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Golf Report: See you next year, Augusta

Updated: May 9, 2023

The greatest spectacle in all of sports, aside from the Super Bowl, has come and gone. With the Masters over, what is next? What is the purpose of being a golf fan now? Bad sell here, but the RBC is this week! An event that begins by firing a cannon and the former champion hitting with a special club. Jordan Speith won this last year, and most years it’s kind of an unknown and unwatched event as you go from the highest of highs to this, but this year it's a designated event and there are some exceptionally big names playing in it! Masters champion John Rahm committed to play the event, with almost all of the big stars there, without Rory of course. What's going on with LIV now that three of the top 10 players in the Masters were LIV guys?

WJCL 22 ABC, Riley Miller

So, following this sentence will be the current betting odds for the tournament, but before I put the list of players I want to preface it by saying that the Masters champ is +6000 to win the event which is absolutely criminal (Bettings odds brought by Draftkings Sportsbook)

  1. Viktor Hovland (+400)

  2. Scottie Scheffler (+900)

  3. Sungjae Im (+1000)

  4. Matt Fitzpatrick (+1200)

  5. Xander Schauffele (+1400)

  6. Brian Harman (+1600)

  7. Patrick Cantlay (+2000)

  8. Justin Rose (+2000)

  9. Jordan Spieth (+2500)

  10. Aaron Rai (+2500)

  11. Rickie Fowler (+2800)

So, who actually has the best chance to win here? Well, Jordan won here last year, so he could have the best chance to win. Then we have Rickie, who was not qualified to play in the Masters sadly, yet he has been electric. Then there's Rahm, who literally just won the biggest event in all of golf, so it's pretty much a lock if hes playing as well as he did last week, then theres the actual world number 1 ranked golfer Scottie Scheffler who had a “rough” week at the Masters yet still finished in the top 10, so I would like to guess any of those would be my picks for the week.

The Independent, Phil Casey

Then the final topic is the big LIV argument that's been going on all week. With Brooks, Phil, and Patrick all finishing within the top 10 at Augusta, what will this do for LIV? Well, surely last week was an absolute dub for LIV, yet I don't know if people flock in waves to watch the program. I have an extremely hard time watching it, not because of the players either. Guys like Phil, Brooks, and Dustin are some of my favorite players, but the league itself has no relatability whatsoever. Of course, we understand its backed by a terrorist organization, but even looking past that, I cannot relate with Phil anymore. Maybe when he was with the PGA I could to an extent, but now I certainly can’t. The league NEEDS for commonality and relatability. The next event for LIV is “Adelaide” which will be held at The Grange Golf Country Club in Australia, so let’s hope for another win for one of our beloved golfers down under and in the PGA.

SwingU Clubhouse, Chris Chaney

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