This year marks the 51st year for the Bob Hope Classic and the third stop on the 2011 PGA tour. There are a few unique qualities about the Bob Hope Classic. This is a five round tournament that is held on four different courses. It is a Pro/AM Celebrity tournament. Several pros skip this due to the slowness of the rounds with the celebs in attendance and the crowds that it draws to see them. The first four rounds have each player playing at a different course and then the fifth day they return to one of the courses with just the professional golfers teeing off. In 2011, this is held entirely in the city limits of La Quinta California. The four courses for this event will be the PGA West Course and it is a par 72 and has 6950 yards. Another course is the La Quinta Country Club. It also is a par 72 but is longer with 7060 yards. SilverRock Resort is a par 72 course and it is the longest of these four courses at 7578 yards. The course that will be used for the final round is the Palmer Private Course at PGA West. It is a par 72 and is 6951 yards. These four courses are considered the easiest courses on the PGA tour of the 55 played. It wouldn’t be surprising to see golfers enter the clubhouse 20 to 35 shots under par. The winner of this event receives $918,000 and The Classic has a total purse of $5.5M. Last year the winner was Bill Haas with a 30 under par. In 1988, his father, Jay Haas, won this prestigious event. Let’s preview some of the golfers and their odds before we make a prediction on the 2011 Bob Hope Classic.
Matt Kuchar comes in at +900 for this event and the best odds for individual golfers. Kuchar comes in as the thirteenth ranked golfer in the world. He is in a tie for the most Top Ten finishes this season with Steve Stricker. Kuchar rates as the seventeenth best in driving accuracy after two weeks of the season. Matt Kuchar is a good bet to win the Bob Hope Classic.
The odds makers have placed Tim Clark at +1600 for “The Classic”. He is fourth in the FedEx Cup standings and ranks twenty seventh in the world. He is second this year in proximity to the hole in his shots and is in the Top five money winners so far this year. Tim Clark is the BEST BET and our pick for making money on the Bob Hope Classic this year.
Coming in at +2000 (or 20/1 odds) is Bill Haas, winner in 2010, and Bubba Watson. Our prediction is Haas may have this course down and is a good bet here.
The rest of the Top Ten is rounded out with Ryan Moore (+2500), Steve Marino (+2800), Chad Campbell (+2800), Charley Hoffman (+3000), Stewart Cink (+3000) and Rory Sabbatini (+3000). A good pick out of this field is Steve Marino at +2800 odds. Outside of this, Mark Wilson is the only other one I would put any money on at +5000.
You can place a field bet at +128. Look it over because early in the year many of the youngsters coming out of the collegiate ranks can produce some good numbers at the Bob Hope Classic.