These are somewhat arbitrarily selected, but the odds are taken from Pinnacle.
Jim Furyk +7500:
That is a fairly reasonable price for Jim. He hasn’t really done too much this season, or last season, or at the Masters, so that is probably a pretty good reason. You could do worse than Jim Fuyrk, but you could also do better.
Vijay Singh +8000:
Vegas seems to be behind Vijay a little in the past couple of weeks throwing him up against the Watney/Hoffman/Perrys of the world. That being said, they have probably lost a fair amount of money doing so. Vijay has been shaky this year not playing as well as last season, but I just can’t see a whole of value in him at this stage in his career.
Robert Karlsson +5000:
There is no conceivable reason that Karlsson is this incredibly undervalued. I’ve said this before, but he has high finishes in US Majors, big wins on the Euro Tour and he won the money list last season. From looking at his page on the Euro Tour, I learned 3 things:
-He has been banging out high finishes on the Order of Merit for a solid 12 years.
-He is 40, old, but certainly not as old as KP or Vijay, so that isn’t too worrying
-He has a kid named Ceasar Alexander.
Justin Rose +5000:
Very inconsistent play so far this season makes it easy for me to overlook Justin this week.
Mike Weir +8500:
Probably the most reasonable price for a defending champion, but you are still paying too much for a green jacket and a solid year so far.
Zach Johnson +4500:
When I compare Weir and Johnson there isn’t much difference, which is why this line is so hilarious. Unfortunately there aren’t too many juicy Zach Johnson fades this week.
Lee Westwood +5500:
In relation to Robert Karlsson, this is a pretty fair price. In relation to the field in general, this is not. Westwood was third on the Euro Order of Merit last season and third in the US Open. He had a quietly solid tournament last week, too. Westwood is the most frustrating player to follow because his 4 rounds usually look like this 68-76-66-74 tie for 7th.
Adam Scott +8000:
What has happened to Adam Scott this season? Ever since the injury he has been flat out awful. Remember, he was ranked as high as third last season.
Luke Donald +8000:
Almost the same story with Luke Donald.
Nick Watney +5000:
Some people would put Nick Watney in the favorites category given his 11th place finish last season and excellent play already this season. I’m not going to do it, though. Watney was a great look when he hadn’t won since New Orleans in 07, but his recent play has opened way too many eyes.
Stewart Cink +8500:
Again, you could do worse than Stewart this week, but you could do a lot better, too. It’s not like he is a total unknown and I really can’t see too much room for improvement at this stage in his career.
Kenny Perry +8500:
Kenny has never played well at the majors, but you could argue he has never played as well as he has in the past year. In addition he has the high draw ball flight that Augusta requires. Those are two huge points for Kenny, but It’s hard to make a case that a guy with 4 wins in the past year represents a ton of value.
Back later tonight, with selected long-shots.