2011 PGA Championship Odds: Bubba Watson Leads Group of Long Shots
Long shots are long shots for a reason, right? Sure, they can get you a big payoff if they win, but they're probably not going to win. That's why they're long shots.
As a general rule, that's true. Every now and again, you'll get a total Cinderella story who comes up and wins, but not too often.
Still, every week at a golf tournament, you will see a name or two at 50/1 or worse who just jumps off of the page. Sometimes it's a hunch, sometimes it's a little more analytical, but those guys almost always exist.
Here are five names that currently at 50/1 or worse at Bodog that could bring a nice payoff.
Bubba Watson-50/1: What do we remember about the 2010 PGA Championship?
Most of us remember Dustin Johnson being penalized for unknowingly grounding his club in a bunker. Martin Kaymer's win gets remembered.
But Kaymer defeated Watson, not Johnson, in the three-hole playoff. If it was a one-hole playoff, Watson would have won.
Few golfers come close to matching Watson's ability to shrink long courses. He will be hitting short irons into holes where even longer hitters will be hitting mid-long irons.
Watson's from the South and should be relatively familiar with the way the course plays.
David Toms-50/1: What happened ten years ago doesn't have much relevance, but Toms won the PGA the last time it was at the Atlanta Athletic Club and is playing well now.
Unlike Watson, Toms is a short hitter, so he'll need to rely on a great short game and putting game to win, or even contend. Still, he's done it once on this course and has been consistently strong on and around the greens.
KJ Choi-66/1: Choi is just a consistent factor in majors and big tournaments.
He finished in a tie for 29th in 2001's PGA Championship and has since notched two top-10 finishes.
Choi also has a good history at the Masters, with three top-10 performances.
Gary Woodland-80/1: Basically everything that was said about Watson shrinking courses applies to Woodland.
The ball comes off of his club at a faster velocity than any golfer on tour. In his first PGA Championship, it's not likely that he'll find a major win here.
Still, at 80/1, he's got the talent to win and it wouldn't be a complete shocker.
Ryo Ishikawa-80/1: Golfers who finish well one week tend to be overrated when looking at their chances for the next week.
Because of that, it's a little shocking that a player like Ishikawa, who has a big name and did well at Firestone, sits at 80/1.
Ishikawa is similar to Woodland. It's not wise to expect a win, but he certainly is a good long shot investment.
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