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McIlroy’s Success At Crooked Stick Makes Him Favorite for BMW Championship

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The real Rory McIlroy showed up for the closing two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship, and the four-time major winner is listed at +500 to double-dip this weekend on the odds to win the 2016 BMW Championship at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

With the 7,516-yard par-72 layout at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., the next-to-last event of the FedEx Cup playoffs is a haven for longer drivers. McIlroy went 66-65 on Sunday and Monday to capture the BMW Championship and get his first tournament win of 2016 on U.S. Soil.

In 2012, McIlroy won in back-to-back weeks at the Deutsche Bank and BMW championships. At the latter, he went under par on 25 of the 72 holes.

World No. 1 Jason Day, who is playing Crooked Stick for the first time, is listed at +700. Day is in the PGA Tour’s top 20 in driving distance, and has been in the top 15 in four consecutive events. Dustin Johnson, at +800, leads the Tour in driving distance, but his iffy putting of late should give bettors pause.

Jordan Spieth (+1400 on the golf betting lines) has contended in only one of his last seven events. However, Adam Scott (+1600) is among the driving distance leaders and is coming in hot with successive fourth-place finishes. Being sixth in FedEx Cup points creates some urgency for Scott, since anyone who is in the top five after this weekend can win the playoffs and a $10-million bonus by winning The Tour Championship.

Patrick Reed (+2200), who is first in the FedEx Cup standings, has been consistent all season. Rain is forecast for later this weekend in Carmel, and moist fairways might limit the advantage heavy hitters have over someone such as Reed, who averages fewer than 300 yards off the tee.

Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose, who falls in the former category (15th in driving distance), is looking for a bounce-back after a brutal back nine in the final round of the Deutsche Bank. Rose is also at +2200 on the BMW Championship betting lines.

Gary Woodland (+5000) is another long hitter who could get into contention if his short game remains stable throughout the weekend. Russell Knox (+6000), who is seventh in FedEx Cup points, should be out to make a statement after being left off Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

The event is open to the top 70 in FedEx Cup points, but Henrik Stenson has withdrawn due to an ailing knee. The top 30 after this weekend advance to The Tour Championship.

Dustin Johnson betting favorite entering PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass

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Considering that he came close to winning his fourth tournament in a row last weekend, Dustin Johnson is an obvious top prop on THE PLAYERS championship futures board.

Johnson, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, is listed at +700 on the odds to win THE PLAYERS Championship at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. With 48 of the top 50 golfers in the PGA due to compete this weekend at famously tough TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the top of the board also includes Rory McIlroy (+1000), Jordan Spieth (+1400), and newly minted Masters champion Sergio Garcia (+1800).

Johnson has never finished higher than a tie for 28th place at TPC Sawgrass and his price might not offer a high enough payoff for bettors to take a leap of faith on him figuring out the layout. Conversely, second favorite McIlroy’s best result on the course is a tie for sixth in 2014 and he’s been 12th or higher each of the last four years. With a 70.06 scoring average at Sawgrass, he’s got a good chance of being in contention going into Sunday.

Spieth has missed the cut at this event two years running, but he was fourth in 2014 and has finished in the top 10 in six of his 11 tournaments so far. Spieth has also had his short game in sync recently. Garcia has been in the top 15 in four of his events this year.

Two past winners, Rickie Fowler (+2000) and Martin Kaymer (+5500), have quietly been among the steadiest players on the Tour this season. The sting of a missed cut in 2016 after arriving as the defending champion might factor into Fowler, who has had top-16 finishes in six consecutive events, being extra-focused this week. For his part, Kaymer has also yet to miss a cut this season.

Jon Rahm (+2000) is playing the event for the first time; only two first-timers have ever won. Hideki Matsuyama (+2000) has had an up-and-down season so far, but he was seventh at the 2016 PLAYERS.

Defending champion Jason Day (+2200) has fairly long odds. Only six golfers have ever won the event more than once, with the great Jack Nicklaus standing alone as the lone three-time winner. Englishman Lee Westwood (+10000) is a true darkhose, but he was eighth and sixth in his last two starts at TPC Sawgrass and is having a strong season on all continents.

Masters-style green jacket bought for $5 sells for $139K

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DENVILLE, N.J. (AP) An authentic green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club that was once bought for $5 at a thrift store has sold at auction for more than $139,000.

Green Jacket Auctions says the distinctive sport coat worn by members of the famed Georgia club and presented each year to the winner of the Master’s tournament was sold Saturday, a day before the final round of this year’s Masters.

The auction house says in its listing that the jacket was discovered in 1994 in a Toronto consignment shop. The tag shows it to be from the 1950s, but the original owner’s name has been cut out. The club has confirmed its authenticity.

The auction house also sold the putter Arnold Palmer used to win the 1964 Masters for more than $97,000 Sunday.