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Sobel: The Best Way to Bet Sergio, Plus 9 Other PGA Championship Matchups With Value

May 16, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Sergio Garcia

  • The 2019 PGA Championship gets underway Thursday morning at Bethpage Black Course.
  • Jason Sobel gives his 10 favorite matchup bets for the PGA Championship.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – If this whole professional golf thing doesn’t work out, Dustin Johnson would make for one hell of a prognosticator someday.

The following is an actual exchange from Johnson’s pre-tournament press conference here at the PGA Championship — and it’s awesome.

Q: “Is Tiger the guy to beat this week?”

A: “I mean, whoever plays well is the guy to beat.”

I literally LOL’d at that one. I’m also going to steal some version of it at every opportunity.

Q: “Who do you like to win this event?”

A: “The guy who hits his ball the fewest amount of times.”

I’ll admit it: It’s way funnier when DJ says it.

Anyway, let’s get to my 10 favorite tournament matchup bets, where the guy to beat in each of ‘em is, of course, the one who plays well.

Thomas Pieters (-115) over Alex Noren 

Let’s kick things off with my absolute favorite matchup of the week. Pieters, who finished T-6 in this event last year, hits the ball as long as anyone off the tee, which should be a necessity at Bethpage.

Meanwhile, Noren has struggled mightily with his game this year. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Pieters pull another top 10 and Noren miss the cut, so I think this one is a green-light special.



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