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Golf Stars ready to tee off for charity

Gasp, what’s this we’re seeing on betting apps? Golf odds?

And these odds are on real people playing real golf on a real golf course and on live TV. And these aren’t just any ordinary golfers. There’s Tiger and Phil and Rory and D.J. and more.

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Apparently, if you put on the event, they will bet on it. And we’ve got two made-for-TV-with-no-fans-on-site matchups for your betting pleasure over the next two weekends.

And while the tournaments may not be full-field, big-money events there is big money being doled out. Both of these matchups will see millions of dollars raised for efforts to fight the current coronavirus pandemic.

The first match will be The TaylorMade Driving Relief event that will be played this Sunday at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla. NBC will televise the event at 11 a.m. PT that will have Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson teaming up against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.

The second will be a Tiger Woods-Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady matchup in the Champions for Charity on May 24 at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. It is scheduled to be simulcast on TNT and TBS at noon PT.

Yes, we actually get the chance to make a bet or two on big-boy golf.

We’re happy to have spent a little time in the past month watching televised replays of some fine golf action. But let’s face it: We know who won. And we know if we won or lost bets on those tournaments.

Now, we’re back to live golf.

First, the odds. The team of McIlroy and Johnson is -200 while Fowler and Wolff come in at +175. In the other, the team of Woods-Manning is -200 with Mickelson-Brady at +175. (Note: As usual, odds are subject to change and there are also a few prop bets in the Woods-Mickelson event).

The first matchup is a skins game. It would seem the McIlroy and Johnson pick would be an easy one with their world-ranking standings and propensity to hit the ball off the planet. But if Fowler and Wolff can find a way to hang around, get a few holes halved, and be there at the end with steady, if not dramatic play, the big hitters’ edge might not be the advantage it could or should have been.

And there’s one more tidbit to ponder. There’s a good chance Wolff may be the only one of the four who has been laser-focused on golf over the last six weeks. He’s still trying to climb up that ladder of notoriety of the other three. But he should relish the spotlight he’s being thrust into during this event.

We’ll put a little wager on the Oklahoma State duo of Fowler-Wolff at a decent price to take down the big bombers.

In the Woods-Mickelson event, there will be two formats with a best-ball format on the front nine and a modified alternate shot format on the back nine.

In the end, this one could be over early, say Woods-Manning as 5-and-4 winners. The reasoning is simple as Mickelson has already beaten Woods in a made-for-TV special at Shadow Creek in 2018. Do you want to bet that Woods hasn’t been champing at the bit for a chance at a rematch?

We don’t, so this bet is a no-brainer for us. Give us the Woods-Manning team at -200 (at the Westgate SuperBook’s app) even though we’re laying a pretty hefty number.