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THE BERNIE THE BOOK COLUMN


GREEN JACKET A PERFECT FIT FOR BRYSON


I CONFESS TO BEING A TRIFLE PREMATURE and miffed in equal proportions. I am of course talking in a betting medium and not some other context. Why, I hear you ask? Well not for the first time, in this case Bryson DeChambeau, I had tipped him to win the US PGA and he promptly wins the next major – the US Open! Similarly in October 2019 I was all over Sostass to win the Arc De Triomphe at double figure odds and although he ran creditably to finish fourth, this only returned place money. Wind the clock on a year and vindication is rewarded (but not highlighted or tipped by me) when Sostass triumphantly wins the 2020 running! Just go fig- ure! It is akin to being on an operating table with the surgery going well but the patient dying! I digress. This year’s November Masters (yes, November not April) will be a vindication for my belief that Bryson DeCham- beau is currently on a different plane to any golfer on the planet. The reason is mathematical and scientific above all else in that he has chosen to bulk up his body and improve (if not his technique) then his ball distance with a rigid regime of weight gain.


Now


Until other professional golfers de- cide to bulk up their bodies and use science to level the field, Bryson will have a significant advantage. At the moment his price is 10/1 for the Masters in mid- November and it is a price which simply begs to be taken. NAP: BRYSON DECHAMBEAU – MASTERS – 10/1


Then


The science is simple, if he can now strike the ball 60- 70 yards longer than any other golfer, it is not only the proximity to the green which is diminished by his tee shot, but also in the club he will then use to approach the green. Put simply, he will be striking 8 or 9 irons when the field will be using 4 or 5 irons. Multiply this prospect by 72 (the number of holes) and you can see the advantage.


NOVEMBER 2020


Finally on the Masters, there will be markets on players to make the cut and as much as it saddens me I can see the legend that is Tiger Woods failing to make the cut at Augusta this year. Any price above 5/2 should be taken. Away from golf, the American football season is now ap- proaching its halfway point in the regular season and the season is beginning to take shape. Last year in Decem- ber’s issue I tipped up the Kansas City Chiefs at a re- spectable 7/1, this year I am a month early and here is my half-term report. The AFC appears stronger than the NFC and teams to keep on your side are The Ravens (my pre-season se- lection), the Chiefs and maybe the Steelers. Naturally though it seems logical to look at the NFC for a team to win their Conference and also back for the Superbowl. The NFC East can be discounted and I would also avoid The Saints in the NFC South and the Packers in the North. I would concentrate on and advocate a mid-sea- son punt on both the ARIZONA CARDINALS and the SAN FRANCISCO 49-ERS to progress. They are cur- rently priced up at 12/1 and 16/1 respectively for their Conference and 25/1 and 33/1 for the Superbowl. They are so priced because in American foot- ball you really have to win your divi- sion to improve your chances and they both need to overtake the Seattle Seahawks to progress in this manner. It is rare for a wild- card team to win, but the divisional games have still eight fixtures to


complete. Finally at 11/2 the Arizona Cardinals are a respectful punt to win their Division – the NFC West as although there are four strong teams in it, they are only half a game behind the Seahawks at 5 and 2 going into week 8.


Until next time.


Bernie the Book 97


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