Gambling, Golf

The Players Championship

Recap:

Thank You JT – Well Played

Fairways and greens, just like Hogan. JT salvaged your Hack’s week at the Players Championship by hitting 17 of 18 greens (he missed the 18th by inches), hitting fairways all day, and losing 2 shots to the field putting. Still, his 68 was good enough to overtake Westwood and the Big Bruiser for the win. My early Monday bet at 20-1 paid off – thank you again JT.

Still, your Hack ended the week down 0.57 units mostly due to a 1-7 record on matchup bets. I’ll take a basically breakeven week and move on to the Honda down 0.83 units for the year.


Sunday Update:

Your Hack had a blast yesterday watching Spieth do Spieth things on PGA Tour Live. The best was accidentally hitting into Sabbatini yesterday. “Is that Sabbatini? Oh, God. I couldn’t pick a worse person to hit into.” The conversation was picked up in the “Every Player Live” coverage, but the PGA Tour has scrubbed the video from all social media platforms. Geoff Shackleford explains and has the video – click the link here: The QUAD

Maybe it’s because I lost an hour of sleep last night, but I’m starting to like Westwood more and more. But, at 48 years old, you have to wonder if he can hold off JT, the Big Bomber, Rahm and Sergio today. My money – literally – is on Justin Thomas to win. He birdied the first four (4) holes yesterday and shot 64 to move within 3 shots of the lead. JT is my most “live” early pick at +2000. I’ve also have Kirk in 8th and Si-Woo in 11th. LFG!

Poor Denny McCarthy couldn’t get anything going yesterday until he birdied #11 to give fans of our somewhat local favorite some hope, but in true Hack fashion went on to bogey #12 and #13 and then double #14 to shoot 75 and fall 10 shots back. Bummer!

My late match-up bets ran 1-1 yesterday, but Cantlay’s missed cut added another loss. Your Hack is 1-6 this week in match-up bets, down 6.8 units. Let’s see if we can salvage something today by taking Moore (-115) over Steele, HV3 (-120) over Hadwin, and Niemann (-135) over Todd for 2.5 units each.


Saturday Update:

Another tough day at the Players. Sergio misses a one foot putt, but remains in contention. Some big names, including Rory and Bubba, missed the cut. And, poor Viktor Hovland’s Mom called him from Norway to tell him that he didn’t replace his coin properly when he marked his ball on the 15th hole. He was in the parking lot at the time after leaving the course. Being a dutiful son (and an honorable golfer), Viktor contacted the Tour and after reviewing video, it was found that he moved his mark in the opposite direction of what was required and was hit with a 2 stroke penalty for playing his shot from the wrong place. He wasn’t DQ’d for signing an incorrect scorecard because he unknowingly violated a rule. However, the 2 shot penalty pushed him to +2 for the tournament and the cut was at even par.

Your Hack went 0-2 on his 3-ball wagers which brings us to 0-4 in betting matches this week. Odds have not been posted yet for Round 3 matches as play was called for darkness last night and they have to finish up Round 2 this morning. I’ll be back later with any wagers on today’s matches.

I did place some live outright bets earlier this morning: 0.25 units on Gooch (+4500); 0.25 units on DJ (+4500) and 0.20 units on Frittelli (+6000).


Friday Update:

Hard to believe they couldn’t get the first round completed last night. Also, I really enjoyed the every player/every shot coverage on PGA TourLive. I think I’d pay for that at every tournament.

There was some carnage out there for sure and I wonder how many balls will find the water on #17 today. You gotta feel bad for these Euros, but how about Sergio? Who would have picked him as the first round leader!

Your Hack didn’t get anything out of yesterday’s round. 0-2 on the 3-ball plays and another goose egg on my first round leader bets. No worries though. I’m plunging back in today with a 2 unit bet on Munoz (+125) over Thompson/Gay and 1 unit on Reavie (+135) over Perez/Watson.


Hard to believe it was one year ago that Matsuyama made 9 birdies and led the Players after the 1st round. Of course, the tournament was cancelled when the world freaked out about Covid. As we return to the Players, your Hack and Mrs. Hack have received both vaccine shots, our weather in Delaware has finally turned warm, and golf continues to be played on a regular basis. I’m so excited, I’m using Deki in my One and Done (OAD) this week and I’m putting a few shekels on him as First Round Leader (FRL).

JT is the Hack’s Favorite @ 20-1

I’m lightening up the card this week, initially betting only 8 units to start the tournament. The last couple of weeks have been tough and I want to conserve bankroll. Your Hack likes JT and Finau overall, but also Cantlay. I’ve somewhat hedged my Justin Thomas bet to win with a tournament match-up betting Cantlay over JT. I’ve also returned to three-balls for bets on today’s first round.

The PGA Tour is allowing free access today for the every player, every shot live feed on PGA TOUR LIVE. Here’s the link: Watch Every Shot Live at The Players Championship

Betting Card

First Round LeaderUnitsOdds
DJ0.502500
Hovland0.404000
Cantlay0.303500
Deki0.205000
Scheffler0.205000
Am0.1012500
Outrights UnitsOdds
JT0.502000
Finau0.402800
Day0.254500
Scheffler0.205000
Scott0.156600
Zalatoris0.157000
Homa0.159000
Connors0.1010000
Si Woo Kim0.1012500
Kirk0.1014000
Palmer0.1014000
Davis0.1014000
Bradley0.1015000
Tournament MatchupsUnitsOdds
DJ>Bryson1.00-135
Cantlay> JT1.00-110
Thursday 3-BallsUnits Odds
Mitchell>Garmett/Merrot1.00150
Redman> Schwatzt/Higgs1.00150