Waste Management Open: What We Learned About PGA Betting

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This week, I’ll bust out one of the go-to lines for many parents to their children.

“Do as I say, not as I do.”

Gary Woodland came from three shots back to beat Chez Reavie in a playoff and win for the first time since 2013.

Woodland and Reavie were both leans at 28-1 and 12-1 in our Thursday and Saturday night pieces, but, naturally, I wasn’t on either.

Hopefully, some of you were able to jump in at those points and lock in a win.

With Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm sitting 1-2 after three rounds, it just felt like one of those two favorites was likely to close out the tournament. But we’re finding out that the tour’s younger group of stars isn’t as consistent closing out tournaments as their talent level may suggest.

We’re used to Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or even Vijay Singh back in their day just slamming the door when they get out in front of these tournaments. But early in the season, we’ve seen Dustin Johnson blow a huge lead in China, Rahm struggle to hold off Andrew Landry in a playoff then slide on the weekend the next two weeks, Rory McIlroy come up short against Hao Tong Li in Dubai, Jordan Spieth miss the cut and Fowler totally melt down today.

In other words, when we see a big name or two at the top of the board, we shouldn’t be afraid to take a chance with a long shot. The stars are good, and they’re going to get their wins. But none of them are unstoppable. Not yet, at least.

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