Finally golf is back. The offseason is about 2 weeks, but there hasn’t been a meaningful PGA event (besides the Ryder Cup) since September. That was when Jim Furyk pulled the FedEx cup out of his ass after being DQ’d from the first playoff event. Last year was my first full year of betting and blogging on golf, now I’m hooked. It may sound boring, but betting on golf and having players on the first page of the leaderboard on Sunday is as exciting as betting on the Super Bowl. Since the odds are so high it makes it possible to bet small and win big, I like that.
I consider last year a success and I’m looking to improve on my win total this year I won six tournaments last year (I’m sure a lot of people just said bullshit) but the blogs don’t lie. They are the following: WGC Match Play – Ian Poulter, Phoenix Open – Hunter Mahan Barclays – Matt Kuchar, Shell Houston Open – Anthony Kim and The Tour Championship – Jim Furyk. I should have won 7, but Dustin Johnson’s infamous US Open choke job at Pebble Beach cost me my biggest payout of the year. I won one Major and went 2/4 in the FedEx Cup. For my new readers, I use to be a Tiger fan, big time. I converted to the Good side last year, now I’m a Phil fan. Also, there are a couple of golfers I always bet on, I get stuck on players and bet and bet until they force me to stop (then they usually win the next weekend). Be aware of these PGA players that I bet on a lot: Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Phil, KJ Choi, Ian Poulter and Kuchar. I know that golf has the most parity out of any other sport so I do my best to get at least one guy on the leaderboard each Sunday. If he’s there you almost always have a shot to win. On to the tournament.
The 2011 PGA season opening event – the Hyundai Tournament of Champions – kicks off in Maui. The catch about this event is that you are only invited if you won last year, so no Tiger and unfortunately Phil declined the invite. You’ll see plenty of low scores this weekend on The Plantation Course, it was the easiest ranked course our of the 52 Tour events last year. This exclusive field of winners should have no problem with the wide open fairways and big greens. I’m gonna roll with these guys…
Dustin Johnson +950, Started to heat up during the FedEx cup, he finished in the top ten in 3/4 events, including a win at the BMW championship. DJ is a big hitter and those types of players do well in Maui.
Graeme McDowell +1000, the Irishmen is the hottest player in the world. He just did to Tiger what no one can do, at the Chevron Golf Challenge. He was down 3 strokes on Sunday, mounted a comeback and won in a playoff. He won 4 times last year, including the US Open and dominated at the Ryder Cup.
Stuart Appleby +1550, He has low odds because he owns the Plantation course. Stuart won this event 3 years in a row ’04-’06. He also shot a 59 last year, you can’t pass on a guy with that history at one course.
Bubba Watson +3000, Bubba is the longest driver on the Tour and like I mentioned earlier this course is low scoring and plays to the strength of long hitters. The par 5 18th hole is almost 700 yards (670 yards) he should be able to pick up some strokes throughout the week.
I’m looking forward to a great season.