Gambling, Golf

Harbour Town – RBC Heritage

Friday Morning:

Cam Smith (and his mullet) goes berserk on Harbour Town shooting 9 under gaining almost 7 shots on and around the green! He’s almost 80th in approach play so he can’t keep this up right? I’m taking Conners (-120) over Smith today for 2 units.

We went 1-1-0 on yesterdays matches. In addition to the above, I’m adding An (+160) over Kirk and Morikawa (+135) over Cantlay/Garcia.

I don’t see a lot of value in outrights after Round 1, but I’m taking a flyer on Zalatoris at +2800.

I’m playing golf today so won’t be able to watch much live. Good luck all.


We are back at Harbour Town Golf Links for this week’s PGA Tour stop and I love this Pete Dye masterpiece.

Your Hack’s betting card is a little light this morning because, for the first time this year, I missed the 7 AM cut-off to get in my outright bets. With two (2) days of tournament play earlier this week, I wasn’t able to do my research until last night and I didn’t get all my bets in. I’ll have to live bet any outrights over the next couple of days if I see anything I like. I was planning to be on Morikawa, Si Woo Kim, Kisner, Kizzire, Nesmith and Fitzpatrick and then add in some longer odds on Herman at 400-1, but that’s what happens some time.

I’ve got Morikawa this week for my One and Done pick – I’m currently 26th of 147 players in my OAD league as Jordan’s top 5 finish at the Masters moved me up again. I really like his tee-to-green game at Harbour Town.

Betting Card:

First Round LeaderUnitsOdds
DJ0.502200
Fitzpatrick0.503500
Hoffman 0.504500
Si Woo Kim0.505000
Glover0.258000
Thomson0.258000
Garnett0.2011000
Tournament MatchupsUnitsOdds
Si Woo > Billy Ho2.00-115
Nesmith > Garnett1.00-120
Hoffman > Streelman1.00-125
Hadwin > Ghin1.00-130
Morikawa > Berger1.00-110
Thursday MatchesUnitsOdds
Cam Smith > Duncan/Munoz2.00120
Kisner > Pan/Bryan2.00105

Golf, Tournaments

The DSGA Spring Classic

Mr. Robel’ and your Hack teamed up to compete in the Delaware State Golf Association’s (DSGA) first event of the year on Monday and Tuesday. The Spring Classic was a 2-man team event, flighted, and scored on total net Stableford points. Points were earned as follows: 4-eagle, 3-birdie, 2-par, 1-bogey, 0 double bogey or worse. The competition was played over 18 holes at King’s Creek on Monday and then 18 holes at Rehoboth Country Club on Tuesday. Individual partner points were based on the net score for the hole and then added together for the team score.

We began the tournament with a 1 PM shotgun start on the 16th hole on Monday and I was not prepared for the weather. Cold, windy and wet are not a good combination for the opening round of a tournament. Combine that with poor planning on my part in selecting clothes for the day, and it spells trouble.

By the time we were on the second green of the day, I was already shaking from the cold and damp – not even able to hold my putter steady over the ball. As you can see on the scorecard below, I made exactly 2 points for the team in the first 5 holes that included 3 double bogeys and a 3-putt bogey on #17. I threw in a couple of pars here and there, a net birdie on #3 and a real birdie on #10, but that was in a mix that included 5 doubles and 2 triples. Halfway through the round, I just wanted to get off the course. I can’t remember the last time I posted a 90!

Luckily, Mr. Robel’ kept us in the tournament with a fairly steady 84. Ignoring his partner’s incredibly poor start, he was able to earn us 32 overall points. His round included a natural birdie on #7 and 4 net birdies. Unfortunately, he also threw several double bogeys into the mix as well.

We ended the day with only 54 points and were in 7th place in the 13 team Flight 1. We had some work to do on Day 2 for sure. Here is the score card and yes we did put down the wrong number of points on a couple of holes, but these were corrected officially.

Note: on #16 I should have gotten 1 point for a bogey and Mike should have gotten 2 points for a par on #17.

The weather was a little better on Tuesday at Rehoboth Beach or at least I was dressed more appropriately. We had an 8:30 AM shotgun start on the 10th hole. We knew we had work to do and we decided to start off by each making birdie on our first hole. Of course, we followed that up in true “Hack” fashion by each making a double bogey 6 on the following hole – luckily we each got a stroke and therefore a point for a net bogey. After I bogeyed the next hole with a bad 3 putt, I could feel the wheels starting to get wobbly and all I could think about was the disaster that was our first round.

I’m happy to report that we were able to steady the ship and finish our first nine with 34 stableford points compared to 23 points on our first 9 holes the first day of the tournament. I made the turn in 38 with 3 birdies and an additional net birdie and my partner added a birdie, a net birdie and four (4) pars. The strong play continued on our second nine where we added seven (7) birdies or net birdies and another 33 stableford points to bring our total to 67 points, a tournament total of 121 points.

We’d moved up 3 spots to 4th, just 8 points behind the winners. Although our 3 spot jump was the best in Flight 1, it was not enough to overcome our dismal first day. Mr. Robel’ was steady, shooting 84 both days, while your Hack’s 90-76 was very disappointing. It’s so easy to play “what-if” and find 9 additional points in that first round.

The DSGA did a great job running the tournament, although play was very slow. They announced that they would deduct two (2) stableford points from any team that did not post their scorecards within 4 hours and 45 minutes from the start of the shotgun, and some team evidently thought that meant they could take that long to play. Unfortunately, this included our playing partners on the first day. It was way too cold and wet to stand around watching them deliberate over everything. Other than that however, I would very pleased with the overall tournament and it feels good to get the first one of the year under my belt.

So what happened? How can a Hack (you’ll notice on the website and the printed cards that even the DSGA recognizes “Golf Hack Baxter”) shoot 90 on day 1 and then turn around and shoot 76 in the final round. To be honest, I wish I know. Even though I had five (5) birdies on Tuesday at Rehoboth, I still had 34 putts for the entire round, including three 3-putts. I did hit 12 of 18 greens with 6 of them inside of 15 feet and was able to convert 5 of those 6 opportunities for 1 putts. And, the course played shorter in terms of the par 5’s where I was able to make 2-putt birdies on 2 of those holes. That said, I only hit 6 of 14 fairways. Your Hack has some work to do, especially when playing tournament golf.

Here are the final standings for Flight 1 in the tournament from the DSGA/Blu Golf website. I was thrilled to be the highlight for sure. Thanks for all of the support readers have sent me over the past couple of days. It means a lot.

You can view the full leaderboard and click through all of the Flights and Individual scores cards at this link: https://dsga.bluegolf.com/bluegolfw/dsga21/event/dsga211/contest/25/leaderboard.htm

Cripple Creek, Golf

Sunday Redemption

Sometimes a little game of Wolf can set things back on the right track. Only four (4) of us went out early on Masters’ Sunday – Your Hack, the Sheriff, the Striker, and the Councilman. For our Wolf game, we teed off in order of handicap with strokes given off my cap. The dots were not large – just a calm, friendly game.

After solid Hogan’s (fairway hit, green hit, 2 putt pars) on the first three (3) holes, I went Wolf before my tee shot on #4 which triples the dot value. I left my second shot just off the green right of the pin and was able to get up and for birdie and the win – 9 dots. After a good drive into the middle of the fairway on #5, the old Hack suddenly surfaced as I hit a sloppy 7-iron into the right bunker, chunked the bunker shot short of the fringe and then hit a poor chip. My bogey putt was off target and boom – double bogey.

Usually, this would put me on tilt, but yesterday was different. I was able to put it out of my mind and finish the front with three (3) straight pars and a tap-in birdie on the 9th. The biggest highlight on the front came courtesy of the Sheriff. On #7, he was above the middle/front pin in the fringe and hit a perfect 20 footer over a ridge and down the hill to drain his birdie. To top it off, he’d basically called it before striking the put.

The back nine started with a lipped out birdie put on #10, a nuked bunker shot on #11 that flew the green for a bogey and then a 10 footer for birdie on #12. After a par on #13, I hit a 3-wood from the up tees which left me a chance to go for the green on #14. My shot needed to draw around the pine tree but I ended up hitting a straight bullet pin high right of the green. My chip up the hill from the depression was clunky and I made a poor bogey to go one over for the day. After solid pars on the next three (3) holes, your Hack came to the 18th tee box needing one last birdie to shoot even par for the day.

It might have been my propensity for the “big right miss” when hitting into the wind, but I swung too hard and yanked my drive left and was about 10 yards in front of the 9th green! Luckily I still had a shot at the correct green. Unluckily, my high 3 wood caught the top branch of the last tree and dropped left about 30 yards from the putting surface. Maybe it was the end of the day or maybe I don’t have the mental toughness needed for finish a round, but I ended up butchering a couple of chips and making an ugly double bogey to finish the day at 74 – 3 over par.

The Sheriff had gone Wolf on the last hole and doubled the dot value on the tee. The Striker came through for the three (3) of us to edge out the Sheriff when he couldn’t get up and down from the left. The final Wolf results left him down 16 dots, Striker up 2 dots, Councilman up 2 dots and your Hack up 12 dots for the day. All in all, a good day.

DSGA Spring Classic

Mr. Robel’ and I are headed to Kings Creek today for our first tournament of the year. It’s Stableford Better Ball and we are in Flight 1. Today is a 1PM shotgun start and tomorrow’s round at Rehoboth is an 8:30 shotgun start. If you are interested, you can follow along with the live leader board at the link below:

Leaderboard Link


Here is my card from Sunday:

Stats:

Fairways: 10/14

Greens: 14/18

Putts: 33 (0 3-putts)

Cripple Creek, Golf

A Little Friday Pain

With only seven (7) players on Friday, the game was individual Stableford scoring and then adding your GHIN handicap to the total. Triple bogey or worse was minus 1 point and birdies were worth 4 points. We paid the top 3 places.

Your Hack, the Broker and the young Broker-to-be (Austin, age 14) led off, followed by Striker, Decker, Boteler and Trust Fund.

Young Austin had a tough day. He has a beautiful swing and hit some awesome shots, but the speed and pin locations on slopes gave him fits. Among his highlights, the young Broker-to-be hit a beautiful wedge to a back right hole location on #3 that came to rest 4 1/2 feet above and right of the hole. He calmly drained the putt for birdie. Austin also made beautiful up and down for par on #16 from the front left bunker, as he proceeded for take his Dad for $20 over the last 4 holes of the match.

Striker has returned to form shooting a 77 that included a 1 over 36 on the front and a birdie on long par 4 5th hole. He had a great round only marred by a triple on #17, which ultimately dropped him from First to second place in the Stableford.

The Stableford winner was Decker who is officially on handicap watch. Playing as a 14, Mark promptly birdied the first hole out of the gate and cruised to a 3 over 38 on the front. Steady play on the back, with only one double bogey led to an 82 and the win. I need a good nickname for Mark. Suggestions?

Boteler (need a nickname here as well) had a bi-polar approach to yesterday’s match, birdieing #8 for a 39 on the front. He followed this up with another birdie on #12. Don was 7 over through 15 holes on his way to breaking 80. Alas, like Icarito he flew too close to the sun and finished with a double and 2 triples to shoot 86.

Trust Fund did Trust Fund things with 3 triple bogeys and 2 double bogeys. He did however gain a tie for 3rd place with Boteler by making birdies on #10 and #13.

Here were the final scores and total Stableford points:

PlayerCapScorePoints
Decker148240
Striker77738
Boteler108633
Trust Fund108633
Golf Hack58528
Broker10n/a24
Austin13n/a21

Your Hack posted the worst round of the short season, limping home with a triple bogey, double bogey, double bogey finish to shoot 85 that included a 4 putt double on 17 after hitting a 3-wood onto the green from 230 out. Three (3) penalty shots – lost ball in the range on #9, shanked OB over the townhomes on 16, and a bladed sand shot into the hazard behind 18 – and 34 putts. BTW – did you even know there was a hazard behind the 18th green?

Here’s my psyco-scorecard. (it shows today’s date because I entered the scores this morning from yesterday’s paper scorecard)

Your Hack has some practice work to do this weekend to get ready for the first tournament of the year. Mr. Robel’ and I are teaming up to play the DSGA Spring Classic. 1 PM shotgun on Monday at Kings Creek and an 8:30 AM shotgun Tuesday at Rehoboth. The format is a 36 hole Net Stableford format in flights.

If you’d like to follow along, here is the link to the live leaderboard:

DSGA Spring Classic Leaderboard

Cripple Creek, Gambling, Golf

Wednesday Game

Twelve of us gathered at the Creek yesterday for our regular Wednesday game. Because your Hack has fallen in love with Simon’s carryover skins game, we played it again. The first 14 holes were worth $10 each, while the final 4 holes were $25 each. We played at 80% of GHIN handicaps with strokes based off my cap. With $240 in the pot, we teed off under sunny skies with a mild breeze and temps in the 50’s. The greens were the fastest we’d seen at the Creek in months and “someone” from the grounds crew had a fight with his spouse that morning and put some of the pins in crazy hard spots.

The lead group consisted of the Voice, Trust Fund, yours truly, and a blast from the past. The Broker, an old friend re-joined Cripple Creek and was our fourth. The Broker hasn’t played much golf over the past couple of years – busy with two young boys and a hectic mortgage business – so he was allowed to play at his old 10 handicap. Hey, he’s a degenerate gambler on course, so he was warmly welcomed. The Broker and I teamed up in a Nassau with auto 2-downs against the Voice and Trust Fund to keep things interesting.

My partner made a nice steady par on #1 to beat our opponents’ bogeys and we went 1 up. Your Hack rolled in a curling 15 footer for birdie on #2 to beat Trust Fund’s par and we were 2 up and even. It was a nice start, but the Voice doesn’t even get interested until there are presses in play. After halving #3 with pars, I sprayed a drive OB right and the Voice made par to beat the bogey made by my partner. He followed with a bogey, net par on #5 when I couldn’t get up and down from the front left bunker and if was now even, down 2, and even.

The Broker and I were in good shape on #6 sitting in the fairway between 140 and 150 out. Both of our opponents missed the green and we both made 2-putt pars. Both opponents missed 5-6 footers for par. We were now 1 up, even, and 1 up going to the par 3 eighth. Unfortunately, I decided to 3-putt the 8th after being the only player to hot the green. The Voice made a gutsy 4 out of an embedded lie in the hazard in front of the green. #8 was also halved and we went in to the last hole on the front in good shape.

It would come down to me and the Trust Fund on #9 as both our partners made a mess of things and were out of the hole. I was sitting about 15 feet right of the pin and he was on the back fringe, down hill all the way. Remember what I’d said earlier about the greens? Well, he proceeded to roll his ball past the hole at a pace that carried it off the green again. He was still out, about 20 feet below the pin and it looked like we’d win the front 3 ways until the stone cold assassin drained it! I left my birdie putt on the left edge and another hole was halved, but we’d one the front 1 up and the 2 pushes cancelled.

It turned out when we tabulated the skins after the round that my birdie on #2 picked up 2 skins and that the remaining 7 skins on the front were all carried over. More on that later.

On the back nine our Nassau bet doubles, but the value of any presses remains at the original amount. We’d never get to the point on the back where a press came into play – it was a solid and stressful match. Holes 10-12 were halved with pars when the Broker jammed a birdie putt into the cup on #4 for a 1 up lead. The Voice matched that with a beautiful birdie on the par 5, 14th hole. He hit his wedge to about 6 feet and rolled it in. I was out of the hole after hitting another drive OB right and my partner also made a double.

We were back even until I made an up and down par on #16 that our opponents couldn’t match. 1 up and 2 holes to go, but our opponents each got strokes on the last 2 holes. The Voice and I both made par on #17, but they took the hole with his net birdie and we went into the last hole all square on the back. The Broker also stroked on the last hole and was on in two, but deep into the green with a front pin. Both of our opponents missed the green, as did I. Luckily, I was able to get up and down for par, but my partner 3-putted and their bogey, net pars halved the hole.

Overall, it was a great match and lots of fun. I still hate giving strokes on the last 2 holes of the course, but that’s the Hack life.

Let’s get back to the carryover birdie games among the whole group. The carryovers continued on the front 9 until the Broker’s birdie on #13 cleared and he picked up 11 skins. Hurricane slammed a birdie home on #16 to pick up 3 skins and the Senator made a late appearance with a par, net birdie on #18 to pick-up the last 2 skins of the day.

All in, a great day. Golf game was shaky at times with 2 balls OB and only 8 greens in regulation. I did have only 1 3-putt on some tough greens, but 31 putts in total. Here’s my card.

Hack’s Continued Erratic Play

Our next planned game in Friday. I’m currently watching the Masters on 3 screens while writing this blog. Nothing could be better. The Masters’ app is awesome.

Gambling, Golf

The 2021 Masters

Recap:

What more needs to be said? Deki wins and your Hack is happy.

Respect for Augusta National’s Golf Course

We ended the week up 20.14 units bringing our YTD back down to minus 17.78 units. Matchups went 6-3-2 in our favor, but lost on all first round leader, Top 5 and Top 10 bets. Of course, we had the Deki +4500 ticket to win which was our 3rd outright winner of the year so far – Homa at the Genesis, JT at the Players and now Matsuyama at the Masters.

On the the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links next week.


Masters Sunday:

Welcome to “golf’s highest holy day” (tip of the hat to Will Bardwell’s Lying Four blog). Yes, it’s Masters Sunday once again and we all know the tournament doesn’t really start until the back nine today. One could argue that the real tournament started after yesterday’s rain delay. That’s when Deki blitzed the back with a 30 to take a 4 shot lead over Rose, Xander, Zalatoris, and Leishman. I’d argue that only two (2) players actually “moved” on Moving Day. Deki jumped up dramatically, and JT dropped down dramatically after his triple on the 13th. Your Hack is feeling good holding a Deki ticket to win at +4500, but it is the Masters and it’s always hard to follow up after a 65.

If the only Japanese player to hold a lead at the Masters stumbles, I still have Zalatoris (4 shots back) and Spieth (6 shots back) tickets that are live. Jordan may be too far back but he lost almost 2 1/2 strokes putting yesterday. Definitely not Spieth being Spieth. Can he light it up on Sunday like 2018 when he was chasing Reed?

We went 2-0-1 yesterday in matchups with the push between Phil and Molinari. Reed & Scheffler came through to win. Today, I’m taking Oosty (+100) > Kokrak and Leishman (+105) > Rose. Both for 2 units.

Finally, for your amusement, a repeat of the play of the day . . . .


Saturday Morning:

What a strange, strange trip we are on. DJ, Brooks, Rory, Day, Cantlay & Im all miss the cut at the Masters. Unfortunately, I had tickets on Day & Cantlay so we burnt 2 units on that speculation. On the plus side, your Hack still has live tickets on Spieth, JT, Deki, Si Woo, and Zalatoris. Of course, you have this . . .

Si Woo Kim Putting with his 3 Wood!

At +11000 to win, my boy snaps his putter in frustration and has to putt on 16, 17 and 18 with his 3 wood to finish round 2. Luckily, in got in to the house with 3 pars and shot 69 on the day and is sitting at T6 with Justin Thomas.

We went 0-1-1 on yesterday’s two matchup bets as Scott lost and Tommy Lad halved his match with Fitz. On the Thick Boy front, Bryson came storming back with his best putting round on Augusta National and killed my wagers that Rory and DJ would beat him. Of course, both of these favorites missing the cut didn’t help. I do still have JT > Bryson live and my Champ bet paid out with Lanto Griffin missing the cut.

With the leaderboard tightened up, today should be a fantastic watch. I place 3 matchup bets this morning – Phil (-105) > Molinaro, Reed (-125) over English, and Scheffler (-115) over Lord Tyrrell Hatton.

Have fun today!


Friday Morning:

I thought Deki had a chance to cash my first round leader ticket until he bogeyed coming in and Rose played the back 9 of his life. Good sweat though. I’m not buying Rosie going forward and put 2 units on Adam Scott to beat him in today’s matchup at +120. Also, put 2 units on Fleetwood (nice Ace) over Fitz today at -105.

Your Hack also live bet Hovland ( 1/2 unit @ +4500), Kokrak (1/2 unit @ +4500) and Scheffler (1/3 unit @ +6000) this morning.

Enjoy the golf all day. I’m playing at 11:30 and will update the blog tonight or tomorrow. Also, good luck to the Senator and the Voice playing in the Master’s Tournament today and this weekend at Ocean City and Cripple Creek.


Thursday Morning:

Just prior to cut-off, I updated my card adding First Rounder Leaders, Top 5, Top 10, and Tournament Matchups. You can see in the Tournament Matchups that I hate Bryson this week and am stacking against him versus other favorites. We’ll see how that goes. Scroll down to see my original post and LFG! It’s Master’s Thrusday.

First Round LeaderUnitsOdds
Cantlay0.502800
Brooks0.503300
Deki0.504500
Scheffler0.504500
Champ0.5010000
Palmer0.509000
Top 5 UnitsOdds
Si Woo Kim1.002000
Champ1.003000
Top 10UnitsOdds
Palmer1.00900
Fritelli1.001000
Tournament MatchupsUnitsOdds
Champ > Griffin2.00115
Rory > Bryson2.00105
DJ > Bryson2.00-135
JT > Bryson2.00110

Imagine sitting down to dinner here last night? It’s too bad Tiger was missing, but both JT and Rory said they visited him last week – wonder if they were looking for inspiration?

Yes, it’s Wednesday before the Masters and your Hack is basically trembling with excitement. Can DJ go back to back in 6 months? Will Keopka’s knee collapse? Can Rory finally complete his Grand Slam? Will a rookie win for the first time since Fred Couples? Will Spieth do Spieth things? Will the “Big Golfer” Bryson over power Augusta? Or, will Ian Woosnam simply explode on the course from eating too many Waffle House home fires?

I wonder about all these things, but what has me really juiced is turning around my bankroll this week. I’ve saved Jordan for my One and Done all year and he’s my guy at Augusta – even coming off last week’s win in Texas. I’m not as worried about his driver because you can miss fairways at the Masters. It’s all about putting the ball on the right part of the green and making putts. That’s what Spieth has been doing so well and I’m all in.

Before unveiling my betting card, I have to share the funniest thing I’ve seen this week from Augusta.

At least we know now what Vijay was thinking . . . . I’m off to play our Wednesday game with the boys at Cripple Creek later today. Here’s my early betting card for the Masters which I’ll update tonight.

Masters Betting Card

OutrightsUnitsOdds
Spieth3.001000
JT3.001100
Cantlay1.502000
Casey1.003500
Deki0.754500
Day0.505000
Zalatoris0.508000
Homa0.259000
Si Woo Kim0.2511000

Cripple Creek, Gambling, Golf

Easter Golf & A New Nickname

It was a beautiful day at the Creek on Sunday, but only five (5) of us teed it up. The Sheriff’s back is acting up again and he had to bow out. We played as a fivesome – the Hack, the Voice, the Senator and the Jr. Senator teed off at 10:10, playing with one Mr. Dewey, who will now be known as the Striker. His controlled cut off the tee and excellent iron play crushed us. Even with 2 bad doubles on the back nine, Striker took home nine (9) skins to lead the band.

Your Hack borrowed Simon’s carryover skins game from Saturday and it was a big hit. I have to admit it took a while to settle things at the end because your Hack had a little trouble with math – long story, I’ll tell you sometime if you are interested.

The Jr. Senator came out of the pack strong with a birdie on the 4th hole to take four (4) skins. Your Hack was sitting 6 feet off the front of the green in two (2) but couldn’t convert his birdie to halve. Although it was not technically a 3-putt par it felt exactly the same as my true 3-putt bogey on #1 to start the round. I’d add one more 3-putt later in the round to crush my soul with 33 total putts.

Striker made a smooth par/net birdie on the 6th to pick-up two (2) skins as we headed to the 7th tee. I was skinless, but feeling good until I cold shanked my 7-iron int the pine trees on the right and lost the ball – easy double bogey as I re-teed after a futile search. Pars halved the hole and the 8th, when Striker absolutely flushed an approach into the 9th green, that rolled back off the back of the green and came to rest about 6 inches from the left back pin. Birdie and 3 more skins.

As we made the turn, the next three (3) holes were halved. Only Striker and I hit the green on #13, but a sloppy 3-putt by your Hack gave the hole to the Striker – 4 more skins. We played the par 5 14th hole from the up tees which definitely brought birdie into play. I hit my 2nd shot pin high right, but the Jr. Senator flushed a 6 iron onto the front of the green which led to an easy 2 putt birdie and a skin after I could not get up and down for my birdie.

We moved onto the 16th hole where I launched a 5 iron out of bounds (my fairly typical big right miss on this hole). This lead to another double and my second penalty shot of the round. Striker was the only player to make par adding another skin.

The skin value doubled on the last two (2) holes, but 17 was halved with par/net birdies from the Voice and Striker. I made par as well, but no strokes – this becomes important as we headed to 18. With wind blowing in our faces, the Voice and I hit good drives that left us about 200 yard in. Steve hit an indifferent approach short right and my hybrid was tugged a little left, pin high about 3 feet off the putting surface. The Voice got up and down for a bogey, net par and I left my birdie putt about 10 inches short – easy par to finish. However, the rules state that ties on 18 are “played off” on #17 by the players that halved #18. Steve’s par/net birdie on 17 beat my par giving him both skins to end the match.

This left the Senator and I as the only players failing to earn a skin. The Senator’s play was haphazard most of the day and he immediately headed to the range to try and work things out. I choose the more “Hack-like” approach to bad round and had a beer on the back deck with Striker. We’ll try again on Wednesday.

Here is my scorecard – 79 (8 over) with two 3-putts, two penalty shots, and no birdies. I hit 9 of 14 fairways, but was 3 over on the 4 fairways where I went left. It was the par 3’s that were a disaster – 5 over on the par 3’s for the day with penalty shots on two (2) of them and a 3-putt on one – just pitiful.

Cripple Creek, Golf

Skins Game With the “Old” Group

Your Hack had a fun throwback round of golf on Saturday with members of the “Group”. It was the regular Saturday game run by Simon who was kind enough to let me join in at the last minute. Friday’s bad weather cancelled my regular match and I had the itch to play and post my first “official” round of the season. In Delaware, April 1st is when we start posting scores for handicap purposes.

Before we dive into yesterday’s game, let’s talk about last year and some goals for 2021.

I ended last year with a 5.5 handicap, which was the highest “cap” I’ve had in quite a while. My low handicap of the year was 2.5 in May/June of 2020 and the lowest round of 2020 was a 74 from the hybrid black/white tees at Cripple Creek. Not an inspiring year of golf for your Hack as I battled recurring putting woes, some serious and unexpected hozzle rockets and, as always, the big right and big left misses off the tee.

Over the winter, I made some equipment changes and have seen some progress. I switched out my Scottie for a Bettinardi BB1 putter and have seen some improvement. A replacement set of Titleist irons (4 through PW) and a driving iron were added, as well as two (2) new wedges – Titleist Vokey SM7 Tour Chrome Wedges, 52 and 58 degree with 12 degree bounce. I remain committed to the Titleist Pro V1 ball but am starting to look for a new driver to replace my Taylormade M1 which is about 5 or 6 years of technology behind.

Goals for 2021:

  • Lower Handicap to 2.0 or better
  • Play more tournament golf
  • Birdie every hole at Cripple Creek from both the white & black tees
  • Make the cut at the Delaware Amateur
  • Win the Cripple Creek Club Championship & the Senior Club Championship

So, with that out of the way, let’s get back to the skin’s game with the Group. Simon organized a carryover skins game where the first 12 holes were worth $10 and the last 6 were worth $20 a piece. We had 13 players ($260 pot) and your Hack played with no strokes. If there was no skin on #18, the players who tied would go back to #17 scores to determine a winner and if they tied again, they would go back to the scores on #16 and so on until a winner was determined. As you’ll see this was important.

I was paired with Simon (11 strokes) and Dave W. (9) in the first group out. We were followed by a gold tee group consisting of little Dickie Moore (8), Frog (12), and JoJo (10). Fallon (8), Condo (13), Old Tom Morris (13), and the Monsignor (11) played from the white tees, while John Roth (3), his son-in-law (13) and son (not in the game) were the caboose.

Dave made a great birdie on #3 to lead off the scoring in our group. His great putt must have inspired your Hack, because I went on to birdie the next 3 holes to get to 2 under for the round. I missed a little 4 footer for par on 7 and then left another birdie putt on the lip on 8. I was feeling great sitting 160 yards from the pin on 9, but I had to hit a low cut under the branches of the big tree on the right to get the ball close to the pin. It was not be as I didn’t keep the ball low enough and it deflected off a branch and dropped. After a shanked wedge, a poor chip and 2 putts, I carded a double bogey to make the turn at 36 – 1 over par.

What followed on the back 9 was not pretty. A shanked wedge on 10 led to bogey, a pulled approach on 11 made it bogey-bogey to start the holes coming home. Pars on 12 and 13 settled things down, but an out of bounds, big right miss on 14 led to another double and a shanked chip, followed by a shanked bunker shot let to another double on 16. I started to see things spiral out of control, but made a good up and down on 17 for par and then left a makable birdie putt short on 18 for an ending par. Good finish, but an ugly 42 on the back to end the round at 7 over and post a 78 for the first official score of the season.

On the skin’s side of the match, all three (3) birdies cleared and my par on 18 was halved by JoJo’s bogey net par so we went to the 17th hole scores. Luckily, my up and down par beat JoJo’s “X” and I was able to add two (2) more skins to the total. Dave W.’s birdie on #3 held up and Old Tom Morris, Fallon, and Condo also grabbed skins. John Roth’s son-in law carded a 2, net 1 on #16 and grabbed a couple of carryover skins for a big win as well.

Golf Hack’s Card 4/2/31

It was a blast playing with the boys Saturday, although we fought through a tough pace of play as the groups out first that day at the Creek were SLOW. It took us almost 2 1/2 hours to play the back 9. I know it took a toll on me as I was completely out of my rhythm on the back. But, I need to be able to deal with this better if I’m going to play better tournament golf this year.

Gambling, Golf

Valero Texas Open

Recap

Yeah baby – he won! And his odds for this week’s Master drop to +1000 making him the 3rd favorite behind DJ (+800) and Bryson (+900). Four (4) players have perviously won the tournament the week before the Masters . . .

Spieth did Spieth Things in Texas

Another tough week for your Hack betting golf. I had 10 units riding on Outrights and First Round Leaders, but nothing on Spieth (I’d been holding out for him this week!). Hoffman, who came in 2nd, was my closest and it helped that I had him in my One and Done. I moved up to 46th out of 148 in that contest.

For the week, I was down 10.3 units. I won all three (3) tournament match-ups which offset my loses in Top 5 and Top 20 bets, but still – a losing week. Down 38 units for the year.

On to Augusta . . .


Golf season in Delaware officially opens today so naturally it’s windy, rainy and we have a freeze warning in effect for tonite. Welcome to April. This is also the last chance for PGA players to qualify for the Masters with a win at the Texas Open. Hear that Ricky?

As the golf season starts, your Hack will return to blogging about his retired golf life and capturing his adventures on the course. We have some big events coming up, including the DSGA Spring Classic (April 13-14) and the 2021 Hootie (April 17-18). I’ll be playing in the DSGA event with Mr. Robel’ – it’s a 36 hole Net Stableford competition, flighted with 2-man teams. We’re not really sure how that works, but Mike and I are looking froward to the event which will be played at Rehoboth Beach CC and Kings Creek CC.

The Valero Texas Open is the 6th oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Its list of champions includes some of the greatest names in golf history: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and 2019 champion Corey Conners, to name a few.

The tournament is played on the Oaks Course, designed by Greg Norman with player consultant Sergio Garcia. I’m sure all we’ll here on the broadcast are tidbits about the relationship between Sergio and Norman’s daughter. Anyway, it’s the last week before the Masters and time to make a comeback. Here’s my card:

OutrightsUnitsOdds
Hoffman0.803300
Kirk0.804000
Davis0.604000
Griffin0.505500
Bradley0.406000
HV30.406000
Wise0.407500
Moore0.407500
Ghim0.409000
Ryder0.409000
Champ0.3011000
Chappell0.2512500
KH Lee0.2016000
Sloan0.2017500
Bhatia0.1525000
First Round LeaderUnitsOdds
Connors0.703300
Palmer0.803500
Hoffman0.803500
Davis0.505000
HV30.406000
Ghim0.306600
NesSmith0.306600
Champ0.308000
Hadley0.2012500
Bhatia0.2012500
Top 5UnitsOdds
Bhatia0.104000
Champ0.201600
Top 20UnitsOdds
Bhatia0.25700
Champ0.40400
Tournament MatchupsUnitsOdds
Conners > Ancer1.00-110
Wise > Dahmen1.00-110
HV3 > Putnam1.00-135
ThursdayUnitsOdds
Wise > Gmac/Points1.00115
Lewis > McCarthy/Wiesberger1.00200
Gambling

WGC Match Play Betting Card

Recap:

Congratulations to Billy Ho for winning the WGC Match Play. Please remind me again why I bet on golf, especially match play golf! Your Hack was crushed yesterday as Kuchar failed to make even one birdie losing to Scheffler and Horschel beat Perez. We were down 17.5 units for the week, losing 14 units on just 3 wagers – Spieth going down to Kuchar, and the two (2) losses yesterday. This brings me down 27.6 units for the year.

I think I’ve proven that I’m not someone to tail when betting golf. Oh well, on to the Texas Open this week and then the Masters the following week. I’m glad this is for fun and not to make a living.

Keep it in the short grass this week. The “official” golf season opens April 1st. Start posting scores and playing real golf.


Final Day:

After Spieth gave away his match to Kuchar, I couldn’t bring myself to bet on any of the Elite 8 matches. I went 3-3 on the Sweet 6 matches, but the 4 unit loss on Spieth was too much.

So we enter the final day with Kuchar v. Scheffler and Perez > Horschel. If anybody could have seen 30th, 31st, 32nd, and 52nd seeds would make to the semi-finals then good for you. I didn’t for sure.

Horschel is too fidgety for me in stressful spots, so I’m taking Perez in their match. He’s playing solid.

Scheffler is a local Texas boy and played lights out this week, but I’m taking the dog in this one. Kuchar is hitting fairways and greens and his putter is hot. He never goes away. Scottie could blitz him this morning with 9 birdies, but I like Kuchar to win the whole thing.

Your Hack is putting 5 units each on Perez and Kuchar.


Sweet 16 Matches:

F*_$ing Sergio taking out Westwood in sudden death with a walk-off hole-in-one.

Not the best day yesterday for your Hack. We went 2-5-2 on Round 3 matches and we only got EVR and Harman into the Round of 16 for our outright. Still EVR is live at +15000 and Harmon at +8000, so yesterday’s 3.1 unit loss is recoverable for sure.

I might be on tilt, but here is my card for the round of 16 this morning:

Sweet 16UnitsOdds
Fritelli > Fleetwood1.00115
Streelman > Horschel1.00110
Harman > Bubba2.60-130
Perez > Macintyre1.00105
Spieth > Kuchar4.20-140
Sergio > Hughes1.55-155

Scrolling down, you will see that Spieth and Rahm are the only players I got through in my original bracket. Homa had a tough knockout loss to Billy Ho. Not to sad as Spieth was my pick to win. Let’s go Jordan.


Round 3 Matches:

We went 1 -2 yesterday with a 1 unit loss. I’m not too concerned as I had bet light. With 2 matches completed in the Round Robin, your Hack has seen enough to go big today. I’m placing a little over 10 units on the following matches and riding a lot of favorites. Kisner & Spieth are looking strong so far, while JT & Reed are looking apathetic. Let’s see how the day goes. Then it’s on to the Round of 16.

Round 3 MatchesUnitsOdds
Oosty > JT1.00115
Fritelli > Zalatoris1.35-135
Si Woo > Rozner1.25-125
Henley > Leischman1.35-135
Scheffler > Zander1.00105
Spieth > Conners1.70-170
Niemann > Reed1.00105
Kisner > Kuchar1.50-150

Round 2 Matches:

Nice start to the match Play for your Hack as we went 4-2-1 in Round 1, up 3.34 units. Smith defeating Lanto was a nice 3 unit win and the tie between Si Woo and Fleetwood left a 2 unit bet safe in my bankroll. Harman did lose to Cantlay 1 down, but I’m going back to him to beat Hideki today. He’s the favorite as Hideki lost 4 and 3 to Ortiz. I’m betting a little lighter today, only risking what I won yesterday and savings some bullets for the round of 16 and beyond.

Round 2 MatchesUnitsOdds
Harmon > Deki1.35-135
Connors > Fitzpatrick1.00100
Rozner > Fleetwood1.00110

The top golfers in the world head to Austin, Texas for the WGC Match Play from Austin CC. The Match Play used to be a single elimination tourney just like March Madness in college basketball but 6 years ago they changed the format to 16 four man groups with the winner of each group moving on to the Round of 16. Austin CC is a Pete Dye design and is a great match play course. Kisner was the last winner (2019) as last year’s tournament was a Covid victim.

Here is your Hack’s card for the Outrights and Match 1 plays:

Winners:

OutrightsUnitsOdds
Rory0.502000
Reed0.502500
Hovland0.502800
Cam Smith0.403500
Day0.305000
Ancer0.305500
Si Woo Kim0.207500
Kisner0.207500
Homa0.208000
Harman0.208000
Wallace0.208000
Wolff0.2010000
Lowry0.2011000
Ortiz0.2511000
Van Rooyen0.2515000

Round One Matches:

Round 1 MatchesUnitsOdds
Scheffler > Day1.00-115
Harman > Cantlay1.00110
Kisner > Oosty1.00110
Si Woo > Fleetwood2.00105
Smith > Lanto3.00-135
Zalatoris > Kokrak1.00-120
Ortiz > Hideki1.00115

Just for fun here is my overall bracket in the PGA Tour bracket challenge. I picked from my heart and have Spieth as the overall winner. Just not willing to put money on it!