By Dan Kilbridge | | 3 mins
The Match VI Picks: PGA Tour Pros Backing Mahomes, Allen As Underdogs
DUBLIN, Ohio – Another loaded field is ready to go at the Memorial Tournament, the Tour is reeling from news that Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch and others will play in next week’s competing Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf event in London and four NFL quarterbacks are set to tee it up tonight in another installment of The Match at Wynn Golf Club.
Safe to say there’s a lot going on in the golf betting world this week.
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers taking on Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen in a nationally-televised charity event doesn’t exactly have the pomp and circumstance of Muirfield Village or the salacious pull of big money and big names on the move. But there’s no question the interest will be there on sports betting sites as four amateurs tee it up in The Match for the first time, with no professional playing partners.
Brady and Rodgers are -190 favorites having both played in previous installments of The Match – Brady is 0-2 playing alongside Phil Mickelson while Rodgers won his only appearance playing with Bryson DeChambeau.
Mahomes and Allen are the +160 underdogs on betting apps having never experienced the format and – presumably – finding it harder to escape for 18 holes amid the demands of being a young, rising superstar. But ask around at Muirfield Village and the Tour pros will tell you not to count them out.
“I’m a big Mahomes fan. I’ve played with Mahomes,” said Gary Woodland, a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan. “Mahomes is good. He hits it hard. I think he’s probably been in his playbook a little more than he’s out hitting golf balls. Brady’s been around there for so long he probably knows everything and plays a little more golf. But Mahomes has a ton of talent. He grew up on a golf course in Texas, so hopefully he can find a way to get hot tomorrow.”
Mackenzie Hughes has seen Mahomes and Allen as well, and when he looks you dead in the eyes and gives a value play for your golf picks, you’re inclined to believe him.
“I’m gonna go Mahomes and Allen,” Hughes said. “Mahomes and Josh Allen can send it. They both can hit it pretty far. I like their chances. Allen played at Pebble Beach, he played the AT&T Pro-Am this year. I saw him hit a few tee shots and he hits it far. And I’ve seen Patrick Mahomes play at that Tahoe event. Saw him hit a few shots and thought, ‘Wow.’”
The Match VI isn’t exactly priority No. 1 on a tournament week in Dublin. The fact that it’s even being played Wednesday evening was news to several Tour figures around the driving range. But those who’ve seen Mahomes and Allen were unanimous in their message – the kids have game. And serious potential to pull off the upset in Las Vegas.