With two (2) great birdies on #16 and #17 and a smooth par on #1, Si (F’ing) Woo Kim saved your Hack’s betting card for this week’s PGA tournament – The American Express. Wooooooooo! His par on 18 put Si Woo at 23 under, beating Patrick Cantlay by 1. Cantlay, who made the cut on the number, carded 30 birdies over the weekend in a charge that looked unbeatable until my boy came through at the last. It was Si Woo’s second win on tour. My favorite player – Max Homa – was also in the final group but faded on Sunday going from tied 1st to a T21 after shooting 4 over in the final round.

As you will recall (see my American Express Betting Card), I had Si Woo to win at +6000 (60/1) for 0.20 units. The outright salvaged a poor week of betting match-ups where I lost 9 units over tournament match-up bets and round match-ups each day.

This sorry state of affairs was made worse by a stupid mistake. Your Hack took Kizirre over Moore in one of the tournament match-ups bets, but clicked on Moore as the winner at the online sports book. Naturally my choice – Kizirre – won, but my bet had been placed on Moore. In the immortal words of Roberto Di Venczo; “. . . what a stupid I am . . .” Roberto spoke these immortal words after signing the wrong scorecard (65 rather than 66) after the 1968 Masters to lose to Bob Goalby by 1.

Overall, we finished the week losing just 1.375 units – as I said betting on golf is hard. Of course it’s harder when you mistakenly pick the wrong guy!

Congratulations to Jessica Korda for her win over the Danielle Kang in the season opener on the LPGA. Here she is making a long birdie out on the first play-off hole to take the win.

On to the Farmers Insurance Open this week at Torrey Pines. Last year’s winner was Marc Leishman who shot 65 on Sunday to beat Jon Rahm in 2020. I’ll be back Wednesday with my card.

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