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Hero World Challenge: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 12/1/16

The 2016 Hero World Challenge

Hero World Challenge: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Albany Golf Course) See the Latest Odds

TV: GOLF, NBC

We head to the Bahamas this week for the 2016 Hero World Challenge at the Albany Golf Course, which is a golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods and features the 18 top golfers in the world. Oh, and guess who’s back on the greens? Some guy named Woods.

Anyway, with such a small field to pick from and so many quality golfers on deck, there’s terrific value out there. Let’s take a look at five golfers to consider for your card.

Hero World Challenge: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 12/1/16

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Tiger Woods - We might as well start off with the biggest name of all and the longest odds of all. Woods hasn’t played competitive golf in 16 months and had just one top-10 finish in his last 11 events played overall, so he wasn't great the last time we saw him. Woods winning this tournament is very not likely. However, Woods has to be somewhat healthy given that he is returning and he has won this event five times with five runner-up finishes as well. Why not throw a few dollars with +3300 odds?

Hideki Matsuyama - Hideki Matsuyama is off to a fire 2017 start with a runner-up finish in the CIMB Classic and a first place finish in the WGC-HSBC Championship. Matsuyama also just won the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters in Japan, for the second time in his career. Matsuyama is hitting the ball very well at the moment and should enter this tournament with a ton of confidence. He’s certainly a young golfer to keep an eye on moving forward as we roll into the new year. Matsuyama in his current form is worth a play on odds of +685.

Zach Johnson - You can get Zach Johnson with odds of +3000, which makes him the second biggest long shot this week. I’ll take it. Johnson won this tournament in 2013 and was a runner-up in 2011 and 2007. Last season, Johnson made the cut 21 out of 24 times and racked up nine top-25 finishes. Yes, it’s been awhile since Johnson has won something and he’s a longshot for a reason, but given his history at this event, he’s worth a small play in hopes of a big payout.

Justin Rose - Justin Rose was money last season when he made the cut in 15 of 18 events played and produced 11 top-25 finishes. Rose always finds a way to keep himself in the thick of a tournament and should be able to do that here as well with his driving ability and knack for staying on the green. Rose is a nice dark horse play this weekend with +1500 odds.

Jordan Spieth - Few golfers rise to the occasion and compete with the big boys like Jordan Spieth. His resume needs no introduction and his victory in 2014 and score of -26 to par is still a tournament record. And even if he didn’t have a terrific season compared to past years, Spieth still had 16 top-25 finishes and eight top-10 finishes. Spieth has as good of shot to win this week than anyone and smaller odds of +560 is still a good chance to make more than five times your money.

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