150 no, 1 yes to Jhonny Vegas
May 23, 2018 8:52 AM
by Mark Mayer
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the eighth tee shot in our 2018 PGA edition of the Dirty Dozen, which emphasizes the very worst in golf over the past week from a betting perspective. Friday, major league baseball).
You knew it was just a matter of time until our Dirty Dozen panel got to gambling’s favorite golfer – Jhonny Vegas. His 150-1 odds to win this week’s Fort Worth Invitational at famed Colonial is more like Vegas Golden Knights pre-regular season.
So why do we like his chances? Vegas karma.
Nothing in his season stats indicate he will do anything here – best finish T-20 at the WGC Mexico City, rank 62nd off the tee, 84th in approach to the green, 155 around the green, 144 in putting and 46 from tee to green. Well actually that last stat isn’t too bad.
Johnny is a University of Texas grad so you know he will want to do well in his home state, especially when he missed the cut at the recent Texas Valero Open. Vegas has won a couple of time on Tour and he pops up occasionally on the first page of leaderboards early.
The Colonial (we prefer the old name) you may remember is where Annika Sorenstam took on the guys a few years back and barely missed the cut. Cut to the present and Jordan Spieth might resemble Annika. Honestly, making him the 8-1 favorite off his recent form is nonsense.
Our picks to click are a couple – Jon Rahm at 12-1 and Rickie Fowler at 18-1. Jimmy Walker is a threat at around 20-1 as is PLAYERS champion Webb Simpson, who is probably still celebrating.
And now for our Dirty Dozen list of the 12 most likely not to draw Annika comparisons this week.
12. Jordan Spieth (8-1) – Where has that putter gone?
11. Aaron Wise (30-1) – Last week’s winner at the Nelson looks to double down.
10. Steve Stricker (50-1) – For 36 holes, he can contend.
9. Kevin Na (50-1) – Not your best closer to put it mildly.
8. Bill Haas (100-1) – A puncher’s chance.
7. Andrew Landry (100-1) – Of course, a Landry near Dallas.
6. C.T. Pan (150-1) – More like C.T. Scan at those odds.
5. John Huh (150-1) – Huh?
4. Shubhonka Sharma (150-1) – Easy for you to say.
3. Andrew Putnam (150-1) – Who?
2. Brandon Harkins (200-1) – And rightly so.
1. Ryan Armour (250-1) – Under Armour likely Over par.
Encore: Michelle Wie at one time also wanted to take the guys on but wisely thought better of it. Now she’s gone blonde on the women’s tour and doing better.