Wouldn't you know, just like that I'm an expert. Hard to be too expert with betting at the 91st PGA Championship with the line so skewed by Tiger Woods, a stupefying 2.75:1 set by our resident expert friends at Ladbrokes, the renowned British betting house. Average Golfer will throw you his two cents for free as anyone with any cajones will look outside Mr. Woods to make a play. Anything less pays more humbly than a passbook savings account. If I was at the track I'd be wheeling Woods in an exacta box just to make beer money.
We'll cover the players to 51:1, which is only a span of thirteen! The finish will include picks to win and dark horses for those of you with more money than brains. Ready? Then pay attention. After all, somebody here has to........
Tiger Woods, 2.75:1 - Ridiculous. Going for 3 in a row. C'mon, you didn't come here to earn a pittance. Should win.
Lee Westwood, 26:1 - Looking like a pretty damn good bridesmaid. We're number two! We're number two!
Paddy Harrington, 26:1 - Assuming he's not shell shocked from last week, could win.
Phil Mickelson, 26:1 - Rumor has him hitting it squirrely in practice. One of the few that can score with his B game. Doubtful, too much rust.
Hunter Mahan, 34:1 - Long, straight, great short game. What's not to like? Could win.
Retief Goosen, 41:1 - I've picked Goose to show up all year. He hasn't. He won't.
Sergio Garcia, 41:1 - Game suits the course. Head is on a milk carton. Doubtful.
Steve Stricker, 41:1 - Solid Strick. Look behind you, there he is. Could win.
Angel Cabrera, 51:1 - Long odds for major winner. Can air it out here. Possible.
Geoff Ogilvy, 51:1 - M.I.A. Odds on recent rep alone. Not Michael Campbell, but..... Won't win.
Henrik Stenson, 51:1 - Robot golf will only get you so far. Naked act only works once. Won't win.
Kenny Perry, 51:1 - Layout fits. Get the putter humming and........Perhaps.
Stewart Cink, 51:1 - Broke his maiden. Got the tools and all the other cliches. Could win.
Over 51:1 includes a horde of great players. Kim, Villegas, Furyk, Allenby, Fisher, Singh, Els, McIlroy, ad nauseum. As stated, Woods' dominance throws a giant monkey wrench into the works. Regardless, I'll pick away........
Average Golfer's Top Three, (In no particular order)
Dark Horses for the Adventurous
1. Rich Beem, Well, of course!
2. Mark Wilson
3. Kevin Streelman
There you go. Free picks. Gratis, on the house. Bet early and often and no bitching.