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2012 PGA and European Tour Golf Props Odds and Picks
by Alan Matthews - 1/3/2012
There is no major sport in the world - that I know of, at least - that has a shorter offseason than golf. And as hard as it may be to fathom if you are somewhere being inundated with snow, the 2012 PGA and European Tour seasons tee off next week already. The U.S. tour begins with the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions (look for my betting preview on that, as well as all PGA tournaments in 2012), while the Euros play in the Africa Open in South Africa.
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Golf Odds and Predictions: Omega Hills Mission World Cup
by Alan Matthews - 11/22/2011
Well, I am digging these golf team events, with another set for this weekend as the European Tour's Omega Hills Mission World Cup tees off at the Mission Hills Resort in Hainan Island, China. Last week's Presidents Cup was a betting success if you took my advice.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: The Tour Championship
by Alan Matthews - 9/21/2011
For casual golf fans and bettors, the PGA Tour season essentially ends at the final major of the year, the PGA Championship. That tees off a few weeks before football season, which is of course where most bettors are then lured. But for more dedicated golf bettors, the FedEx Cup playoffs remain a source of interest, and that four-tournament postseason concludes this weekend in Atlanta with The Tour Championship.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: BMW Championship
by Alan Matthews - 9/14/2011
The Top 70 players in the FedEx Cup points advanced from the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Top 30 after this tournament will move on the Tour Championship in Atlanta next week for a shot at the $10 million grand prize and, potentially, PGA Tour Player of the Year honors because that race is very much up for grabs as well.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: The Deutsche Bank Championship
by Alan Matthews - 9/1/2011
We are into the "conference semifinal" round of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs as the Top 100 in the points standings have advanced (99 are playing, with J.B. Holmes out due to health reasons) after last week's rain-shortened Barclays tournament to this week's Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. And it's an unusual weekend on Tour because we know there will be a Monday finish - with this tournament scheduled around Labor Day weekend it goes Friday-Monday.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: The Barclays
by Alan Matthews - 8/24/2011
The PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs begin this week - sans the biggest star in the sport, Tiger Woods - with The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J. Of course the FedEx Cup is a four-event playoff system capped at the TOUR Championship that is essentially the end of golf season for most top players. This is the first-ever PGA Tour event at Plainfield.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Wyndham Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/18/2011
With all due respect to the Wyndham Championship, which begins Thursday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., this tournament is never going to get a top-flight field when it remains sandwiched by the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, and the start of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, which start next week.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: PGA Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/10/2011
You want to know how it's easy to call the PGA Championship the least important of golf's four majors? Because they have to give it a nickname: "Glory's Last Shot". That's because most casual sports fans start to forget about golf pretty much after the British Open because NFL and NCAA football camps start to open.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
by Alan Matthews - 8/3/2011
Look for a jump in interest (both on television and in the betting world) this week on the PGA Tour because all is right in the golfing world: Tiger Woods is back and, as usual, the center of attention. The big-money, exclusive-field World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is at Firestone Country Club in Akron starting Thursday.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: The Greenbrier Classic
by Alan Matthews - 7/27/2011
The good news is that the PGA Tour is about to enter perhaps its best stretch of golf of the year with a big-money WGC event, the final Grand Slam tournament of the year and the FedEx Cup playoffs, culminating in the Tour Championship. The bad news is that stretch really doesn't start until next week, with the pros visiting a little town in West Virginia for this week's Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC in White Sulfur Springs.
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Golf Odds: Who Will Be Tiger Woods' Next Caddie?
by Alan Matthews - 7/22/2011
Normally when a professional golfer who hasn't won since late 2009 and hasn't even competed for most of this summer makes a caddie change, it goes completely unnoticed other than perhaps by the most avid golf fan. But when that guy is Tiger Woods and he cans his caddie, well, it's national news. And that move has spawned a new betting prop.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Canadian Open
by Alan Matthews - 7/20/2011
Normally the week after a major championship, you can expect a very watered-down field at the following PGA Tour event. This week that stop is the national championship of Canada, the RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. And while many of the top Europeans are taking this week off and a few top Americans like Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson stayed across the pond and are playing in the European Tour event this week, the Canadian Open does have a pretty solid field - mostly because of big-money sponsor RBC.
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2011 British Open Odds: Predictions for Betting Props
by Trevor Whenham - 7/13/2011
Call it the British Open. Call it the Open Championship. Whatever you want to call it, it's one of the four majors in golf, and it's a great betting opportunity. The unique style of play, the often extreme weather, and the intense pressure make this a particularly tough tournament to win. That means that there are often very juicy prices to be had.
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2011 British Open Odds and Golf Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 7/13/2011
In my opinion, the beauty of the British Open is threefold: 1) You can get up super early in the morning U.S. time and be able to watch major championship golf; 2) It seems there are always guys that come out of nowhere to compete and frequently win. Just since 2003 players like Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink, Todd Hamilton (whatever happened to him?) and Ben Curtis won; all four are likely one-hit wonders; 3) The style of links golf, and often the unpredictable weather across the pond make it a test most Americans aren't used to.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: John Deere Classic
by Alan Matthews - 7/7/2011
It's the final tuneup for the British Open this week on the PGA Tour as it stops at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., for the John Deere Classic. It's not an overly great field in all honesty, as many of the top names either are taking the week off to practice overseas for the Open or are playing in Scotland for the European Tour stop this week - guys like Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson are over in Scotland.
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PGA Tour Betting: Tiger Woods
by Trevor Whenham - 7/1/2011
Every time you think that the Tiger Woods story is going to return to normal he finds another way to make it odd and hard to look away from. This week we saw Tiger give an interview at the AT&T National - the tournament that he hosts. Tiger showed up for the interview with a ridiculous beard, and that facial hair crime may have been the highlight of the event.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: The Travelers Championship Field
by Alan Matthews - 6/22/2011
You won't find U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy this week - he is planning to not play again until the British Open. Tiger Woods remains sidelined with an injury, as he already has pulled out of his own tournament, the AT&T National, next week. Overall, the field this week includes just six of the Top 25 in the latest world rankings (but none from the Top 10): Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Nick Watney, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan and Martin Laird.
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Is Rory McIlroy the Next Big PGA Tour Star?
by Trevor Whenham - 6/22/2011
The Rory McIlroy era has arrived with a bang. The timing couldn't have been any better for his dominating win in the U.S. Open. With the obvious mortality of Tiger Woods, the struggles of Phil Mickelson, and the aging of other top players, there is a lack of compelling stars at the top of the golf world. There is no shortage of young talent, but few players have the charisma and 'it factor' that is needed to go from a very good player to a megastar.
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US Open Predictions: Top American Players Golf Props
by Alan Matthews - 6/15/2011
Yesterday here at Doc's we previewed the top European players and their chances of winning the US Open that begins Thursday at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C. Today we look at the top American threats - and, really, shouldn't an American almost feel obligated to win our National Championship, especially when held near the nation's capital?
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US Open Odds and Free Picks: Top European Players Props
by Alan Matthews - 6/14/2011
In my opinion, this year's US Open that begins at Congressional outside Washington, D.C., on Thursday has two main storylines: whether Phil Mickelson can finally win America's national championship after a record number of runner-up finishes and whether a non-American wins a fifth major championship in a row.
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US Open Betting Tips and Golf Handicapping Advice
by Dave Schwab - 6/14/2011
Thursday marks the start of one of the toughest tests in professional golf: the US Open. The USGA prides itself in setting up a US Open course in such a fashion that even par is often considered a successful score, especially if weather conditions favor hard and fast greens. The sport of golf and, more specifically, this event not only offers you the opportunity to sit back and watch how the world's best players hold up to such demanding conditions, but the opportunity to handicap the tournament in an effort to draw value out of the odds that are posted for all the major participants.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: The Memorial Tournament
by Alan Matthews - 6/1/2011
After back-to-back weeks of watered-down fields in the PGA Tour's mini-Texas swing, almost all of the American and European big-name players are in the field this week for Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Byron Nelson Championship
by Alan Matthews - 5/26/2011
Well, I have to be honest: The European PGA Tour's BMW Championship has a far superior field this weekend than does the Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort outside of Dallas. But, again, the Euro event starts so early in the morning - plus, hey, we do live in America, right? So we shall stick with the PGA Tour again this week.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
by Alan Matthews - 5/18/2011
Remember when the Colonial was a big deal on the PGA Tour? And I'm not at all talking about 2003 when Annika Sorenstam played in the event to big hoopla. Colonial, known as "Hogan's Alley," used to draw excellent fields. But because of where the tournament is now on the schedule, the field is incredibly watered-down.
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US Open Odds: Golf Futures Betting
by Dave Schwab - 5/18/2011
This year's US Open, the second Major of the season, will be contested at the fabled Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside the Nation's Capital starting with first round action on Thursday, June 16.
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PGA Tour Odds: Money List Futures Predictions
by Dave Schwab - 5/12/2011
The PGA's Players Championship from TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida, gets underway today in what is often thought of as the fifth Major in professional golf. The player that comes away with this week's title will get the lion's share of a $9.5 million purse, which is the highest of the Tour, and take a major leap in the current PGA money list.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: The Players Championship
by Alan Matthews - 5/11/2011
To most casual golf bettors, the Players Championship marks the halfway point between the Masters and the U.S. Open - and most books unveil about as many props for this tournament, golf's unofficial fifth major, as you would find for a Grand Slam tournament.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Wells Fargo Championship
by Alan Matthews - 5/4/2011
The PGA Tour stops in Charlotte this week for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club and it usually draws a nice field because it's a top-rated course (will host the 2017 PGA Championship) and the purse is one of the highest on Tour among non-majors/WGC events/or FedEx Cup tournaments.
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PGA Tour Odds and Free Pick: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
by Alan Matthews - 4/28/2011
This week's PGA Tour stop, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, is overshadowed a bit by the news of the latest knee injury suffered by Tiger Woods. Certainly Jack Nicklaus' major championship record of 18 titles looks a little safer now. Tiger announced Tuesday that he will miss next week's Wells Fargo Championship because he hurt his left leg while hitting his second shot from underneath a tree on the 17th fairway in the third round of the Masters. This bears watching.
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PGA Tour Odds and Golf Predictions: The Heritage
by Alan Matthews - 4/20/2011
If you are a pretty devoted golf fan, you probably remember that The Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C., used to be the tournament immediately following the Masters. It used to draw a pretty solid field because the players liked the course and this event was treated almost more as a fun diversion from the pressure of the previous week than an intense tournament. Between 1983 and last year the event was played the week after the Masters; this year it is two weeks after Augusta. And as you can tell it doesn't have a sponsor - without one yet signed for 2012 this event could be in some trouble if one isn't found.
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PGA Tour Odds and Golf Predictions: Valero Texas Open
by Alan Matthews - 4/13/2011
There's really no sugarcoating this week's Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio: the field is rather lame. But you can bet on the tournament, so who cares, right? This is usually the case after major championships in that most of the big names take the week off or head back overseas. Maybe the only worse field comes after the British Open because most of the top Americans don't want to fly all the way back and then go play in Canada (some fields in tournaments that go opposite WGC events are even worse off).
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Masters Predictions: Golf Betting Free Picks
by Alan Matthews - 4/6/2011
It's the best four days of the year to most golf fans and certainly bettors of the sport: The Masters is here and there are about a Super Bowl-level of prop options on golf's most prestigious tournament (it actually doesn't even have the best field compared to other majors many times because of its unique qualification requirements).
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Masters Odds: Tiger Woods Golf Props Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/6/2011
It's almost daunting how many prop options you have at your betting disposal for golf's Super Bowl this week, the Masters. Let's start our previews of the tournament with the guy who is still the biggest story whenever he plays despite not having won an official event since September 2009. And that of course is Tiger Woods.
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Masters Predictions and Free Picks: Group Betting Props
by Alan Matthews - 4/5/2011
We continue our preview of this week's Masters with a look at five group betting options offered by WagerWeb and your best bet, according to my Masters predictions, for each. For these group betting props, you pick the player you think will tally the best finish amongst the group members.
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2011 Masters Odds for Golf Futures Betting
by Trevor Whenham - 3/30/2011
Time is ticking away like I can't believe -- we are already just one week away from the opening of the Masters. Augusta's finest offering always feels like it falls in the heart of the spring -- practically summer -- and it just doesn't seem like we are there yet. Regardless, though, it's almost time to tee off, and that means that it's time to look at the futures odds to see what's interesting and what's ridiculous. (all Masters odds are from Bodog):
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PGA Tour Odds and Free Predictions: Shell Houston Open
by Alan Matthews - 3/30/2011
The field this week includes 10 of the top 25 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings, with four from the Top 10: Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker. The other five are Francesco Molinari, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan, Retief Goosen, Robert Karlsson and Louis Oosthuizen. But you also see guys who have had success at the Masters in the past playing this week even though they rarely do in regular PGA Tour events; players like Fred Couples and Jose-Maria Olazabal.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Arnold Palmer Invitational
by Alan Matthews - 3/23/2011
This week's PGA Tour stop, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, usually draws an excellent field because most players want to pay homage to Palmer and play in his tournament, and it doesn't hurt that it's at Orlando's Bay Hill - about half of the PGA Tour pros live in or near the area - and also that it's the second-to-last chance for players who haven't qualified for that year's Masters to do so. The Top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings following this tournament will gain entry into the Masters if they haven't already by another method. The final berth will be reserved for the winner of next week's Shell Houston Open
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PGA Tour Odds and Golf Picks: Transitions Championship Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 3/16/2011
It's a bit of an off week on the PGA Tour as many of the top names in golf, especially the Europeans, take this week off following last week's big-money World Golf Championships event at Doral and next week's popular Arnold Palmer tournament at Bay Hill. But this week's Transitions Championship in the Tampa Bay area was able to lure world No. 1 Martin Kaymer, and he is the betting favorite at +750 on WagerWeb.
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Golf Odds and Predictions: WGC-Cadillac Championship Betting
by Alan Matthews - 3/9/2011
It's our second World Golf Championships event in two weeks, and this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship has the best stroke-play field of the young season so far and is played at probably the best course so far in 2011: the Blue Monster at Doral.
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PGA Tour Odds and Free Golf Picks: The Honda Classic
by Alan Matthews - 3/3/2011
The PGA Tour's West Coast swing is a thing of the past, and the best part of the pros heading across country to start the Florida Swing is that you know the Masters and all those azalea shots on CBS are just a month or so away. This week the Tour visits PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens for the Honda Classic.
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Golf Odds and Predictions: WGC Match Play Championship
by Alan Matthews - 2/23/2011
What's not to like with this event? It gives bettors a little bit of a bracket fix just a few weeks before Selection Sunday in college basketball. And it almost always has the best field of the early golf season until the Masters. The tournament, which begins Wednesday at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., pairs the world's Top 64 players in the only official match play event on the PGA Tour schedule.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Northern Trust Open
by Alan Matthews - 2/16/2011
Even with players like Ernie Els, Nick Watney and Tim Clark withdrawing earlier this week, the Northern Trust Open this weekend has the strongest field to date in 2011 on the PGA Tour. And there are likely two reasons for that: The fact that it's being held at historic Riviera Country Club in the shadow of Hollywood, and because it's a chance for top players, especially some Europeans who finally have come across the pond, to tone up their game before next week's big-money WGC-Match Play Championship.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
by Alan Matthews - 2/10/2011
The PGA Tour stops at the best and most picturesque public course in America at Pebble Beach this week, but arguably the stronger overall field is over in the Middle East for the Qatar Masters - world Nos. 1-3 Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods are playing there.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Waste Management Phoenix Open
by Alan Matthews - 2/2/2011
The PGA Tour makes a detour for a week from its California Swing to head to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Waste Management Phoenix Open - quite possibly the worst tournament name in golf history. It's not an overly tremendous field this week. Tiger Woods isn't playing and most of the top European players are still overseas and playing in Qatar this week - many of them may not show up in the U.S. until the WGC-Match Play.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Farmers Insurance Open Betting Picks
by Alan Matthews - 1/26/2011
The PGA Tour schedule shows that this weekend's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines outside San Diego is the fourth tournament of the season. However, let's be clear: this event is truly the first golf tournament of any substance in the U.S. this season because both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are making their 2011 debuts. They are the only Top-10 players in the field this week.
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Masters and British Open Odds and Futures Betting Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 1/21/2011
It's Jan. 21. The Masters doesn't start until April 7. The British Open doesn't tee off until July 14. The only good reason to be thinking about the two events is if you are looking for tickets. Still, Bodog has odds set on much of the likely field in both events. Normally it wouldn't make a lot of sense to bet now on an event so far away when so much can change between now and then. The golf season has only barely started, and many of the big names are still on the sidelines, so we have no idea what form they are going to be in, or which young guys are going to rise up this year.
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Golf Betting Odds and Predictions: Abu Dhabi Championship
by Alan Matthews - 1/19/2011
It's certainly not often that we preview a European Tour golf tournament here at Doc's, but this week's Abu Dhabi Championship deserves its own look. Most true golf fans and bettors would argue that this tournament is the true start of the new golf year, even though the Euro Tour has officially had four tournaments already (for some reason they start the new "season" in December across the pond) and the PGA Tour's third event teed off on Wednesday.
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PGA Tour Odds and Predictions: Bob Hope Classic
by Alan Matthews - 1/18/2011
The Bob Hope Classic has one thing that no other PGA Tour event does: it's the only five-round, 90-hole event (obviously barring a playoff that could add to that total) on Tour. Unfortunately, this also used to be one of the most popular events on Tour, but it's now mostly being avoided by golf's big names - although the Hollywood types still often play in the pro-am portion.
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PGA Tour: Sony Open in Hawaii Predictions and Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 1/12/2011
Even though it is a full-field event, it's still a bit watered down in terms of the world's top talent. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson aren't playing. And most of Europe's top players have stayed overseas, again not wanting to use their limited starts available on the U.S. tour until the bigger events. Thus players like Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Paul Casey and Graeme McDowell (who did play last week) won't be teeing it up in Honolulu. Just two players from the world Top 10 are in the field: Americans Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk.
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PGA Golf: Hyundai Tournament of Champions Predictions and Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 1/5/2011
The short PGA Tour offseason is officially in the bag as the new golf year tees off with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions starting Thursday at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui. Here we will provide some predictions for the tournament along with betting odds for players of note.
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