At this week’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, take Stewart Cink (25-1), 1/6 unit: Cink hasn’t won since 2004 but he’s quietly had good years. Last year he had six top-10s and made $2.5 million. For a guy who’s battled the yips, he’s a good putter, which is why he’s usually in the top tier in scoring average.
The last time he played the Bob Hope, in 2003, he finished T23.He had top-10s in both 1997 and 1998. The T9 in ’97 it was his first tournament of the year. That makes sense on some level: the slow pace of the pro-am may help a golfer who’s been out of competitive golf for a few months to ease back into it.
Take John Rollins (50-1), 1/6 unit: Rollins is also making his debut, after a very good 2007 in which he had four top-10s and thirteen top-25s. Last year, of course, his playoff loss in Palm Springs effectively put him on the map. And there was another second two weeks later in Phoenix. Rollins is solid all around. Nothing really stands out, but that explains his success. You feel like he can play in contention on any course.
Take Kenny Perry (66-1), 1/6 unit: Kind of a slow year for the Kentuckian in 2007. I was watching him in Hawaii last week and saw that odd, pounding swing tha thas yielded so many greens in regulation. If it weren’t for the flat stick he’d have twice the wins he has. Perry missed the cut at the Sony Open (with 70and 71) but a player of his caliber who showed signs of life last week should be taken at 66-1. He finished T6 at the Bob Hope in ’02, T5 in ’04.
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