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Avoid These Mistakes When Betting in Golf

Many golfers love betting on the biggest golf tournaments of the year, such as the Ryder Cup and the Masters. But, before placing any major bets, it’s a good idea to know the risks and what to avoid. 

Betting on multiple possibilities

There are golf lovers who tend to bet on more than one player in hopes of winning a large sum of money. It might seem like a good idea, but the wins are rare and if even one player does poorly it can ruin your entire bet! You might end up wasting more money on multiple bets than focusing on one or two separate bets. 

Betting only on the big names

Of course many golf lovers are going to want to bet on the biggest stars in the golf world. Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler…the list can go on. However, many other fans think the same way as you do, meaning that more bets are placed on these players. You might not get a lot of value in the bets that are offered for these golf stars compared to the lesser known, yet very talented, golfers. It’s important to remember to go beyond the big names and try your luck with someone who might not be as well-known but could very well surprise you.

Overlooking the course

You might think these professional golfers won’t have a tough time tackling any course they play on, but that’s false thinking. If a course is too short, too long, or too tight, it can mean even the greatest of players will struggle through it. It’s better to think about how the course is set-up, the difficulty it could pose and what pro golfer has played on the course many times.

The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open

The PGA Tour is headed to Arizona for the Waste Management Phoenix OpenJ from January 29-February 4. The tournament takes place at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Stadium Course. This PGA stop boasts the largest attendance on tour and it is an audience participation event, especially on the 16th hole. This hole can be considered the most famous hole on the tour. And the audience? Well to get a better idea of the attendance, consider the 207,000 fans attending last year…just on Saturday.

This year’s field is as talented as its ever been, featuring five of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, including world No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama, who with a victory can become the first player since Arnold Palmer to win the event three consecutive times. It would also make him the fifth three-time winner in the tournament’s history, joining the likes of Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Mark Calcavecchia and Gene Littler. Others include Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. 

The best part about this event? 

A live 360 and VR experience will be available for all four rounds of this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Similar to the TOUR’s Live VR events in 2017, this week’s coverage can be viewed globally in “360 video” on Twitter (twitter.com/PGATOUR), as well as through Samsung Gear VR via the “PGA TOUR VR Live” app.

Fans can now watch live in both 360 video and Cardboard VR via the PGA TOUR app on iOS. The “PGA TOUR VR Live” app will also launch on Daydream by Google – available on the Google Play Store – all at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. As the exclusive live virtual reality provider of the PGA TOUR, Intel will produce the live VR experience with Intel True VR technology, providing unprecedented access to areas on the course that can’t be experienced, even by fans on-site.

“The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most exciting in golf,” said Rick Anderson, PGA TOUR Chief Media Officer. “We look forward to bringing that excitement to our fans who can’t physically be at the tournament through live virtual reality. They will be able to experience all the thrills from home.” 

TV Coverage

The Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET. CBS will take over on the weekend beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

CVS Health Charity Classic Donates $1 Million to Southern New England Charities

CVS Charity Classic Gives Back

On December 23 at the corporate headquarters of CVS Health, President and CEO Larry Merlo announced that the CVS Health Charity Classic has reached an important milestone – a total of $20 million dollars in philanthropic support to hundreds of nonprofits in southeastern New England since the tournament’s inception in 1999. This year, the CVS Health Charity Classic donated more than $1 million dollars to nearly 100 area charities.

“The Charity Classic is one of the most important ways we give back in our home state,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Tournament Chairperson of the CVS Health Charity Classic “We are proud and honored to be able to support the invaluable work of these non-profits to support the communities we serve in the areas of education, health care, and social services.”

CVS Charity Classic 2017

CVS Health CEO, Larry Merlo, alongside Tournament Chairperson Eileen Howard Boone, as well as PGA TOUR professionals and CVS Health Charity Classic Co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, awarded the 2017 donations in front of a crowd comprised of CVS Health colleagues, working charity partners that volunteer their time during the event series, many of the awarded non-profits, and Charity Classic sponsors.

Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, natives from Rhode Island who have been with the event since its inception and the reasons why so many great players have participated in this wonderful local event that has done so much to help local charities both spoke. “I’ve played in many charity tournaments like this, but our little state is kicking butt with how much money we have been able to raise over the years,” said a smiling Faxon.

Billy Andrade said, “I can’t believe how fast the time has gone since our first event in 1999. Seeing how much we have been able to do makes us all so proud.”

The 2017 dates were also announced by Merlo. “We will be hosting the event at Rhode Island Country Club, one of our great partners since the inception, on June 18, 19 and 20.”

In all, 77 local non-profit organizations across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts will benefit this year from the CVS Health Charity Classic.

Jordan Spieth On Pace With Jack Nicklaus, Ahead of Tiger Woods

Stop Ignoring Jordan Spieth’s Greatness

In a way, Tiger Woods ruined golf for some people.

His days of dominance, (steroids), winning and swagger had everyone in awe.

He was a polarizing figure from his Sunday red, his fun little tiger headcover, or his famous reactions to some of the most famous shots in golf history.

It may also help he was a child prodigy that actually panned out.

Either way, before the divorce, DUI and switch to Taylormade, Tiger was everything golf needed.

But that persona and dominance, may be hurting one of the best in the game right now.

Jordan Spieth recently got the third leg of the career grand slam at 23, something only one other golfer has ever done.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t Tiger. It was Jack.

But yet after all his wins, all his majors, all his close calls.

“He is terrible off the tee.”

“He can only putt.”

“He collapses.”

“He will never be Tiger.”

These takes and attitude towards Spieth are ridiculous.

People are trying to compare a 23-year-old kid who may not have even peaked yet to arguably the best to ever do it…

Why?

I have a few theories.

  1. It is almost the Jordan and LeBron argument. I feel that people that watched them at their peaks, have a weird connection and think it is their responsibility to continue their legacy. Not often you meet and older person who watched Jordan in the 90’s say LeBron is better. I think this is the case with Spieth and Tiger. People who watched Tiger come up and dominate people year in and year out, will never admit Spieth is better. Even if he is. For us young golf fans, we need someone to cling on. Spieth’s victory at Chambers Bay brought us in now we love him. But we have old guys telling us to calm down when we see his greatness in front of our eyes because “You were too young to remember Tiger”.
  2. People saw Tiger or heard of how great Tiger was. And that set the bar for them. So as long as people aren’t winning tournaments by double digits, outdriving everyone off the tee and dominating every weekend they wont be great or even close to Tiger. 

If we don’t wake up, we may miss the greatness of one of the best golfers of all time, just because of another golfer.

The Greenbrier Classic Wrap Up

Greenbrier Classic

The Greenbrier Classic is one of the premier tournament stops on the PGA Tour and this week didn’t disappoint.

With big names in the field like Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, J.B Holmes and Patrick Reed it was sure to be a firework filled event.

But it wasn’t the big names who made the noise.

Actually it was the little guys you probably have never heard of like Xander Schauffelle, Sebastain Munoz, Jamie Lovemark, Robert Streb and Kelly Kraft who were at the top of the leaderboards.

Munoz put on a show all week leading from Thursday to Sunday morning where he leaned on his putter to get him there.

But when you lean on something and it gets pulled out, you usually stumble and fall.

And that is what happened on Sunday to Munoz.

He carded multiple bogeys that came along with three putts, not ideal when looking for your first PGA Tour victory.

Seeing the collapse, Schauffelle took advantage hitting about 90% of greens in regulation and carding four birdies for a -3, 67 on the day.

Streb and Lovemark couldn’t force a playoff and make things any more interesting as they were near the leader all day but couldn’t get those few important birdies when it mattered.

The real story is the rise of 23-year-old rookie Xander Schauffelle. A few weeks ago he had his best showing at Erin Hills at the U.S. Open when he finished T5, probably a dream come true.

Now just a few weeks later he is raising a trophy above his head.

“Everyone that knows me knows I’m a late bloomer, so to jump in the Top-30 in this fashion is something special for me.” Schauffelle said to the media after his win Saturday.

Emotions were running wild as he talked about his dad, a great moment for golf.

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