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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.

Americans favored against Europe as they look to reclaim Ryder Cup

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The tried-and-true narrative with the Ryder Cup is that Europe somehow manages to outfox the United States, which once again is the betting favorite for the biennial competition.

Europe has won eight of the past 10 competitions, including six of the last seven. With the Ryder Cup slated to begin Friday at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chasta, Minnesota, captain Davis Love III’s American squad is a -185 favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Captain Darren Clarke’s Europe team is a +145 underdog to win.

Along with home soil, the Americans have the 7-5 edge in world Top 20 players and a 10-7 edge in players with experience in the tournament. The Americans have not won more than 7½ of a possible 12 points from the Sunday singles matches since their memorable comeback in 1999, but having the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed could make a difference on the final day.

Johnson headlines the top U.S. player board at +350. Spieth is listed at +450 and Reed is at +600. Jimmy Walker, the PGA championship winner and one of the better American putters, is listed at +1600.

Rory McIlroy, fresh off capturing the FedEx Cup, is a +450 favorite to be Europe’s top player. It is worth nothing that McIlroy is playing for a fellow Northern Ireland native, Clarke. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, who respectively won the Olympic gold medal and British Open this summer, are listed at +550.

Rickie Fowler, who has never won a Ryder Cup match, is a +225 favorite to be the top U.S. wild card (also known as a captain’s pick). Matt Kuchar has a +240 payout, with J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore each listed at +300.

Martin Kaymer, at +150, and Lee Westwood, at +160, are neck-on-neck in the top Europe wild card prop. Ryder Cup rookie Thomas Pieters (+225) is a big hitter whose burgeoning rapport with Stenson could carry over to the course.

For top U.S. rookie, Brooks Koepka is -120 and Moore is -110 on those golf betting lines.

Danny Willett is +300 to be the top performer among the half-dozen rookies on the Europe team. Pieters, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Matthew Fitzpatrick are each listed at +400.

The competition begins with fourballs and foursomes matches on Friday and Saturday, before the all-important 12 singles matches on Sunday. Each of the 28 matches is worth one point (with a half-point for a tie), and the first team to accumulate 14½ points wins.

Europe is 10-7-1 since the current Ryder Cup format was introduced in 1979.

Dustin Johnson Johnson brings good history into final FedExCup event as betting favorite

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The combination of course history and coming in hot makes Dustin Johnson the betting favorite for the Tour Championship, the finale of the FedExCup playoff.

Johnson, one of the five players who will capture the FedExCup if he wins this weekend, is listed at +450 to win the tournament at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Not only is Johnson fresh off capturing the BMW Championship, but he has been in the top 10 three times in a row at the Tour Championship.

The layout and length of par-70 East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta places an emphasis on accuracy, but also requires being long off the tee. East Lake’s nines have been flipped, so the 18th hole is now a 600-yard par-5.

Rory McIlroy, who is sixth in the playoff standings, is the second favorite at +600 on the golf betting lines. McIlroy is  a past runner-up (in 2014) at the Tour Championship.

Jason Day (+800), Adam Scott (+1000), Paul Casey (+1400) and Patrick Reed (+1600) are the other four who would automatically win the FedExCup if they win the tournament, although the PGA Tour’s point system gives all 30 players a mathematical chance of winning.

Day should be clear of the back pain that caused him to withdraw from the BMW Championship midway through the final round. The Australian has three top 10 finishes in his last five starts at East Lake. Jordan Spieth, who is also listed at +800, is the defending champion, but his showings of late have been consistency decent, rather than spectacular.

Scott leads the PGA in shots gained from tee to green, and has been fourth in the last three FedExCup events. The Australian is the epitome of consistency.

Casey is 2-for-2 at placing in the top five of this event, and was second at the BMW and Deutsche Bank tournaments. The Englishman is ineligible for the Ryder Cup, so this is a chance to finish his season on a high note.

Reed has finished 19th and 27th in two career Tour championships. A player of his caliber will likely figure out the course eventually, but presently that makes him a longshot.

A sidebar to the tournament, of course, is that U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will make his final pick on Sunday. Whether that provides motivation or a stifling pressure for the likes of Bubba Watson (+3300) or Ryan Moore (+4000) will be interesting.