As the money title showdown between Luke Donald and Web Simpson approaches, bettors have given Donald the edge. He’s an 8/1 favorite over Simpson, who’s in at 11/1.
Donald has played what must be an exhausting season in which he’s zigg zagged across the pond. On the PGA Tour, he’s played eighteen events, with one win, two seconds, two top tens and thirteen top twenties. On the European Tour (not counting the overlapping Majors and co-sanctioned WGC events, which are included in his PGA Tour count), Donald has an additional six events, with two wins, a second and five top tens. This will be Simpson’s 26th event of a season in which he has two wins, three seconds and eleven top tens while making 22 cuts.
Both players have a lot on the line. Simpson, who already a three year exemption for his wins, in chasing a five year exemption for the money title. Donald also is chasing a money title, but even more—an historical chance to be the first to win the money titles on the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same season (the Europeans, somewhat less crass about the “money title” call it the “Order of Merit.”).
The money titles don’t normally interest me—especially since they typically by this time have been locked up by a big name player (and since 1999, usually won by Tiger Woods or Vijay Sinh). But this year is different. Tiger and Vijay have aged out of the picture, and the Tour—for the first time in more than a decade—is once again competitive.
The complete odds for the Children’s Miracle Network Classic are below, courtesy of Bodog, the world’s largest betting destination.
|Charles Howell III||23.00|
|Davis Love III||51.00|
|Michael – H Thompson||81.00|
|Richard S Johnson||176.00|