Betting Opportunities & Picks for the Sentry Tournament of Champions Finale
David Cannon-Getty Images. Pictured: Gary Woodland.
While you were watching some of the NFL’s best players make big-time plays down the stretch of Saturday’s wild-card games, a few of the world’s best golfers were similarly coming up clutch in Kapalua.
Xander Schauffele (-11) and Justin Thomas (-10), two of the past three Sentry TOC champions, will play in Sunday’s final pairing with yet another title on the line.
Here are some potential betting opportunities for the final day.
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Gary Woodland (+1200)
Full disclosure: I won’t have a live play on Woodland, because I really don’t see much value in fading either of the two closers in that final pairing. But … there would be some sweet vengeance one year after Woodland held the 54-hole lead only to be caught and passed by Schauffele, if the Jayhawk could turn the tables on that same fellow contender.
The books like this one as a two-horse race, with Schauffele (+135) and Thomas (+160) clearly ahead of the field, but if you envision each of ‘em stumbling out of the gates, it could be Woodland who enjoys a reversal of last year’s misfortune.
Round 4 Matchup
Matthew Wolff (-115) over J.T. Poston
Well, at least we haven’t had to sweat the H2H matchups this week. Two days after Corey Conners easily beat Cameron Champ and one day after Chez Reavie got lapped by Kevin Kisner, I’m taking one Kapalua rookie to beat another. In Saturday’s third round, Wolff gained 1.85 strokes off the tee and 1.76 tee to green; Poston, meanwhile, was a mere 0.49 and 0.26, respectively, ahead of the field in those categories.
I think some of these first-timers have started to figure out this good course, especially in the wind. While I was a bit gun-shy to pull the trigger on Colin Morikawa, only because he’s matched up against Jon Rahm, I do like Wolff to post another solid score.