My favorite slow-as-molasses but good humored golfer, Ben Crane, fired a final-round 63 to force a playoff with a red-hot Webb Simpson yesterday at the McGladrey Classic. Crane won on the 2nd hole when Simpson missed a short putt.
I’m surprised Crane was able to focus given that his wife is scheduled to deliver their 3rd child today… but talk about having a couple of really great days!
This week the world’s best (well except for Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy) are gathered at the TPC Sawgrass for the so called “fifth major”, the Players Championship. Like many others, I think the “fifth major” label is stretching it a bit, but if you just went by the coverage on the Golf Channel, you’d think the US Open was being held this week.
That said, the Players Championship is always a fun tournament to watch and the notoriously difficult island green on the par-3 17th is one of the most exciting holes in golf. So who do I think will emerge victorious on Sunday?
I wish I could say that I saw Schwartzel coming from a mile away and brilliantly picked him last week as a darkhorse favorite to win the Masters. But unfortunately the Power of the Schwartz-el wasn’t with me.
In the latest Masters odds from Bodog.com, Phil Mickelson remains the favorite at 6-1. Tiger is 8-1 (again, wtf?). Both Lee Westwood and Nick Watney are 14-1, with nobody else under 20-1.
The odds on my dark horse picks? Justin Rose is 30-1. Anthony Kim is 33-1. Ben Crane is 100-1. And Gary Woodland and Ryu Ishikawa are sitting at 150-1.
Interestingly Tom Watson is sitting at 400-1. That might be a good long shot bet. He came damn close to winning the British Open 2 years ago and was on the leaderboard going into Friday at the 2010 Masters after firing a first round 67. Yes, at 61, he’s probably too old to realistically contend at the Masters. But at 400-1 it might be worth a little fun money.
Everybody knows that Phil and Tiger are the two favorites to win the Masters. And of course there are guys like Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood that have sniffed at glory in the majors and come up just short. But there are a number of other players who have legitimate shots at winning their first major this year. Keep reading to find out who I like as “dark horse” picks.
OK, so I don’t actually know how long it took for Crane and McIlroy to play their match, but since Crane won 8 and 7, that means they only played 11 holes. So it couldn’t have possibly taken more than… I don’t know… 4 hours?