<![CDATA[Golf RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Dean & DeLuca Invitational: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/05/25/dean-and-deluca-invitational-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We stay in Texas back-to-back weeks, this time for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, an event that debuted in 1946 and is just over 7,200 yards. There has been 11 golfers to win this event at least twice, and Ben Hogan leads the way with five victories. The margin of victory has been one stroke or a playoff in nine of the last 11 appearances, so we should expect a great showing this week.

You know the drill by now…

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

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We stay in Texas back-to-back weeks, this time for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, an event that debuted in 1946 and is just over 7,200 yards. There has been 11 golfers to win this event at least twice, and Ben Hogan leads the way with five victories. The margin of victory has been one stroke or a playoff in nine of the last 11 appearances, so we should expect a great showing this week.

You know the drill by now…

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

Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar had a top-10 finish last week at the Byron Nelson, his first since the Masters. Kuchar now has three top-10 finishes in 15 events played and has made the cut in five straight events. As for his history at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, Kuchar finished sixth last year and was runner-up in 2013 when he lost to Boo Weekley by one stroke. Kuchar and odds of +2500 make for a solid play given the way he played last week and his recent history on this course.

Adam Hadwin - Adam Hadwin has made the cut in 14 straight events and has shown bright spots despite cooling off since his victory at the Valspar Championship. Hadwin has been in the thick of the field in most tournaments and is just looking for that breakthrough performance. Hadwin is 21st in scoring average and fifth in sand save percentage. As for his history here, Hadwin finished fifth in his Dean & DeLuca Invitational debut in 2015 and 22nd last year. Hadwin has to have that shining moment this season eventually, why not this week with +3300 odds?

Ryan Palmer - Ryan Palmer has finished 27th or better in four of his last five events, which includes top-10 finishes at the Valero Texas Open and Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Palmer is easily playing his best golf of the season after starting the year with missed cut after missed cut, and he's starting to become a sleeper to win an event given his current form. Palmer finished third in last years Dean & DeLuca Invitational and was fifth back in 2014. You have to like Palmer’s chances, especially with +3500 odds.

Jordan Spieth - Jordan Spieth hasn't looked like Jordan Spieth in quite some time, but he still has five top-10 finishes and finds himself being one of the favorites every week. Spieth is second in birdie average, third in greens in regulation percentage and fifth in scoring average. Spieth won the Dean & DeLuca Invitational last year and was runner-up in 2015. Spieth has finished 14th or better in his last four appearances here overall. I usually don't play the overall favorite, but Spieth’s history can't be ignored, and we are getting +1100 odds.

Sung Kang - Since I gave out the overall favorite, let’s go with one of the bigger longshots in Sung Kang with +6000 odds. Kang has four top-25 finishes in four of his last six events and that includes a runner-up finish in the Shell Houston Open. Kang is quietly starting to turn heads with his play and has shot up to 26th in scoring average. Kang has very little success with a missed cut last year and a 37th finish in 2012. However, you can't deny his current form and the fact he's finished 20th or better in his last three events in Texas. Kang is a live dark horse this week.

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Mon, 22 May 2017 13:46:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85983
<![CDATA[AT&T Byron Nelson: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/18/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/05/18/at-and-t-byron-nelson-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our fourth stop in Texas during the 2017 PGA Tour, as this week will play the AT&T Byron Nelson. This event debuted in 1944 as the Texas Victory Open and is over 7,000 yards. There are only five golfers to win this thing more than once, so the field is wide open is terms of history.

You know the drill by now…

Here are five golfers to consider putting on your card this week.

Bud Cauley - Bud Cauley has posted three straight top-10 finishes, which includes a fifth…

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We make our fourth stop in Texas during the 2017 PGA Tour, as this week will play the AT&T Byron Nelson. This event debuted in 1944 as the Texas Victory Open and is over 7,000 yards. There are only five golfers to win this thing more than once, so the field is wide open is terms of history.

You know the drill by now…

Here are five golfers to consider putting on your card this week.

Bud Cauley - Bud Cauley has posted three straight top-10 finishes, which includes a fifth place finish in the Zurich Classic. Cauley is by far playing his most consistent golf of the season after a slow start, and he heads to a place where he finished fourth last season. Cauley has just one pro victory under his belt, which came in 2014, but based on his current form and his performance here last season, there’s value with the 27-year-old and +4500 odds.

Gary Woodland - Gary Woodland hasn’t had a good performance since he finished runner-up at the Honda Classic. Woodland has missed the cut twice in his last three starts and has finished 38th or worse in each of his last six events. On the flipside, Woodland is 16th in driving distance, 17th in greens in regulation percentage and third in sand save percentage. Woodland has also made the cut in seven straight appearances at the AT&T Byron Nelson, which includes a couple of top-15 finishes. There's upside with this selection, especially with +7500 odds.

Charl Schwartzel - Charl Schwartzel has posted three top-25 finishes in his last five appearances and that includes a third place finish in the Masters. Schwartzel is also 18th in sand save percentage. If good form wasn’t enough, Schwartzel finished third in the Byron Nelson back in 2013 and has made the cut each year since that performance. Erase Schwartzel’s showing at the Players Championship last week, and there’s a lot to like with the 32-year-old and +4500 odds.

Charley Hoffman - Charley Hoffman has made the cut in six of his last seven starts, which includes a fifth place finish in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and a solid showing last week in the Players Championship. Hoffman is enjoying his most consistent stretch of golf and is eighth in eagles (holes per). Hoffman will be able to carry the momentum to a course in which he's finished 12th or better in three of his last four appearances. Hoffman enjoys the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas very much, which is why I’ll give him a shot with +3500 odds.

Ryan Moore - Ryan Moore has posted top-25 finishes in three of his last six events and has made the cut in his last seven overall. Moore is also 19th in driving accuracy percentage. As for his history on this course, Moore finished runner-up back in 2008 after losing to Adam Scott in a playoff. Moore has also made the cut in his two other appearances in this event. Moore is giving us +4000 odds, which is a solid play given his consistency the last couple of months and success here despite the small sample size.

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Mon, 15 May 2017 16:02:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85506
<![CDATA[Players Championship: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/8/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/05/08/players-championship-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We take our fourth trip to Florida for the 2017 Players Championship, which is often considered the fifth major on the PGA Tour. This event is where the field is stacked and where guys can get paid big time if they finish towards the top of the field. This event debuted in 1974 and has seen six multiple winners over the years.

You know the drill by now..

Here are five golfers to consider on your card this weekend.

Kevin Chappell - Kevin Chappell did miss the cut in the…

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We take our fourth trip to Florida for the 2017 Players Championship, which is often considered the fifth major on the PGA Tour. This event is where the field is stacked and where guys can get paid big time if they finish towards the top of the field. This event debuted in 1974 and has seen six multiple winners over the years.

You know the drill by now..

Here are five golfers to consider on your card this weekend.

Kevin Chappell - Kevin Chappell did miss the cut in the Zurich Classic, but he did finish seventh in the Masters and won the Texas Open. There’s no question Chappell is playing his best golf of the season right now and his confidence has to be sky high. Chappell is also 35th in driving distance and 45th in total driving off the tee. Chappell was also runner-up in last years Players Championship, so when you combine his current form and his last appearance, there's great value with +6500 odds.

Lee Westwood - Lee Westwood doesn’t have the workload or the statistics to suggest winning an event with a stacked field, but he did finish 18th in the Masters and has two top-25 finishes in his last five events played overall. Westwood also has three top-10 finishes in the Players Championship since 2010, so there's clear familiarity on this course and consistent success. If you're looking for a longshot that can pay some serious bills if it cashes, Westwood could be a live play with +12000 odds.

Rickie Fowler - Rickie Fowler did miss the cut in the Zurich Classic, but he has sixth straight finishes of 16th or better when you erase that performance and that includes a win in the Honda Classic. Fowler is now first in scoring average, second in sand save percentage and sixth in birdie average. Oh, Fowler also has a history at the Players Championship, as he won this event in 2015 and was a runner-up in 2012. With his numbers, current form and history, Fowler is a strong play with odds of +2000.

Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar has had a solid, consistent year overall but has taken things to another level recently with a fourth place finish at the Masters and an 11th place finish at the RBC Heritage. Kuchar now has seven top-25 finishes in 13 events and is 37th in scoring average along with being 21st in eagles (holes per). Kuchar also won the Players Championship in 2012 and has placed in the top-20 in five of his last eight appearances overall. Another strong longshot in Kuchar with odds of +7000.

Adam Scott - Adam Scott enters this week in decent form after posting a top-10 finish in the Masters and finishing under par last week at the Wells Fargo. Scott has five top-25 finishes in eight events overall and is 19th in driving distance, 20th in bride average and 17th in scoring average. There's also the fact Scott won the Players Championship in 2004 and has finished in the top-20 in each of the last five years. Scott and odds of +4500 given his history is another play to consider strongly.

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Mon, 08 May 2017 14:13:45 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85011
<![CDATA[Wells Fargo Championship: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/4/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/05/04/wells-fargo-championship-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make one of our three scheduled stops in North Carolina for the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, an event that debuted in 2003 and is considered one of the tougher finishes of any course on tour. Four of the last six years have produced a playoff finish and Rory McIlroy is the only golfer to win this course more than once.

You know the drill by now.

Here are five golfers to consider for this weeks card.

Bill Haas - Bill Haas has had a couple of quiet weeks after missing…

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We make one of our three scheduled stops in North Carolina for the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, an event that debuted in 2003 and is considered one of the tougher finishes of any course on tour. Four of the last six years have produced a playoff finish and Rory McIlroy is the only golfer to win this course more than once.

You know the drill by now.

Here are five golfers to consider for this weeks card.

Bill Haas - Bill Haas has had a couple of quiet weeks after missing the cut in the RBC Heritage and finishing outside of the top-25 in the Masters. However, Haas still has seven top-25 finishes in 11 events played overall and has finished 17th or better in six of his last 10 overall. Haas is also 13th in greens in regulation percentage, 15th in scoring average and 25th in sand save percentage. Not to mention Haas is a North Carolina guy, who was born in Charlotte and went to Wake Forest, so this is a homecoming where he should be comfortable. I’ll play Haas and odds of +4000.

Bud Cauley - Bud Cauley has finished 10th or better in each of his last three events, and that includes a fifth place finish last week at the Zurich Classic with his partner Justin Thomas. The confidence should be fairly high for the 27-year-old Cauley heading into this week as he looks for his second career professional victory. Cauley has had his fair share of inconsistencies this season, but he's missed the cut just twice in his last nine events and is clearly playing some of his best golf we’ve seen from him recently. There's great value with Cauley and odds of +4500.

Dustin Johnson - Despite his injury that impacted a Masters run, Dustin Johnson is the overwhelming favorite to win this tournament, but we’re still getting him with +450 odds. How can you not take it? Johnson has won his last three events and that doesn't include a third place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Johnson is first in driving distance, first in greens in regulation percentage and sixth in scoring average. The guy is just proving he's on another planet right now. Assuming the back is OK, you have to include the hottest golfer in the world right now on your card.

Jim Furyk - Jim Furyk has missed the cut in his last two events and hasn’t had a top-25 finish since the RSM Classic. If you're keeping score, Furyk has just one top-25 finish in his last nine events. Not good. For the good news, Furyk is fifth in driving accuracy percentage, and he won this event in 2006 along with posting runner-up finishes in 2005 and 2014. Besides McIlroy, you can argue nobody has played this course better than Furyk over the years. Given the history, there’s great value with Furyk and +8000 odds if you're looking for a big longshot.

Patrick Reed - Patrick Reed headed into last week missing the cut three straight times and looking for a confidence booster to get on track. Well, Reed and his partner Patrick Cantlay finished a solid 14th last week at the Zurich Classic and that could be enough to turn his season around. Before the rough patch came, Reed was a consistent golfer who was sprinkling in top-25 finishes and had his chances to win the SBS Tournament of Champions. Reed also hasn’t gone a season where he hasn’t won at least one event since 2012, so history suggests a turnaround at some point. I’ll take Reed and my +4000 odds.

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Mon, 01 May 2017 13:36:55 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84453
<![CDATA[Zurich Classic of New Orleans: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/27/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/04/27/zurich-classic-of-new-orleans-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head down to Louisiana this week for the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which has changed into a team event and will feature 80 teams of two. This certainly makes the gambling part a little weird and creates a little bit of the unknown. Instead of relying on one guy, we know have to bet on teams, forcing you to take a different approach.

But enough talking.

Here are five selections to consider for this weeks PGA event.

Jason Day / Rickie Fowler - While I almost…

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We head down to Louisiana this week for the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which has changed into a team event and will feature 80 teams of two. This certainly makes the gambling part a little weird and creates a little bit of the unknown. Instead of relying on one guy, we know have to bet on teams, forcing you to take a different approach.

But enough talking.

Here are five selections to consider for this weeks PGA event.

Jason Day / Rickie Fowler - While I almost never play the overall favorite, a team of Jason Day and Rickie Fowler is probably the easiest to trust this week. Odds of +600 also doesn’t make this bet terrible. Fowler has finished 16th or better in each of his last six events and is coming off a strong showing at the Masters, while Day has four top-25 finishes and is third in sand save percentage. Can’t go wrong with this group even if the odds aren’t as high as what we normally go for.

Justin Rose / Henrik Stenson - Again, this is unusual territory, so I’m going to play another group I trust with Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. Arguably the most accomplished team in the field, Rose and Stenson have combined for six top-10 finishes and eight top-25 finishes this season. Rose is coming off a second place finish at the Masters and did win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans back in 2015. Stenson hasn't looked shark since his performance at the Valspar Championship, but playing with a guy who he’s familiar with in his play in the Ryder Cup is a good chance to get him back on track. This is a team worth laying +700 odds on.

Branden Grace / Louis Oosthuizen - Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen have experience playing together a couple of years ago in the Presidents Cup and had their fare share of success. Heading into this week, Grace has put together back-to-back top-11 finishes and Oosthuizen has had his moments in eight events. Neither of these guys have played the TPC of Louisiana before, but the fact they’ve played together in the past gives them a shot to make some noise. I like this team with odds of +1600.

Hideki Matsuyama / Hideto Tanihara - Matsuyama is in sharp form given his performance at the Masters and is 16th in greens in regulation percentage as well as fourth in birdie average. Tanihara had an impressive showing in match play a few weeks ago and should be able to build on that success in a tournament like this one. This Japanese tandem has a chance to be a real dark horse this week, so I’ll play odds of +2800.

Jason Dufner / Patton Kizzire - Dufner almost got us a win at the RBC Heritage before he fell apart, but he's quietly racked up seven top-25 finishes and has two top-25 finishes in his last three events. Dufner also won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans back in 2012, so there's experience here. As for Kizzire, he had a decent showing at the Heritage and did produce a top-10 finish on this course last season. There’s upside with this group, which is why I’ll consider +6600 odds.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:22:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83959
<![CDATA[Valero Texas Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/04/20/valero-texas-open-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We’re heading to Texas for the third time this season for the 2017 Valero Texas Open, an event that debuted in 1922 and is one of the oldest golf events in the world. There have been nine golfers who have won this tournament at least twice.

It seems like we’re having a little more luck with these dark horses lately, as we landed a winner in the Houston Open and almost had Jason Dufner with +4000 odds before he fell apart the last day.

Either way, you guys know the drill by now.

Here are…

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We’re heading to Texas for the third time this season for the 2017 Valero Texas Open, an event that debuted in 1922 and is one of the oldest golf events in the world. There have been nine golfers who have won this tournament at least twice.

It seems like we’re having a little more luck with these dark horses lately, as we landed a winner in the Houston Open and almost had Jason Dufner with +4000 odds before he fell apart the last day.

Either way, you guys know the drill by now.

Here are five golfers to consider for this week's card.

Charley Hoffman - You can find Charley Hoffman with odds of +2500, which is a steal given his history at the Valero Texas Open. Hoffman not only won this event last year, but he had a top-five finish in 2013 and was a runner-up in 2011. Overall, Hoffman has three top-25 finishes in his last four events played and that includes a runner-up finish at the Arnold Palmer. You could make a case Hoffman should be the favorite this week, so these bigger than expected odds make him a must play.

Billy Horschel - Billy Horschel hasn’t looked sharp since the Arnold Palmer, but he still has four top-25 finishes and was tied for fourth at the Honda Classic. Horschel is 43rd in driving distance and 50th in scoring average. The real reason to consider Horschel with odds of +3500 is the fact he has three top-five finishes in his last four appearances at the Valero Texas Open. Horschel clearly loves this course and he’s kind of due for a victory since his last one coming in the 2014 Tour Championship. Horschel is another solid play with a chance to make 35 times your money.

Daniel Summerhays - If you’re looking for an even larger dark horse, Daniel Summerhays is worth a look with +9000 odds. Summerhays has four straight top-15 finishes at the TPC San Antonio and that includes a runner-up finish in 2014. Sure, Summerhays has shown us nothing this season and has missed the cut five times, so there’s also good reason to not even mention him this week. However, Summerhays shown us a long enough track record on this course that you can find value with these longshot odds. History matters on certain courses, and few have enjoyed San Antonio the way Summerhays has over the years.

Adam Hadwin - Adam Hadwin has been on fire for much of the season and is coming off his seventh top-25 finish at the RBC Heritage. Hadwin has now made the cut in 12 of his last 13 events and is ranked sixth in sand save percentage, 20th in birdie average and 16th in scoring average. Hadwin has the game to succeed on this course as well and in a weaker field, he’s guaranteed to in the thick of things until the final few holes. Hadwin and odds of +3000 is another strong play this weekend.

Ryan Palmer - Ryan Palmer will feel right at home considering he’s a 40-year-old Texan and he should be confident than he's been in a while after finishing 11th in the RBC Heritage. Palmer really hit the ball well last week and has now made the cut in three of his last four events. While the sample size is quite small this season, Palmer has finished in the top-15 in three of his last four appearances at the Valero Texas Open. After last week’s success and his recent history on this course, Palmer and +5000 odds is with a strong consideration.

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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:24:04 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83380
<![CDATA[RBC Heritage: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/13/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/04/13/rbc-heritage-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments After a fun Masters that needed a playoff to be decided, we head to South Carolina for the 2017 RBC Heritage. This event was established in 1969 and is one of five invitational tournaments. When you add the fact everybody drained themselves last week, you end up with a wide open field and a chance to make some money.

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

Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar enters as the favorite this week with +1400 odds which is a value in itself. Kuchar is coming…

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After a fun Masters that needed a playoff to be decided, we head to South Carolina for the 2017 RBC Heritage. This event was established in 1969 and is one of five invitational tournaments. When you add the fact everybody drained themselves last week, you end up with a wide open field and a chance to make some money.

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

Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar enters as the favorite this week with +1400 odds which is a value in itself. Kuchar is coming off a fourth place finish last week and has produced top-25 finishes in seven of his last 10 events overall. Kuchar is 40th in sand save percentage and 23rd in eagles (holes per). Kuchar also won the RBC Heritage in 2014 with a -11 to par. Even with Kuchar being the guy to beat this tournament, a chance to make 14 times your money's too good to pass up.

Russell Knox - Russell Knox hasn’t looked great since finishing 11th in the Sony Open if we’re being honest. Knox has missed the cut in three of his last six events and finished a rough 62 last week. For the good news, Knox still has three top-10 finishes this season and five top-25 finishes. Knox is also 10th in driving accuracy percentage and 16th in birdie average. Of course, Knox was also runner-up in last years RBC Heritage. Knox is a nice dark horse play this week with +4500 odds.

Jason Dufner - Jason Dufner has made the cut in seven straight events and has finished 33rd or better in six of those appearances. While not getting a ton of attention, Dufner is playing some consistent golf right now and is also 25th in driving accuracy percentage. In a wide open field, this is an event Dufner can get over the hump and compete for a victory. I’ll take a stab with +4000 odds.

Jim Furyk - I had Jim Furyk on my card last week as an insane dark horse, but he couldn’t get going and finished 54th. Well, I’m trying him again here. Furyk has still made the cut in six of his last eight events and is fifth in driving accuracy percentage. Furyk also won the RBC Heritage in 2010 and 2015, and he was runner-up in 2005 and 2006. There's a lot to like with Furyk this week given his history on this course. I’ll play Furyk with +3500, as he looks to become just the third golfer to win this event at least three times (Hale Irwin and Davis Love III).

Branden Grace - Branden Grace finished a respectable 27th in the Masters last week and has now made the cut in eight of nine events he’s finished this season. Grace hasn’t exactly had a breakthrough performance this year and his stats aren’t great, but he's been in the thick of things for the most part and that could finally pay off this week in a wide open field. You also have to like the fact Grace did win the RBC Heritage last year by beating Knox and Luke Donald by two solid strokes. There's value with Grace and +2800 odds this week.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:10:52 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82798
<![CDATA[The Masters: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/6/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/04/06/the-masters-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments After powering the top-10 golfers heading into this years Masters, we take a look at five guys to consider for your card this week. Of course, the Masters Tournament is the biggest event of the year, so this field is downright stacked. Also, we hit on Russell Henley last week at 40-1 odds, so I’d say we’re in pretty good form ourselves.

Anyway, you guys know the drill by now.

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After powering the top-10 golfers heading into this years Masters, we take a look at five guys to consider for your card this week. Of course, the Masters Tournament is the biggest event of the year, so this field is downright stacked. Also, we hit on Russell Henley last week at 40-1 odds, so I’d say we’re in pretty good form ourselves.

Anyway, you guys know the drill by now.

Top-10 Golfers For This Years Masters

Here are five golfers to consider betting on this week.

Phil Mickelson - Phil Mickelson didn’t perform well last week in Houston with a 55th place finish, but he heads into Agusta where he’s been very successful over the years. Mickelson is a three-time winner of the Masters and was a runner-up back in 2015. Mickelson is ninth in eagles (holes per) and a decent 31st in scoring average. Given his familiarity and history of this course, Mickelson and odds of +2800 is worth a look.

Brandt Snedeker - Brandt Snedeker finished in the top-10 in last years Masters and has three top-10 finishes in nine appearances overall. Snedeker has made the cut in seven of those appearances in Augusta. As for his current form, Snedeker is also a respectable 22nd in birdie average and 34th in scoring average. Those numbers make Snedeker a strong dark horse with odds of +5000.

Dustin Johnson - I usually play longshots in these events, but Dustin Johnson is too good to pass up even at +550 odds. We’re talking about a guy who has three wins in seven events and five top-25 finishes. Johnson is first in driving distance, first in greens in regulation percentage and sixth in birdie average. My goodness. Johnson also has back-to-back top-10 finishes in the Masters. Yes, please.

Lee Westwood - Lee Westwood is a two-time runner-up in the Masters and has missed the cut just three times in 17 appearances. Westwood also has a handful of top-15 finishes at this event as well. Experience matters in big tournaments and Westwood has shown he’s not going to fold when the pressure builds. I like the Englishman and odds of +9000.

Jim Furyk - If you’re looking for a true shot in the dark, try your hand with Jim Furyk and odds of +15000. Furyk has played the Masters 19 times and has missed the cut just three times during that impressive stretch. Furyk doesn’t have many solid showings this season, but he is fifth in driving accuracy percentage. I’ll take a shot with Furyk simply based off his experience in this monster event.

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Sun, 02 Apr 2017 21:35:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82112
<![CDATA[The Masters: Power Ranking Top 10 Golfers In Augusta - 4/6/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/04/06/the-masters-power-ranking-top-10-golfers-in-augusta#comments We’ve made it to what many consider the Super Bowl of golf, as The Masters will tee off this week. Before we get to some of the golfers you should include on your card this week, we’re going to give out the top-10 players heading into the Augusta National Golf Club. It should be a fun weekend.

Five Betting Options For This Years Masters

 

Here are your power rankings for the 2017 Masters Tournament.

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We’ve made it to what many consider the Super Bowl of golf, as The Masters will tee off this week. Before we get to some of the golfers you should include on your card this week, we’re going to give out the top-10 players heading into the Augusta National Golf Club. It should be a fun weekend.

Five Betting Options For This Years Masters

 

Here are your power rankings for the 2017 Masters Tournament.

1. Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson remains the hottest golfer in the world with three victories and is currently ranked No. 1. Johnson also finished sixth or better in his last two appearances at The Masters.

2. Rory McIlroy - Rory McIlroy was playing extremely consistent golf before Match Play, and has put together back-to-back top-10 finishes at The Masters. McIlroy also knows this course well with this being his ninth appearance.

3. Justin Rose - Justin Rose has finished in the top-25 seven straight years at The Masters and hasn’t missed a cut in over a decade. Rose also has a handful of top-25 finishes this season, so he’ll be in the thick of this thing until the end.

4. Jordan Spieth - Jordan Spieth won The Masters in 2015, and he was runner-up in 2016 and 2014. Needless to say, Spieth has had a say in who wins this tournament each of the last three years.

5. Hideki Matsuyama - Hideki Matsuyama had a brilliant stretch of golf the last few months and now heads to Augusta where he’s racked up a pair of top-10 finishes. It’s only a matter of time before Matsuyama gets his first major, why not this week?

6. Phil Mickelson - Phil Mickelson has won The Masters three times and was runner-up back in 2015. While he’s been hit or miss this season, there is nobody who thrives in Augusta the way Mickelson does, making him a serious threat this week.

7. Rickie Fowler - Rickie Fowler is another player who feels like is due for a breakout performance in The Masters, and he has his fair share of bright spots on this course. With improved putting, Fowler is a strong dark hose. (which we’ll get to later.)

8. Jon Rahm - Jon Rahm may be in over his head at 22 years old and his first Masters appearance, but we’re talking about a kid who has taken the PGA by storm. His nerves will certainly be tested, but Rahm deserves a spot in the top-10 given his current form.

9. Adam Scott - Adam Scott won the Masters in 2013 and has racked up 25 finishes with ease this season. Scott should be one to watch heading into the final day.

10. Bubba Watson - Bubba Watson won the Masters in 2012 and 2014, which has to count for something. Watson has proven he’s not scared of the moment and can come through when many shrink.

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<![CDATA[Houston Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/30/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/03/30/houston-open-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We made seven times our money last week with Dustin Johnson, and now we stay in Texas for the 2017 Houston Open. Just a week before The Masters, this an event where everybody hopes they’ve found their form and feel good about themselves before making a run at history. Two of the last three Houston Opens needed a playoff to be decided.

A lot of good value out there.

Here’s five golfers to consider for your card this week.

Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar has been consistent this…

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We made seven times our money last week with Dustin Johnson, and now we stay in Texas for the 2017 Houston Open. Just a week before The Masters, this an event where everybody hopes they’ve found their form and feel good about themselves before making a run at history. Two of the last three Houston Opens needed a playoff to be decided.

A lot of good value out there.

Here’s five golfers to consider for your card this week.

Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar has been consistent this season with five top-25 finishes in nine events and has missed the cut just once since the Hero World Challenge. Kuchar hasn’t exactly gotten close to a victory yet, but he’s always in the middle of the pack and gives himself a shot in the final two days. Kuchar also has three top-10 finishes in his last four appearances at the Houston Open. I’ll take a shot with +4000 odds.

Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnsonis watching his odds increase each week, as he’s won his last three events and is now the favorite to win The Masters. Johnson has five top-10 finishes in seven events this season, and he's second in driving distance and second in greens in regulation percentage. There’s just not much Johnson can do wrong at the moment and remains a must play whenever putting together a golfing card. Even at +465 odds, I have to play it given his form.

Russell Henley - Russell Henley has six top-25 finishes in 10 events this season and is a solid 18th in scoring average. But the real reason to play Henley with +4000 odds this week is the fact he’s finished seventh or better in each of his last three trips to the Houston Open. Henley clearly likes this course and these odds are a steal given his history.

Daniel Berger - Daniel Berger has been a mixed bag lately, but he still has two top-10 finishes in 10 events and has missed the cut just three times. Berger is also 12th in birdie average and did have a fifth place finish in last years Houston Open. Berger is a nice dark horse this week with odds of +5000.

Jim Herman - Jim Herman won the Houston Open last year after beating Henrik Stenson by one stroke. Herman also had a solid finish at 14th in the 2012 Houston Open, so this is a course he clearly enjoys. As for this year overall, Herman has missed the cut five times in 12 events, but he is 11th in driving accuracy percentage and 18th in greens in regulation percentage. Getting the defending champion with +8000 odds and given his bright spots from time to time, Herman is worth a look.

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