Get ready for the last semi-legit tourney of 2010.
An 18 man field, featuring Tiger Woods, in his own event for a change of pace, will compete for a 1.2 million dollar first prize, (and the kinda weird tiger trophy), before heading off to an island somewhere for the holidays. Nice walking around money I'd say.
No Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, or Martin Kaymer, but a rather good limited field will duke it out in the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA. A bit of a home game for Mr. Woods. He could use the edge to save some reputation from an otherwise rather pedestrian 2010.
Without further ado, or wasted web space, let's rate their chances versus current odds presented by Ladbrokes. Here we go........
Tiger Woods, 3/1 - Expected. Home course. Most talent. Does he pop out of his slump now? Well, he could of course. Might win. Putter tells all.
Jim Furyk, 8/1 - Defends. Hard to say how much golf he's played in the last few weeks. Could win, probably won't.
Luke Donald, 10/1 - Luke always impresses me in not winning. Won't break that streak here.
Rory McIlroy, 12/1 - Would love a win on Woods' turf. Definitely will contend.
Paul Casey, 12/1 - Ryder snub is big motivator. I like him here a ton. Should win.
Ian Poulter, 12/1 - Practicing ball marking no doubt. Long trip, still disappointed, won't win.
Steve Stricker, 14/1 - Woods' buddy. Probably a little rusty. Indifferent year thus far. Won't win.
Nick Watney, 14/1 - Replaced Kaymer. I put him in the Donald category. Impressive game, won't win.
Graeme McDowell, 16/1 - Love his temperament, or lack thereof. Solid all year. Could win.
Matt Kuchar, 16/1 - Making a lucrative career out of top ten finishes. May be rusty compared to Euros. Possible I guess.
Dustin Johnson, 16/1 - Like the odds. Most certainly could win depending on what he's been doing since the Ryder Cup.
Zach Johnson, 20/1 - Not the Zach we're used to. Short hitter that has to knock down pins and make everything. Hasn't happened this year. Won't win.
Camilo Villegas, 25/1 - Surprised at the odds. I think he's got a chance. Must avoid typical 1 bad round.
Hunter Mahan, 25/1 - I like him here. Again, depends on practice level since Ryder.
Stewart Cink, 25/1 - Just when I count him out...... Shouldn't win, but.......
Anthony Kim, 33/1 - Written off year due to injury. Some self-inflicted, some not. Take a flyer at 33/1 that he's healed.
Sean O'Hair, 33/1 - Another Woods' pal. Gone backwards this year after much promise. Kind of a Charles Howell III clone in that regard. Don't see it.
Bubba Watson, 40/1 - At these odds you gotta love Bubba. If he can keep it in the county, who knows?
Average Golfer Chevron World Challenge Picks
Dark Horse, Bubba Watson
There you have 'em. Expert picks gratis, nada, nothing. Thank me with 10% of your winnings.
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