<![CDATA[Golf RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![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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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:53:13 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65258
<![CDATA[Deutsche Bank Championship: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 9/1/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2016/09/01/deutsche-bank-championship-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments This week we head to Massachusetts for the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship, an event that debuted in 2003 and carries us through Labor Day Weekend. We’ve seen some very impressive scores at this event over the years and the last several years have been extremely competitive.

You guys know the deal by now.

Here are some golfers to consider on this week's card.

Jason Day - You guys know I rarely put the overall favorite on these articles, but once again, you can’t ignore…

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This week we head to Massachusetts for the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship, an event that debuted in 2003 and carries us through Labor Day Weekend. We’ve seen some very impressive scores at this event over the years and the last several years have been extremely competitive.

You guys know the deal by now.

Here are some golfers to consider on this week's card.

Jason Day - You guys know I rarely put the overall favorite on these articles, but once again, you can’t ignore Jason Day and plus money. Day is +580 to win this tournament and even that is great value. Day has top-10 finishes in five of his last eight events, which includes an eighth place finish last week at The Barclays. Not to mention Day finished runner-up in the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship. Putting Day on your card is as automatic as brushing your teeth these days.

Patrick Reed - Patrick Reed has to be feeling good after finally getting his season victory at The Barclays last week. Reed has finished no worse than 22nd in his last five events and has 15 top-25 finishes overall in 25 events played. Reed has been one of the more consistent golfers all season long and should be even better now that he got the monkey off his back. Odds of +2200 and Reed are a great play this weekend.

Henrik Stenson - Henrik Stenson missed the cut last week and four of his last six PGA events overall. Not great form if you ask me. However, Stenson did win the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2013 and was runner-up last year. In the short history of this event, Stenson has had the most success by far. Nobody has won this course more than once, but Stenson and odds of +1600 is worth the play given the history.

Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar wasn’t sharp last week, but he still earned a bronze medal a couple weeks ago and has finished 17th or better in three of his last six PGA events. Kuchar has also consistently made the cut at TPC Boston and has multiple top-25 finishes on this course. Kuchar has a chance to get his first victory this season and is being overlooked with odds of +4000.

Jim Furyk - Jim Furyk has been really sharp recently since returning from injury, as he’s made the cut every event since the Memorial and has five top-25 finishes in 13 events played. Furyk also has a solid history in this event and has has placed in the top-30 seeral times. It may be too early to predict Furyk to start winning tournaments but given his current form and consistentcy, there’s value with odds of +4000.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:03:30 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=54570
<![CDATA[The Barclays: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/22/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2016/08/25/the-barclays-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to New York this week for The Barclays, a tournament in New York at the Bethpage State Park. this event has seen five multiple winners with Vijay Singh leading the way with four victories.

You guys know the drill by now.

Here are a few golfers to consider throwing on this week's card.

Phil Mickelson - Phil Mickelson has been solid since missing the Cut in the US Open, which includes finishing 33rd or better in three straight events. Mickelson is due for a victory…

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We head to New York this week for The Barclays, a tournament in New York at the Bethpage State Park. this event has seen five multiple winners with Vijay Singh leading the way with four victories.

You guys know the drill by now.

Here are a few golfers to consider throwing on this week's card.

Phil Mickelson - Phil Mickelson has been solid since missing the Cut in the US Open, which includes finishing 33rd or better in three straight events. Mickelson is due for a victory and came close after finishing runner-up at the Open Championship. Mickelson is seventh in birdie average and first in scoring average. There’s value with Mickelson and odds of +2800.

Brandt Snedeker - Brandt Snedeker has top-five finishes in two of his last three events, which includes a third place finish at the Wyndham Championship. Snedeker has finished 22nd or better in five of his last seven events and was runner-up at The Barclays back in 2012. Snedeker is also a resp ta elble 18th in birdie average and 18th in scoring average. Have to like Snedeker this week and odds of +4000.

Adam Scott - Adam Scott won the Barclays in 2013 and was runner-up in 2006. Scott is also in terrific form by finishing 18th or better in five of his last seven events. Scott is inching closer and closer to getting his third victory and it might as well come on a course where he’s had great success at in the past.

Jason Day - Jason Day has been arguably the best golfer all season and now heads to an event that he won last year and was runner-up in 2014. Day is 16th in driving distance, fifth in birdie average and third in scoring average. Day has been the best bet all season long as he’s produced three victories and nine top-10 finishes. Even with odds of +690, Day gives you the best chance to make nearly seven times your money.

Kevin Na - Kevin Na is a great value play this week with odds of +6600. Na has back-to-back top-10 finishes and has finished in the top 10 in 50 percent of his last six events overall. Na has made the cut in 20 of his 23 events this season and is 17th in scoring average. Not too many players have been as consistent this season as Na, and it’s only a matter of time before that hard work pays off with a victory.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:52:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=53856
<![CDATA[John Deere Classic: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/11/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2016/08/11/john-deere-classic-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments With some of the top golfers in Rio for the 2016 olympics, we head to Illinois this week for the John Deere Classic. An event that was established in 1971, we’ve seen six multiple winners and this has often been considered a tricky course.

Here are some golfers to consider on your card this week.

Steve Stricker - Steve Stricker didn’t have a great showing in the PGA Championship, but he does have top-five finishes in two of his last three events. Stricker also holds the John Deere Classic record with…

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With some of the top golfers in Rio for the 2016 olympics, we head to Illinois this week for the John Deere Classic. An event that was established in 1971, we’ve seen six multiple winners and this has often been considered a tricky course.

Here are some golfers to consider on your card this week.

Steve Stricker - Steve Stricker didn’t have a great showing in the PGA Championship, but he does have top-five finishes in two of his last three events. Stricker also holds the John Deere Classic record with a -26 to par and won this course three years in a row. Stricker owns this event and has a chance to become the first player to win the John Deere four times. I’ll take Stricker and his odds of +1200.

Daniel Summerhays - Daniel Summerhays has finished 11th or better in his last two events and has now made the cut in 20 of his 24 tournaments overall. Summerhays is playing some of his most consistent golf at this moment, and he’s 30th in birdie average and 37th in scoring average. Summerhays has also finished in the top-20 in his last three appearances at the John Deere Classic. Summerhays has been one of the more consistent golfers this season and given the lack of great field, him and odds of +1800 makes sense.

Jerry Kelly - Jerry Kelly is coming off a runner-up finish at the Travelers Championship and has now finished 26th or better in his last two events after missing the cut four straight times previously. Kelly has quietly found his form again and has four top-25 finishes in the 13 times he’s made the cut. Kelly is second in driving accuracy percentage and has a total of six top-25 finishes at the John Deere Classic. I’ll take a stab with Kelly and odds of +4000.

John Senden - John Senden has his fair share of missed cuts this season, but he has four top-30 finishes in his last seven events and has finished in the top-25 in more than 50 percent of his events where he’s made the cut. Senden is a cool 23rd in greens in regulation percentage. Senden also has a couple of top-15 finishes at the John Deere Classic. Give me Senden and odds of +6000.

Vaughn Taylor - If you’re looking for a big longshot this week, Vaughn Taylor and odds of +10000 may be your guy. Taylor is back on track after not missing a cut since the QuickLoans National and has shot below par in each of his last three events. It’s quite clear Taylor has put those 10 missed cuts in the past, and we’ve seen what the 40-year-old is capable of when he’s feeling good, as he did win Pebble Beach this season. I like Taylor’s form and think these odds provide value with the way he’s hitting the ball.

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:25:41 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=52710
<![CDATA[Men's Individual Golf Tournament 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Preview, Picks, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2016/08/11/mens-individual-golf-tournament-2016-rio-summer-olympics-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Men’s Individual Golf tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is scheduled to begin at 5:30 a.m. on August 11 and run through August 14. 

Overview: A total of 60 male golfers from around the world will participate in the event (a 72-hole stroke format), which will be held at the newly-built Olympic Golf Course at the Reserva de Marapendi in the Barra da Tijuca zone. Interestingly enough, this is the first time golf has been on the Olympic docket since way back in 1904, when the United States won six of the seven medals…

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The Men’s Individual Golf tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is scheduled to begin at 5:30 a.m. on August 11 and run through August 14. 

Overview: A total of 60 male golfers from around the world will participate in the event (a 72-hole stroke format), which will be held at the newly-built Olympic Golf Course at the Reserva de Marapendi in the Barra da Tijuca zone. Interestingly enough, this is the first time golf has been on the Olympic docket since way back in 1904, when the United States won six of the seven medals (Canadian George Lyon took gold that year as well). 

Notable Participants: Though several of the PGA’s top ranked players bowed out of the Olympics this year due to environmental or scheduling conflicts (most notably the four top male golfers in the world), we’ve still got a host of great players to watch this year. The United States will be sending the foursome of Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed. Sergio Garcia will represent Spain, Justin Rose and Danny Willett will play for Great Britain, Henrik Stenson for Sweden and Martin Kaymer for Germany. A couple of proverbial dark horses for this tournament include Joost Luiten from the Netherlands and Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela. 

Odds and Picks: Henrik Stenson (+575) is the running favorite to bag the gold this year, and I’m inclined to agree. The 40-year-old Stenson is coming off his first career major title at the Open Championship, and placed seventh at the PGA Championship. Stenson is playing great golf right now. 

Sergio Garcia (+750) stands out as a nice veteran pick, while Justin Rose (+1300), Bubba Watson (+1400) Patrick Reed (+1400) and Rickie Fowler (+1400) are all hovering around the same odds level. 

If you’re looking for more of a long-shot pick, Padraig Harrington and the aforementioned Jhonattan Vegas stand out at the +5000 level, which is where Joost Luiten sits as well.  

Conclusion: I don’t see much reason to get cute here; Stenson should be able to cruise to a gold-medal victory, with Garcia right behind. In that second level, I like Fowler to snag a bronze so the USA won’t get completely shut out.  

 

Complete Odds:

 

•Henrik Stenson +575

•Sergio Garcia +750

•Justin Rose +1300

•Bubba Watson +1400

•Patrick Reed +1400

•Rickie Fowler +1400

•Martin Kaymer +1600

•Matt Kuchar +1600

•Daniel Willett +2200

•Rafael Cabrera-Bello +2500

•Emiliano Grillo +2800

•Byeong Hun-An +4000

•Bernd Wiesberger +5000

•Danny Lee +5000

•David Hearn +5000

•David Lingmerth +5000

•Graham Delaet +5000

•Jhonattan Vegas +5000

•Joost Luiten +5000

•Padraig Harrington +5000

•Soren Kjeldsen +5000

•Thomas Pieters +5000

•Thongchai Jaidee +5000

•Anirban Lahiri +6600

•Gregory Bourdy +6600

•Kiradech Aphibarnrat +6600

•Nicolas Colsaerts +6600

•Cheng Tsung Pan +8000

•Jaco van Zyl +8000

•Matteo Manassero +8000

•Mikko Ilonen +8000

•Scott Hend +8000

•Thorbjorn Olesen +8000

•Fabrizio Zanotti +10000

•Ashun Wu +10000

•Brandon Stone +10000

•Felipe Aguilar +10000

•Jeung-Hun Wang +10000

•Ryan Fox +10000

•Alex Cejka +12500

•Fabian Gomez +12500

•Julien Quesne +12500

•Adilson Da Silva +15000

•Hao Tong Li +15000

•Marcus Fraser +15000

•Nino Bertasio +15000

•Ricardo Gouveia +15000

•Yuta Ikeda +15000

•Espen Kofstad +20000

•Jose-Filipe Lima +20000

•Miguel Tabuena +20000

•Seamus Power +20000

•Shingo Katayama +20000

•Gavin Green +25000

•Roope Kakko +25000

•S S P Chowrasia +25000

•Siddikur Rahman +25000

•Wen Tang Lin +25000

•Danny Chia +30000

•Rodolfo Cazaubon +30000

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