The Odds: Rory McIlroy 4-1 to Open Playoffs With Win at Barclays

By The Linemakers
Wednesday August 20th, 2014 2:21 pm EDT

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Considering how phenomenally Rory McIlroy has been playing -- he's won three straight tournaments, including two majors and a WGC event, with an average score of 16-under par -- maybe his 4-to-1 odds at the LVH SuperBook is an acceptable number ahead of The Barclays. However, you won't have to dig much deeper to find promising profit potential.

The Barclays -- to be played at Ridgewood in Paramus, N.J. -- is the first of four FedExCup playoff events that will determine this season's PGA Tour champion. McIlroy is the 5-to-2 favorite to win the FedExCup.

The next closest competitors on The Barclays' oddsboard are Adam Scott at 12-to-1 and Henrik Stenson at 15-to-1. Scott has been solid since winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May, finishing in the top 10 in four of his last five events.

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Stenson has shown well in three of the majors, finishing third at the PGA Championship, fourth at the U.S. Open and 14th at the Masters.

A quartet of golfers -- Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, and Phil Mickelson -- check in at 20-to-1.

Fowler has been on the cusp all season, logging seven top-10 finishes -- including top-five finishes in each of the season's four majors (he's only the third player, after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to accomplish that feat). Fowler's combined score of 32-under par in the four majors is tops among the 13 golfers to make the cut in each of the four tournaments.

The Linemakers' lean: "There's value on Adam Scott and Justin Rose in this tournament because McIlroy has turned into such a strong favorite," says our resident golf handicapper, Brian Blessing. "Scott is the defending champ, and Rose was tied for second last year.

"Long shots worth a look include Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey at 60-1."

Blessing also offers a prop play: "As far as matchups, I'd play Justin Rose (EVEN) over Henrik Stenson."

ODDS TO WIN 2014 BARCLAYS, LVH
RORY McILROY 4-1
ADAM SCOTT 12-1
HENRIK STENSON 15-1
RICKIE FOWLER 20-1
JUSTIN ROSE 20-1
SERGIO GARCIA 20-1
PHIL MICKELSON 20-1
JIM FURYK 25-1
MATT KUCHAR 30-1
JASON DAY 30-1
BRANDT SNEDEKER 30-1
BUBBA WATSON 40-1
KEEGAN BRADLEY 40-1
JORDAN SPIETH 40-1
CHARL SCHWARTZEL 40-1
HUNTER MAHAN 40-1
GRAEME McDOWELL 40-1
JIMMY WALKER 50-1
BILL HAAS 50-1
WEBB SIMPSON 50-1
ZACH JOHNSON 50-1
RYAN MOORE 50-1
GRAHAM DeLAET 50-1
LEE WESTWOOD 50-1
NICK WATNEY 50-1
MARTIN KAYMER 60-1
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA 60-1
MARC LEISHMAN 60-1
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN 60-1
PAUL CASEY 60-1
LUKE DONALD 80-1
PATRICK REED 80-1
HARRIS ENGLISH 80-1
RYAN PALMER 80-1
FREDDIE JACOBSON 80-1
CAMILO VILLEGAS 80-1
KEVIN CHAPPELL 80-1
KEVIN STREELMAN 80-1
GARY WOODLAND 100-1
IAN POULTER 100-1
ANGEL CABRERA 100-1
ERNIE ELS 100-1
KEVIN NA 100-1
CHRIS KIRK 125-1
BRENDON TODD 125-1
BILLY HORSCHEL 125-1
CHARLEY HOFFMAN 125-1
BO VAN PELT 125-1
GEOFF OGILVY 125-1
FIELD (all others) 11-2

TOURNAMENT MATCHUPS:
SERGIO GARCIA +120 vs. ADAM SCOTT -140
JUSTIN ROSE +100 vs. HENRIK STENSON -120
RICKIE FOWLER -110 vs. PHIL MICKELSON -110
HUNTER MAHAN -110 vs. BRANDT SNEDEKER -110
GRAEME McDOWELL +100 vs. CHARL SCHWARTZEL -120
BILL HAAS -115 vs. WEBB SIMPSON -105
NICK WATNEY +100 vs. LEE WESTWOOD -120
PAUL CASEY -110 vs. KEVIN STREELMAN -110
HARRIS ENGLISH -120 vs. GARY WOODLAND +100
CHRIS KIRK -110 vs. BRENDON TODD -110

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