Standing over a 5-foot putt to extend her team’s run in the member-guest tournament at Scottsdale National Golf Club, Jolene Gabbay can’t hear a pin drop. At least not when a car horn sounds as she prepares to pull the putter head back. That distraction is followed in quick succession by a loudly crowing rooster, the pounding of a jack hammer, a thumping helicopter and even Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from the movie ‘Full Metal Jacket’ yelling, “Get on your knees, scumbag!” The sound effects come one after another from three massive speakers atop a beefed-up entertainment cart parked two paces off the green. Queuing up the auditory barbs are two deejays from Hawaii flown in just for the event, while
Jordan Spieth is everyone’s favorite – at least in Las Vegas – to win both this week’s Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. Five players can win the FedEx Cup and its $10 million cash bonus with a victory in the Tour Championship this weekend. They are Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman, Jon Rahm, and Spieth. Here are the betting odds for the top-rated golfers for the Tour Championship, according to Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. And here are the Westgate’s odds to win the overall FedEx Cup: Place your bets. Legally, of course.
Even for a guy who has tried hypnosis, meditation, Extraordinary Golf, Rolfing, and assorted sessions with Bob Rotella and Gio Valiante, all in an effort to escape mediocre golf, the idea that a horse could make me a better putter seemed far-fetched.