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Rory McIlroy Takes Top Odds Into WGC Championship

Rory McIlroy is the favorite entering the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship event. (Getty)

With his zest for match play and his history of success in mano-a-mano showdowns, Rory McIlroy is at the top of the odds for this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship event.

McIlroy, who won the tournament in 2015 and was a semifinalist last season, is the +650 betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The event begins Wednesday at the Austin Country Club.

While the timing of the event and the field of 64 sparks an easy comparison to NCAA basketball’s March Madness, the WGC-Dell Technologies’ format owes a little more to Champions League soccer. Sixteen four-player pods play round-robin matches for three days, with the group winners joining a 16-man single-elimination playdown that will take place on Friday and Saturday.

The winner ends up playing seven matches across five days, including 36 holes on each of the last two days.

McIlroy has yet to win on the PGA Tour this year, although he’s finished seventh or higher in his last three starts. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (+900) has never won the event, but seems to be dialed in, having finished in the top six in six of his last seven tournaments. Johnson was also fifth at this event last year.

Jordan Spieth is listed at +1000. Spieth is 8-7 in singles match play over his career and was ousted by Louis Oosthuizen in the Round of 16 at last year’s tournament in Hazeltine, Minnesota.

Defending champion Jason Day (+1400) seems to be in a bit of a lull to start the season with only one top-10 finish in five events, and his odds might just be out there to see if it can draw a nibble. Hideki Matsuyama (+2000) does come in as the FedExCup points leader, but he’s been well back in the field in his last three events.

Farther down the Match Play Championship odds, two players with excellent match-play track records are the aforementioned Oosthuizen (+4000) and Thomas Pieters (also +4000).

Oosthuizen is 13-3 at the WGC-Dell Technologies over the last three seasons and likely will have some sway over the outcome. Pieters also had a strong Ryder Cup in 2016 and has drawn into a pod with Scott Piercy, Jhonattan Vegas and Bubba Watson, none of whom is exactly in a groove these days.

Forty-six of the top 50 players in the world rankings are competing in the tournament this week.

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Top 5 Best TaylorMade Golf Bags for Men 2017


TaylorMade is synonymous with golf. The company has been putting out top-quality equipment for PGA Tour pros and average Joes for nearly 40 years.

And now that we’ve hit 2017, TM has rolled out their newest golf bags. Whether you’re in the market for a cart or stand bag, TaylorMade’s new line has something for everyone.

Keep reading below to check out a handful of the more popular and highest-rated TaylorMade golf bags. Browse a wider selection of TaylorMade golf bags for men if this list doesn’t have the style you’re looking for.

1. TaylorMade 2017 FlexTech Crossover Stand Bag

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One of the newest bags from the TaylorMade line is the FlexTech Crossover Stand Bag. Featuring TM’s “patented smooth release system and collapsible base system,” you won’t have to worry about your clubs getting jumbled together in the 5-way pocketed top, which has full-length dividers. The lightweight bag comes with TaylorMade’s Dual-Density Comfort Strap for an easy, comfortable carry. The FlexTech also comes with a water-resistant pocket with micro-suede lining to keep your valuables safe and an insulated water bottle pocket to keep your drinks cool for those hot summer days on the course. It comes in multiple color options.

Price: $214.35 (7 percent off MSRP)

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Top 5 Best Golf Travel Bags, Hard Cases & Covers for Clubs

Golf season is picking up and it’s time to load up on the newest gear and equipment. Check out some of the top golf travel bags available right here.

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2. TaylorMade FlexTech Single Strap Stand Bag 2017

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Like the Crossover Stand Bag listed above, the FlexTech Single Strap Stand Bag features full-length dividers to prevent club crowding for easy removal from the bag. It has a 4-way organizational top with two insulated water bottle pockets. The water-resistant pocket features a micro-suede lining and will keep your important valuables protected from the weather. The FlexTech Single Strap is a very lightweight bag, ideal for the golfer who likes to walk the course, but will also fit in the back of your cart.

Price: $189.99

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Top 10 Best Golf Range Finders for Accuracy in 2017

Golf season is in full swing and everyone can use a little help on the course. Keep reading to get the lowdown on the best rangefinders on the market today.

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3. TaylorMade 2017 FlexTech Lite Stand Bag


Weighing just 4.3 pounds, the FlexTech Lite Stand Bag is perfect for the golfer who likes to walk the course during those hot summer days. The FlexTech stand is sturdy and durable and it includes full-length dividers to ensure your clubs won’t jumble together, making it easy to retrieve them from the bag. Other top features include: water-resistant valuables pocket, insulated water bottle pocket, ball pocket, tee pocket, velcro glove tab, towel clip, umbrella sleeve and a rain hood which attaches to the top to keep your clubs dry.

Price: $189.99

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Top 5 Best Golf Balls for Distance & Accuracy

Looking to improve your golf game? Choosing the right golf ball for your swing is the first step and we have a list of the top 5 best balls on the market.

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4. TaylorMade 2017 Supreme Cart Bag

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The Supreme Cart is a versatile bag, perfect for those not walking on the course during the round. With a 15-way top featuring full-length dividers, each club will have its own spot and you won’t have to worry about bunching and crowding, making it easy to retrieve them. The Supreme Cart has soft, durable bubble lining to ensure your clubs stay protected. It also has 10 pockets, including two micro-suede lined valuable pockets to safely protect your valuables and large insulated internal pocket to keep drinks and snacks cool and fresh. The tarpaulin reinforced strap is of heavy-duty construction to prevent wear and tear, yet offers comfort when walking with the bag over your shoulder.

Price: $216.57 (10 percent off MSRP)

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Top 10 Golf Drivers for Distance and Accuracy

Looking to improve your golf game? Your tee shot is what gets your round into a good or bad groove, so it is imperative to have a driver that fits your game.

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5. TaylorMade Cart Golf Bag 5.0

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The TaylorMade Cart Bag 5.0 is one of TM’s more popular bags thanks to a sleek look and versatility. First of all, it’s very lightweight and that’s always a positive. It features a velour lined valuables pocket and two garment pockets meaning there is plenty of room to hold all of your gear while keeping it safe from the elements. With separate, full-length dividers, your clubs will be easily accessible and won’t jumble together at the bottom of the bag.

Price: $139.99

Buy the TaylorMade Golf 2017 TM Cart Golf Bag 5.0 here.

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Best Callaway Irons for Beginners & High Handicappers

Callaway Golf has some of the best irons for beginners and high handicappers. Check out the top picks here when it comes to iron sets for the new golfer.

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Top 10 Best Men’s Golf Shoes: Comfort, Style & Stability

Golf shoes are the only pieces of equipment used on every single shot during a round of golf and it is essential to find the right pair for you.

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The Masters 2017 Odds, Field & Preview for Augusta


The Masters gets underway next week, and it’s unsurprisingly Dustin Johnson who has been tabbed as the favorite for the first major of the year.

Here’s an early look at the complete betting info for Augusta:

2017 Masters Odds & Field

Notes: Odds courtesy of OddsShark.com and are as of March 29, 2017. You can find the complete list of 94 exempt players right here. If someone who isn’t already qualified for the Masters wins this week’s Shell Houston Open, he’ll be included in the field.

Dustin Johnson: 5/1
Jordan Spieth: 7/1
Rory McIlroy: 15/2
Jon Rahm: 18/1
Hideki Matsuyama: 20/1
Jason Day: 20/1
Justin Thomas: 25/1
Phil Mickelson: 25/1
Adam Scott: 28/1
Henrik Stenson: 28/1
Justin Rose: 28/1
Rickie Fowler: 28/1
Bubba Watson: 40/1
Paul Casey: 40/1
Sergio Garcia: 40/1
Brandt Snedeker: 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen: 55/1
Tyrrell Hatton: 55/1
Brooks Koepka: 66/1
Marc Leishman: 66/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick: 66/1
Patrick Reed: 66/1
Charl Schwartzel: 70/1
Thomas Pieters: 70/1
Matt Kuchar: 75/1
Adam Hadwin: 80/1
Daniel Berger: 80/1
Tommy Fleetwood: 80/1
Alexander Noren: 90/1
Branden Grace: 100/1
Danny Willett: 100/1
Emiliano Grillo: 100/1
Gary Woodland: 100/1
J.B. Holmes: 100/1
Jimmy Walker: 100/1
Kevin Kisner: 100/1
Lee Westwood: 100/1
Rafa Cabrera Bello: 100/1
Ross Fisher: 100/1
Zach Johnson: 100/1
Bill Haas: 125/1
Martin Kaymer: 125/1
Shane Lowry: 125/1
Bernd Wiesberger: 150/1
Billy Horschel: 150/1
Charley Hoffman: 150/1
Ryan Moore: 150/1
Soren Kjeldsen: 150/1


The obvious missing name from the above list is Tiger Woods. The 41-year-old is included in the Masters field, but it’s still unclear at this point if he’ll play or not. Even if he does tee it up, there’s no real reason to assume he’ll contend, as he missed the cut in his only official start this season and hasn’t had a Top-10 since August 23, 2015.

Tiger, like the rest of the field, is expected to be chasing Johnson (5/1).

If DJ went from good to great last season, he has gone from great to machine during the 2016-17 campaign. He started the year off with a couple of Top-10’s in his first four starts, then he won the Genesis Open to vault to No. 1 in the world. And all he’s done since that is win a pair of World Golf Championships events, giving him three victories in three starts as he gets ready for Augusta.

Of course, DJ will have plenty of competition.

Jordan Spieth, who has finished in the Top-2 at Augusta in each of his three starts, will be looking to erase last year from his memory. Hideki Matsuyama (20/1) and Justin Thomas (25/1) both have multiple wins this season. 23-year-old Jon Rahm has rocketed up the odds list with four Top-10’s and a win in his last five starts, most recently taking DJ to the wire in the final of the WGC-Match Play. Rory McIlroy (15/2) is, obviously, always a threat. Bubba Watson (40/1) isn’t playing all that well, but he has two wins here.

And really, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to contenders. Golf is in a tremendous place right now, with both top-of-the-line superstars and strong depth throughout the Top 50, and that’s sure to be on display in Augusta.

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