After two grueling days off with nothing to bet on or nothing to watch on your computer or phone during work, we’ve got sports again. If betting on each of the 42 basketball games from Thursday to Sunday got your sports gambling pants tight in the Genital Tso’s area, you’re going to need to call your doctor for the WGC – Match Play. We’ve got 92 1-on-1 golf match-ups from Wednesday to Friday. And if your bookie loves stealing money from you as much as mine does from me, you should be able to bet on each one, along with all the daily fantasy and pick ’em leagues you are currently in.
Because I know most of the people who read this can’t stay on a single tab on the internet for more that 45 seconds, I’m going to highlight my favorite match-ups from each day. Follow us on Twitter for our live betting decisions.
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On Wednesday, we get a rematch of the Honda Classic one hole match play competition between Luke List and crowd favorite Justin Thomas. If that madras short wearing Bammer cockily walks in front of Luke point fore-right like he did at the Honda, I will personally follow him to each of his remaining tour events to scream “Get in the sand!” after every one of his shots. I like Luke in the rematch.
Later we have the battle of the struggling hairlines and never-aging swings with Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar. If this match-up was on Friday, I’d take Kuch and his Sketchers but I like where ZJ is at in his game right now. I’m taking Zach.
The last of my favorites for Wednesday is Sergio vs. the Indian Harris English, Subshanker Shwarma. Sharma seems like he has the most upbeat attitude on tour, while Sergio is, well, Sergio. Even though a Sergio meltdown is inevitable in the later rounds, I think Sergio takes care of the young star.
Thursday’s early match-up to watch is Kevin Na vs. Tony Finau. Two guys that look like Sims characters and are as reliable as one tee off against each other. Every time I’ve picked one to win they either WD or miss the cut horribly. I’m going with Finau and his length for this one though.
Next match-up I like is Chez Reavie vs. Jon Rahm. Rahm and Cheez-its play two completely different games, with Rahm averaging 16 yards more that Reavie off the tee. Rahm, if he keeps it in the fairway, should easily win this one. I think he does.
Final for Thursday is Keegan Bradley vs. Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Dufner’s former prankster and the Thai John Daly will be at least visually entertaining even if the golf is sub par (or above par [wonder how many golf writers have used that one]). I like Barnrat to smoke Keegan.
Friday we start off with a Parent Trap situation with Marc Leishman and Branden Grace. You can’t convince me these two are different people. Bet on the tie if you can, if not I’m going with Leishman.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Phil Mickelson face each other for probably the group. I think Phil is looking ahead to the Shell Houston Open and Rafa wins a close one.
Two other match-ups to watch Friday are the all English pairing of Paul Casey vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick and the all “went to my former schools” show down between Luke List and Patton Kizzire. I like Casey with the experience and Luke because my brother told me a funny story about him recently.
The marquee match-up everyone is talking about this week is the pseudo feud between Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. What Puffy Tiger said Sunday at the API meant nothing to Spieth, and I’m sure the two will be back chest bumping during the Ryder Cup. I am looking forward to the two competitors having it out on the course, though. Even though Jordan has been struggling (in terms of struggling for Jordan Spieth) I like him over Reed. If the announcers let the golf on the course dictate the story for this match-up, it will be wildly entertaining. But the lead up to their Friday tee time will tortuous.
If my golf betting history is any indication as to how I will fare this week, go with the opposite of what I choose. Because my picks have been so poor the last few weeks, I enlisted the help of my boy Dougie D aka Burnt Biscuits for the pick ’em choice. His words: “Pure gut I’m going with sexy Rafa over the paella potbelly of Rahmbo”. Doug likes his golfers for this tournament lean and fit and since he’s picked the outright winner twice out of the last three weeks I’m doing what he’s doing.