by John Hawkins

The guy hasn’t won a Masters since 2005, but Tiger Woods nonetheless presides as a favorite of many bookies to claim the year’s first major championship, which is still seven weeks away. Woods could pick up a couple of victories between now and then and make his current price of 12-1 look like a steal, but that scenario is a bit of a reach, and Las Vegas oddsmakers don’t deal in such hypotheticals, anyway.

They just reset their odds. According to, there are eight players right there with Woods in the range of 12-1 to 15-1, including Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas, all of whom have accomplished considerably more than Woods since he launched that big comeback 13 months ago.

My point? People always will bet on Woods with their hearts, not their heads. That drops his odds to a lower number than they should be, which delights the folks in Vegas, who don’t have to pay out nearly as much if Woods were to win his 15th major title in April.



by Morning Read staff

Matt Kuchar, who has been heavily criticized for a reported $5,000 caddie payment after his $1.296 million victory in last fall’s Mayakoba Golf Classic, has apologized and agreed to meet the caddie’s request.

David Ortiz, a club caddie at tournament host El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, will be paid an extra $45,000, bumping his pay for Kuchar's winning week to $50,000, according to a statement that Kuchar issued Friday via the PGA Tour.


A thumbs-down for Kuchar’s ‘capitulation’
I guess whining works, especially when you have a bunch of media blowing the Matt Kuchar caddie story out of proportion (“Kuchar misses gimme on doing right thing,” Jan. 15). It’s easier to make a statement and pay it off like the corporations do.

If I were Kuchar, I would make sure not to use any more temporary caddies unless a contract is drawn up and signed.


Died: Gene Littler, a World Golf Hall of Fame member whose 29 victories on the PGA Tour included the 1961 U.S. Open, on Friday night in San Diego. He was 88.



Number of Korda family members who have won national championships in Australia, after Nelly Korda claimed the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open on Sunday.



Club Champion, which recently opened its 50th club-fitting center, is looking to make a variety of hires at new and established locations. The company is seeking club fitters nationwide, plus club builders, shop assistants, warehouse workers and customer agents at its headquarters in Willowbrook, Ill. Information:


February 21-23
Men’s amateur: Gasparilla Invitational

Palma Ceia G&CC, Tampa, Fla.

February 21-24
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand

Siam CC (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand

PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open

Coco Beach G&CC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

PGA/European: WGC Mexico Championship

Chapultepec GC, Mexico City

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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