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PGA: Vegas Odds for Luke Donald and Other Heritage Contenders

Rob PicarielloCorrespondent IApril 20, 2011

PGA: Vegas Odds for Luke Donald and Other Heritage Contenders

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    The Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina
    The Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina

    I was sitting here debating on writing an article about this week’s tournament, The Heritage, which begins Thursday morning from Hilton Head, South Carolina when the preview from Featured Columnist Kathy Bissell was released.

    It is a great article previewing the tournament and lists 10 golfers which are expected to compete for the championship and the plaid jacket that accompanies it. Check the article out here.

    Since I am the self-proclaimed “gambling expert” I am going to take a look at the 10 golfers Kathy has listed and provide the Vegas odds on them winning the tournament, along with some of my own sleepers who you may want to keep your eye on when watching the tournament this weekend.

    Let’s win some money shall we?

Jim Furyk: 16/1

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Jim Furyk watches a tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
    Andrew Redington/Getty Images

    Jim Furyk: 16/1

    Any list of potential winners has to start with the defending champion. Furyk shot in the 60s all four rounds last year to win in a playoff. 

    The Heritage was Furyk’s second win of the season en route to claiming the 2010 FedEx Cup and the $10 million that goes with it. 

Luke Donald: 8/1

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Luke Donald of England hands off a club during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Luke Donald: 8/1

    Luke Donald comes into the tournament as the Vegas odds on favorite to win.

    In his last three PGA Tour events, Donald has finished T-4 at The Masters, T-6 at The WGC-Cadillac Championship, T-10 at The Honda Classic and of course he won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

    Donald seems to be the deserving favorite to take home the plaid jacket.

Matt Kuchar: 14/1

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Matt Kuchar waves to the crowd on the second green during the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Harry How/Getty Images

    Matt Kuchar: 14/1

    Coming in right behind Luke Donald is Matt Kuchar.

    If you look up "Golf Consistency" in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of Kuchar.

    He has made nine starts so far this season and has made the cut each time. Not only has he made the cut in each event, he’s averaged a 12th place finish in the nine events which is ridiculous.

    Kuchar is my pick to win the tournament.             

Aaron Baddeley: 20/1

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Aaron Baddeley of Australia hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
    David Cannon/Getty Images

    Aaron Baddeley: 20/1

    The Australian already has a win under his belt this season, winning the Northern Trust Open at Riviera and boasts three Top-10s thus far.

    The 2006 Heritage winner has done it before and Baddeley has to be among the favorites heading into the weekend.

Jason Day: 28/1

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Jason Day of Australia waves after hitting his final putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Im
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Jason Day: 28/1

    Jason Day came up just short of a historic rally at The Masters, finishing T-2, two shots back of champion Charl Schwartzel.

    At only 23 years old, Day is at the forefront of the youth movement on the PGA Tour and it wouldn’t surprise me if we see him not only in the winner’s circle this week, but at a major championship later this year.

Ernie Els: 33/1

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09:  Ernie Els of South Africa  watches his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
    David Cannon/Getty Images

    Ernie Els: 33/1

    Ernie has had a bit of a roller coaster season thus far.

    He has yet to miss a cut but he’s also failed to finish in the Top-10.

    Harbour Town suits his game really well where he can show off his effortless swing which provides both accuracy and power.

    I expect him to crack his first Top-10 of the season this week.

Ian Poulter: 33/1

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Ian Poulter of England  walks across the first green during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
    Andrew Redington/Getty Images

    Ian Poulter: 33/1

    After a breakout season last year, Ian Poulter has taken a couple of steps backwards this season. 

    His 2010 provided a win at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship followed by a Top-10 Masters finish and a Ryder Cup victory. 

    He has shown flashes of greatness this year but hasn’t put it together for four straight rounds. 

Francesco Molinari: 33/1

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06:  Francesco Molinari of Italy tosses his golf ball in the air during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images
    Andrew Redington/Getty Images

    Francesco Molinari: 33/1

    One half of the exciting Molinari brothers, Francesco has some big game experience as well.

    Although he missed the cut at The Masters, he did end 2010 on a high note being a part of the victorious European Ryder Cup team and winning a World Golf Championship at the HSBC Champions in China.

Jerry Kelly: 80/1

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    PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 06:  Jerry Kelly smiles during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on March 6, 2011 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
    Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

    Jerry Kelly: 80/1

    Kelly’s last three tournaments resulted in two missed cuts and a withdrawal.

    I wouldn't say he’s going to win the tournament but I also won’t count the grizzled vet out completely and at 80/1 odds, might be worth a couple of bucks.

Fred Funk: OFF

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    LUTZ, FL - APRIL 15: Fred Funk hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at TPC Tampa Bay on April 15, 2011 in Lutz, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Fred Funk: OFF

    Speaking of grizzled veterans.

    While you may not be able to bet on Fred Funk to win the tournament, it’s always fun to cheer for him.

    He’ll be one of the fan favorites throughout Thursday and Friday and hopefully he’ll be able to make the cut and stay the weekend.

    In his four starts this season on the PGA Tour, Funk has only made one cut.

Sleepers

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    KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 10:  (L-R) Rickie Fowler and John Daly look on during a practice round prior to the start of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 10, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Gett
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    Rickie Fowler: 20/1

    It’s only a matter of time until Rickie Fowler wins on the PGA Tour. He has two Top-10 finishes in the World Golf Championships so far this year and at only 22 years old, will be a factor for the next two decades.

    Graeme McDowell: 25/1

    McDowell is another guy who has cooled down after a big 2010. He’s missed the cut at his past two tournaments but never count out the defending U.S. Open Champion.

    John Daly: 250/1

    It will be nice to see big JD back out on the golf course. While he doesn’t have much chance of winning, it’s always fun to root for him. At 250/1 odds you certainly have nothing to lose. I’ll raise my glass in hopes of seeing JD contending into Sunday.

The Pick

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    PARAMUS, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Matt Kuchar poses with the trophy after winning The Barclays at the Ridgewood Country Club on August 29, 2010 in Paramus, New Jersey. Kuchar won on a one hole playoff.  (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
    Hunter Martin/Getty Images

    At 14/1 I like Matt Kuchar to take home the trophy at this week's tournament.

    Enjoy The Heritage live from Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina this weekend.

    Check out more of my B/R articles here.

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