The schedule of sporting events this year is a trip to say the least.
At least we know that a golf tournament takes 4 days so 2 tourneys in a week’s time aren’t really possible. In a normal year… What does normal even mean anymore?
In a normal year on the PGA Tour, we would be in the playoffs already with the Tour Championship looming in a few weeks. That is not the case this year as we haven’t even played the Masters yet.
That won’t be until mid-November! What a trip! I already said that? My bad. It is, though.
Sometimes, I feel like I’m going to wake up and all of this covidity and unrest in America will disappear.
The PGA Tour took a longer break than the UFC and NASCAR but still got back to business before baseball and basketball.
As far as picking winners or placers after the return, we have struggled a bit.
Our NASCAR betting has been outstanding picking 8 race winners and 5 top three finishers in 2020. We did have a lengthy (3-week) low point in UFC betting but the previous 5 weeks have all been in the green.
We had Justin Thomas to win the Charity Open a few weeks ago but youngster Colin Morikawa out-dueled him in a playoff to get the W.
Patrick Cantlay came through for us with a top ten placing for plus money which helped ease the wound slightly.
We are usually playing the WGC St Jude Invitational event the week after the Open Championship. This year, the tournament is being held the week before 2020’s first major event, the PGA Championship.
Who will be focused, locked in, and ready to win this week and which golfers will just be warming up next week’s major?
That is a very good question. I did a lot of research to find which golfers are normally gamers who remain present focused on the tournament they are playing in at the moment.
Brooks Koepka, for example, is known to focus heavily on most major events and seemingly not truly care about wherever he is playing in the upcoming weeks before a major tournament.
He hasn’t shown that he is fully recovered from offseason knee surgery yet, though, and his odds of 28-1 reflect that. Or possibly, he has just been tweaking his game for the upcoming major season.
Coincidentally, Brooks is the defending champ here in Memphis at TPC Southwind. It is tempting but illogical.
BetOnline.AG has the rest of the betting odds and opportunities for this week’s WGC event. Let’s get to our picks and nail some winners!
Patrick Reed: +125
Captain America is off to a sneaky good 2020 and has looked good pre and post lockdown break.
The 6’ 200 pound Texan has really honed in on his putter this year ranking 2nd on the PGA Tour in both one-putt percentage and overall putting average.
He is average off the tee in both accuracy and distance which can really hurt him against the big hitters like the aforementioned Koepka and, of course, Bryson “D-Bol” DeChambeau.
Patrick Reed got off to an immediate hot start in 2020 losing in a playoff at the Tournament of Champions to Justin Thomas. Two weeks later, he finished 6th at the Farmers. He went on to win the WGC Mexico event the following weekend.
15th at the Arnold to finish up pre-lockdown play and 7th at the Charles Schwab Classic in his return had bettors high on him. He fell off, though, and really disappointed me and plenty of others.
Cut, Cut, 24th, 39th…
The babyface rebounded well at a very difficult Memorial a couple of weeks ago with a top ten finish.
He has 5th and 12th place finishes here this week in Memphis and provided he fuels up at The Pig on Beale Street, I see a top twenty finish for Mr. Reed on Sunday.
Daniel Berger: +250
How can you not, right?
He did miss the cut at The Memorial. That really surprised me but that was a really tough play for anyone.
He was 4 over when he missed the cut but the previously mentioned Pat Reed finished tenth at even par for the tournament. Prior to that, though, Ol’ Red hasn’t let very many past.
3,1,4,5,9… Those are his previous five tournament finishes.
The Florida-native will be just at home in the thunderstorm-forecasted Memphis muggy heat.
Did I mention he has back-to-back victories here in ‘16 and ‘17? He only has three starts here. He missed the cut in 2018. I think the pressure of a three-peat got to the then 25-year-old.
There will be no cut this year and I think Berger continues his dominance of post-lockdown golf with a solid performance and possibly a third victory at the St Jude Invitational.
One more week, guys, and we can finally see the PGA stars compete in the first major tournament of the year. But first, it’s always nice to see these guys out there playing hard for St Jude’s Children’s Hospitals.
There is nothing but negativity going on in the media right now.
Sportscenter is unbearable.
It’s alright, though, because we can choose to focus on positivity like all the money that will be made this week to help a tremendous cause.
I like Daniel Berger this week because he has been the best golfer since the break and has 2 wins here in 3 tries. What else do you need?
It seems too good to be true and those uber-narratives can bite you but I’m not abandoning logic and reason either.
Partick Reed also looks to be swinging a hot club again in 2020 and his putting game this year has been second to only one.
Get your bets in now directly from this article and I will see you next week for the PGA Championship.