“Put $5 On It”: The Masters

Like every degenerate group of friends who enjoy sports, the QuarterMasters love to gamble. We all play Draft Kings. We would also love to have a bookie and make big bets, but we aren’t ballin’ like that yet, and the one of us that does make a little bit of money is saving for a wedding. (Congrats, Cannon) So how do we get past this? Small bets between ourselves, of course. We all think that we know more about sports and pretty much everything else in life than the other, so every week we have a series of $5 bets. Most of the time, it’s just between two of us, but every now and then, we get into a pool. It’s a magical affair. So why not blog about it?

For the inaugural “Put $5 On It” blog, we all chose two golfers for the masters. One favorite (<60/1 odds to win) and one underdog (>60/1 odds to win). Whosever two golfers have the highest average finish wins the pot. Simple enough, right? Let’s get to who chose who.

 

TyGuy:

Jordan Speith: Day 1 (-6)                Day 2 (+2)              Day 3 (-1)           Day 4 (-8)                 Overall (-13)

Ian Poulter: Day 1 (+2)                    Day 2 (+3)              Day 3 (+2)         Day 4 (-3)                  Overall (+4)

 

TreBabs:

Rickie Fowler: Day 1 (-2)                Day 2 (E)                Day 3 (-7)            Day 4 (-5)                  Overall (-14)

Bryson DeChambeau: Day 1 (+2) Day 2 (+2)              Day 3 (E)             Day 4 (-1)                  Overall (+3)

 

Rongy:

Hideki Matsuyama: Day 1 (+1)     Day 2 (-1)                Day 3 (E)             Day 4 (-3)                  Overall (-3)

Kevin Kisner: Day 1: (E)                 Day 2 (+3)              Day 3 (-3)            Day 4 (E)                   Overall (E)

 

The Cannon:

Justin Thomas: Day 1 (+2)            Day 2 (-5)                Day 3 (-2)           Day 4 (+1)                   Overall (-4)

Kevin Chappel: Day 1 (+5)             Day 2 (+4)              Day 3 (CUT)       Day 4 (CUT)               Overall (+9)

 

As you can clearly see, we aren’t quite as smart as we think, but let’s see how it plays out. I’ll update the leaderboard each day.

It came down to TreBabs vs. TyGuy, but my guy Rickie Fowler came through in the battle of the bros. Winner of the inaugural “Put $5 On It” – TreBabs

Expect more “Put $5 On It” blogs every week!

Guess Who’s Back? – Tiger’s Back with a Surgically Repaired Back

Tiger Returns

If you haven’t already heard the most polarizing figure in the golf world has returned. Tiger Woods made his return to the course this past week in his first tournament since having major back surgery last year. Initial thoughts I believe from most watching are mildly impressed. He finished eight under in a star-studded field at the Hero World Challenge. The field consisted of the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and many more high-ranking golfers from a year ago.

A Good Start

Tiger hopped out to a great start at the Hero World Challenge  In Round One, he finished with a 69 in a round that included five birdies with two bogeys. The bogeys came on the Par 5 Ninth Hole and the Par 5 Fifteenth. In Round Two, he started off hot with three birdies and an eagle on the front 9 for a 31. On the back side, Woods had just one birdie and two bogeys to finish the day with a 68 on the card. Woods seemed to be firing on all cylinders, at least for a 42-year old that hasn’t played competitive golf in a long time. Tiger entered the weekend at seven under trying to make a run up the leaderboard in his first appearance.

3rd Round Hiccups

Every golf fan knows when the weekend comes around the pin placement is tougher, approach shots get tougher and the wind seems to blow a little harder. To begin the third round, Woods had four bogeys on the front carding a 40. After bogeying the tenth, he was able to net two birdies to finish out the round with a 75.  For some this was the Tiger they were expecting to see, flopping shots all over the fairway, hitting approach shots onto the beach and missing give-me putts. After watching Round Four I’m going to say he was just shaking off some rust.

An Eventful 4th day

Woods came out hot to start Round Four. He had three birdies and an eagle on the front side to shoot a 31. Going into the back nine, there was a chance for Tiger to earn a top 5 finish. Then Woods double-bogeyed Ten. He followed with three birdies in the next five holes but rounded out with two bogeys on Seventeen and Eighteen. Woods finished the round with a 68 and finished ninth in the eighteen-man field.

Recap

The Hero World Challange leaves Tiger fans wanting more after putting on a good showing outside of Round Three. Did he have a realistic shot to win this tournament? Probably not, ask Ricky Fowler about his front side 28, capped off with a final round of 61 to win the tournament. Nevertheless, tying for ninth in a star-studded field leaves the question can of if he can come back and compete with the young guns in the game now.

Let’s look at some stats from Tiger’s weekend. In particular, Woods’ ball striking. He finished with a 65.4% driving accuracy. As for greens in regulation, he ended up with 63.9%. When it came to putting, he finished middle of the pack at 10th in putts per green in regulation. The stat that I believe can be used as a positive spin is that he was third in bogeys or worse. If he rids himself of some of the errant shots and rust from not playing competitively, fans can be optimistically hopeful that he can make a run at some tournaments in the future.

Outlook

The key question for anyone interested in Tiger Woods is whether or not this type of performance is sustainable? The early indications after watching him play this past week are yes. He looks healthy, he looks like he is having fun, and lastly, he looks like he has missed golf. One thing you can count on if he gets back into the mix, nobody in the field wants to see Tiger in red and black come Sunday. The truth is, it’s too early to tell if Tiger is really back, but after this week it can’t help but make one wonder.

 

 

Tiger Woods Return

Tiger Woods Set To Return

Guess whose back?

For many golf fans, the news of Tiger Woods return has seemingly become routine about this time of the year. The comeback begins for Woods at the Hero World Challenge on November 30th. His return (no matter how many times now) always comes with at least a little bit of excitement. The one true difference this time around has to be expectations. I don’t believe any golf fan is expecting Tiger to come out and be the polarizing superstar he once was.

Can He Win Again?

So let’s get to the question every Tiger fan cares about, can he win again? In all honesty, the answer is that it’s probably going to be a long shot for him to win an event of any significance. Yes, everyone hopes and dreams that the Tiger that dominated the circuit in the early 2000s is going to show up one day. However, it’s far-fetched to think that the Woods of that era will ever make an appearance on the tour again. Is it possible for him to win something again? Sure. Anybody that plays golf knows it one of the most peculiar games you can play. It’s so easy to go from a pin seeker to being unable to hit a green in a regulation.

Current Record Status

Every fan knows Woods has 14 Major wins in his illustrious career. Can he get another major win? It’s very challenging to see Woods as a legitimate contender come major time. All the young guns currently in the PGA make it difficult to see Woods getting any more majors. Even if he’s able to somehow pull off the biggest turnaround story in golf history and win another major you’re fooling yourself if you think he’s going to catch Nicklaus at 18.

On the other hand, he sits at 79 career tournament wins. That leaves him just three behind the all-time leader Sam Snead. Can Woods find a hot streak at a few tournaments and make a run for the record. This is the more realistic record rather than the majors record. The downside is that the last time Woods won a tournament was in 2013. The last time he won a major 2008. Also, all of these victories occurred before all the back surgeries. Seeing Tiger hold up a trophy one more time would be a dream for many but only time will tell how he’s recovered this time around.

Vegas Odds

As you may know, we like to do a little betting here at QuarterMaster. Anyone interested in the odds for Woods in his first tournament back needs to look no further. Odds he wins the Hero World Challenge start at 50-1. For those that aren’t aware of how that sits in comparison, favorites Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas sit at 7-1. For even fancier wagers, odds Woods hits an eagle are at 6-4. Hardcore Woods fans may want to go for the 11-4 odds he finishes in the top 10. For the doubter, you can take the 7-2 odds that he withdraws. If you’re a real bold gambler, go for the 300-1 wire to wire finish for Woods.

For the Nostalgic Tiger Fan…

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