Kevin Na was not on your Hack’s betting card for the Sony, but should have been. His 1 shot victory last night was impressive. This is the guy who resurrected his career after being named the slowest player on the PGA Tour and is now “famous” for walking in his putts. Congrats Kevin on your 5th PGA Tour victory!
Equally impressive was Chris Kirk who shot four (4) straight 65’s to lose by one. In the process however, he regained his tour status from a major medical exemption after seeking treatment for alcoholism. Last June, Kirk detailed his issues with drinking, his treatment, and his major medical exemption on this No Laying Up podcast – it’s a good listen.
My betting card for the tournament was detailed in my last post here: Quick Recap, Gambling, and Sony. Let’s start with my winners.
Tournament Match-ups: Your Hack bet 1 unit (a unit is my standard bet – $10, $25, $100 for example) on each match-up and ended up 3.8 units overall after the “vig” from the online Sportsbook. We won 4 of the matchups and pushed “Palmer over Scott” who both tied at -11 for the week.
- Palmer over Scott – PUSH
- Niemann over Matsuama – WIN
- Kisner over Ancer – WIN
- Kizzire over Knox – WIN
- Si Woo Kim over Bradley – WIN
Your Hack also put a unit early Thursday on a single 3 Ball match – Charlie Hoffman over both Hahn and Every. I liked Charlie in first round (think about his Masters history) and he won returning 1.4 units. My last winner was 1/2 unit on Neimann to Top 5 at +450. My boy finished T2 for the 2nd week in a row and returned 2.25 units. Even with Sergio as a mentor, the boy can golf his ball.
Unfortunately, while I won 7.45 units on these bets, non of my Outright winners came in. The best performers were Webb Simpson at T4 and Patton Kizzire finishing T7. I lost all 4.5 units I has spread out on my 16 outright bets. I also lost 1 unit on my Top 10 bet (Charles Howell III), 1 unit on my other Top 5 bets and 1/2 unit on my Top 20 bet who actually missed the cut – thanks Hoge.
So, to sum it all up? The week was a slight positive as my winners for 7.45 unit were mostly offset by the losers which ate up 7 units. Of course, I’ll take starting the year up 0.45 units. If your Hack had a $1000 betting unit he’d be a little more happy! Remember though – I do this for fun, not to make a living.
On to The American Express this week where Andrew Landry was last year’s winner in the California desert shooting 26 under to beat “Honest” Abe Ancer by 2 shots. The Tournament will be played on the Stadium Course at PGA West, 7,113 yards, par 72 and the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West, 7,152 yards, par 72. For the first time in tournament history, The American Express will be conducted on fewer than three courses. The total purse is $6.7 million.
I’ll be back later in the week with my betting card.