PGA Betting – Tour Championship Preview

by on September 24, 2009

Before NFL odds and the baseball playoffs totally take over our sportsbooks, there’s unfinished business to settle in golf. The Tour Championship marks the Final stop on the FedEx Cup playoff circuit and Tiger Woods has a stranglehold on the title. Can he finish the job? Let’s examine some key names to consider this week when you make your sports picks.


Tiger Woods (+125)


BOOM: After winning the BMW Championship by eight shots two weeks ago, Tiger has huge momentum entering the Tour Championship. He won this event in 2007 at the same venue, East Lake. He also has six wins this season and leads the Tour in scoring average. He’s a monster.


BUST: East Lake’s thick rough makes accurate driving paramount this week and that’s one skill that’s eluded Tiger at times this week. Missing fairways is just about the only thing that can go wrong for him.


Padraig Harrington (+1415)


BOOM: Paddy is finally heating up. He started the year horrifically – it took him 16 tournaments to crack a top 10 — but he hasn’t looked back since he finally broke that barrier, posting four more top-10s after the first one. His great scrambling ability should help him escape trouble at East Lake.


BUST: As much as Harrington is “back,” he still doesn’t have a win this season. Like Oklahoma State in NCAA football betting, Harrington hits an invisible wall at crunch time; he’s had bad mental lapses on Sunday several times during his hot streak.


Steve Stricker (+1615)


BOOM: He’s been good enough this year that we have to include him in any contender discussion. The No. 2 player in the world has three wins and 10 top-10s in 2009. His accuracy and putting should keep him competitive this week.


BUST: He doesn’t have an overly impressive track record at the Tour Championship, finishing 24th and 17th the last two years.


Mike Weir (+5250)


BOOM: The deep sleeper of the group, Weir placed sixth at last year’s Tour Championship. He’s a reasonably accurate hitter off the tee and his bunker play is superb. He’s flirted with success this season, posting two top-three finishes.


BUST: For whatever reason, he hasn’t threatened to win often this year. He’s been horrible on weekends. Why would that change this week?


Betting services recommend: Tiger Woods +125. When he’s hot, you have to bet on him.

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