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Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 10:49 a.m.
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun’s sports staff is now under way, effective July 1.
Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day.
Past winners are Case Keefer in 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015.
Jordan Spieth minus-0.5 third-round score vs. Nate Lashley at minus-150: $450 to win $300
Given the ending of the NBA and NHL seasons, I decided to do some U.S. Open reconnaissance this week and dip into the golf betting market for the first time in years. One player I found myself backing was Spieth.
Yes, the one-time supposed savior of the PGA Tour had been in a prolonged slump but he appeared to be headed in the right direction going into this weekend’s major at Pebble Beach. And the market was a little behind, as the prices of his odds still implied obvious reservations.
Well, we’re now through two rounds, and Speith has held up decently with a 1-under score. Today, he’s paired with Lashely, a journeyman who’s not really in his class.
Lashley captured a lot of attention on Thursday when he went 4-under par but he fell back to Earth Friday with a 3-over. The latter is more likely than the former going forward.
Spieth is on the upswing, and now is the time to back him.
Current Standings: Keefer (37-38-2, $9,246), Brewer (24-25-2, $6,770), Emerson (12-10, $5,662), Grimala (23-25-2, $2,325)