Are you ready to get mad? The pun is indeed intended.
March Madness is upon us. The NCAA Tournament kicks off this weekend.
Fans, bettors, and casuals alike will be investing their time, money, pride, and nerves into the annual 64, or is it 68 teams now, college basketball tournament culminating with the national championship in early April.
While many bettors are focused on the games, and hey why not, there’s a pretty big PGA tournament being played this Thursday through Sunday as well.
The Players Championship is normally played in early May, but here we are in March and they are ready to hit the links at TPC Sawgrass.
The course is expected to play much slower as we are at the beginning of Spring in Florida as opposed to early May which is virtually summer in the Sunshine State.
Less bouncy is a term I keep hearing and winds of change out of the north could make for some hairy golf shots out of the box.
Last week was a rough go for many fans and bettors at Bay Hill in the tourist mecca of Orlando.
Only two Americans were able to finish inside the top 10, Lucas Glover and Keith Mitchell.
My picks didn’t fare so well but, hopefully, you didn’t empty your piggy bank on world number 1 Justin Rose who finished 5 over par for the weekend or two-time 2018 major winner Brooks Koepka who failed to make the cut.
My third pick, Charles Howell III did, however, manage a top 20 finish. He was priced nearly 2-1, so I hope that maybe you broke even.
This week won’t be much easier as we aren’t really sure what to expect with the tourney being played 8 weeks prior to its normal tee time.
The field is loaded again, as you might expect, with the world’s best. The Masters is right around the bend only a month away so expect to see more and more of your favorite golfers suiting up in their polos and khaki shorts each week.
BetOnline has a plethora of betting options available!
You would be here reading this article for hours if I broke them all down for you, so I’ll quickly give you the most valuable I could find.
That way, you’ll still have time to fill those brackets out if you haven’t already. Who’s counting the “play in” games anyways?
Just like my grandma always told me, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, and 64 teams is the perfect amount, in my seldom humble opinion.
Outside of the putting green, the young Japanese budding superstar is a strokes-gained monster.
As the Ides of March approaches, the wind will likely be a factor this weekend so I don’t expect the bombers to dominate TPC Sawgrass.
I’m looking at solid iron players who put well on bentgrass and Matsuyama is that guy and at nearly 2-1 to finish inside the top 20, jump on it!
Alexander from La Jolla is coming off a 3-week break!
That could help the 25-year-old or possibly hinder him early on in the weekend but the final 36 holes, I think the man who has been playing the best golf of 2019 will be in the top twenty or possibly contending for a win inside the top five or ten.
He finished T-2 here last year as a partial runner-up to Webb Simpson who crushed the competition by four strokes even with a final round 73.
X-Man for the top twenty!
How dare I!
The king of golf and still the most popular player in the world isn’t going to make the cut at TPC Sawgrass?
Maybe the media blew this neck injury of his out of proportion.
But then again…
Maybe Woods is dating a massage therapist he met along his way…
Not unlike a female mechanic or professional horseback rider, they have some pretty strong hands.
She could have been taking some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes on the side, slipped around to his back and decided a crank would be more beneficial to her cause than just a simple gentle blood choke.
If you can take your mind off of your bracket for just a few minutes, there’s always good money to be made off the weekly tournaments on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods could be out here trying to save face as I’m sure he does not want to be embarrassed like he was in the past when ex-wife Ingrid stood up for herself against the habitual cheating sex addict.
We all know what that led to.
Golf clubs…golf cart…smash!
Elsewhere, the field is loaded and we aren’t really sure how the Sawgrass will play in mid-March as opposed to when the summer months have started in May.
We will see what happens but I really like the young finesse players Schauffele and Matsuyama to continue their excellent and strong form, respectively.