<![CDATA[Golf RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Travelers Championship: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/22/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/06/22/travelers-championship-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our first and only trip to Connecticut for the 2017 Travelers Championship, an event that debuted in 1952 and has seen seven players win at least twice over the years. The TPC at River Highlands is just under 6,900 yards and is considered one of the top private courses you can find.

You know the drill by now…

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

Paul Casey - Paul Casey has finished 26th or better in his last six events played and…

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We make our first and only trip to Connecticut for the 2017 Travelers Championship, an event that debuted in 1952 and has seen seven players win at least twice over the years. The TPC at River Highlands is just under 6,900 yards and is considered one of the top private courses you can find.

You know the drill by now…

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

Paul Casey - Paul Casey has finished 26th or better in his last six events played and now has 10 top-25 finishes in 16 events overall this season. Casey is fifth in greens in regulation percentage and 14th in scoring average. Casey also finished 17th in last year's Travelers Championship as well as runner-up in 2015, his only two appearances on this course. Casey is a great play this week with +2200 odds.

Marc Leishman - Marc Leishman is in solid form right now after finishing 15th in the Memorial Tournament and 27th in the US Open. Leishman has missed the cut just tice in 16 events this season and is seventh in scoring average. Leishman has also finished 11th or better in four of his last six appearances at the Travelers Championship, which includes a victory in 2012. Leishman has a good chance to get his second win of the year, which is why I like him with +3300 odds.

Charley Hoffman - Charley Hoffman is coming off a top-10 finish in the US Open and now has top-25 finishes in three of his last six events. Hoffman is 22nd in eagles (holes per) and hasn't missed a cut since the RBC Heritage. Also, Hoffman has finished 26th or better in each of his last four appearances at the Travelers Championship, which includes a runner-up finish in 2012. Hoffman is a nice play this week with +4000 odds.

Kyle Stanley - Kyle Stanley has missed the cut in three of his last four trips to the Travelers Championship, but he did finish 20th in 2015. The main reason to like Stanley with +5000 odds is because of his current form, as he has three top-10 finishes in his last seven events and has missed the cut just three times in 18 events overall. Stanley is also ninth in eagles (holes per) and second in greens in regulation percentage. After getting a week off due to not playing in the US Open, Stanley should be fresh and ready to make a run this week.

Brandt Snedeker - Brandt Snedeker finished ninth in the US Open and has now finished 11th or better in two of his last four events. Snedeker has missed the cut just once since March and is 14th in birdie average. To like Snedeker even more this week is the fact he's posted three straight top-25 finishes at the Travelers Championship and has finished 24th or better in four of his last five appearances overall. With the way Snedeker is hitting the ball and given his consistent success on this course, he's worth a look with +3300 odds.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:33:36 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87918
<![CDATA[US Open: Power Ranking Top 10 Golfers In Erin Hills 6/15/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/06/15/us-open-power-ranking-top-10-golfers-in-erin-hills#comments We’ve reached the second major in the PGA golf tournament, as we head to Wisconsin this week for the 2017 U.S. Open. This event will be played at Erin Hills, which is a little shy of 8,000 yards. We’ve been blessed with many tight finishes in recent U.S. Opens, so hopefully we get another entertaining round of golf to wrap up Father's Day.

Before we get to the betting options, let’s power rank the top-10 golfers heading into Erin.

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We’ve reached the second major in the PGA golf tournament, as we head to Wisconsin this week for the 2017 U.S. Open. This event will be played at Erin Hills, which is a little shy of 8,000 yards. We’ve been blessed with many tight finishes in recent U.S. Opens, so hopefully we get another entertaining round of golf to wrap up Father's Day.

Before we get to the betting options, let’s power rank the top-10 golfers heading into Erin.

Five Betting Options For 2017 US Open

Here goes…

1. Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson has finished in the top-15 in seven of his last eight events, and that includes three victories. Not to mention Johnson won the US Open last year and was a runner-up the year before. Johnson is the favorite yet again.

2. Jordan Spieth - Jordan Spieth is starting to look like Jordan Spieth again with top-15 finishes in three of his last five events, and he won the US Open in 2015. Spieth is still one of the guys to beat despite his hits and misses.

3. Sergio Garcia - Sergio Garcia got the monkey off his back in the Masters and hasn't finished worse than 30th since the Genesis Open. Garcia has a chance to double dip in the majors as long as he can control his subpar putting.

4. Jason Day - Jason Day is a two-time runner-up at the US Open and is in great form right now that includes a runner-up finish at the Byron Nelson. Day’s short game could lead him to a victory here.

5. Rickie Fowler - Rickie Fowler’s ability to drive the ball will give him a chance on this course, and he was runner-up in the Memorial. Fowler was also runner-up in the 2014 US Open.

6. Rory McIlroy - Rory McIlroy hasn’t played since the Players Championship, so there’s question marks and concerns. But McIlroy is a record setter at this event, won in 2011 and is still one of the best players in the world once he finds his form.  

7. Jon Rahm - Even at just 22 years old, it wouldn’t be surprising if Jon Rahm won a major given his consistency and the fact he's 12th in driving distance. Remember, Rahm is coming off a solid showing at the Masters, so keep an eye on the kid.

8. Alex Noren - Alex Noren is playing his best golf of the season with two top-10 finishes in his last four events, and he's 34th in driving accuracy percentage. This could be Noren’s major breakthrough.

9. Hideki Matsuyama - Hideki Matsuyama has struggled to find his form recently, but he's produced six top-25 finishes in his last nine major appearances. Matsuyama is also still 20th in driving distance, fourth in birdie average and 11th in greens in regulation percentage.

10. Justin Rose - Justin Rose hasn't played much recent golf, but he did win the US Open in 2013 and has countless major top-10 finishes that make him a dangerous threat regardless. Rose has the all around game that if he finds his form and is hitting with confidence, he can win his second major.

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Sat, 10 Jun 2017 15:24:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87363
<![CDATA[US Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/15/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/06/15/us-open-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to Erin Hills in Wisconsin this week for the 2017 US Open, which is obviously a loaded card and a chance to make some money if you can correctly pick the winner. This course is over 7,800 yards and this tournament has been decided by three or less strokes in 10 of the last 12 years.

Power Ranking Top-10 Golfers In US Open

Let's get down to business.

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We head to Erin Hills in Wisconsin this week for the 2017 US Open, which is obviously a loaded card and a chance to make some money if you can correctly pick the winner. This course is over 7,800 yards and this tournament has been decided by three or less strokes in 10 of the last 12 years.

Power Ranking Top-10 Golfers In US Open

Let's get down to business.

Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card for the US Open.

Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson could easily have won the US Open back-to-back years, as he was runner-up in 2015 and won it last year. Of course, neither were on this course, but when you're first in driving distance, first in greens in regulation percentage and fifth in scoring average, it doesn't matter where the course is, you like your chances. Oh, Johnson has also finished third or better in five of his last eight events. While hes the overall favorite, you can still make money on Johnson with +750 odds.

Jon Rahm - Jon Rahm is another player I have in my top-10 power rankings that I will be betting on, as the 22-year-old is ready to contend for majors now. Rahm has 10 top-25 finishes in 15 events played this season and is 12th in driving distance as well as sixth in scoring average. Let’s not forget that Rahm finished 27th in the Masters a couple months ago, proving that he's beyond his years. While this tournament has been about the more experienced players over the years, I like Rahm’s chances, especially with +2500 odds.

Kevin Kisner - Kevin Kisner has finished sixth or better in three of his last five events, clearly playing some of his best golf of the year. Kisner also has two top-20 finishes in majors despite a small sample size. Kisner is 13th in driving accuracy percentage and 24th in scoring average. Given Kisner’s form, there's no reason why he couldn't be in the thick of the pack come Sunday. I have no idea why oddsmakers are sleeping on him, but I’ll gladly take Kisner and the +11000 odds.

Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar is another player we’re getting with terrific odds given his form. Kuchar has finished 12th or better in his last three events and now has four top-10 finishes in 17 tournaments overall. Kuchar has improved his scoring average to 21st despite his struggles throughout the year. Kuchar also has six top-10 finishes in majors since 2012 and has finished 12th in two of the last three US Opens. Kuchar is an experienced player who had found his form at the right time. Hard to ignore the soon to be 39-year-old and +8000 odds.

Louis Oosthuizen - Louis Oosthuizen has posted top-25 finishes in his last three events and that includes a runner-up spot in the Players Championship. Oosthuizen now has six top-25 finishes in 11 events overall, and he's 22nd in scoring average and 15th in sand save percentage. If that wasn't enough, Oosthuizen has a thing for the US Open with three top-25 finishes and a runner-up finish in 2015 that set a record for the lowest lowest score for 54 holes. Oosthuizen is worth a play with +4500 odds.

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Sat, 10 Jun 2017 15:22:55 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87366
<![CDATA[FedEx St. Jude Classic: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/8/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/06/08/fedex-st-jude-classic-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our first and only stop in Tennessee this week for the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic. This event deubted in 1958 and is the last chance for players to iron out their game before the U.S. Open takes place. The TPC Southwind is a little over 7,200 yards and this event has seen five players win at least twice.

But enough of that, let’s get down to business.

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

Ian Poulter - Ian Poulter is skipping a U.S.…

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We make our first and only stop in Tennessee this week for the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic. This event deubted in 1958 and is the last chance for players to iron out their game before the U.S. Open takes place. The TPC Southwind is a little over 7,200 yards and this event has seen five players win at least twice.

But enough of that, let’s get down to business.

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

Ian Poulter - Ian Poulter is skipping a U.S. Open sectional qualifier and hopes a high finish here will be enough to get him into the field. Well, Poulter has finished 35th or better in his last three events and is 56th in driving distance accuracy while being 28th in scoring average. Poulter is just in decent form right now and did finish sixth in his last appearance on this course back in 2014. A win would certainly get Poulter in the U.S. Open field, and I value his chances with +5000 odds.

Billy Horschel - Billy Horschel has three straight top-10 finishes in the St. Jude Classic, which includes an eighth place finish back in 2015. If there was ever a course to get Horschel back on track, it would certainly be this one. Even with his recent struggles of missing the cut and being fresh off a 86th place finish at the Memorial, Horschel is 10th in greens in regulation percentage and 41st in scoring average. This is a course Horschel has consistently been in the running to win, so I’ll play him with +3300 odds.

Seung-Yul Noh - Seung-Yul Noh hasn't won a PGA event in over four years, but he has posted three top-10 finishes in his last four appearances at the St. Jude Classic. That includes a seventh place finish last year. Yes, Noh has had his struggles of making the cut, but he also sprinkled in impressive finishes at the Wells Fargo and the Players Championship. Noh has shown he can perform at a high level when he's feeling it, so you have to like his chances of competing on a course he's performed well over the years. I’ll take a stab with Noh and +6600 odds.

Harold Varner - Harold Varner is coming off a top-20 finish at the Memorial and has played some of his best golf the last couple of months despite missing the cut a few times. Varner is also 28th in driving distance, which is key on a course that will require some long shots. Varner also finished 16th last year in his only appearance in the St. Jude Classic. There’s some things to like with the 26-year-old, so if you're looking for a longshot, Varner may be your guy with +8000 odds.

Daniel Berger - Daniel Berger is another player who has had some hiccups here and there, but he did win this event last year by three strokes and there's a history in this event of players winning back-to-back years, as Lee Trevino and David Toms accomplished the feat. Berger is also 28th in eagles (holes per) as well as 22nd in birdie average. Berger has some things going for him heading into this week, so I’ll throw a few dollars his way with +2800 odds.

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Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:47:20 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87039
<![CDATA[Memorial Tournament: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/1/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/golf-picks/2017/06/01/memorial-tournament-pga-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make one of two stops in Ohio this week for the 2017 Memorial Tournament, an event that debuted in 1976 and is just under 7,400 yards. The Memorial Tournament has produced playoffs in each of the last three years and there have been six golfers to win this event at least twice.

Let's get down to business.

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

Hideki Matsuyama - Hideki Matsuyama has had top-25 finishes in two of his last three events and hasn't…

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We make one of two stops in Ohio this week for the 2017 Memorial Tournament, an event that debuted in 1976 and is just under 7,400 yards. The Memorial Tournament has produced playoffs in each of the last three years and there have been six golfers to win this event at least twice.

Let's get down to business.

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

Hideki Matsuyama - Hideki Matsuyama has had top-25 finishes in two of his last three events and hasn't missed a cut since the Genesis Open. Matsuyama now has seven top-25 finishes and four top-10 finishes in 13 events this season. Matsuyama is eighth in scoring average, seventh in greens in regulation percentage and third in birdie average. Matsuyama also won the Memorial Tournament in 2014 and was fifth in 2015. Given his form and history, Matsuyama is a nice play with +1600 odds.

Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar has finished 12th or better in four of his last six events, which includes a 12th spot last week in the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. Kuchar now has nine top-25 finishes in 16 events and has missed just one cut since the Genesis Open. Kuchar is also a solid 26th in scoring average. As for his history here, Kuchar finished fourth last season and has produced top-25 finishes in five of his last six appearances at the Memorial Tournament. Kuchar is a really nice play with +3000 odds.

Patrick Reed - Patrick Reed has finished 26th or better in both of his Memorial Tournament appearances, which includes an eighth place finish last year. Overall, Reed has finished 22nd or better in his last four events and has made the cut 14 out of 17 times. Take his current form and the fact he's improved his finish in both appearances at the Muirfield Village Golf Club, Reed has a great chance to win this week, even with +4000 odds.

Tony Finau - After missing the cut twice recently, Tony Finau bounced back with decent showings at the Byron Nelson and DEAN & DELUCA, and he now has seven top-25 finishes in 18 events overall. Finau is seventh in driving distance, fifth in greens in regulation percentage and 21st in birdie average. In two appearances at the Memorial Tournament, Finau finished eighth in 2015 and 11th last year. Really tough to make an argument against Finau this week with +5000 odds.

Marc Leishman - Marc Leishman has missed just one cut since the Arnold Palmer and has put together solid showings the last two weeks overall. Leishman has eight top-25 finishes in 14 events and that includes a 13th place finish at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Leishman is 17th in eagles (holes per) and ninth in scoring average. Leishman also finished 11th in last years Memorial Tournament, fifth back in 2015, and improved his finish each year from 2011-15, so his success on this course is also looking sharp. If you're looking for a dark horse this week, Leishman may be your guy with +7000 odds.

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Mon, 29 May 2017 17:16:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86496
<![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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<![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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