2010 PGA Quail Hollow Championship Odds and Predictions
by Matt Severance - 4/28/2010
The PGA Tour returns to full relevance this weekend in Charlotte at the Quail Hollow Championship because, let’s face it, most casual golf fans and bettors only pay attention when both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are in the field as they are this weekend for the first time since the Masters. Overall, 11 of the Top 16 players in the world are playing this week.
Here at Doc’s, we will preview select tournaments during the summer months, mostly those events that feature both Tiger and Phil, but certainly at least one of them. But I am here to tell you that I will probably never recommend betting on either one. Woods’ odds are always ridiculously low – he is 3/1 on Bodog to win this weekend, for example. It’s just not ever worth the financial risk to wager on Tiger, in my opinion, because they payoff isn’t enough. Phil is usually a bit better – 10/1 this week – but I am going to stick to mostly guys who are 20/1 or better in tournaments who might be worth a bet on to really cash in.
With that said, here are five at those Bodog odds or longer this week that I recommend a look at:
Lee Westwood (20/1): The Englishman probably has to now be considered the best player to never win a major after the 54-hole leader couldn’t hold off Mickelson in the final round at Augusta. Westwood also hasn’t teed it up since the Masters, which was his third consecutive top-three finish at a major. My only concern with Westwood is he admits he feels a “bit rusty” after not playing in three weeks. But he has been great on the PGA Tour this year with three Top-10 finishes in five events and a worst finish of 30th. He hasn’t played this tournament since 2007 when it was the Wachovia Championship (he finished T61).
Anthony Kim (20/1): He is playing through a torn ligament between his thumb and index finger, which he will have surgery for some time this summer so he is ready for the Ryder Cup. Despite the injury, Kim enters this event with top-three finishes in three of his last four Tour starts, including a third at the Masters. His final-round 65 at Augusta was the best round of the week. Kim leads the Tour in scoring average and won here in 2008, setting a tournament record with a 272 total.
Sean O’Hair (40/1): He is the defending champion of this event, shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday last year to edge Bubba Watson and Lucas Glover by a stroke. O’Hair hasn’t won since and hasn’t really approached his season-high finish of T4 at the SBS Championship in January. But he also has missed only one cut this season.
Stuart Appleby (80/1): The Aussie seemed lost early in the year, as he missed six cuts in his first eight events. But Appleby hasn’t finished worse than 44th in the past four events and has finished T-8 and T-6 in his last two starts, the first time he has had back-to-back Top-10s since he opened the 2008 season with five in a row. His fortunes in Charlotte haven’t been very good of late, with two missed cuts and a DQ in the past three. But at 80/1 you can’t ignore Appleby.
Vijay Singh (100/1): I realize Singh has having a tough go of it of late with a W/D in Houston and a missed cut at the Masters. But he was the 2005 winner of this event and has four Top-10 finishes in seven appearances here. Out of Singh’s 26 career rounds at the event, 20 are at par or better. He did miss the cut in Charlotte last year.
Good luck with your bets, and we’ll have a Players Championship preview for you next week at Doc’s.
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