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Sobel’s Thursday PGA Championship Matchup Bets: Follow Phil’s Trends in Round 1

May 15, 2019 6:52 PM EDT
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Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Phil Mickelson during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park.

  • Jason Sobel highlights his three favorite matchup bets for Round 1 of the 2019 PGA Championship on Thursday.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — I’ve already written about my 10 favorite tournament matchups for this week’s PGA Championship, but for those of you instant gratification fans out there — hey, I’m one of ‘em, too — here are some first-round matchup bets to get that bankroll flowing into the weekend.

Phil Mickelson over Rory McIlroy (+175)

You want an obscure stat? I’ve got an obscure stat — but one that is extremely relevant in this matchup. In first-round scoring average this season, Mickelson ranks fifth at 68.90 and McIlroy isn’t too far behind in 14th at 69.44. Pretty even, right?

Sure, but that changes when we look at late first-round scoring average. Yes, it’s a real stat and it could mean something, considering their 1:38 p.m. tee time together.

In five Thursday afternoon rounds so far, Mickelson’s scoring average is exactly 68.

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