Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Patrick Reed
- Patrick Reed (+2500) is one way to find early betting value in the Tournament of Champions, which tees off on Jan. 3 in Hawaii.
- See who else I'm targeting ahead of next weekend's tournament, which might not include players like Justin Rose and Tiger Woods.
The 2019 golf calendar kicks off with the Tournament of Champions.
The field is limited to players who won during the 2018 calendar year, so while we’ll see big names like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy, winless stars like Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth will be noticeably absent.
Odds are up a week early, which I believe is giving us a little extra value. While we know only winners can play this event, not everyone who actually won during 2018 will make the trip to Hawaii.
Two notables at the top of the odds list rarely play the event. Justin Rose, who is currently second on the betting sheet at +700, and Tiger Woods (+850) rarely tee it up at Kapalua. Rose hasn’t played the event since 2011 while Woods hasn’t since 2005.
The field will be finalized on Friday, but in the meantime, having those two at the top of the board when they’re unlikely to play provides a little extra advantage to the bettor.
I’ve targeted three players who I think could see a dip in their number when players eventually pull out of the event.
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Patrick Reed (+2500)
I’m starting my card with Reed. He’s played well in his past three appearances on the course, winning in 2015 to go along with a second- and sixth-place finish.