Deutsche Bank Championship Odds – Harrington chasing Tiger again

by on September 5, 2009

Even though everyone is focusing on NFL Week 1 odds, this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship odds features a possible showdown between, arguably, the top two golfers on the planet, and a rematch of a Sunday duel from a month ago.

Deutsche Bank Championship Odds – Friday, September 4

Tiger Woods is the betting online favorite at +150, and can you remember the last time you saw him miss a putt on the 72nd hole with the tournament on the line? You know he’s lost a little sleep since The Barclays ended, and it’s interesting to think of how much better an already-successful season would have been if his putting was more consistent. The world’s No.1 won this event in 2006, and then finished second in 2007.

Padraig Harrington is coming on strong after sticking to his swing changes, and they’ve paid off with three straight top-10s, including two runner-up results. He’s rated at +1600 this week, and he dueled with Woods at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before he botched the 70th hole of the tournament. He missed the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship last year, but the way he’s playing, we’re betting management of the PGA are licking their chops.

Ernie Els is another veteran who has found his way lately, as his T-2 at The Barclays was his fourth top-10 in his last six outings. The “Big Easy” is rated at +2000 after a final-round 66 which was one of the lowest scores of the day, but folks shouldn’t be surprised as Els ranks seventh on the Tour in final-round scoring average.

Mike Weir offers monster value at +6600 after finishing second to Vijay Singh here last year, as he fired off an opening-round 61 to get things started. He shot four consistent rounds to finish 31st at The Barclays, but it hasn’t been a banner year for the Canadian southpaw. Maybe a return to the TPC Boston is what he needs.

Woods is obviously the prohibitive favorite, but this tournament belongs to Harrington, who has taken so much criticism for retooling his swing after winning two straight majors last year. He’s been playing as well as anyone in the world, and when it comes to Sundays (or in this case, Monday), there aren’t many players I’d take over him. Put Padraig Harrington in your Labor Day weekend sports picks.

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