Welcome to Masters week. I can’t believe this time last year I was writing my Masters blog about Tiger Wood’s comeback to golf. I wrote that he had no shot at winning the Masters and then he proceeded to shoot 11 under and place 5th, since then he has lost 1/2 his money and not won a PGA event. I bet Phil +1000 and to quote Jim Nantz “won one for the family”. His wife with tit cancer was by the 18th green to greet Phil when he walked off. It was a great moment. Good defeated Evil as Tiger couldn’t keep up Phil’s Day 3 pace when he Eagled the 13th, 14th and almost had three in a row, but missed holing out from the fairway by inches on 15. Personally, this 4 day stretch is my favorite sporting event of the year, unless the Yankees play the Red Sox in the ALCS or are in the World Series. Me and a fellow Big Rip reader Big Mick have a standing bet for $100 each year, he gets Mickelson, I get Tiger to win. We keep meaning to get a green jacket for the loser to put it on the winner during the trophy ceremony. I’m 1-3 since we started this tradition and Big Mick noted this week in an email that we were on the right side of our 20s when Tiger last won, at least he has had a whole lot of whores in the last 6 years.
I’m feeling really confident this weekend, after my Masters tune up last weekend when I picked Phil +1200 to win the Shell Houston Open. It was his first win in almost one year. He is now the odds on favorite to win the Masters, if you simultaneously watch the embedded YouTube clip of Phil you”ll easily talk yourself into putting your rent check on him this weekend. I’m gonna roll with these guys.
Phil +550 – You have to bet Phil. Even if you ignore the win last weekend, and call his game shit for the last year. Phil has owned Augusta. He’s finished in the top ten 12 out of the last 15 Masters. This includes 3 wins, two 5th place finishes, 4 3rds, one 6th and two 7th place finishes. He was quoted yesterday as saying that he has more confidence when he goes to Augusta.
Matt Kuchar +2250 – What a difference a year makes. Last year Kooch was +6500 to win the Masters. He is probably the best player in my mind to not have won a Major, fuck Lee Westwood. He is one of two players I highly recommend betting this week. Placed 25th last year.
Anthony Kim +2500 – Kim won the Shell Houston Open last year. The course is designed and set up to play like the Masters. Of course they cannot replicate it perfectly, but the superintendent set the pins to similar locations, shaves the greens to be Augusta quick, creates the openings in the fairways and around the greens to play like Augusta. Kim has played Augusta 4 times and placed 20th two years ago with 11 birdies one round. Last year he shot a 65 on Sunday to help him finish 3rd. He’s a wildcard, because he has a reputation of partying all week. Have you listed to him talk? He sounds like he snorted coke with Charlie Sheen for a weekend while smoking two packs of Newports each day. Every time I hear him, I think it’s Barry White talking. My other best bet.
Bubba Watson +2500– Left-handed, hits it a mile, creative around the greens and has a ‘fuck it’ attitude. Sound similar? Bubba doesn’t have the same skill set that Phil does, but Augusta can allow golfers to shoot low if they can play a driver – wedge game all day. Bubba has been banged up this year with a stomach muscle strain and has withdrawn from a couple events. A reason to be cautious with him.
Francesco Molinari +6000 – I’m guessing Bigrips.wordpress.com has just a handful of international readers, we really haven’t taped any oversees markets yet, so I don’t really care if lose all of my European readers which is probably about 7. I’m trying to limit the number of international players I bet on, because the last thing I want is some nitwit who can’t speak english hosting the Masters Trophy and receiving a green jacket, there I said it. I don’t care, the Masters is an American tradition. Imagine August Busch went to Oktoberfest and a bottle of Bud won best beer? It wouldn’t be right. They have their things we have ours. With that being said, there are plenty of players from Europe, the UK and Australia playing this weekend. If one is gonna win I hope it’s the better Molinari brother. The other International Players I’m betting are KJ Choi +5000 and Justin Rose +2250.
Charles Howell III +9500 – My guy had odds for every golfer, I went to do some morning research today when I woke up and was disappointed to see that the available golfers to bet on went from the entire field to like 30 golfers. Luckily I locked Howell III in last week at +9500. Howell is another player who should be better than his 2 career wins. He has only finished in the top 10 once in a major, but he is quietly piecing together his game. He finished -8 last weekend in Houston and has made 6 of 8 cuts in 2011 with 5 top 25s. Plus the dude grew up in Augusta and played Augusta National as a kid. I’m also was going to bet Rickey Barnes at +5000, but he fell off. If he is available through your site or Guy, bet him.
I told myself I was going to bet ten guys and just realized I’ve listed nine, my final bet is Nick Watney +1200.
Good luck, I’ll be back for some weekend match ups.