PGA playoffs open with familiar face near top: Best Bets for August 10

Jon Rahm, of Spain, plays from the third tee during the third round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, on July 16. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Jon Rahm, of Spain, plays from the third tee during the third round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, on July 16. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Each day, one of our experts will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

Here is the best bet for Wednesday, August 10:

TOP PLAY

The play: PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic, Jon Rahm to finish top 10

The odds/bet: +150 ($30 to win $45)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: Thursday and Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. on ESPN+ and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Golf Channel. Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on ESPN+, noon to 2 p.m. on Golf Channel and featured coverage on NBC from 2-5 p.m.

Our take: For much of the last half of the regular season, those who teed off in the morning on Thursday then afternoon on Friday had significant advantages over vice versa. I think the opposite could be true this week, as the forecast for wind on Thursday seems to be benign all day but much higher in the afternoon on Friday.

While I also like Viktor Hovland, he doesn’t fit the aforementioned model, while Rahm does. Also, TPC Southwind in Memphis seems to set up well for the 27-year-old Spaniard, as this is a course where off the tee and iron play will be huge factors.

Also, Rahm has something to prove following a mediocre (by his standards) season, and he will be at his best to get these playoffs started quickly.

MLB MONEYLINE

The play: MLB, Phillies over Marlins

The odds/bet: -125 ($12.50 to win $10)

The book: Multiple books

Time/TV: 6:05 p.m. (MLB TV)

Our take: Philadelphia, which is in the thick of the NL wild-card race, has fared very well against the Marlins, having won five in a row against them. Meanwhile, Noah “Thor” Syndergaard can’t wait to get back out there and avenge his first start for the Phillies, which wasn’t very good last week against the Nats.

HOW WE’VE FARED

Tuesday’s best bets

MLB run line: Blue Jays -1.5 over Orioles (LOST $30)

MLB prop: Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah over 5.5 Ks (LOST $10)

Tuesday’s profit/loss: -$40 (0-2)

Total for the week: -$5 (2-2)

Total for August: -$177 (6-14)

Total for 2022: -$317.10 (197-229)

NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)

Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, a $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).

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