We’ve been enjoying the NBA and NHL playoffs here in the Tuley’s Takes home office along with the daily grind of MLB, and this week we get the U.S. Open added for our viewing and betting pleasure.
This week’s theme is “going for the gusto,” and I’ve been getting inspiration from the 1996 movie “Tin Cup,” starring Kevin Costner as washed-up golf pro Roy McAvoy. He qualifies for the U.S. Open before flaming out in spectacular fashion (my apologies for the spoiler, but it’s been a quarter-century). But the moral of the story is he went for it against all odds and he got the girl.
Regular readers know I don’t play it safe by betting favorites, so this fits right in with my dog-or-pass approach.
Even without Tiger Woods, this has been an exciting golf season, with plenty of winners at nice prices. I’ve been betting here and there but also play in three season-long contests in which you pick one golfer a week and can’t reuse him the rest of the year.
Most golf bettors like to play it safe and bet the top-ranked players and those who have won majors. That leads to the question: Why didn’t more bettors put something on Phil Mickelson in the PGA Championship? But the value in the majors the last few years has been on first-time winners, so I like to look at the list of best players who’ve never won a major.