Jimmy Stanger, shown here after winning the Utah Mustache Championship, is favored to win the Laurel Oaks Series 2 event
Jimmy Stanger, shown here after winning the Utah Mustache Championship, is favored to win the Laurel Oaks Series 2 event|@KornFerryTour on Twitter
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Bet Golf! Kern picks the Laurel Oaks Series 2 event in Florida — which may or may not be happening — and likes a couple of long shots

If you invest some time you can actually find a guy or two that for whatever reason the oddsmakers could have messed up on and go for it.

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On Monday you can bet on the Laurel Oaks Series 2 event in Florida, where the favorite is Jimmy Stanger at 4.5-1. As of right now, the event is still on as far as we can tell. Some 50 players are expected to compete. Rob Snyder is last on the list, at plus 350. But it’s some of the in-between guys who are interesting. At least to me.

You can get 125-1 on John Chaney. Seriously. It’s not the Hall of Fame Temple basketball coach though. I have actually played golf with the wisest Owl, but that’s another story. This Chaney is 27-year-old from Ohio who hasn’t done a whole lot. But then again, neither have many of these guys. And hey, as I always say, sometimes you just never know.

Then there’s Cristian DiMarco, who’s 50-1. He’s the young son of Chris DiMarco, who won three PGA Tour events in his day and also finished second in three majors, two of them memorable duels with Tiger Woods. And I saw him win a Nike Tour event over in South Jersey that obviously happened many years ago. The son, who played at South Florida, is basically just starting out. But at least he has some good genes.

The 25-year-old Stanger, another Florida native, plays on the Korn Ferry Tour, the Triple-A level of the pros. To be honest he isn’t exactly lighting it up on that stage, but this obviously must be considered a major step down or I guess he wouldn’t be the favorite. You might have to do a little more research before you plunk anything down.

Keep in mind that whoever is setting the odds on these things must know what they’re doing or they wouldn’t be in the business. But I’m thinking that the expertise factor isn’t what it might be for higher profile stuff. So maybe if you invest some time you can actually find a guy or two that for whatever reason the oddsmakers could have messed up on and go for it. Because that’s what this wagering thing is mostly all about anyhow, especially in these strange times we’re now trying to live in.

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