There's still golf -- and at high odds!

Sep 30, 2008 7:59 PM

by Mark Mayer |

The PGA Tour moves into its “ho-hum” stretch with five tournaments to finish out the season. With most of the elite players pretty much calling it a year competitively, it creates an opportunity for bettors to make some serious bucks if able to pick the winner.   

This week’s stop is the Turning Stone Resort Championship in Verona, New York. Robert Allenby and Carl Pettersson are 15-1 co-favorites at the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook. Neither Allenby nor Pettersson have been favored in a PGA event this season. Allenby has one second, one third and seven Top 10 finishes in 25 starts. Pettersson won the 2008 Wyndham Classic among his five Top 10 finishes in 26 starts.

Some of the notables carrying some enticing odds are Davis Love III (30-1), Charles Howell III (40-1), Chris DiMarco (60-1), Mark Calcavecchia (80-1) and former world’s No. 1 player David Duval (150-1). Love, who has seen his world ranking soar from 7 in 2004 to its present 198, has been limited to a career low 17 events due to physical ailments. Howell has fallen to 99 in the world, having posted just two Top 10 finishes in 26 starts.

DiMarco won six Tour events from 2004-06, but none since. His ranking has dropped to 195, having made just 10 cuts in 24 events. Calcavecchia won Tour stops in 2005 and 2007, but has only made the cut 12 times in 24 events. Duval has been in a tailspin for nearly a decade after holding the world’s No. ranking prior to Tiger Woods. Duval’s ranking has ballooned to 763 and has made just three cuts in 16 events. Golfers who have had some good results heading into the Verona event are Woody Austin (25-1) and Steve Flesch (25-1).

Among the individual matchups at the Hilton: Allenby and Pettersson are each -110, while former UNLV golfer Ryan Moore is even money against -120 favorite Peter Lonard. The PGA Tour comes to Las Vegas in two weeks for the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open at TPC Summerlin.