After a very “low” scoring Travelers Championship from the suburbs of Hartford, Connecticut, the PGA Tour kicks off their Midwest Swing with a visit to the Motor City at the Detroit Golf Club for a potentially even higher performing and thus even lower scoring affair.
Detroit, Michigan is a city on the rise, once again. It’s been a while, yes, but I think most Americans are happy to see a step in the right direction.
A piece of evidence of their rejuvenation is this year’s late June weekend stop on the PGA Tour.
Last year at this time we were at The National at TPC Potomac from the DMV, that’s DC, Maryland, Virginia for the layman’s.
Tha tournament was won by Francesco Molinari. Unfortunately, the Italian won’t be in attendance this week.
Neither will many of the golfing world’s best.
We will, however, get to see superstar and multiple-time weak field winner Dustin Johnson in action.
DJ is the favorite, not surprisingly, and Hideki Matsuyama shares the next spot down on the betting board with a golfer who shares a sponsor with this week’s tournament, Rickie Fowler.
Next, are the winner’s of the last two events this season Chez Reavie and the US Open Champion Gary Woodland.
The latter is definitely on my radar as he has had a week off of competitive golf to soak in his big major victory as well as prepare him for a course where, stylistically, he has the potential to dominate.
Brandt Snedeker is another name I like. He’s coming off of a couple not so sub-par performances with a T-43 last week at The Travelers and a 77th place finish at the US Open.
His skills have brought him a very high level of success in the past, though, at courses like this one designed by Donald Ross.
Not surprisingly, though, the brother of this guy.
I’m kidding guys as you might have guessed but the former has designed some of the most beautiful courses on the Tour.
And the latter, well he will forever be a legend in all our minds I’m sue.
This course is pretty classical, though. With some nice weather in the forecast, minus midwest summer humidity, of course, we could see the winner at 20 or more under par.
This place is screaming “Yo, DJ!”
I get it but at just 6-1 odds, man, I don’t know.
He’s definitely worth 10 or 20 bucks.
I’ll leave him off the list this week, though, and we will nail down some golfers with significantly higher payouts.
Last week, we did alright with our picks…
I took Paul Casey at 2-1 to finish inside the top ten. He finished fifth and Jason Day paid even money in 8th place for a top twenty bet.
Other than those two, though, I was way off.
My sleepers never woke up.
We must move on in life, though, so let’s move to some Detroit golf and win some money!
BetOnline has the goods, so let’s get to em’ and make some picks for your weekly betting spread.
I love to watch the former college basketball player, Gary Woodland, hit the links.
I grew up in the hip hop generation as a basketball player, albeit not nearly as successful but I really respect and appreciate his swagger.
Ugh, I really don’t like using that word but mojo, confidence, smooth and cocky walk maybe. You get the point.
Golf is such a proper game and while I don’t appreciate seeing players losing their cool and subsequently soaking a golf club, it is nice to watch a guy like Woodland play the game with a certain personal style.
He backs it up, though. His walk isn’t because he is making up for something lacking in his brain or performance.
Gary is tied for third on Tour this season with Patrick Cantlay and Matt Kuchar with 8 top ten performances on the season.
He is currently ranked 12th in the world and 5th in the FedEx Cup points standings.
I like him this week, though, because he has been rather streaky this year.
His most recent victory two weeks ago at the US Open was the first time he’s cracked the top 5 since the first tournament of the year.
If you thought this guy can’t get any more confident by just looking at the way he walks, think again because he just won the US Open at Pebble Beach.
I definitely see him shooting at least a 68 each round in Detroit.
Right off the proverbial tee here, I’m salivating at (+500) for a top ten. Top twenty is still great value at 2.5 times your money but I like him to perform well this week.
He finished 35th, yes, in his last time out but that was at the US Open at Pebble Beach against one of the hardest fields in golf.
Minus that one and he placed in the top ten twice in his last 4 tournaments played when he snagged 4th at the Wells Fargo and 7th at The Memorial.
He drives the ball accurately and hits a ton of greens in regulation. If his putter can stay hot, I love his chances at a top ten this week.
Si Woo Kim
The youngster from Seoul is not in the best form right now, no, missing the cut in 5 out of his last 6 tournament played.
Why so negative, though?
I see opportunity!
This is being described as a potential birdie fest and Kim is currently 9th on Tour in birdie average.
He has 4 finishes inside the top 6 on the year and a player of his caliber can’t keep up golfing this poorly for very much longer.
That is if this slump isn’t because of an injury.
If that’s the case, then he may need some time off.
He just pays too much to leave alone here. I’m not calling for a win or even a top five but 4.5 to 1 for a top twenty is worth it.
With many of the world’s best golfers sitting this week out, I like to look at maybe one or two of the favorites then skan my eyes down the list towards the bottom to find the best value.
Many experts are staying away from the former ballplayer Gary “Hard” Woodland in Detroit.
He took the week off of golfing and didn’t join the field at the Travelers Championship from Hartford but boy was he in the press even appearing on the Ellen Show.
Oh, he’s too Hollywood now after less than two weeks of stardom…
I’m not buying it. I just don’t get that vibe from the guy.
Elsewhere, we found a golfer who crushes courses designed by Donald Ross in Jason Dufner who also happens to have valuable odds.
Then there’s Si Woo Kim, who at only 23 years old, has 16…count ‘em 16 top ten performances!
Yes, he joined the Tour five years ago at 18 after patiently waiting on his birthday to do so after being the youngest golfer ever to finish the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School at 17.
We only need to hit one of our bets this week to make money.
I think we can get at least two, though.
See you next time, guys!