Golf continues to provide terrific action both on the television set and in the online betting book this week with The Heritage Open.
2010 Heritage Open winner Jim Furyk is a tepid +1500 co-second choice in the sports book to win this week’s PGA Tour Event. The favorite, Luke Donald, looks incredibly difficult to beat.
Both guys show up in my Top 10 for the week.
Keep reading for my Top 10 for this week’s The Heritage Open.
The Heritage Open: Top 10
When: April 21 – April 24, 2011
Where: Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina
Course: par 71, 6973 yards
TV: Golf, CBS
Matt Kuchar +1500 - - Finished in fourteenth place at last year’s Heritage. Matty K is offering decent odds considering who his competition is in this week’s tournament. I have to believe that Kuchar goes back to the excellent play that led to six Top 10 finishes in eight starts. His twenty-seventh place finish at the Masters in his last wasn’t horrible. I’ll back him.
Luke Donald +900 - - Donald has finished in the Top 3 at The Heritage Open in the last two years. He obviously knows how to strike the ball over the Harbour Town Course. I’m not thrilled with the golf odds, but to leave the WGC-Accenture winner, who also finished fourth at the Masters, out of my Top 2 would be a mistake.
Jason Day +2500 - - Day can be hot or cold. After finishing north of 40 at the WGC-Cadillac and then north of 50 at the Transitions Open and missing the cut at the Shell Houston Open, Day almost pulled off the Masters’ victory when finishing second. I’m hoping that the “hot” Day shows up this week.
Jim Furyk +1500 - - The defending The Heritage Open champion has started to get his swing in order with a thirteenth at the Transitions, a Top 10 at the Arnold Palmer and a twenty-fourth at the Masters.
Rickey Fowler +2500 - - So far, Rickie hasn’t had that breakout season that everybody was talking about last fall. He did finish in eighth place at the 2010 Heritage Open with three rounds of 69 or better including a 67 fourth round. With a repeat, ‘the Bird” will make his online golf odds betting backers extremely happy at that 25 to 1 number.
Graeme McDowell +2500 - - It’s been a weird March and April for McDowell. He missed the cut at both the Arnold Palmer and Masters. He finished in forty-second place at the WGC-Cadillac. I’ve got to believe he does much better than that this week. I just have to.
Aaron Baddeley +2000- - Baddeley won at this course in 2006. He has five Top 25 finishes in five starts at Harbour Town. He’s offering fair odds and has three Top 10 finishes on the year.
He’s got a shot.
Francesco Molinari +3000 - - Don’t let the fiftieth place finish at the Masters fool you. Francesco can hit a golf ball. His third place finish at the WGC-Cadillac was absolutely fantastic and the online sports betting odds on him to win The Heritage cannot be ignored.
Brian Gay +3000 - - The thirty-second place finish at the 2010 The Heritage Open won’t give golf handicappers much hope for Brian G. this week. I prefer to look at the 69 that he drilled in rounds three and four at Harbour Town and give him the benefit of the doubt. Gay’s going to have to play much better than he did last week with that twenty-third place finish at the Valero Texas Open.
Ernie Els +3000 - - Els has finished seventieth, fifty-first and forty-seventh in his last three tournaments played. That’s not good, but this is Double-E, right? It’s hard to argue against the odds in the online sportsbook and Els can come up big on any given day. So, Ernie is tough to leave out of the Top 10.