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Day Far Ahead of the Field on Deutsche Bank Championship Odds Board

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Although he has never won the Deutsche Bank Championship, Jason Day rates top odds for this weekend’s second FedEx Cup playoff event since he has been a consistent top-20 finisher at TPC Boston over the years.

Day, who is coming off a fourth-place result at The Barclays, is listed at +650 to win the tournament at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The 28-year-old Day has placed in the top 20 six times in eight starts at TPC Boston, including 12th in 2015 when he shot less than 70 in all but one round.

The tournament starts Friday due to the Labor Day holiday. Dustin Johnson (+1000), Jordan Spieth (+1200), Rory McIlroy (+1200), Henrik Stenson (+1600), Rickie Fowler (+2000), Patrick Reed (+2200) and Adam Scott (+2200) are also pegged as contenders on the golf betting lines. Interestingly, from 2013 through 2015, only four players have had successive top-10 finishes at the first two playoff events.

Johnson has a PGA Tour-most 12 top-10 finishes, and that run might override his lack of success at TPC Boston. Spieth coming in with nearly double Day’s price makes the 23-year-old a tempting pick. The TPC Boston course offers plenty of potential for birdies, and a good putting week would give Spieth a strong chance.

Fowler is the defending Deutsche Bank champion and contended at The Barclays before a tough final round.

Winning The Barclays vaulted Reed into first in the FedEx Cup standings. Another point in Reed’s favor is a fourth-place finish at this event in 2015, although he was well back in the field during the two years prior. Scott has one of the best swings in the game and held his form throughout most of The Barclays, before a breakdown on Sunday led to him finishing fourth.

McIlroy has not had a Top-10 finish in more than three months, and needs to display some sign of a turnaround in order to be a wise play in tournament winner props. Stenson is battling a persistent right knee ailment, and ultimately wants to stay healthy for the Ryder Cup next month. That makes backing the Swedish star a touch-and-go proposition, at best.

Farther down the board, Billy Horschel (+5000) is in search of a strong result that will secure a place on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Horschel, who won the FedEx Cup in 2014, has been 13th and fifth in his past two events, which could be a harbinger of him once again peaking at the right time. This is the second-to-last event before American captain Davis Love III will make his first three captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup.

Russell Knox (+8000) has quietly played his way to seventh in the FedEx Cup ranking, and was also in contention through 54 holes of the 2015 tournament before shooting a closing 75.

Jordan Spieth Has Top Odds, Tiger Woods Making Charge on Masters Betting Lines

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Jordan Spieth has top odds and Tiger Woods is charging up the futures board, but recent history at Augusta National dictates fading those who have already won the green jacket.

Spieth is the +900 favorite on the 2018 Masters betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, with the golf season’s first major due to commence on Thursday. All told, nine men in the field have odds of lower than +2000 (or 20/1), including Rory McIlroy (+1000), Justin Thomas (+1100), Dustin Johnson (+1100), Woods (+1400), Justin Rose (+1400), Bubba Watson (+1600), Jason Day (+1800) and Phil Mickelson (+1800).

However, only two recent champions – Mickelson in 2010 and Spieth in 2015 – have gone off at lower than +2000 odds. Woods is drawing a lot of action at many sportsbooks and it’s all well and good to indulge the thought of an all-time great writing a comeback story, but it will be his first major since 2015. Also, no one over age 40 has won the Masters since 1998.

Eight of the last nine major winners have been first-timers, with Spieth (2017 British Open) being the only exception in that span. Those trends don’t mean automatically having to rule out a favorite. Rose, who was the runner-up at the 2017 Masters, has had five top-10 finishes in the event and is also playing well so far this season, with three top-5 placings.

With a 7,435-yard course that is free of flat hole layouts, Augusta rewards golfers who are efficient with their approach. While there hasn’t been a repeat winner since Woods in 2001-02, defending champion Sergio Garcia (+2800) leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained: approach, while Thomas and Mickelson are also among the leaders.

Two-time winner Bubba Watson missed the cut in in three of the 2017 majors, including the Masters, but his recent win the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is a reason to consider investing in him.

If one is bent on backing someone who is on the Yet To Win A Major Shortlist, there’s Paul Casey (+2200), who has finished sixth or better in his last three majors. A wrist ailment has affected Hideki Matsuyama (+3300) at times this season, but the Japanese star has finished 11th or higher in his last three starts at the Masters. Matsuyama’s odds are right in the range of several recent Masters champions.

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Tony Romo set to make PGA Tour debut at Punta Cana

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While much of the attention in golf this week will be focused on the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Tony Romo may send a few eyeballs toward the Caribbean.

The former quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst will make his PGA Tour debut this week, playing on a sponsor invite at the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. The exemption was announced last month when Romo played as an amateur at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and he’s apparently been hard at work ever since.

“I’ll be treating it very serious,” Romo told reporters Tuesday. “My wife will tell you she hasn’t seen me much over the last month. But if you know me at all, I think you know if I care about something I’m going to commit to it 100 percent. So like I said. you’ll get the best I’ve got this week.”

Romo retired from the NFL last year and plays to a plus-0.3 handicap. In addition to his participation in the Pebble Beach event, he has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open multiple times and last month played a North Texas PGA mini-tour event as an amateur.

According to Romo, one of the key differences between pro football and golf is the fact that his former position is entirely about reactive decisions, while in golf “you’re trying to commit wholeheartedly before you ever pull the club out of your bag.”

“I’m not worried about getting hit before I hit the ball,” Romo said. “It’s at my own tempo, my own speed, in this sport. Sometimes that’s difficult, and sometimes that’s easier depending on the situation.”

Romo admitted that he would have preferred to have a couple extra weeks to prepare, but recently has made great strides in his wedge game which “was not up to any Tour standard.” The first-tee jitters can’t be avoided, but Romo hopes to settle in after battling nerves for the first three or four holes Thursday.

Romo hopes to derive an added comfort factor from his golf in the Dallas area, where he frequently plays with a group of Tour pros. While Steph Curry traded texts with a few pros before his tournament debut last summer on the Web.com Tour, Romo expects his phone to remain silent until he puts a score on the board.

“I think they’re waiting to either tell me ‘Congrats’ or ‘I knew it, terrible,'” Romo said. “Something along those lines. They’re probably going to wait to see which way the wind’s blowing before they send them.”

Romo will tee off at 8:10 a.m. ET Thursday alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.