NCAA football betting is back this week, yes, but we have all of fall to get excited about that. For any golf fans out there, we only have a few meaningful tournaments left, so let’s savor them.
This week’s FedEx Cup “playoff” stop is the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Here is all of the need-to-know information:
- Deutsche Bank Championship Dates: Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7
- Deutsche Bank Championship Location: Norton, Mass.
- Deutsche Bank Championship Course: TPC Boston
- Deutsche Bank Championship Pursue: $7 million (Winning share: $1.26 M)
- Deutsche Bank Championship Length: 7,207 yards
- Deutsche Bank Championship Friday / Saturday TV Schedule: GLF, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET
- Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday TV Schedule: CBS, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Deutsche Bank Championship Monday Labor Day TV Schedule: CBS, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- StubHub: Deutsche Bank Championship tickets
- StubHub: All PGA Tour tickets
So who are the top picks to win?
Tiger Woods (+150 odds to win)
BOOM: I’m sorry, but he’s not “slumping” as so many pundits claim. The guy has back to back second-place finishes and five wins in 2009. Let’s get serious.
BUST: As much as he isn’t slumping, the heebie-jeebies with his usually money-in-the-bank putts inside 10 feet are worth monitoring. Since Tiger rewards you so little for your investment, I always say you should only pick him when he’s a sure thing. This week doesn’t qualify.
Padraig Harrington (+1600 odds to win)
BOOM: Paddy’s finally showing signs that his nightmarish funk is over, having cracked the top 10 in three straight events. His scrambling and putting will keep his game consistent throughout the Deutsche Bank.
BUST: As much as he’s “back,” he melted down in two of his three “good” performances over the last few weeks. If he gets a lead on Sunday, there’s no guarantee that he won’t collapse again.
Steve Stricker (+2000 odds to win)
BOOM: After Tiger, no golfer has been better in 2009. Stricker has two wins and four more top-four finishes this season and his scoring average ranks second on Tour, reflecting how consistent he’s been week to week.
BUST: Stricker only seems to win the little tournaments where he’s the big fish in a small pond. He often wilts under pressure in the high-profile events, as he did last Sunday on the 18th hole at the Barclays when he plugged his tee shot in the bunker.
Vijay Singh (+3300 odds to win)
BOOM: No golfer has a better history at this tournament. Vijay won it in 2004 and 2008 and owns both the single-round course record and the aggregate score record.
BUST: Few golfers are struggling as badly as Vijay this season. He looks like a shadow of his former self. If you like his Deutsche Bank Championship odds because he’s the defending champ, flash back to last week; he was the defending champ at the Barclays and missed the cut.
Heath Slocum (+10000 odds to win)
BOOM: He’s swinging a mean stick right now, ranking seventh on Tour in proximity to hole and 12th in ball striking. He also won the Barclays last week, so he has momentum. More importantly, he offers insane value compare to other sports picks at +10000—a number almost unheard of for a guy coming off a win.
BUST: Last week’s win was his first in almost four years, so he’s still a long shot to do it again against such a rich field.
Best betting management pick: Padraig Harrington. He seems to have fixed his swing and he deserves a pass for his recent mistakes since he’s won big tournaments before.