According to the self-gag-gifted quirky holiday calendar thumbtacked on my kitchen wall, it’s National Golf Month! Now is as perfect a time as any to celebrate the last professional putt-putt major of the season, before it’s swapped out of the summer lineup come 2019.
The 99th PGA Championship tees off this Thursday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, which features the infamous Green Mile stretching from Holes 16-18. Hopefully stormy weather is no match for plaid and pleated gentlemen shouting “Fore!” at rainclouds, as many of the sport’s elite are primed to contend for Sunday’s Wanamaker Trophy.
It’s been a while since we’ve last gambled away our fake monies here on The Guide, so let’s not induce any further caddy slack. Las Vegas betting odds are as always courtesy of Odds Shark.
15. Justin Rose‘s name is the youthful draw of the 40/1 clump, which is enough striking distance for him to still relevantly disappoint.
14. Jimmy Walker stole the day (literally) a year ago with this exact +12500 line, though he’ll be hard-pressed to undermine astrology yet again.
13. Phil Mickelson remains simultaneously driven and distracted by the lore of the tiger…
12. Charley Hoffman has already undergone a significant jump from +5000 on Tuesday to +4000, but his momentous intrigue falls short.
11. Jon Daly…no amount of Champions Tour victories or pineapple-printed tear-away pants would be enough to pull off the begrudged impossible.
Now on to the Top 10 Bets of the weekend:
10. Jason Day (+2800)
Is the world’s former No. 1 golfer regrouped enough to finally overcome last August’s collapse? Only as the association’s Most Likely to Wear Pink Well. Day will perform respectably throughout the weekend.
9. Patrick Reed (+10000)
Arguably golf’s biggest [borderline] headliner banished to triple-digit odds, the value here is remarkable. These dog days tend to be his favorite, so cash in along with him, despite recent play justifying this line to begin with,
8. Sergio Garcia (+4000)
If there was any encore possibility to follow the feel-good success story of the 2017 campaign, it is eroding like moon cheese in a snack factory. Up against steep competition, I hope “The Moonwatch” is worth a few good strokes, and as for his partner in fashion crime…
7. Rory McIlroy (+700)
6. Jordan Spieth (+900)
Dunce-cap me in the corner and beat me with clubs numbered 1-9 for leaving Vegas’ two perennial favorites out of my Top 5. Either the reward is slim should chalk prevail, or the lofty pressure of Grand Slam completion deems us all fools. This sneakily bodes well for…
5. Matt Kuchar (+5500)
The veteran is on course to settle his score and his 55/1 lands within that+4000 to +6000 golf bettor’s sweet spot. The vendetta is subdued but not by ultimate glory.
4. Jamie Lovemark (+12500)
As previously alluded to, Walker overcame +12500 in 2016 to shock Day and the CBS audience. If you’re aiming for any sort of repeat occurrence, place your Highgarden gold on the guy tied for second in total cuts made (19) and most reminiscent of a Game of Thrones character of this select pool.
3. Hideki Matsuyama (+1200)
2. Dustin Johnson (+1200)
These are the most popular votes that should grant you just enough of a return on your investment. Including Matsuyama’s recent Bridgestone Invitational triumph this past Sunday, the pair share the last five World Golf Championships and can assuredly handle everything that comes with the propulsion for this event. Of course, recalling my incessant need to pick dark horses…
1. Justin Thomas (+4000)
Whatever the up-and-comer may lack in gaudy drive statistics and sustained early-season magic, Thomas compensates with PGA-leading putting average and comfortably reduced expectations. Even with Rickie Fowler and company on Tuesday, he silently acclimates to the rain ahead.
If he follows up on this previous PGA Championship trouser game, then the books owe us money regardless. Be sure to place YOUR bets in the comments below and then tune in and out of a golf telecast from your couch for four days straight.
Mike L. // The Guide