He’s known to have an unusual golf swing and an overall dismal golf game, but Charles Barkley is a popular choice in sports betting this week.
Of course, the bet isn’t exactly a huge show of confidence in the former NBA star and current basketball TV presenter.
Bettors have an 8: 1 odds for Barkley to finish in the top 70 at this week’s American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament at Edgewood-Tahoe. Those odds, from William Hill, started at 17-1 a few weeks ago.
If Barkley ends up in the top 70 in the field of 89 people, a bet of $ 100 pays out $ 1,700.
Barkley told media he is working with new swing trainer Stan Utley and has erased the many voices that haunted his thoughts on previous rounds of golf.
Utley said Barkley’s problems on the golf course in the past have been physical.
“I’m not too worried about his ability to compete under pressure in front of a gallery. I think he understood that,” Utley said. “I’m pampered by people who think he has mental issues with golf. Charles’s issues were purely skill issues. They have nothing to do with confidence, the mind.
Former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder, who has won three in a row at Edgewood (2015-17), has said he will go against popular betting.
“I guess there are too many people doing this,” Mulder said with a smile. “I would probably go the other way because I’m a really bad player. What everyone thinks, I’ll do just the opposite.”
The Celebrity Golf Tournament takes place Friday through Sunday at Edgewood.
Odds of winning the Caesars Sports Book (William Hill): Mardy Fish is the defending champion, but two-time winner Tony Romo is the favorite in 3v2 betting.
Romo had to retire in the second round last year at Edgewood due to a wrist injury, which later turned out to be a broken wrist.
Romo said punters are “just guessing” and Fish is the favorite.
Fish scored a course record of over 37 points in the second round last year in the modified Stableford scoring system, a score of 63 in regular scoring.
Romo added that 10 or 15 players are capable of winning this week.
“It shows that the players are only getting better. They are getting better education. And they are working on their game,” Romo said. “You see a guy like Kyle Williams the last teardrop just came out of nowhere for this area, but for those of us who know he always had the ability to hit the golf ball really well. other person like that to sneak in. And it’s really fun. “
Mulder also said Fish or Williams are among the favorites to win.
“It’s hard to go against Mardy. I don’t know if anyone really hits him off the tee to the green better than him. Over the last few years I guess you could tell he would sometimes have a hard time putting. “But last year he put in great, obviously. You can’t put the numbers he did and not putt well. It would be hard for me not to put money in,” Mulder said.
Athletes active in the field: Stephen Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, TJ Oshie, Joe Pavelski, Derek Carr, Seth Curry, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Travis Kelce, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Kyle Fuller, Kyle Rudolph, Robbie Gould, Kyle Lowry, Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen , Golden Tate and Andrew Whitworth.
Hall of Fame in the field: (17) Marcus Allen, Ray Allen, Charles Barkley, Jerome Bettis, Terrell Davis, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Mike Modano, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, John Smoltz, Annika Sorenstam, Michael Strahan, Charles Woodson, Brian Urlacher, Jerry Rice, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.
More notable competitors: Justin Timberlake, Travis Kelce, Tony Romo, Justin Tuck, CC Sabathia, Dell Curry, Larry the Cable Guy, Roger Clemens, Kevin Nealon, Mark Mulder, David Wells.
Two for 32: Jim McMahon and Jack Wagner have played in the 31 previous celebrity golf events at Edgewood.
Beginner players: Derek Carr, Seth Curry, Sean McDermott, CC Sabathia, Michael Strahan and Andrew Whitworth
Golfers: Kira K. Dixon, Dylan Dreyer and Annika Sorenstam.
Odds for favorites:
Tony Romo 3/2
Mardy fish 2/1
Mark Mulder 4/1
John Smoltz 8/1
Kyle Williams 8/1
Annika Sorenstam 8/1
Stephen Curry 12/1
Derek Lowe 18/1
Joe Pavelski 25/1
Jack Wagner 30/1
Steve Young partners with the therapy room at Renown Children’s Hospital: The Renown Health Foundation announced a partnership with former San Francisco 49ers and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and the Forever Young Foundation to build a Sophie’s Place at Renown Children’s Hospital.
The Music Therapy Room, which will be inaugurated later this year, is designed for children and their families to enjoy music and interactive activities during their hospital stay.
Young, a longtime ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, has helped raise more than $ 1 billion to support children’s hospitals across the country, like Renown’s Children’s Hospital.
Fantastic Celebrity Golf: There are fantastic leagues for almost every other sport and now fans can form celebrity golf teams.
Visit ACCfantasygolf.com to create a team for a chance to win prizes each day of the tournament.
Fans choose one player from each of the five flights. There will be a winner each day. Each day’s winner will win a trip for two to Edgewood next year, hotel and airfare included.
On Sunday, the big winner will also receive a paid trip for two to Edgewood, as well as $ 10,000 donated to the charity of their choice on behalf of American Century.
Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.