Andrew Yun, shown here with a fan who saved his glove, is one of the favorites at the Arrowhead Classic
Andrew Yun, shown here with a fan who saved his glove, is one of the favorites at the Arrowhead Classic|@AndrewYunGolf on Twitter
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Bet Golf! Kern breaks down the Arrowhead Classic, which features Alex Cejka as the favorite

It’s the Arrowhead Classic in suburban Phoenix. Some 63 players are scheduled to compete.

Mike Kern

Mike Kern

There’s actually a golf tournament going on this week in Arizona that you can bet on. Imagine that.

It’s the Arrowhead Classic in suburban Phoenix. It’s a 72-hole tournament where people pay an entry fee. Some 63 players are scheduled to compete. They will walk, the flagsticks will stay in the holes (a PVC pipe will keep the ball from reaching the bottom of the hole, according to the website. Hey, I can’t make this up) and there will be no rakes in the bunkers (they’ll play lift, clean and place rules). So what more do you need to know?

The Parx Sportsbook has Alex Cejka listed as the favorite, at 5.5-1. The 49-year old has played in over 400 career PGA Tour events and earned more than $12 million. He finished fourth at the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill, which I covered. Pardon my digression.

Riley Wheeldon is plus 1200. He’s the current money leader, with seven top 10s in nine starts.

Carson Roberts, a late bloomer who just had a win, is also 12-1. He’s had three straight top fives.

Jimmy Gunn, the second fave at 6.5-1, is a Korn Ferry Tour regular who has a handful of top 10s at that level over the past several years.

According to one story I read, Andrew Yun at 11-1 might be a decent play. But again, remember what you’re dealing with here. It’s not the Masters. Or even some Pensacola Open. But somebody has to go home with a trophy. And maybe cash a betting slip, right?

Nicolo Galletti, at plus 2200, is coming off a runner-up, which can’t be a bad sign. But he hasn’t had too many of them. So, there’s that too.

K.K. Limbhasut was a top 50 amateur before turning pro last year. He’s 9-1, after finishing 16th last week in his second start out there.

And really, aren’t you glad the sport is still deemed an essential business in certain states?

Oops, I have more for you. I often do. Ryan Porch, at 25-1, has been in the top nine three times in a row. And he usually gets off to a fast start, which could at least keep you interested for awhile. Dylan Healy, at 45-1, has made the cut in all six of his starts, with a best of sixth place. He was ninth last week. And George Markham is 80-1. He’s been in the top 20 in his two appearances so far.

There you go. Research. All we can do is try. Hope you had as nice of of an Easter as was possible under the circumstances, and maybe you can sort through all this stuff and find a way to win enough to get some bonus candy for your basket.

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