USA by earning the bronze medal.
Last week was about the newsiest on the PGA Tour in a long time. First, you had Nike dropping the bombshell that it would be leaving the golf equipment business but still make apparel.
Obviously they can't be obligated to play old Nike clubs and balls. The major championship portion of the PGA Tour season came to a conclusion on Sunday at Baltusrol as American Jimmy Walker completed a wire-to-wire victory for the first major title of his career -- and thus making all four major winners this year first-timers.
There were two players head-and-shoulders above the rest at least week's Canadian Open in world No. I didn't think either would win, though, and they didn't. He will also represent his country in Rio. Noren had that at least week's Scottish Open and brought home his fifth career Euro Tour title, all coming with a lead entering the final round.
Noren shot a final-round 2-under 70 to finish at 14 under at Castle Stuart in northern Scotland and win by a shot over Tyrrell Hatton, with Nicolas Colsaerts, Danny Lee and Matteo Manassero a shot further back. Dustin Johnson, you made me look bad! After all, DJ was playing for the first time since a very emotional win at the U.
Hard to be focused, I figured. Bobby Hurley I'm very familiar with. He was a former All-American point guard and two-time national champion at Duke who is currently the head basketball coach at Arizona State. I predicted my fifth winner of the season at last week's U. Open at storied Oakmont outside Pittsburgh, but I'm not sure I've ever been so irritated watching a golf event.
And Johnson got that major championship monkey off his back, a year after blowing the U. Open at Chambers Bay, by shooting 4-under to win by three shots. The second major of the season in professional golf gets underway this Thursday with the opening round of the US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh. The US Open is often considered the toughest test the top golfers in the world face each year. This year's venue could be especially difficult considering that five strokes over par was good enough to claim the title the last time this tournament was contested at Oakmont in That's because no player has ever won the week before the Open and then taken that tournament in the same year.
Some of the great sporting rivalries in American history. The duo finished at 15 under, and McGirt beat Curran on the second playoff hole to win his first PGA Tour event in his th career start. Yes, I'm aware that when alerting other golfers to a potentially wayward shot that it's spelled fore.
Apparently I picked Sergio Garcia to win a tournament a week too early. The Spaniard was my choice to win the Players Championship two weeks ago but couldn't manage that. Those two finished at under Koepka handed the win to Sergio by driving into the water on that first playoff hole.
With all due respect to Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, there's little question that right now the world's best golfer is Aussie Jason Day, and that has been the case since right after last year's British Open. Day was brilliant at the Players Championship in going wire-to-wire to win the event, at under , for the first time in his career. He was the first wire-to-wire winner at TPC Sawgrass in 16 years, and it was Day's seventh victory overall in the past 17 starts.
I'm not sure what the most unlikely tournament win in PGA Tour history is, but I feel confident saying that James Hahn's victory last week at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte has to be on the list of among the most unlikely this decade. Was good karma with this guy or what? First off, he entered the tournament having missed eight straight cuts this season.
He didn't break 70 in any of those events as you would imagine. His scoring average was Last week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans was a mess weather-wise, forcing not just a Monday finish but also the tournament was shortened to 54 holes first event shortened since the opener in Hawaii.
Amazingly, Stuard never bogeyed a single hole in the tournament. In addition to making all 40 of his putts inside 10 feet, Stuard led the field at 2. He was third there in and second in It's really hard not to root for Jordan Spieth.
Everything you hear and read is that he's a great young guy with his head on his shoulders and not some pompous ass like Tiger Woods often was at the height of his fame. So it was doubly crushing to watch Spieth melt down Sunday on the par-3 yard 12th hole at the Masters, the shortest hole at Augusta National. He hit two in the water at that hole -- I can't even explain what happened on the second one from the drop area -- to put up a quadruple-bogey seven.
Spieth had taken just eight total shots on No. But from what I've read about the year-old journeyman who used to work for Donald Trump as a PGA professional and teaching pro, I'm happy for him. Herman, ranked st in the world at the start of the week, got his first win in his th start on the Tour. Professional golf's first Major of the year tees off this Thursday with first-round action in the Masters at Augusta National Golf Course.
Picking an outright winner in a tournament filled with the best golfers in the world can be a daunting task, but Bovada has offered up a pair of player props that gives you the option of grouping together the 'best of the best' in an effort cash in on one of golf's most popular betting events. So I think I'm going to place a futures wager on an Australian winning a gold medal at this summer's Rio Olympics.
When speaking about the Masters, Jordan Spieth should be the first name on everyone's mind. The young pro captivated the golf world last season, winning consecutive majors and keeping the talk of a calendar year Grand Slam alive and well for a few months.
Spieth produced a legendary by winning both the Masters and US Open to start the year and became only the sixth player in the tour's history, and first since Tiger Woods in , to win both events back to back. Outside of the golf world, Jason Day might be best known for LeBron James crashing into his wife during a Cleveland Cavaliers game a few months ago.
Inside the golf world, however, Day has crashed the Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy face-of-golf party and turned it into a three-man race. If the year-old Day can finally have his breakthrough moment in the Masters, after a number of excruciating close calls, the triumvirate of Spieth, McIlroy and Day may be ready to bring the sport back into the mainstream.
Day got up-and-down twice over his final five holes, including on No. From a greenside bunker about yards from the hole, Day blasted out to within four feet and drained the par putt to go wire-to-wire. But apparently the guy has major game. Except of course that would have ended McCoy's amateur career. I'm not sure what was more newsy last week on the PGA Tour: Valspar Championship Odds and Betting Predictions.
Not too long ago, Australian Adam Scott was No. But as seems to happen only in golf, as someone like former No. Quite a week that Bubba Watson had last week. He passed a kidney stone on Monday you don't know pain until you do that.
He also got to see his 3-year-old son play drums with Justin Bieber as well as take in an excellent Warriors-Clippers game in Los Angeles. Or how Peyton Manning is likely going to follow the lead of his boss and do the same after winning Super Bowl 50 on Sunday? That's what I'm talking about! It was Dufner's fourth career victory but first since the PGA Championship when he looked poised to join the elite talents in golf.
Dufner is one of the good guys on Tour and is very popular among players. I took a much-needed vacation last week so didn't preview the Sony Open, the second and final tournament of the Hawaii Swing.
And that's probably good I didn't because I guarantee you that I wouldn't have even mentioned in passing Fabian Gomez, who was the winner of the first full-field event of This coming golf season has the potential to be one of the most exciting in years.
It's clearly the start of a new era on Tour. Tiger is still recovering from back surgery; there's a very good chance he doesn't play at all in and it seems a long shot that Woods ever wins another event, much less a major. Here's hoping that Bubba Watson stops winning golf tournaments because Watson is one of the most entertaining players on the PGA Tour -- off the course and on it -- but he says he will retire if he ever rises to No. I'm walking away on top.
But let's be honest, nobody here's voting on that, right? Everybody thinks I'm not going to do that," Watson said on Sunday. I just happened to pick the wrong one. He finished a solid T8, but the winner was countryman Charl Schwartzel, who finished at under to beat out France's Gregory Bourdy by four shots. Read more about European Tour Picks: Scotland's Russell Knox, who had won the big-money WGC-HSBC Champions tournament two weeks ago in China as an alternate and for his first-ever Tour win, had a one-shot lead at El Camaleon Golf Club on his 72nd hole but drove into a fairway bunker, hit his approach shot short of the green and made bogey.
That has been a trend in the early going of the new season. Thomas shot a final-round 66 to finish at a tournament-record under and hold off Adam Scott final-round 63 by a shot. With a very weak field last week in Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, I expected a fairly no-name player to win the second tournament of the new season. And I was more right than I knew as someone named Smylie Kaufman was the victor.
I'm obviously fairly plugged into the golf scene to write this series but I never heard of that guy. A lot of golf experts believed that Grillo was a top candidate for Rookie of the Year this season. Welcome to the start of the PGA Tour wraparound season, and it's an unusually solid field this week at the Frys.
The PGA Tour included a stipulation that basically forced a few of the world's top players to compete here see below. I wasn't overly high on Jordan Spieth as he had scuffled a bit in the playoffs after an otherwise amazing year. Dustin Johnson was my choice as top American and he finished T5. He opened with a 61 and never looked back, finishing at under to win by six shots and rise to No.
It's going to be either him or Jordan Spieth. You may need a reminder since the Tour was dark last week. Rickie Fowler won the event at under , beating Henrik Stenson by a shot -- and that hurt me deeply because Stenson was my choice to win.
How great is it to be a golf fan these days? Sure, it was incredibly entertaining to see Tiger Woods in his prime, but he pretty much was destroying the field. He never had a true rivalry -- no, I don't think Phil Mickelson really was one.
They rarely contended together in big-time tournaments. I know the ratings on the weekend were way up this year because Tiger Woods was tied for the lead after 36 holes. He needed no worse than a solo second to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The Barclays Odds and Predictions. It clearly overwhelmed Day as he was very emotional after taking his final putt on Sunday. The title of best active player not to win a major now leaves his back and probably jumps on Dustin Johnson's. Wyndham Championship Odds and Betting Predictions.
Lowry started Sunday's final round in the penultimate group and two strokes behind Jim Furyk and Justin Rose. Lowry tied Watson for the day's low round of 66, with Lowry's 4-under not including a single bogey. Lowry made it interesting on the 72nd hole when his tee shot went way left, but he hit a great shot through the trees and into within 11 feet of the hole. One of the big storylines this week is the return of this tournament's defending champion, Rory McIlroy, who missed last month's Open Championship with an ankle injury.
Predictions for Top-5 Finish Betting Props. Last week's Quicken Loans National in Virginia was really the best example of how handicapping winners in a golf tournament is such a crapshoot for the most part and why I often stick to Top 10s.
Now I know why I'm not a professional athlete. You know, other than having no particularly great talent in any sport. I didn't think that Aussie Jason Day would do much last week at the Canadian Open after coming up just short of that British Open playoff and yet another agonizing near-miss at a major.
Flying across the pond to a mid-level event? Nah, Day wasn't going to be focused. Plus he hadn't played the Canadian Open in years.
Spieth made a brilliant birdie on 16 to get into a share of the lead but bogeyed No. Professional golf's third major of the season gets underway early this Thursday with first-round action in this year's Open Championship, also known as the British Open, on the Old Course at fabled St.
The biggest storyline this week will be year old Jordan Spieth's bid to win his third straight major after already capturing the title in this year's Masters and US Open. Read more about Open Championship Picks: Odds and Expert Props Predictions. I have no problem admitting when I am flat-out wrong, and boy was I wrong at last week's John Deere Classic in Illinois. I questioned why world No. Andrews or at least competing in the Scottish Open to get used to links golf.
Read more about British Open Picks: Odds and Expert Golf Betting Predictions. Lee got the win when he parred the second hole of the sudden-death playoff, eliminating Hearn after Kisner and Streb were bumped on the first playoff hole. There was no question that American Bubba Watson was the best player in the watered-down field at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut last week, but the best player rarely wins those types of events.
Watson birdied the second extra hole to beat England's Paul Casey in a playoff. I told you that the Chambers Bay course would be a major story line at last week's U. Open and it certainly was -- until it was upstaged by an incredible ending that saw Dustin Johnson lose the tournament and Jordan Spieth win it to get halfway to the season Grand Slam. Travelers Championship Odds and Expert Predictions. Every year, there are probably a good five tournaments or so on the PGA Tour won by a guy who would make casual golf fans or bettors go, "Who?
Jude Classic in Memphis for his first Tour victory. Gomez, 36, shot a 4-under 66 Sunday to finish under and four strokes ahead of another rather unknown, England's Greg Owen. Those two each began the day at 9-under. Read more about US Open Picks: Golf Betting Odds and Expert Predictions.
This year's US Open, which is the second major of the season in professional golf, gets underway this Thursday with first round action from Chambers Bay at University Place in Washington.
Rory McIlroy comes in as the favorite to win, but there are a number of contenders ready to bring their A-Game to the Pacific Northwest in search of a win this week. Props Picks and Expert Betting Predictions. US Open Betting Predictions: The golf scene is set to kick into overdrive this week with the FedEx St.
The big storylines heading into the next two weeks will focus on Tiger Woods, who just played one of the worst rounds of golf in his entire career, and the brewing rivalry between Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
It's not often that a last-place finisher overshadows the winner of a golf tournament, but then again Tiger Woods doesn't finish last every day. And that's where Woods wound up at last week's Memorial Tournament, which he had won five times previously.
Tiger shot an unbelievable 85 in Saturday's third round, the worst round of his pro career. He had a quad, two doubles, six bogeys and one birdie. Bowditch also had his wedding reception there. He moved to north Texas a decade ago after essentially throwing a "dart at a map" and met his future wife Amanda, who grew up in the area.
Memorial Tournament Odds and Expert Predictions. I don't like to lead these stories with pessimistic views of things, but I know that world No. Spieth so badly wants to win a PGA tournament in his home state of Texas, and he was potentially in position to do so last week at Colonial.
Spieth was right there with a handful of others but suffered his only bogey of Sunday on the par-3 16th, and he fell one shot short of winner Chris Kirk. Without question, times out of if a sportsbook gives me odds for the field against one player to win a golf tournament, I'm taking the field. Won't even think twice. I've always been a fan of Rickie Fowler's game on the course, but that dude is now my idol for his game off it.
So I guess we can cool our jets a little bit on wondering if Jordan Spieth has passed Rory McIlroy as the best player in the world. McIlroy reminded everyone who the world's top-ranked player was last week at the World Golf Championship-Match Play event by beating Gary Woodland in the finals, never trailing once in the match. Sometimes the most deserving golfer doesn't always win a tournament. That was not the case at all last week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans as England's Justin Rose didn't make a single bogey over his final 66 holes -- just think about that; Rose had a bogey and double on his first six holes -- to win his seventh career PGA Tour event.
Rose finished at a tournament-record under to beat out Cameron Tringale by a shot and Boo Weekley by two. I usually pick Jim Furyk to win a couple of tournaments a year. He's a great player who always seems to be in contention -- in recent years, however, he would get uptight with a final-round lead and falter. That wasn't the case last week at Hilton Head as Furyk won the RBC Heritage in a playoff for his first tournament title in nearly five years, spanning events.
Is it too late for me to become a pro golfer? If it wasn't clear before that the era of Tiger and Phil being the "rivalry" to watch on the PGA Tour is in the rear-view mirror in terms of relevance, Jordan Spieth's spectacular win at the Masters officially stamped this year and likely the next several as Jordan vs.
Rory as the key rivalry in golf. To casual golf fans or those stuck in the still-lousy weather up in the American north, the golf season truly begins with the first major of the season, the Masters. Nothing like seeing all the azaleas blooming and sunny skies when you are stuck in Michigan or Maine wherever still shoveling out snow.
Before I touch on the Masters, as usual I will recap my success or lack thereof the previous week. Read more about Masters Picks: Odds and Expert Golf Predictions.
Will Tiger Woods ever win another major? The question has been on the table for so long that it has already begun to lose its significance and meaning. The further the golf world gets from that magical Monday afternoon in , when Woods last won a major, the easier it is to forget how great he used to be. Open win nearly six years go, while playing on a broken leg and still sinking a high-pressure shot to force a sudden-death playoff hole against Rocco Mediate, will forever be remembered as one of the greatest moments in sports history.
Read more about Masters Odds: Handicapping Tiger Woods Prop Bets. The first major of the season in professional golf gets underway this Thursday with first round action from Augusta in this year's Masters. There is a whole new crop of young guns at the top of the list of Bovada's futures odds for this year's event. While there are a number of different ways to bet on the Masters, some of the best value lies in the betting odds for a Top-5 finish.
Today, however, I will examine some of the hundreds of player props available at the sportsbooks -- taken from Bovada and Sportsbook.
This is always one of my favorites betting weeks of the year with the college basketball National Championship Game, baseball's Opening Day and the Masters. Two names are dominating the Masters headlines: Rory McIlroy for his shot at making history, and Tiger Woods for announcing that he will in fact play the event. One name is dominating headlines because of what his future might hold, while the other is dominating headlines because of his past. McIlroy has a chance at becoming only the third person in PGA Tour history to win three straight majors while also completing a career grand slam all before his 26th birthday.
Well, technically Walker lives 35 miles away in Bourne, but he grew up attending the Texas Open, so it had to feel sweet. I'm happy to eat a little crown when necessary. There was NO chance of that with the way Every had played since his surprise win a year ago. There has been some really exciting final-round golf on the PGA Tour this year, and last Sunday at the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in the Tampa Bay area was no exception as Jordan Spieth birdied the third playoff hole with a foot putt to beat Patrick Reed and Sean O'Hair they all finished at 10 under.
It's good thing Spieth made it because it had some pace and likely was going to be at least four-feet long if he didn't. Last week at the big-money WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral's Blue Monster, Dustin Johnson proved he's all the way back from his personal problems by winning in just his fifth tournament since a return from what he and the PGA Tour called a "self-imposed" six-month leave of absence.
Johnson shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 9 under, one ahead of J. Holmes, who led Johnson and Bubba Watson by five entering the final round. However, Holmes ballooned to a final-round Even more impressive, Johnson had missed the cut the previous week at the Honda, but he contended twice on the California Swing. I had mostly forgotten about the multiple-time major championship winner. Harrington, who lost his Tour card last year, needed a sponsor's exemption just to play the Honda.
He won't have to worry about an exemptions for a while now. The golf season had largely seen well-known players -- at least to those who follow the sport a bit more than casually -- win the tournaments thus far. It turns out I was a week early on Brandt Snedeker. Naturally, Snedeker did win. When Tiger Woods last won a major in a dramatic US Open playoff victory with a broken leg-the question on everyone's mind was not "if" he would ever pass Jack Nicklaus for the most majors won by a professional golfer but "when".
Nowadays, after a much-publicized divorce, multiple injuries, disappointing finishes, and no majors to be placed on his mantel, the more apt question is if Woods will ever win his 15th major. It was actually his sixth pro win since leaving an All-American career at Florida State behind around three years ago, but the others were in Europe four on European Challenge Tour, one European Tour win back in November. I figured was a fluke! I came close a handful of times to picking a tournament winner last but wasn't able to do so until my final prediction of the year in late November, and that was on the European Tour.
The PGA Tour said goodbye to Hawaii for the rest of the year with last week's Sony Open, and American Jimmy Walker won the event for the second year in a row -- just six days after blowing a likely win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Maui with a late final-round collapse and finishing second.
Humana Challenge Odds and Betting Predictions. The golf year does not really begin until the Masters in April, when the entire sport will turn its attention to Augusta National. The big questions heading into the New Year revolve around a certain set of players and whether or not they can win a major in The golf world, or course, is waiting to see if Rory McIlroy can continue to add to his majors hardware, while other questions revolve around Tiger Woods and if he can ever regain his former glory.
Odds to win a Major in Reed is only the fourth player in the past 20 years with four wins before age 25, and the other three guys are pretty good: Before we kick off the golfing New Year -- also remember that is the final year that players can anchor putters to their stomachs -- with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, allow me to look back at my final golf preview of Hyundai Tournament of Champions Odds and Predictions.
At least we finally had a big-name player win on the PGA Tour. It had been a while. It was a great finish as Watson had to hole an eagle bunker chip on the 72nd hole to get in a playoff after teeing off in No. At least four players had a chance at the par-5 18th hole to get to 11 under, but only Watson and Tim Clark were able to do it to set up a playoff.
Watson won the playoff with birdie putt back on No. Thus that's why I wasn't a huge fan of his last week. Moore shot a final-round 5-under 67 to finish at 17 under and beat out fellow American Gary Woodland, who also was runner-up a year ago in a playoff to Moore.
Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na also finished tied for second on Sunday. All three finished at under with MacKenzie falling out on the first playoff hole. Streb, who shot a final-round and career-low 63 to get into extra holes he was five back after 54 holes , birdied the second playoff hole to eliminate de Jonge, a very good player still looking for his first win.
Streb's previous best finish was a runner-up in New Orleans last season. I'll just be honest here in that I had barely heard of golfer Ben Martin -- he probably never heard of me, either -- before he was the surprise winner of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas last week. The week before, Martin had shot at the Frys.
So of course he then shot a under , highlighted by a third-round 62, for his first Tour win in career start No. OK, if this golf season is like the last one then I'm probably going to go winless again -- I am just being honest. If I'm a little ticked off it's because I do homework on these tournaments and then guys come from way out of nowhere to win.
Before I begin looking at the first tournament of the PGA Tour's wraparound season -- talk about a short offseason -- let's as usual look back at my results last week where I examined the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The golf calendar comes to a close this weekend at Gleneagles in Scotland with the 40th Ryder Cup, the biennial team event between the Americans and Europeans that some believe is the biggest event in golf -- yes, bigger than any of the majors.
It just might be. Alas, it appears I will make it through the entire PGA Tour season without picking a single winner --after four last year -- unless I can nail one of the 29 guys in this week's season-ending Tour Championship. That's not to say it hasn't been a successful season.
Done very well on Top finishes and head-to-head results. In all honesty, it's not usually a smart bet to wager on one guy to win a tournament. Too hard to do. But I'll keep on going into next season. Read more about FedEx Cup Picks: Tour Championship Odds and Predictions. It was a great day to start this week for American Chris Kirk, followed by a little bit of depressing news, although on the whole he certainly came out ahead.
Hunter Mahan by all accounts is one of the good guys on Tour, so it was nice to see him win last week's PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff opening Barclays event in New Jersey for his first title in his past 47 starts and 30 months or so. Deutsche Bank Championship Odds and Predictions. I always thought Colombia's Camilo Villegas would be a pretty big star in the golf world. The former Florida Gator had personality, good looks -- he was featured in the magazine GQ in and on People's "Hottest Bachelors" list -- and a game to match.
The Barclays Odds and Betting Predictions. The first three Grand Slams of the season frankly were rather boring. The PGA Championship more than made up for that and it had to be the most exciting final round of a major in at least a few years. Wyndham Championship Odds and Predictions. This is why projecting a winner of a golf tournament is so darn hard. He was an afterthought. So of course he won the tournament, with Jim Furyk continuing his concerning trend of blowing hole leads.
Canadian Open Odds and Betting Predictions. It looked like my winner's drought would finally end last week at the John Deere Classic. I went with Zach Johnson, who is from nearby Des Moines. Johnson shook off a recent slump to shoot under, which wins this tournament every other year but three.
Some compare Harman 5-foot-7 to Jim Furyk because he's such a little guy who plays gritty golf. For anyone who says that golfers are athletes, I give you Argentine Angel Cabrera. That said, "El Pato" is one of my favorite golfers because Cabrera is usually boom or bust, and he generally looks like he's having a ball regardless. Cabrera, 44, came pretty much from nowhere last week at the Greenbrier Classic by two shots over George McNeill.
John Deere Classic Odds and Predictions. Both players tried to give it away. Rose hit into the water on 18 and had to make a foot bogey just to get into the playoff. Then Stefani hit into the drink on the first playoff hole, also No. Rather shocking that Congressional played harder for this tournament in some regards than when the U. Open was there in and Rory McIlroy shot a record under. Rose and Stefani finished at just 4-under. The Greenbrier Classic Odds and Predictions.
Last week's Travelers Championship outside Hartford pretty much summed up how impossible it has been to project winners on Tour this season. Needless to say I didn't expect much from Kevin Streelman at the tournament. Not that he's an unknown, but the guy had missed four straight cuts heading into the event and hadn't had a Top 10 since the first tournament of in Hawaii.
Quicken Loans National Odds and Predictions. They say close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes, but the way the golf season is going for projecting winners, I'm relatively pleased with myself that American Dustin Johnson finished T4 at last week's U.
I had him as my winner, and he wasn't close to that, finishing 10 shots behind Germany's Martin Kaymer. Travelers Championship Odds and Predictions. How do I know that? The tournament may not carry its usual luster because of the absence of golf's biggest name, Tiger Woods, but there are still plenty of reasons to pay attention, and big names to follow, during the sport's biggest event of the summer.
Jude Classic Odds and Predictions. The final round of the Masters was rather drama-free. Thus, I have no problem saying the most exciting day of golf so far this year was last Sunday. In his first tournament as the world's No. The Memorial Tournament Odds and Predictions. I'd like to say I played golf once with Todd Brendon, err. That I knew him well and also knew the day was coming soon when he would win his first PGA Tour event.
I'd like to say that. I've never heard of Brendon Todd. Todd deserved the victory at last week's Byron Nelson Championship, leading the field in scrambling and beating out a pretty good leader board with a final-round 66 -- the only bogey-free round of the contenders -- to edge former Masters champion Mike Weir wow, where's he been? The other was the PGA Championship.
During that span he missed more than twice as many cuts nine as he had finishes in the Top 10 four. Byron Nelson Championship Odds and Predictions. That would be J. Holmes, who took the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte last week for his first Tour win since and jumped from No.
The Players Championship Odds and Predictions. I think it's fair to say that frustration is setting in for me on these weekly golf predictions stories. Wells Fargo Championship Odds and Predictions. Well, I was right and wrong last week. Wrong in that I believed Matt Kuchar, Mr. Consistent, would struggle a bit in the wake of a Masters hangover. Ratings were down for the Masters and so was the overall interest at the sportsbooks.
Whereas the Masters usually takes by far the most action of any golf tournament in a given year, I could see whichever major Tiger Woods returns for first this year passing it up. That's how much Tiger drives the needle. I'm going to quickly recap last week's picks at the Shell Houston Open instead of a more in-depth look back as usual because there are so many Masters props that I could write at least five stories alone on the season's first major championship that begins Thursday at historic Augusta National.
The Masters is professional golf's first of four Majors that are played throughout the season and one of the most prestigious events in all of sports. Read more about Masters Betting: Top-Five Finish Futures Odds. The huge news this week was that Tiger would be forced to skip Augusta after undergoing back surgery.
It's fair to say his availability for the U. Open also is in jeopardy, and maybe he decides to just take the rest of the year off to get fully healthy. Shell Houston Open Odds and Predictions.
Now I'm just getting irritated with this golf season. I'm 0-for Hawaii, 0-for-California, 0-for Arizona and now zip-for Florida.