Bridgestone Invitational Round One: If Adam Scott looks over his shoulder he'll see a Tiger bearing down
“Tiger give us poor layers a break ffs". I won’t translate the last three letters of Thursday’s forum message but you don’t need a PhD to work them out. Layers that chose to take the great one on this week are yet again wailing into their piggy banks. I really don’t understand why.
Even after turning things round with two quick birdies at the end, Tiger Woods’s price is still higher than at the start - just. I’m surprised, because it’s looking more likely than 24 hours before that he’s going to win again. Instead, you can quit with no harm done. And those who stayed awake during Thursday’s play could have made a tidy profit: his price went out to more than 4.5 at one stage and anyone who didn’t take the 3.6 on offer from even braver layers when he was clearly on to a birdie at the 16th was just being greedy.
Anyway, take whatever profit you can now. Sure, Tiger could still struggle if he starts missing fairways in a big way or his putting lets him down, but there’s nothing to suggest that happening anytime soon. Given who’s ahead of him, nearly 2-1 now looks a pretty decent price.
Everybody is swooning about Adam Scott and there’s no doubt he’s a very good player, but he’s struck me as nervy this year when the heat is on - six top fours and another top 10 without a win to show for them. I’d normally think of laying him, but with the market closed on Sunday it’s not worth it. Still, I’d love to see how he stands up to the heat of a Sunday round with Tiger.
Is Phil Mickelson already winding down his season or just still moping? Four over? Someone should remind him there’s a Ryder Cup to win next month. Where’s all that Masters bravado gone now? Mind you, there’s one or two other surprising names down there with him, including a few European Ryder hopefuls.
Best story of the day though comes from Reno, where they are still hacking round as I write. Apparently some dimwit was looking to put more than £1,700 ($3,200) on J M Singh - at 12! Even at 120, which is probably what the punter meant to type, it would have been a steal and a piranha-like laying frenzy ensued. I wouldn’t take him at 1,000 now - he’s 7 over.
Talking of Reno, keep an eye on the latest Aussie wonderboy, Jason Day. He’s just 18, has skipped college to go pro, and achieved a T13 in his third PGA event, the US Bank Championship in July. He’s in the clubhouse on a very handy four under, just two shots off the lead - although that could change with Bob Estes among the leaders with 8 holes still to play.
And one other thing. What a classy (poncey?) website the host club’s got. Click on every section and turn up the volume! Can you name all the classical music pieces? To my shame I can’t!
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