<![CDATA[Golf RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![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.

Top-10…

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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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Sun, 02 Apr 2017 18:54:05 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82109
<![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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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:29:12 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81626
<![CDATA[WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/23/17]]> https://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 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81158
<![CDATA[Arnold Palmer Invitational: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/16/17]]> https://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 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=80552
<![CDATA[Valspar Championship: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/9/17]]> https://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 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=79511
<![CDATA[WGC-Mexico Championship: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/2/17]]> https://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 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78362
<![CDATA[Honda Classic: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/23/17]]> https://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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