<![CDATA[Golf RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/23/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/03/23/wgc-dell-technologies-match-play-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments With the Masters Tournament approaching quite fast, we leave Florida to head to Texas for the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play which will take place at the Austin Country Club. This event was established in 1999 and has produced three multiple winners with Tiger Woods leading the way with three victories.

A match play knockout event always makes for a fun betting experience.

Here are five golfers to consider throwing onto your card this week.

Dustin Johnson - You…

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With the Masters Tournament approaching quite fast, we leave Florida to head to Texas for the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play which will take place at the Austin Country Club. This event was established in 1999 and has produced three multiple winners with Tiger Woods leading the way with three victories.

A match play knockout event always makes for a fun betting experience.

Here are five golfers to consider throwing onto your card this week.

Dustin Johnson - You guys know I like to go for longer shots in these articles and give out strong dark horses, but you can’t ignore Dustin Johnson with odds of +710. Johnson has been the most consistent golfer this year with four top-10 finishes in six events played, which includes victories at the Genesis Open and in Mexico. Johnson is first in driving distance, second in greens in regulation percentage and sixth in birdie average. Right now it doesn’t get any better than Johnson, so this is a great opportunity to make seven times your money.

J.B. Holmes - J.B. Holmes hasn’t had his breakout performance this season yet, but he has finished 35th or better in his last seven events. Holmes has been very consistent when it comes to making the cut, and he’s top-50 in driving distance and 24th in birdie average. It feels like Holmes is due to kind of get over that hump and put himself in the running for winning one of these events sooner than later. It might be this week, which is why I like Holmes and his odds of +7000 as a strong value play.

Jason Day - Jason Day has been a little shaky this season but is coming off a top-25 finish at the Arnold Palmer and does have three top-25 finishes. Day is also fourth in eagles (holes per) and seventh in sand save percentage. But the real reason to consider Day for your card this week is the fact he’s won two of the last three WGC-Dell Technologies Match Plays and is the defending champion. Experience matters in events like this and it’s hard to argue Day’s success. Must play here with odds of +1600.

Jason Dufner - Jason Dufner has produced four straight top-25 finishes, including an 11th place finish in his most recent event at the Valspar Championship. Dufner has finished 25th or better in six of his last seven events overall, and he’s 20th in driving accuracy percentage and 20th in sand save percentage. Dufner is in really good form right now and is the type of player who can get hot in a tournament like this one. I’ll take a stab with Dufner and odds of +7500.

Matt Kuchar - Another golfer hitting the ball extremely well is Matt Kuchar, who has produced top-25 finishes in six of his last seven events and that includes a victory in the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Kuchar also won this event back in 2013 when he was a 21 seed. You add his form and his history of winning this event in the past, and you have to like Kuchar with his odds of +4500.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:17:19 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81158
<![CDATA[Arnold Palmer Invitational: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/16/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/03/16/arnold-palmer-invitational-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments While everybody is filling out their brackets and getting ready for March Madness, the golf season continues. This week we head to Orange County, Florida for the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational. This event began in 1966 and each of the last three years the margin of victory was one stroke.

Seven golfers have won this event at least twice with Tiger Woods leading the way with eight victories.

Here are five golfers to consider for your card.

Martin Laird - We’re going…

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While everybody is filling out their brackets and getting ready for March Madness, the golf season continues. This week we head to Orange County, Florida for the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational. This event began in 1966 and each of the last three years the margin of victory was one stroke.

Seven golfers have won this event at least twice with Tiger Woods leading the way with eight victories.

Here are five golfers to consider for your card.

Martin Laird - We’re going to start this week with a huge longshot in Martin Laird and odds of +10000. Laird won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2011 and hasn’t missed a cut in his last seven appearances. As for his form overall, Laird has five top-25 finishes in nine events and four top-10 finishes. Laird has also missed the cut just once, and he’s second in eagler (holes per) and 26th in scoring average. Laird is a terrific value play this week.

Tyrrell Hatton - Tyrrell Hatton has three top-25 finishes in all three events this season and has finished in the top-25 in his last 10 events overall. Hatton hasn’t golfed a ton this year, but when he does take the greens, he’s been in the middle of the pack every time and hard to argue against as a value play. I’ll take a stab with Hatton and +3500 until he cools off.

Zach Johnson - Zach Johnson has been a bit of a disappointment so far with just two top-25 finishes in six events and missing the cut twice. Johnson needs something to spark his season. Well, Johnson did finish fifth in last years Arnold Palmer Invitational and has six top-15 finishes in 13 appearances overall. Johnson clearly enjoys this course and with odds of +6600, he’s hard to pass up.

Francesco Molinari - Francesco Molinari has quietly been one of the more consistent golfers this season with six top-25 finishes in seven events, which includes a 20th finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship. Molinari is third in driving accuracy percentage and eighth in scoring average. If that weren't enough, Molinari has finished 17th or better in his last three appearances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Molinari and odds of +4500 feels like a must play this week.

Rory McIlroy - Some would say Rory McIlroy is a bit rusty since returning from a rib injury, but we’re talking about a guy who has two top-10 finishes in two events and shot a -10 in Mexico. There's a lot of guys who would love to be rusty if that were the case. I like McIlroy to continue chipping away at the rust and give himself a shot to win this event. McIlroy has back-to-back top-30 finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which includes an 11th place finish in 2015. McIlroy should not be the favorite this week, but I'll still take him with +640 odds based on him being due for a breakout performance.

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Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:44:33 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=80552
<![CDATA[Valspar Championship: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/9/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/03/09/valspar-championship-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We go from Mexico back to Florida for the Valspar Championship, a tournament that was introduced in 2000 and originally called the Tampa Bay Classic. The last two years of the Valspar Championship needed a playoff to be decided and it’s produced two multiple winners despite the lack of history.

But enough talking, let’s take a look at some of the value out there.

Here are some golfers to consider for this weeks card.

Jason Dufner - Jason Dufner has three straight top-25…

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We go from Mexico back to Florida for the Valspar Championship, a tournament that was introduced in 2000 and originally called the Tampa Bay Classic. The last two years of the Valspar Championship needed a playoff to be decided and it’s produced two multiple winners despite the lack of history.

But enough talking, let’s take a look at some of the value out there.

Here are some golfers to consider for this weeks card.

Jason Dufner - Jason Dufner has three straight top-25 finishes and enters this week ranked 14th in driving accuracy percentage and sand save percentage. Dufner is hitting a good ball right now and enters an event where he’s finished top-30 in each of his last eight appearances. There’s no reason not to like Dufner this week, especially when he’s getting odds of +4000 to win.

Henrik Stenson - Henrik Stenson should be fine after getting a stomach virus in Mexico and missing the cut due to a withdraw. Stenson has still finished runner-up in each of his last two events he’s finished and has back-to-back top-15 finishes at the Innisbrook Resort. Stenson will once again have a major say in who wins this week as long as he’s fully recovered from his illness. I have to play Stenson with odds of +1000.

Daniel Berger - Daniel Berger has finished 16th or better in two of his last three events, which includes last week in Mexico. Berger has now made the cut in six of his last eight events and is 13th in birdie average. Berger also finished 11th last year in the Valspar Championship and should feel at home in this event given he’s from Plantation. Berger is a strong value play with odds of +3000.

K.J. Choi - If you’re looking for a true shot in the dark, K.J. Choi is coming with odds of +17500 this week. Choi has missed the cut in six of his eight events this season, and he’s ranked 210 in driving distance and 178 in scoring average. The good news with Choi is that he’s coming off his best performance yet with a top-20 finish at the Genesis Open, and he’s one of two players to win this event twice. With his history in Palm Harbor, I’ll throw a few pennies on Choi this week.

Ryan Moore - Ryan Moore had a top-30 finish last week in Mexico and should be able to build on that performance at Innisbrook where he’s produced top-five finishes each of the last two years. Moore has been really consistent with four top-25 finishes and missing the cut just once in seven events. I’ll take Moore with odds of +2800.

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Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:41:32 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=79511
<![CDATA[WGC-Mexico Championship: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/2/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/03/02/wgc-mexico-championship-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We go from Florida to Mexico for the 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship, an event that has an absolutely loaded card and tons of value from a betting perspective.

You guys know the drill by now...

Let’s look at five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.

Henrik Stenson - Henrik Stenson doesn’t have much 2017 play under his belt, but he has six straight top-10 finishes, which includes a second place finish in the World Challenge. Stenson has the game that fits…

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We go from Florida to Mexico for the 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship, an event that has an absolutely loaded card and tons of value from a betting perspective.

You guys know the drill by now...

Let’s look at five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.

Henrik Stenson - Henrik Stenson doesn’t have much 2017 play under his belt, but he has six straight top-10 finishes, which includes a second place finish in the World Challenge. Stenson has the game that fits well on this course and his form suggests he’ll be in the middle of the pack for a victory. Stenson and odds of +1400 is a strong play considering he should arguably be the favorite heading into this week.

Sergio Garcia - Speaking of good form, Sergio Garcia finished 14th last week in the Honda Classic, which makes for six top-17 finishes in his last seven events played. Garcia is 25th in driving distance, 21st in greens in regulation percentage and 13th in scoring average. Garcia also has seven top-10 finishes in the Mexico Championship. I’ll play Garcia and odds of +2800 this week.

Martin Kaymer - Martin Kaymer is coming off an impressive performance last week in which he finished fourth in the Honda Classic, which put him back in the top-50 in the world. Kaymer doesn’t have much playing time under his belt this season, but he showed a lot of promise and solid form in his last event and that’s enough for me. I’ll take a shot with Kaymer and odds of +5000.

Jimmy Walker - Jimmy Walker has been a mixed bag this season which includes missing the cut three times, but he seems to be back on track after back-to-back top-25 finishes. When Walker is swinging the club well he’s capable of competing with anybody in the world. It’s without question he’s in the best form we’ve seen from him in a while. I’ll take Walker and odds of +6000.

Dustin Johnson - After including some dark horses, it’s only right to put Dustin Johnson on the card with +650 odds. Johnson is coming off a victory at the Genesis Open and has produced three top-10 finishes in his last five events. Johnson is easily the hottest golfer in the world right now and is in great spirits with his wife expecting a baby boy. Johnson is also second in driving distance and third in greens in regulation percentage. While odds aren’t crazy high, this is a good chance to make 6.5 times your money.

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:57:40 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78362
<![CDATA[Honda Classic: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/23/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/02/23/honda-classic-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We go from California to Palm Beach Gardens for the Honda Classic, an event that debuted in 1972. We’ve seen great finishes in this tournament, as the last six victories have been decided by two or less strokes. That type of closeness suggests we should get some great value this week.

Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card.

Justin Thomas - Out of seven events this season, Justin Thomas has five top-25 finishes and three victories. Thomas is eighth in driving distance, fourth in scoring…

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We go from California to Palm Beach Gardens for the Honda Classic, an event that debuted in 1972. We’ve seen great finishes in this tournament, as the last six victories have been decided by two or less strokes. That type of closeness suggests we should get some great value this week.

Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card.

Justin Thomas - Out of seven events this season, Justin Thomas has five top-25 finishes and three victories. Thomas is eighth in driving distance, fourth in scoring average and first in birdie average. Thomas has cooled off after missing the cut in the Phoenix Open and finishing 39th in the Genesis Open, but he’s still in terrific form overall and is arguably the hottest golfer on the planet right now. He hasn’t won the Honda Classic yet, but given the way this season has started for Thomas, you have to like odds of +1800.

Padraig Harrington - Padraig Harrington has had a brutal start to the 2017 season, missing the cut in three of four events. However, Harrington did make the cut at the Genesis Open, his most recent performance, and he’s 35th in sand save percentage. The main reason to consider Harrington with odds of +12500 is because he’s one of four golfers to win the Honda Classic twice. Harrington won this event in 2005 and 2015. If you like longshots, you have to like Harrington’s history on this course.

Branden Grace - One golfer who has been flying under the radar a bit is Branden Grace, who has back-to-back top-25 finishes and hasn’t missed the cut once in his last five events. Overall, Grace has finished no worse than 32nd in his last four events and seems to be getting better each tournament he plays. Grace is also 37th in greens in regulation percentage. There’s also the fact seven of the last nine winners of the Honda Classic weren’t from the United States. I’ll take the South African with odds of +4000 given his current form.

Adam Scott - Adam Scott is the overall favorite to win the Honda Classic, but you can still fetch him with odds of +1100. Scott has finished no worse than 14th in his last four events and is fresh off an impressive performance at the Genesis Open. Scott is 10th in scoring average, sixth in birdie average and fourth in sand save percentage. There’s also the fact Scott won the Honda Classic last season with a -9 to par, the best showing at this event since Rory McIlroy won in 2012. Scott is sniffing close to another win and has a chance to become the fifth golfer to win this event twice.

Brian Harman - If you’re looking for a real longshot, you can find Brian Harman with odds of +8000. Harman wasn’t great last week at the Genesis Open, but he does have five top-25 finishes in 10 events and has made the cut seven times. Harman has produced four of those top-25 finishes in his last five events overall. Also, Harman shot a 61 in the second round of the 2012 Honda Classic, which is a course record, so he does have some history on this course and a great feel for things. Harman should find himself in the middle of the pack this week and these odds are too great to pass up.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:22:30 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=77279
<![CDATA[Genesis Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/16/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/02/16/genesis-open-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to California for the 2017 Genesis Open, an event that debuted in 1926 and was recently the Northern Trust Open. this event has seen 16 multiple winners, and golfers Macdonald Smith and Lloyd Mangrum lead the way with four victories.

You guys know the drill by now.

Here are a few golfers to consider for your card this week.

Bubba Watson - Bubba Watson is coming off a rough performance in the Phoenix Open where he missed the cut, but he did have a top-25 performance…

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We head to California for the 2017 Genesis Open, an event that debuted in 1926 and was recently the Northern Trust Open. this event has seen 16 multiple winners, and golfers Macdonald Smith and Lloyd Mangrum lead the way with four victories.

You guys know the drill by now.

Here are a few golfers to consider for your card this week.

Bubba Watson - Bubba Watson is coming off a rough performance in the Phoenix Open where he missed the cut, but he did have a top-25 performance at the Tournament of Champions. The real reason to back Watson this week is the fact he has also won two of the last three events on the Riviera Country Club, including last year with a -15 to par. Watson clearly likes playing in Pacific Palisades and I like backing him with odds of +3500.

J.B. Holmes - J.B. Holmes has never won this event, but he has produced seven top-25 finishes over the last decade and finished 11th last year. That’s good enough to take a flyer on the 34-year-old and odds of +4500. As for his current form, Holmes has produced back-to-back top-25 finishes and has finished no worse than 35th in each of his last five events. Hard to argue with Holmes this week given his current form and history on this course.

Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson may only come with odds of +860 this week, but he was runner-up in the 2014 and 2015 Northern Trust Open. Johnson has also finished fourth or better in four of his last five appearances at the Riviera Country Club. Johnson has also come awfully close to winning a tournament and is coming off a third place finish at Pebble Beach. It’s only a matter of time before Johnson get over the hump, why not this week?

Paul Casey - Paul Casey was runner-up in the 2015 Northern Trust Open, the year James Hahn won the event in a playoff. As for his current form, Casey has three top-25 finishes in six events and is 42nd in driving distance and 29th in greens in regulation percentage. Casey continues to be in the middle of the pack and is returning to a course he had great success on a couple of years ago. You can do a lot worse than Casey with his +5000 odds this week.

Steve Stricker - Steve Stricker hasn’t won a tournament since 2012 and has just two events under his belt this season. That may explain the odds of +12500. However, Stricker did have a top-25 finish at Pebble Beach and has made the cut in 13 of his last 17 appearances. Also, Stricker won this tournament back in 2010 and was runner-up in 2009 when he lost to Phil Mickelson by one stroke. If you’re looking for live long shots, which I always am, I’ll throw the soon to be 50-year-old a bone with those odds.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:06:20 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=76328
<![CDATA[AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/9/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/02/09/at-and-t-pebble-beach-pro-am-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments This week we head to California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, an event that debuted in 1937 and has provided many tight finishes over the years. The margin of victory has been three strokes or less in each of the last seven years. There have been 13 players who have won this course at least twice.

You guys know the drill.

Here are a few golfers to consider putting on your card.

Justin Rose - Justin Rose has bounced back from his 2016 injuries and has put together…

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This week we head to California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, an event that debuted in 1937 and has provided many tight finishes over the years. The margin of victory has been three strokes or less in each of the last seven years. There have been 13 players who have won this course at least twice.

You guys know the drill.

Here are a few golfers to consider putting on your card.

Justin Rose - Justin Rose has bounced back from his 2016 injuries and has put together back-to-back top-five finishes with a most recent fourth place finish at the Farmers Insurance. Rose was also runner-up in the Sony Open. Now, Rose has only played the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am once, which was a sixth place finish last season. However, you have to like his current form and the solid odds of +1200.

Daniel Berger - If you’re looking for great value this week, it doesn’t get much better than Daniel Berger and odds of +10000. Berger is coming off a seventh place finish at the Phoenix Open and has three top-25 finishes in six events this season. Berger also has a 10th place finish in his only appearance at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The 23-year-old is hitting the ball well and will continue to be in the pack for a chance to win. You can’t go wrong with a decent chance to make 100 times your money.

Phil Mickelson - We had Phil Mickelson on the card last week and he finished 16th at the Phoenix Open. While we’re trying to pick winners, you can’t argue with a guy who has four straight top-25 finishes and is 22nd in scoring average. Mickelson is clearly in a good space golfing wise and is one of three golfers to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at least four times. In fact, Mark O'Meara is the only golfer to win this course more times than Mickelson. We’re going to give Mickelson another shot this week with odds of +1800 based on his form and history on this course.

Brandt Snedeker - Brandt Snedeker has won two of the last four AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am events, which makes him a strong play regardless of his form. Well, it just so happens Snedeker has finished inside the top-15 in three of his last four events overall. What’s not to like? Current form and history is on his side. Oddmakers are giving Snedeker odds of +2000, which is good enough for me to bite given this track record on this course.

Dustin Johnson - You guys know I don’t include the overall favorite often, but Dustin Johnson has also won this course twice and has five top-five finishes at this event overall. If there was ever a course for Johnson to bounce back from missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance, it would be this one. You can find Johnson with odds of +730 to become the sixth golfer ever to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am three times. I have to include him on my card.

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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:18:37 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=75275
<![CDATA[Waste Management Phoenix Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/2/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/02/02/waste-management-phoenix-open-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to Arizona this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, one of the more popular tournaments on the PGA Tour. Established in 1932, the Phoenix Open has seen many recent close finishes and featured a playoff last year.

You guys know the drill by now.

Here are a few golfers to consider putting on your card for this week.

Justin Thomas - I’m all about consistency and value, and Justin Thomas falls under both of those entering this week. Thomas has played five…

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We head to Arizona this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, one of the more popular tournaments on the PGA Tour. Established in 1932, the Phoenix Open has seen many recent close finishes and featured a playoff last year.

You guys know the drill by now.

Here are a few golfers to consider putting on your card for this week.

Justin Thomas - I’m all about consistency and value, and Justin Thomas falls under both of those entering this week. Thomas has played five events in 2017 and has won three of them while finishing in the top-25 all five times. Thomas is currently the hottest golfer in the world with wins at the SBS Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in Hawaii, and he’s second in birdie average as well as scoring average. Thomas is clearly the golfer to beat right now and you can get him this week with odds of +1200.

Ryan Moore - Ryan Moore has four top-25 finishes in all four events this season and is fresh off a third place finish at the SBS Tournament of Champions. Moore should be able to ride that wave of momentum into the Phoenix Open where he’s finished in the top-25 in each of the last four years. All of Moore’s career wins have come later in the year, but he’s playing some of his most consistent golf right now. You can get Moore with odds of +2800, which makes him a very strong play this week.

Charles Howell III - Charles Howell III is off a second place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open and has finished no worse than 13th in each of his last six events. Howell has six top-25 finishes in his last eight events played and is currently 32nd in driving distance and 14th in scoring average. Howell also has six top-25 finishes at the Phoenix Open, so expect him to keep his solid season going for another week. Howell is a solid play this week with odds of +4500.

Pat Perez - Pat Perez doesn’t have a lot of PGA success under his belt, but he’s on fire to start the 2017 season. Perez has four top-10 finishes in his last six events played and finished fourth at the Farmers Insurance. Perez is still enjoying his win a couple months ago at the OHL Classic and now has top-five finishes in three of his last four events played. As for the Phoenix Open, Perez has top-30 finishes in each of his last four events, and he was born in Arizona, so he’s right at home. Perez and odds of +5500 is one of the better bets on the board given his current form.

Phil Mickelson - Who knows how long it will last, but Phil Mickelson has three straight top-25 finishes and is sixth in eagles (holes per). Mickelson has made comment on how comfortable he is despite his recent surgeries, and he’s excited to return to a place he’s dominated over the years. Mickelson is one of four golfers to win the Phoenix Open three times and he shares the record with Mark Calcavecchia with a -28 to par. You have to like the history and the way Mickelson is swinging the club right now. I’ll take a stab with +2500 odds.

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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:23:04 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=74219
<![CDATA[Sony Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 1/12/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/01/12/sony-open-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We begin the 2017 PGA season with a trip to Hawaii for the Sony Open. An event that began in 1965, the Sony Open is a beautiful golf course that’s been dominated over the years by American players. The Sony Open has also produced five two-time winners, so there’s value out there given the amount of parity in this field.

You guys know how this works by now, as I list five golfers you should consider throwing on your card.

Here goes....

Jimmy Walker - Jimmy Walker enters…

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We begin the 2017 PGA season with a trip to Hawaii for the Sony Open. An event that began in 1965, the Sony Open is a beautiful golf course that’s been dominated over the years by American players. The Sony Open has also produced five two-time winners, so there’s value out there given the amount of parity in this field.

You guys know how this works by now, as I list five golfers you should consider throwing on your card.

Here goes....

Jimmy Walker - Jimmy Walker enters the Sony Open in terrific form, as he placed 13th in the World Challenge and ninth in the Tournament of Champions. As if that weren’t enough, Walker has won the Sony Open in two of the last three years, becoming the first golfer to win this tournament twice since Ernie Els in 2004. Walker is also 11th in greens in regulation percentage. I’ll take the 37-year-old and odds of +2000 based on his history at this event.

Jason Dufner - Jason Dufner is coming off an impressive season in which he missed the cut just three times, and he recently produced a top-25 finish at the Tournament of Champions. Dufner consistently hits the ball well and is always in the middle of the pack to give himself a shot of winning any event. Dufner also seems to get multiple victories once he tastes success, and he did win the CareerBuilder Challenge a year ago. There’s value with Dufner and the odds of +5000.

Jordan Spieth - While I like to focus on underdogs and dark horses for these articles, you still have to throw something on Jordan Spieth and odds of +580. Spieth has finished sixth or better in his last two events and seems like he found his consistency and form that had many saying he was the top golfer in the world. When Spieth is in this form and hitting the ball this well, there’s few who can match him on the golf course. So, while there’s greater value out there, this is still a great chance to make nearly six times your money.

Scott Piercy - Scott Piercy finished 2016 in great form, as he produced four top-25 finishes in his last five events and had a fourth place finish in the OHL Classic. This year, Piercy is 25th in driving distance and 13th in birdie average. When you add that consistent play with the fact Piercy did finish runner-up in the 2015 Sony Open, you have to give him a look with odds of +4000.

Sean O'Hair - Sean O'Hair has made the cut in both events he’s played this season and did have a top-10 finish in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. overall, O'Hair is currently 22nd in driving distance and first in sand save percentage. As if that weren’t enough, O'Hair did finish runner-up in the 2012 Sony Open, so his solid start to the finish is likely to continue. O'Hair is my biggest longshot of the week with insane odds of +12500.

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:31:06 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70931
<![CDATA[Hero World Challenge: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 12/1/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2016/12/01/hero-world-challenge-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments 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.

Tiger Woods - We might as well start off with the biggest name of all and the…

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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.

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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