Rory McIlroy follows through on his tee shot from the 11th hole during the third round Aug. 24 (John Bazemore)
Rory McIlroy follows through on his tee shot from the 11th hole during the third round Aug. 24 (John Bazemore)|Associated Press

Kern picks another winner as Rory McIlroy captures the TOUR Championship

Mike Kern

Mike Kern

Can’t tell you how much fun it’s been trying to pick winners for this website on the PGA Tour this season. Or at least since the Tournament of Champions in early January, which used to be the start of the season. Anyway, it’s always nice to finish on a high, and that’s what we were able to do this week at the season-ending Tour Championship.

One of our picks was Rory McIlroy, at 9-1. And darn if he didn’t win, comfortably as it turned out. So I hope you had a piece of that. And since he was our lowest odds pick, hopefully you maybe even made a decent investment. All we can do is try.

He was our fifth winner of the season. And none of them were chalk. Most were pretty good returns on the bet. The best was Phil Mickelson at like 40-1 at Pebble Beach in February. It happens sometimes. We also had more than a few close calls. Again, all I was trying to do was provide some relevant info and make some well-intentioned educated guesses. It’s not easy, but I think we did OK, given the fact that a lot of guys are capable of winning each week and we tried to stay away from the favorites.

Can’t wait to start doing it again. Don’t know yet when that will be. The new season tees off in a couple of weeks, but much of what goes on before the new year is tough to gauge since many of the top players tend to go on hiatus. Of course that doesn’t matter, if you’re cashing tickets. And until the PGA Tour really gets going again, there’s always the football season, both college and pro, to keep us more than occupied. I could have had Villanova on Saturday, as 7-point underdogs. Or, better yet, taken the Wildcats on the money line at Colgate. That’s my bad. I still had Bermuda on my mind, I guess. But summer vacation is almost over, so it’s time to start really focusing on what’s important. And can you believe there’s lines on FCS now too. I see that as a potential ATM. Still, early in the season my thought is to tread relatively carefully. Or not.

And there’s many other people on this website that will be aiming to do the same. So keep reading, and maybe we can make it worth your while. That’s what it’s supposed to be all about, right?


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