Good buys at St. Jude with top golfers resting

Jun 3, 2008 7:46 PM

by Mark Mayer | With the U.S. Open golf one week away, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are skipping the St. Jude’s Memphis Classic. But, Kenny Perry isn’t.

Perry, winner of last week’s Jack Nicklaus-sponsored Memorial tourney in Dublin, Ohio has drawn robust 25-1 odds at the Las Vegas Hilton despite being the hottest player in golf over the past month. In addition to the Memorial victory, Perry, who has been on a personal crusade to make this year’s Ryder Cup team, lost in a playoff at the AT&T and was at the top of the leaderboard in both the third and fourth rounds of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Among individual matchups at the Hilton, Perry is a -105 favorite to compile a lower score than Stephen Ames. Players champion Sergio Garcia is paired against Retief Goosen with both going off at -110. Also, Masters champion Trevor Immelman as a -120 favorite over Tim Clark, who is at even money. Immelman has struggled since winning golf’s first Grand Slam event at Augusta National back in April.

Garcia, Vijay Singh and David Toms are the co-favorites at 15-1 to win the 72-hole event, which runs Thursday through Sunday. Jim Furyk, Goosen and Ames are each 20-1, followed by Perry, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els at 25-1. Other notables carrying longshot status are Charles Howell III (60-1), Chris DiMarco (60-1), Davis Love III (80-1), Mark Calcavecchia (100-1), John Daly (150-1) and David Duval (500-1), the world’s No. 1 player prior to Woods. The field odds are 3-1.

Defending Memphis champion Woody Austin is 50-1 to repeat. Austin is paired individually at the Hilton against Bart Bryant. Both golfers carry -110 prices.

Mickelson won’t be in Memphis this week after having played at the Memorial. Woods has been recovering from arthroscopic knee injury that has sidelined him since the Masters. The world’s top two ranked golfers will be at the U.S. Open next week in San Diego at Torrey Pines, the favorite course for each. Woods is 7-4 at the Hilton and 6-5 at Caesars Palace to capture the Open. Mickelson is second choice at 8-1 (Hilton) and 7-1 (Caesars) respectively.

Here are the other individual Hilton matchups not previously mentioned:

Stewart Cink -115 vs Geoff Ogilvy.

Jim Furyk -125 vs K.J. Choi +105.

Luke Donald -110 vs Anthony Kim -110.

Aaron Baddeley -115 vs Boo Weekley -110.

Stewart Appleby -120 vs Robert Allenby even

Rod Pampling -115 vs Ryuji Imada -105.

Briny Baird -115 vs Ian Poulter -105

Nick O’Hern -110 vs Carl Petterson.