Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Crap, TW and Mickelson never play here anyway, so what's the big deal? 28 of the world's better players tee it up in the 2010 opening event, the SBS Championship, Kapalua Golf Club, Papalua, Hawaii. So what if the miniscule field gets a jump on Tour money? So what if 80% of the world's best can't attend?It's the home of the potential 600 yard drive and the 1st televised tournament of the year held in paradise. I'll check it out and so will you.
Saving further BS, let's scope the odds and the field. Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes, the venerable British betting house.
Here you have em..........
Steve Stricker, 8:1 - Hard to bet against Strick, especially since I'm sure he's been pounding balls in Wisconsin between hunting expeditions. So solid, could win.
Geoff Ogilvy, 9:1 - Defends here. Should rebound from a less than illustrious '09. Certainly could win.
Sean O'Hair, 10:1 - Toughened up in '09. Another could win.
Kenny Perry, 12:1 - Sporting new specs and old putter given to him by a pro-am partner. Expect more from Kenny, just not here. Won't win.
Retief Goosen, 12:1 - Dr. Kool. Can win anywhere. Not this week though. Nothing to base it on, just a hunch.
Zach Johnson, 14:1 - They say he's a tireless winter worker. Wind and hills here will add 75 yards to his tee shots. 75 yards to everyone else's as well. Fashionable pick here. AG says no, not this week.
Dustin Johnson, 16:1 - Could launch the 1st 600 yard drive this week. AG likes him for more reasons. Whole game is coming along. May the best Johnson win. I like DJ here.
Nick Watney, 16:1 - On the verge. Love the entire package. Confidence boost off last year's win. Could win.
Stephen Ames, 16:1 - Other than 9-8 shellacking from TW in match play, always finishes well. Steady player. Could win here.
Angel Cabrera, 20:1 - Won't win here. Not a major.
Paul Casey, 20:1 - About as far from Britain as you can get without a spaceship. Maybe later, not this week.
Ryan Moore, 20:1 - "Logoless" no more. Complete game. It's possible. Seems to be maturing into an elite player.
Stewart Cink, 20:1 - Whenever I pick Cink he loses. When I pan him he wins. I'll pick him to lose. He'll win.
There's 13 other players, all possible winners in the abbreviated field. Plus, this is a winner's event. they all handled the pressure of closing a first victory. In others words, it's a crapshoot.
Average Golfer's Expert Picks
1. D. Johnson
Sleeper Pick - Pat Perez
Bet early and often!