This weeks’ favorite, Hunter Mahan, bears an uncanny resemblance—in face, voice and mannerisms—- to a friend of my son’s, whose name also is Hunter. They could be twins, except that the Michigan Hunter is younger and the only athletic skills that he has are in video games. Just because of that connection, I like Hunter Mahan’s 18/1 odds to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Mahan is at the top with Jason Day, whom the oddsmakers also have set at 18/1.
Mahan has had a good year thus far. No wins, but six top tens in twelve starts. He’s also the Tour’s birdie average leader. Day had that stellar last day at the Masters and also shot a final round 68 at the Players. He’s shot three rounds in the 60s at the Colonial
Those two are followed by a pretty impressive roster that includes of Ben Crane, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson (22/1), Adam Scott (25/1), and last week’s near winner David Toms, who at 33/1 falls in with JB Holmes, Martin Laird, Rory Sabbatini, Sergio Garcia, Steve Marino and Stewart Cink.
But I’ll bet this week continues the theme of having a winner come from the pack. KJ Choi was 40/1 last week; runner up Toms was 80/1.
|Bo Van Pelt||66/1|
|Davis Love III||66/1|
|Brendon De Jonge||80/1|