Lancaster Eagle Gazette http://lancastereaglegazette.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:16:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.12 Brittany Lincicome puts The First Tee first in St. Petersburg http://lancastereaglegazette.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/brittany-lincicome-puts-the-first-tee-first-in-st-petersburg/ http://lancastereaglegazette.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/brittany-lincicome-puts-the-first-tee-first-in-st-petersburg/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 01:51:19 +0000 http://lancastereaglegazette.sportstonews.com/2019/01/17/brittany-lincicome-puts-the-first-tee-first-in-st-petersburg/ LPGA golfer Brittany Lincicome puts The First Tee first in St.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – This story began with an out-of-the-blue text message from Brittany Lincicome. The two-time major winner wanted to know if she could get some exposure for her January event that benefits The First Tee of St. Petersburg.

“So I have no clue what you can do …” that first text began.

LPGA players are generally more accessible, more DIY than their male counterparts. Even so, it’s unusual for a top-tier player to reach out to the media directly with a pitch rather than an agent or PR agency.

But that’s Lincicome. She wasn’t looking to build up her image. Her motives were pure: Raise awareness and money for a junior program that has been a part of her life since elementary school. Heck, she even offered a place to stay. (Lincicome recently purchased a 5,200-square-foot home that overlooks Boca Ciega Bay for $1.83 million, so there’s plenty of room.)

Entering her 15th year on the LPGA, the 33-year-old Lincicome has won the past two season-opening tournaments.

And while Pure Silk moved its event away from Paradise Island, Bahamas – where Lincicome is twice a champion – the new season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions still will feel quite familiar. Lincicome warmed up for the LPGA season in recent years by competing against PGA Tour Champions players at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, site of the TOC that runs Thursday-Sunday.

Lincicome can’t explain her January success.

She admittedly practiced more when she was younger, has no swing coach and tries to avoid the driving range.

“I’m so visual,” she said. “You go stand in an open field and hit golf balls. I don’t get it.”

Instead, it’s dollar birdie bets with her club’s assistant pro that keep her sharp. She’s currently down $8 and loathing it.

“I don’t want to lose to anybody,” she said, “and I don’t give anybody any strokes.”
(In her defense, Lincicome said, she plays from the tips.)

Another way she starts every year right: giving back.

Short offseason this time

Lincicome’s offseason was short on the “off.” Her December calendar was so crammed we had to squeeze in our visit on the morning of the 15th, before she and her mom embarked on a four-hour-plus drive to Ponte Vedra, Fla., for Len Mattiace’s Pro-Junior Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Dec 15, 2018; Gulfport, FL, USA; Central Florida native Brittany Lincicome shows off her new First Tee facility in St. Petersburg ahead of her annual charity event and the new Diamond Resorts TOC in Orlando. Brittany has won the last two season-opening events on the LPGA schedule in the Bahamas. She’s now among the headliners at the 2019 season-opening TOC, held on a course in which she has competed against Champions Tour players. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Brittany Lincicome was persistent when it came to sharing the story of The First Tee facility in St. Petersburg, Fla, and the children it benefits. (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)

After initially missing the turn into Twin Brooks, a nine-hole course on the south side of St. Petersburg, the extra loop around the block helped paint a clearer picture of why this was so important to Lincicome. Golf, a luxury sport, must seem out of reach, even out of mind to those who literally live next door. The neighborhood’s dropout rate is 50 percent, said executive director Rick Waltman, and many kids who come to their program are being raised in single-parent homes. Many of those guardians are grandparents.

“It’s been raining for over 24 hours,” Lincicome texted, followed by two furiously orange emojis. She was desperate to show off The First Tee’s newest addition and the children who benefit from it.

They trickled in that morning, kids of all ages and races, and played games alongside Lincicome on the second floor of the program’s new $767,000 Manning Family Mentoring Center, named for a generous donor. Waltman led his guest outside to the back deck to explain what existed before 2018.

He pointed back toward the Twin Brooks clubhouse, where a small closet once housed their equipment. And then to a patch of grass on the practice range where they put up a tent.

“If it rained it was brutal,” Waltman said. “How are you going to manage 500 kids out of a tent?”

And if it didn’t rain, it was still brutal in the unrelenting summer heat.

Lincicome kickstarted the efforts for the two-story oasis with a check for $77,500, her winnings from the 2011 RR Donnelley Founders Cup. Her annual Brittany & Friends Celebrity Pro-Am, held this year Jan. 9, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the St. Petersburg chapter. Growing up, Lincicome attended Waltman’s junior camps long before the program became a First Tee chapter in 2005.

Family sacrifice led to LPGA success

An eight-time winner on the LPGA, Lincicome knows how much her middle-class family sacrificed to get her on tour. And she knows the kinds of doors golf can open. Providing a place to learn for kids whose parents can’t afford it, Lincicome said, always has been the No. 1 goal.

“It’s always whatever you need,” Waltman said. “There’s never been an ‘I can’t do that.’ She’s the real deal.”

Thirty-five percent of the kids who come through their program are on scholarship, Waltman said. More than 1,000 kids come through the program’s three courses annually, not counting the outreach efforts at local schools. The ability to offer those discounts has changed the face of junior golf in St. Pete, he said.

“If you go back to the days when I was teaching the regular junior program (prior to The First Tee),” said Waltman, “there were no black kids in junior golf. Period. From 1994 to 2005 I can remember one kid, and that was Jim Dent’s son.”

Dec 15, 2018; Gulfport, FL, USA; Central Florida native Brittany Lincicome shows off her new First Tee facility in St. Petersburg ahead of her annual charity event and the new Diamond Resorts TOC in Orlando. Brittany has won the last two season-opening events on the LPGA schedule in the Bahamas. She’s now among the headliners at the 2019 season-opening TOC, held on a course in which she has competed against Champions Tour players. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Brittany Lincicome and Jonathan Lampley (center) talk shop at First Tee facility in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)

It was around that time that Jonathan Lampley, known at the program as “Tiger,” walked in the door. Lampley was in the third grade when he first came to The First Tee. He balked at the idea initially.

“I said ‘Grandma, who plays golf?’ ” Lampley recalled.

He got hooked immediately, and the Boca Ciega High School junior is now among the county’s best players.

But it wasn’t always a smooth ride. There was a time when Lampley was failing the seventh grade. Even now Waltman feels badly about the fact that it wasn’t until the 11th hour that he realized the once-star student had fallen so far behind. When the principal called from Thurgood Marshall Fundamental, a rigorous academic school that sits across the street from Twin Brooks, Lampley was in dire straits.

“If he makes straight As for that last nine weeks will you pass him?” Waltman asked.

The principal agreed but said it wouldn’t happen.

Waltman set up two tutors, including his own son, who met daily with Lampley after school in a room next to the principal’s office. Nine weeks later he had a report card full of As and an educational path that was back on track.

Setting up a model for others to follow

His story isn’t unique.

Now Lampley is a model for younger kids to follow, when it comes to swing demonstrations and much more.

“I used to look up to those kids,” Lampley said. “Now they look up to me.”

A pint-sized Justice Heatwole, with her puffy pink vest, pastel pants and bright pink shoes, squatted down next to her putter (pink grip) to talk golf. Her father, Mark, stood quietly to the side taking it all in. The bartender at Pasadena Yacht and Country Club signed up his daughter for a camp at The First Tee at the urging of one of Pasadena’s members – Lincicome.

“This program is everything to us,” Mark said. “I’m a single father and have custody of my daughter. It’s just me and her. This past summer I saved up $500 for my 5-year-old daughter to come here for a couple weeks. They gave me all my money back the next day.”

Mark choked up at the gesture. Justice is now a member of the after-school program. She comes to the center to do her homework, makes projects in the new art studio and wins long-drive contests. Mark calls The First Tee a beacon for the community.

Fundraising efforts over the years have included poker tournaments, fishing tournaments, a breakfast of champions, a seafood festival. Many of the events are weather-dependent, and, well, asking for money doesn’t get any easier.

Waltman wanted the program to become more self-sufficient, and earlier this year The First Tee of St. Petersburg eBay golf shop launched. What began in the back of John Kiebzak’s car exploded with help in particular from residents of The Villages, a golf-centric Florida retirement community.

The first floor of the new building is brimming with possibilities. The “Donate a Club, Help a Kid” program not only outfits First Tee participants with equipment, it helps pay the bills.

Dec 15, 2018; Gulfport, FL, USA; Central Florida native Brittany Lincicome shows off her new First Tee facility in St. Petersburg ahead of her annual charity event and the new Diamond Resorts TOC in Orlando. Brittany has won the last two season-opening events on the LPGA schedule in the Bahamas. She’s now among the headliners at the 2019 season-opening TOC, held on a course in which she has competed against Champions Tour players. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
The First Tee of St. Petersburg eBay golf shop is loaded with golf equipment ready for sale. (Douglas DeFelice/USA TODAY Sports)

Waltman and his team take their trailer to area clubs to collect equipment that can be cleaned up and sold for charity. The celebrities who participate in Lincicome’s event – who are not paid to be there – also donate clothes, clubs and shoes.

There are approximately 4,500 listings. Waltman said they’ve hired college students to help catalog and run the enterprise. The goal is to fund a $1 million endowment over the next 10 years to help support the program annually.

“‘Digging it out of the dirt’ is what we sometimes refer the eBay operation to,” said Waltman. “Taking a dirty old club and cleaning it up and putting a new grip on it and turning it into a few dollars. We are trying to teach the kids that hard work still works.”

Eight minutes down the road from Twin Brooks feels like another stratosphere pulling up to the guard gate. Lincicome basically purchased her Florida mansion while dashing to the first tee at a tournament in New Zealand. The realtor called while she was warming up to say that an offer was on the table. Do whatever it takes, said Lincicome, and signed the last document on the tee box.

Typical night? Publix and Uno

Lincicome doesn’t act differently now as the owner of an $1.83 million home than she did as a kid. Nights with her husband, Dewald Gouws, often include a run to Publix and a game of Uno.

“We’re like 80-year-old people already,” she joked.

Their new chocolate lab, Dexter, a surprise that was waiting for Lincicome when she returned from China last fall, provides lovable entertainment.

Dexter soon will join the couple several times a week on their 24-foot Sheaffer boat, christened “Taking Relief” by a Twitter follower.

Gouws, a native South African and former long-drive smasher, wasn’t much of a fisherman when they met. Now he’s on the boat more than his wife.

“I just want to catch Moby Dick,” said Lincicome, who once hooked a 350-pound goliath grouper. “I want to catch the biggest fish I can possibly get. My husband wants to catch dinner.”

The couple is trying to start a family. Lincicome used to think she’d retire before she had kids, but the way the tour is trending, she said it’s “hard to stop and walk away altogether.”

Plus, several of her peers are on the brink of balancing motherhood and tour life for the first time in 2019. She could follow.

For 30 years Lincicome’s parents have operated A Child’s Choice Day Care Center in Pinellas Park. Her mom, Angie, notes that Brittany remains big on naps because everyone in their lives naps from noon to 2 p.m.

Lincicome appreciates the value of a strong support system. The word “family” comes up often when coaches and participants talk about The First Tee.

Antonio Johnson, a gregarious 16-year-old who lives within walking distance of Twin Brooks, has been a part of the program for 10 years and works there in the summers. He marvels at the number of graduates who come back year after year to visit. Johnson credits First Tee coaches for helping him get into the Admiral Farragut Academy, one of only two Honor Naval Schools in the country.

When asked what he ultimately wants to do, Johnson smiled and said, “I want to be remembered for something. Something great.”

The students at The First Tee of St. Petersburg are receiving solid golf fundamentals. But that’s not why Lincicome reached out. It’s everything else that’s going on at this safe haven that’s worth repeating.

“All we’re really trying to do is give them a chance,” Waltman said. “Every kid deserves a chance.” Gwk

(Note: This story appears in the January 2019 issue of Golfweek.)

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Welcome to a new weekly column where I, Degenerate Dan, take a look at my favorite gambling plays for the week.

The higher-ups here at Golfweek have been kind enough to grant me 1,000 “units” to start the season, which are totally unrelated to real dollars and will be spread out at my discretion from week to week.

We’ll be tracking my progress each week as the units will surely pile up thanks to the overall savviness and wisdom displayed within.

I sat in on a roundtable with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan earlier this month at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he outlined the Tour’s current relationship with gambling and all the potential for growth on broadcasts and elsewhere throughout the coming years.

In the meantime, we might as well get our feet wet with a few props and matchup bets each week based on current odds from the Westgate Super Book in Las Vegas. 

Without further ado, here are my gambling picks for the 2019 Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif.

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Patrick Cantlay is introduced on the the first tee during the second round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 16, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Patrick Cantlay would be a worthy investment this week. (Stan Badz/PGA Tour)

Patrick Cantlay (+125) over Justin Rose

100 units

Risking 100 to win 125 here and like the value on Cantlay. He’s a little too on-the-radar to bet something like top 10 finish, where he’s listed at +150. But betting on this matchup means he just needs to finish the week higher than Rose. Both players had great fall seasons, with Rose riding a streak of five consecutive top-5 finishes on Tour. He’s also starting 2019 with new clubs in the bag in an event he hasn’t played in nearly a decade. Cantlay had a great fall, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him win the whole thing this week.

Adam Hadwin (-105) over Andrew Putnam

105 units

Risking 105 to win 100 on Hadwin. Putnam has the stronger resume of late, with a solo second at the Sony Open and T-4 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in late October. But those near-misses can be draining (see TOC runner-up Gary Woodland’s MDF at the Sony) and Hadwin’s record in this event is too strong to ignore – T-3, solo second and T-6 over the last three years. Yes, please.

Scott Piercy to finish top 10 (+400)

20 units

With our two favorite matchups out of the way, let’s look at some big picture plays. Piercy has three top-10 finishes in his last six starts and finished T-6 here last year. Also like him at +115 as an underdog in his matchup with Luke List.

Players to win

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, Lucas Glover, of the United States, watches his shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the CJ Cup golf tournament at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea. Pat Perez and Lucas Glover are among 17 players to show up at all three PGA Tour events on the Asian swing. (Ko Bum Joon/Newsis via AP, File)
Why bother with the stock market when you can get +4000 on Lucas Glover this week in the California desert. (Ko Bum Joon/Newsis via AP)

10 units each

Lucas Glover (+4000)

As someone who recently traveled from Hawaii, I can confirm the lengthy flight and time changes take a toll. Unlike a lot of guys in the field, Glover didn’t make the trip for the Sony Open and was T-17 or better in each of his four fall starts. Worth a shot.

Si Woo Kim (+6600)

Playing here for the first time since 2016, when he finished T-9. Also looks like the putter has been warming up lately and he makes a ton of birdies, which is what it takes to win this event.

Jason Dufner (+10000)

Not playing great at the moment, hence the long odds for a defending champion. Wondering if he can build on an opening-round 66 at the Sony before an MDF and think it’s worth taking a long shot on the 2016 winner.

So we’ve got 255 units spread around, and that’ll do it for this week. Come back next week as we count our Desert Classic winnings and find more plays for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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Good news for LPGA fans. The 2019 season will feature a record 430 hours of tournament coverage. NBC Sports will air 33 LPGA events this season and nearly 90 percent of the coverage will be live, the network announced in a press release.

For the first time NBC will bookend the season, with weekend coverage of the opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions and live coverage of the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. In addition, NBC will air live coverage of the KPMG Women’s PGA and the AIG Women’s British Open, nearly doubling the number of live tournament hours on NBC. 

“We are very happy to continue this great partnership with our friends at Golf Channel and NBC,” LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said in the release. “Our LPGA tour players are some of the world’s finest athletes, yet their lives outside the ropes are just as compelling. We look forward to working with Golf Channel and NBC to bring those stories to our millions of fans across the United States and around the globe.” 

The TOC at Tranquilo features 26 LPGA winners and 49 celebrities. Golf Channel will air live coverage Thursday and Friday (Noon-3 p.m. ET). Weekend coverage will begin on Golf Channel from 2-3 p.m., before moving to NBC from 3-5 p.m. 

Paige Mackenzie will serve as lead analyst, joined by Grant Boone as play-by-play host. Tom Abbott will serve as a hole announcer with Jerry Foltz and Karen Stupples reporting from the course.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – What will Lexi Thompson do this year? It’s the question of 2019 on the LPGA.

It has been the question for several years now, particularly after the ANA Inspiration debacle. 

Thompson came into the interview room on Wednesday at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions looking relaxed and fresh in her pink and white ensemble. The media room hasn’t exactly been an oasis of joy since the ANA. Quite the opposite really. Thompson gets tough questions here. She’s asked to relive difficult moments on the golf course, offer insight into everything from missed putts to therapy sessions. 

It’s part of the job. Part of the burden of being the top-ranked American. 

Thompson said it was nice to be able to soak up her victory at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship with family in the month of December. To savor the fact that her hard work had finally paid off. 

“But it’s still sinking in,” she said. “I still, like, replay videos of it just to refresh it in my mind and get into this year.” 

Thompson took a week off after the QBE Shootout but found herself still itching to play. She wanted to keep working on what worked at CME, wanted to engrave it in her golf swing to keep the confidence high in 2019. 

“So I would find myself out on the golf course at 7:30 in the morning playing with my brothers because December is a good time for us, because we’re all home,” she said. “We don’t get the time to play golf with each other very much.” 

Brother Curtis Thompson was on the bag for Lexi at the CME. He’ll be on the bag again this week at Tranquilo, driving down on Wednesday evening after a qualifier. Curtis plans to caddie for his sister when he’s not competing. Otherwise their father, Scott, will take his place. 

Lexi said she isn’t currently searching for a caddie outside the family.

“I think I realized that’s who cares about me the most right now,” she said. “My dad’s been my coach my whole life. If I have him on the bag, I know he can help me out tremendously. Same thing with Curtis. He knows my golf swing very well too. He can always keep me laughing out there.” 

Golf Channel on-course reporter Jerry Foltz has had a front-row seat to Thompson’s LPGA career. He believes 2019 will be her best year to date because everyone in Thompson’s camp has made her emotional well-being the top priority. 

“I think production on the golf course is the least important part of the equation for her and her camp now,” he said. 

Paige Mackenzie has seen Thompson evolve from a calculated player in everything she does to one who shows vulnerability and openness. 

“To me, the authenticity of who she has become now, I think she could have one of the best seasons because she’s now being, what appears to the outside, very true to herself,” said Mackenzie. “I feel like we’re seeing who she really is, and it’s not perfect and that’s OK.” 

It’s all part of learning how to cut herself some slack, said Karen Stupples. And if she does that well, it will manifest itself most obviously in her putting.

“If her goals are to walk off that golf course content with herself, knowing that she did everything she possibly could, then she’ll start making the putts,” said Stupples. “It’s like, as soon as you start trying to make them, as soon as you start trying to make it happen, that’s when they start missing, you walk off the course disgruntled, unhappy, and then it sort of snowballs.”

Foltz points to Cristie Kerr as an example of how mechanics aren’t the answer, referring to her action as the “Jim Furyk of putting strokes.” Not textbook, but she owns it. And the confidence has given her 20 LPGA titles to date. 

It’s the self-imposed pressure that often haunts Thompson on those short misses. Maybe this is the year she lets loose.

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The efforts to work around the new Rules of Golf have bee entertaining and even inspiring. After all, it takes talent to intentionally double hit a ball as some of golf’s best trickshotters first exhibited on social media last week.

The European Tour followed suit and asked top players such as Tommy Fleetwood, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka to try, with varying degrees of success.

Here’s a look at Hannah Davies’ trick-shot stunt:

And here’s how the European Tour’s “double-hit” challenge turned out.

The double strikes were inspired by Rule 11.1. In the simpler language of golf’s refreshed rules, the kinder, gentler governing bodies are no longer penalizing player for the dreaded “double-hit” made most famous by T.C. Chen in the 1985 U.S. Open but all too-often in embarrassing fashion for everyday golfers.

While some of golf’s top trickshot artists may be magnificent with a club in their hand, they missed the part about “accidental” in the title of 11.1. With so many copycats, there is a perception that a rules loophole has been exposed.

Turns out, the penalties are stiff for intentionally trying this shot as a way to get around a tree or just for the fun of a double hit.

Golfweek asked the USGA for clarification and received this from a spokesperson:

“The videos showing golfers deliberately hitting the ball twice (such as getting around a tree) are not allowed under the Rules. Most of these videos demonstrate a player making two strokes at the ball, with the second being made at a moving ball, which results in two penalty strokes. In total, the player has made two strokes and gets a two-stroke penalty.”

Feel free to have your fun and even accidentally double hit a shot. But intentionally? That will be expensive.

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Prior to the 2019 Desert Classic, Jon Rahm talks about where his game is at and course conditions.

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The 2019 Houston Open will be held at the Golf Club of Houston for the final time from Oct. 10-13.

The dates were announced Tuesday, abc13.com reports. The tournament, which will be on the PGA Tour 2019-20 schedule and have a $7.5 million purse.

The tournament will be moving to Memorial Park Golf Course in 2020. That course is getting more than $13.5 million in renovations.

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Tiger Woods will begin his 2019 PGA Tour season in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego next week.

Woods made his commitment Wednesday morning. The decision was expected. Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, including seven Farmers titles and his most-recent major, the 2008 U.S. Open.

Woods is ranked No. 12 in the world, his highest perch since 2014. He ended his five-year victory drought at the Tour Championship in September.

Woods lost to Phil Mickelson on the 22nd hole during The Match on Nov. 23. He last played in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December before turning 43 on Dec. 30.

Woods will be joining a solid field at Torrey Pines, which includes Rory McIlroy for the first time. Among the other notables who have committed: Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau and Rickie Fowler.

Woods began his memorable 2018 season – which included 18 PGA Tour events, the Ryder Cup and Hero World Challenge – at Torrey Pines.

Woods said at the Hero World Challenge and again in a pre-Presidents Cup tour in Australia in December that he both played too much in 2018 and expects to play fewer events next year, paring his 2019 schedule down about 15 tournaments.

“I was not physically prepared to play that much golf,” Woods said at the Hero World Challenge. “I’m not going to play as many as I did this year … I need to make sure I’m rested and ready to play. I have found through all of that, I’ve played all my good tournaments when I had time off and I felt rested. If I didn’t feel rested I didn’t play well,” he added.

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Jordan Spieth remains a co-favorite to win 2019 Masters at 12-1 in spite of his lowest Official World Golf Ranking spot in more than five years.

Spieth, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since the 2017 Open Championship, slipped to No. 18 in the latest OWGR this week. He began last year ranked No. 2 in the world. Spieth’s No. 18 slot is his lowest rank since December 2013. The 2015 Masters champion missed the cut at the Sony Open last weekend after a 73-66. It marked the second straight cut missed by Spieth.

Justin Rose joins Spieth as a co-favorite at 12-1.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka are fetching 14-1 odds to win the first major of the year set for April 11-14 at Augusta National.

Defending champion Patrick Reed is holding at 30-1. He joins 2019 Sentry TOC winner Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama and Tommy Fleetwood at that price.

Here are the odds to win the 2019 Masters, according to golfodds.com and the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

Player & Odds to Win:
Jordan Spieth 12/1
Dustin Johnson 14/1
Tiger Woods 12/1
Justin Thomas 14/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Brooks Koepka 14/1
Justin Rose 12/1
Rickie Fowler 16/1
Jon Rahm 18/1
Jason Day 25/1
Bubba Watson 25/1
Patrick Reed 30/1
Tommy Fleetwood 30/1
Francesco Molinari 40/1
Paul Casey 40/1
Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
Phil Mickelson 50/1
Henrik Stenson 50/1
Tony Finau 25/1
Adam Scott 50/1
Sergio Garcia 50/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Marc Leishman 50/1
Alex Noren 80/1
Xander Schauffele 30/1
Joaquin Niemann 100/1
Patrick Cantlay 50/1
Bryson DeChambeau 20/1
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
Thomas Pieters 60/1
Branden Grace 100/1
Ian Poulter 100/1
Brandt Snedeker 80/1
Zach Johnson 100/1
Webb Simpson 60/1
Charley Hoffman 100/1
Cameron Smith 80/1
Kevin Kisner 100/1
Tyrrell Hatton 100/1
Daniel Berger 125/1
Kevin Chappell 150/1
Ryan Moore 150/1
Russell Henley 150/1
Aaron Wise 100/1
Charl Schwartzel 100/1
Gary Woodland 80/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 125/1
Emiliano Grillo 150/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 100/1
Shane Lowry 150/1
Beau Hossler 150/1
Byeong Hun An 150/1
Kevin Na 150/1
Lee Westwood 125/1
Martin Kaymer 150/1
Jimmy Walker 150/1
Haotong Li 150/1
Julian Suri 250/1
Kyle Stanley 150/1
Keegan Bradley 125/1
Si Woo Kim 150/1
Brian Harman 150/1
Jason Dufner 200/1
Luke List 150/1
Adam Hadwin 200/1
Billy Horschel 100/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 200/1
Shubhankar Sharma 200/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 150/1
Bill Haas 250/1
Danny Willett 80/1
Paul Dunne 250/1
Austin Cook 250/1
Ollie Schniederjans 250/1
Ryan Fox 300/1
Jamie Lovemark 300/1
Peter Uihlein 200/1
J.B. Holmes 250/1
Chez Reavie 300/1
Pat Perez 200/1
Russell Knox 300/1
Chesson Hadley 300/1
Michael Kim 300/1
Eddie Pepperell 150/1
Sungjae Im 250/1
Brendan Steele 300/1
Jim Furyk 300/1
Steve Stricker 300/1
Stewart Cink 300/1
Charles Howell III 150/1
Satoshi Kodaira 300/1
Scott Piercy 300/1
Nick Watney 500/1
Andrew Landry 500/1
Andy Sullivan 500/1
Fred Couples 300/1
Padraig Harrington 300/1
Graeme McDowell 300/1
Dylan Frittelli 300/1
Brandon Stone 500/1
Matt Wallace 125/1
Jordan L. Smith 500/1
Ross Fisher 300/1
Chris Wood 500/1
Anirban Lahiri 500/1
Jhonattan Vegas 500/1
Justin Harding 500/1
Patton Kizzire 250/1
Bernhard Langer 500/1
Angel Cabrera 500/1
Yusaku Miyazato 1000/1
Seungsu Han 1000/1
Shugo Imahira 500/1
Vijay Singh 500/1
Jovan Rebula 1000/1
Trevor Immelman 1000/1
Mike Weir 2000/1
Jose Maria Olazabal 2000/1
Sandy Lyle 5000/1
Larry Mize 5000/1
Ian Woosnam 5000/1
Viktor Hovland 1000/1
Devon Bling 2000/1
Kevin O’Connell 1000/1
Takumi Kanaya 2000/1
Kevin Tway 200/1
Cameron Champ 50/1
Lucas Bjerregaard 200/1
Grayson Murray 500/1
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Tiger Woods Propositions
To Win a 2019 Major?
Yes +300
No -400
How Many Majors will Tiger Win in 2019?
0 Majors 1/4
Exactly 1 Major 13/4
Exactly 2 Majors 16/1
Exactly 3 Majors 100/1
4 Majors (Grand Slam) 500/1

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