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Let's all be cognizant Let's get real, we have 15 days until THE PLAYERS Championship and approximately 40 (days) until round one at Augusta National. One player in the top 10 of the OWGR has won this year (Wyndham Clark) and Jake Knapp just stole the show in Mexico. We all love a Cinderella story, but to be honest, the stars need to step up. Thirteen of the top 40 in the world rankings are in the field for the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches. Rory McIlroy is the favorite and playing...

about 23 hours ago • 12 min read

All players travel a long suspension bridge to play Vidanta Vallarta! Norman never goes away The last time Hideki Matsuyama had a top 10 on the PGA TOUR was the 2023 PLAYERS Championship. With pre-tournament odds over +8000 depending on the book (Sunday AM he was +12000), the bizzarro world of betting golf in 2024 continues… After three weeks on-site covering the world’s best, I’m still not sure if a betting favorite can win on the PGA TOUR. I bring this up for a very specific reason. The...

8 days ago • 12 min read

The Book of Genesis PACIFIC PALISADES, CA The start of the 2024 PGA TOUR season feels delayed. Our first true "signature" event at Pebble Beach was marred by weather and reduced to 54-holes. Then it was a week in Arizona where the high temperature never crossed 60 degrees. The rain followed us to Scottsdale as well and challenged tournament officials in every round. Thankfully, the wet weather should not plague us again in Los Angeles for The Genesis Invitational. Tough to buy a break out...

15 days ago • 7 min read

Crowd reaction to Sam Ryder's hole in one! Let the games begin SCOTTSDALE, AZ I cannot believe the rain has followed us all the way to the desert! It's true, PGA TOUR officials have some wet weather forecasted for the start of the WM Phoenix Open. Keep in mind, it is the desert, and the water will wash away quickly, but after the week I had in Monterey, any rain is far from welcome. When the AT&T grabbed "signature" status, they had to take the elevated purse away from another event. That...

22 days ago • 8 min read

On the edge of your seat! PEBBLE BEACH, CA We have brand new life in Monterey! The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am received “signature” status by the PGA TOUR. As such, 18 of the top 20 in the OWGR have descended upon America’s most famous golf landscape, Pebble Beach Golf Links. Home to countless years on the TOUR and several memorable major championships this venue has not seen a field like this since the 2019 US Open. With elevated status, comes a significant change in the format we have...

29 days ago • 6 min read

Bradenton Country Club Donald's delight The LPGA heads west across Florida from Orlando to just south of the Tampa region to play the LPGA Drive On Championship. This event is sponsored and run by the LPGA. The third edition will be contested at Bradenton Country Club. Yet to find a home, the first year it was played in Florida. Last year, they took the association event to Arizona. We're back in Florida and rounding out a brief Sunshine State swing to start the 2024 season. The first full...

about 1 month ago • 5 min read

The Farmers Insurance Open begins on Wednesday and concludes Saturday. Please plan your betting routine accordingly. You will receive the LPGA betting narrative on Wednesday morning at the normal time (9:30am EST). We know a thing or two From a birdiefest to just plain brutal, the PGA TOUR continues play in California with the Farmers Insurance Open. Host venue Torrey Pines has been a mainstay on the TOUR for decades and for the second week in a row, we have multiple courses to handicap. The...

about 1 month ago • 7 min read

Compounding interest The American Express is a really fun event. A field of 156 players competes across three different golf courses for a purse of $8.4 million dollars. Not enough excitement, add in a pro-am field filled with amateur golfers and an average winning score in the 25 under par range. Top this tournament and you take home $1.5 million dollars. Before we break down the format, let's take a quick look at the three courses. AMEX starts in... Rounds one, two, and three are played on...

about 1 month ago • 10 min read

The first timers Imagine being a rookie on the PGA TOUR. You have officially achieved your dream and your headed to paradise. That's just one of the reasons I love the Sony Open. The private jets leave Maui and head east to back to the mainland, while the commercial charter takes the middle tier guys from Kapalua over to Honolulu. Approximately 70% of the Sony winners over the past two decades have played in The Sentry. As those upper middle-class PGA TOUR seasoned veterans and younger elite...

about 2 months ago • 7 min read

Aloha 2024! The PGA TOUR is back. The first of eight signature (elevated, etc.) events takes place this week on the island of Maui in Lahaina. The Sentry is no longer just the tournament of champions. To qualify for the weeklong Hawaii vacation, one must have to be a current tournament winner or inside the top 50 of the FedEx Cup standings from the prior season. As a result, we have 38 of the top 50 in the OWGR for the 59-man field. Seventy-two holes over four days with no-cut to split up a...

about 2 months ago • 6 min read
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