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Sportsbooks could see six-figure losses if Tiger Woods wins the Masters

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Boatloads of cash are sailing into sportsbooks as golf fans wager on the 2018 Masters in general, and Tiger Woods in particular.

ESPN’s Doug Kezerian spoke with Jeff Sherman, golf oddsmaker at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook said.

“I can safely speak for most books that this is going to be the all-time highest-wagered Masters or any golf event in the history of our booking.”

Sherman said the book took plenty of bets on Woods at 100-1 odds back in August, and bettors continue to back Woods at his current 12-1 odds.

Given the volume of cash plowed behind the 14-time major champion, sportsbooks could be in for a very bad week, should TW win his fifth green jacket.

“He’s at least double our second-largest liability,” Sherman said, citing a potential six-figure loss and also reporting more tickets placed on Woods than any other golfer.”

Interestingly, Sherman thinks Woods’ odds should be closer to 18-1 but admits the 12-1 line is an attempt to manage liability.

So, while plenty in the country will be cheering Woods on this week, Las Vegas sportsbooks will be hoping for a second-place finish.

What about you, punting GolfWRX members? Have you wagered on Woods? Did you get in when he was 100-1? Is there enough meat on the bone at 12-1 for you?

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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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