2017 PGA Championship Golf Odds

***WINNER - JUSTIN THOMAS 40/1 MOVES TO 2ND IN FEDEX POINTS STANDINGS***

This year’s PGA Championship is hosted at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, NC. The course features one of the most challenging closing stretches in golf, with the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes at Quail Hollow being referred to as the Green Mile. Ninety-seven of the world’s top 100 golfers are expected to play.

The Green Mile begins with the 16th hole, a 506-yard par 4 monster with water coming into play at all angles. Water lines the fairway to the left, with a steep embankment headed toward it. The real challenges start with the approach shot, with water guarding the green on three sides. Players are going to be hitting long irons into a green with water in back, left, and right, with wind a factor. Water came strongly into play when the hole being moved 80 yards to the left in a 2013 redesign.

The 17th hole is a long intimidating 223-yard par 3, with an almost 200-yard carry over water. Players can bail out to the right side of the green, but a thick rough and greenside bunker then come into play. Wind again could be a big factor.

Las Vegas Has A Major League Hockey Team! A First Glance At The New Vegas Golden Knights

The excitement for the newest team in the National Hockey League is steadily building in Las Vegas, as the expansion Vegas Golden Knights have started to build their first roster. The first games in the franchise’s history will take place in the first week of October. Season Ticket sales are at capacity for the inaugural season with well over 10,000 already sold. General Manager George McPhee has put in countless hours scouting with his staff to put together the initial fingerprints on the first Golden Knights’ roster. Of course there will eventually be subsequent trades, acquisitions, and free agent signings, but this offers a first look at the outlines of the team here in Las Vegas.

With the NHL rules of the Expansion Draft, held on June 21, 2017, very specific requirements were set out for both the Golden Knights, and each team within the league. Here are the rules as set out by the NHL:

As far as which players must be exposed for the Expansion Draft:

A. One defenseman who is
1. Under contract in 2017-18 AND
2. Has played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.

B. Two forwards who are

2017 U.S. Open Golf Odds

The U.S. Open Championship goes to Erin Hills this season with several in the world’s top ten in the golf rankings drooling at the opportunity for a major win. Erin Hills is located in Erin, WI and boasts large landing areas in the fairways, but undulating greens, false fronts, and a punishing fescue deep rough that participants are already complaining about before the Open even starts. The course offers wider than average, by U.S. Open standards, landing areas off the tee box, but any errant shot from the drive will leave players at a huge disadvantage trying to salvage a good score on the hole.

Erin Hills was built in 2006 and is a “walking-only” golf course, with the intent of preparing it for future U.S. Open tournaments. The course is a Par-72, measuring just over 7,800 yards, and was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten. The course has been host to the U.S. Amateur, but this is the first time the USGA has brought the U.S. Open to the course.

***WINNER: BROOKS KOEPKA 25/1 – MOVES UP TO #10 IN THE WORLD GOLF RANKINGS***

The following is the current Top Ten Rankings:
1. Dustin Johnson 4/1 (’16 US Open Champion)

A Review Of The 2016 Visitation And Tourism Statistics For Las Vegas

Many major cities track and follow some sort of metrics when it comes to visitation to their region or city, but Las Vegas must track the trends of its guests more than most towns as it’s vital to how the casinos choose to operate, the convention business continues, and where to appropriate various dollars coming into Sin City. In 2016, Las Vegas continued its upward trend with a new record of 42.9 million visitors coming into the city. Millenials are coming into the city in droves, and this potentially alters how the casinos and hotels focus their upgrades and renovations while the convention business continued an upward flourishing trend.

Some interesting average expenditures can help people gauge what to expect during their visit. On average, visitors spend $318.09 on food and drink while in Las Vegas. The average transportation expenditure was $96.08. The average spent on shopping was $229.97, on shows and entertainment was $142.66, and $172.39 on sightseeing. The average spend on gambling was $619.01.

Las Vegas and Tipping, An Explanation and History

Gratuity/Tip (noun): A sum of money which is customarily given by a customer or a client to a worker in the service industry, in addition to the base price. A gift of money, over and above payment due for service. Tipping is common in the service sector, where workers are given the sum of money for a service performed or also anticipated. In the United States, tipping is an expected and very custom practice.

Two very common questions in Las Vegas are:

Do we tip?

And

Who do we tip?

The easy answer is, Las Vegas is a tipping city. Most cities in the United States are tipping cities. Employees that work in the service industry, generally are paid a lower hourly wage, which helps with a more affordable payroll for the employer, but also results in the employees being dependent on gratuities to earn an income. In Las Vegas, that total is further exacerbated by commonly tipped positions in the hotel industry being required to pay a “tip compliance” with the IRS that automatically is garnished from their bi-weekly paychecks.

2017 Majors - A Look Ahead

Current World Golf Rankings (as of the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament)

1. Dustin Johnson – United States
2. Rory McIlory – Northern Ireland
3. Jason Day - Australia
4. Hideki Matsuyama - Japan
5. Henrik Stenson - Sweden
6. Jordan Spieth – United States
7. Justin Thomas – United States
8. Rickie Fowler – United States
9. Adam Scott - Australia
10. Alex Noren – Sweden

2017 MASTERS
Course: Augusta National
Par 72
Length: 7,435 yards
Built: 1933
Course Designer: Bobby Jones and Alister Mackenzie
Course Record: 63 (Nick Price ’86, Greg Norman ’96)
Location: Augusta, Ga

Previous 10 Masters Champions:

2016 Danny Willett (-5)
2015 Jordan Spieth (-18)
2014 Bubba Watson (-8)
2013 Adam Scott (-9)
2012 Bubba Watson (-10)
2011 Charl Schwartzel (-14)
2010 Phil Mickelson (-16)
2009 Angel Cabrera (-12)
2008 Trevor Immelman (-8)
2007 Zach Johnson (+1)

2017 US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Course: Erin Hills
Par 70
Length: 7,823 yards
Built: 2006
Course Designer: Dr Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten
Location: Hartford, WI

Previous 10 US Open Champions:

2016 Dustin Johnson – Oakmont Country Club (-4)

2017 Masters Golf Odds

The PGA Tour makes its annual pilgrimage to one of the great golf courses in the world this week – Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters. The course provides a great challenge to all of the participants each year and currently plays to 7435 yards. The event began in 1934, with Bobby Jones and Dr. Alister Mackenzie collaborating to design the famed golf course. Initially, for the first five years, the tournament was called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament at Jones’ insistence. However, Clifford Roberts, an investment banker from New York, suggested the tournament be referred to as The Masters Tournament. After the first five years of the tournament, Jones finally gave in and agreed to the name change.
The golf odds for the 2017 Masters favor mostly the World Golf Rankings’ Top 10 as well as a select few up-and-comers. The odds may change slightly due to an odd fluke injury to world number one, Dustin Johnson who injured his back in a fall on some stairs in his rental home a few days before the tournament. Tiger Woods again misses a major with a back injury, however the top ten players in the world will be well represented at the tournament.

What Can A Bellman or Valet Do For You?

Have you ever traveled to a new city for the first time and wanted to know the hidden spots “off the beaten path”? Did it interest you to do some of the interesting things around town that weren’t necessarily listed on every website Google could spit out at you? Is knowing the true story about the popular tourist destinations important to you? Do you want to know what places are worth spending your time or your dollars on or not?

2015 Open Championship Golf Odds - Old Course

***WINNER - ZACH JOHNSON 75/1***

With the 2015 Open Championship beginning on Thursday, all eyes will be on one player NOT named McIlroy or Woods - Jordan Spieth. Spieth has had a meteoric rise to the top of the golf world in his short time on the PGA Tour, including wins in the first two majors of the 2015 golf season. In three full seasons on the tour, Spieth already can boast 5 wins in his career, but more impressively, 4 of those wins have come this season already, including the first two majors: The Masters and US Open. Included with this season’s four wins, are 3 second-place finishes and a rise #2 in the World Golf Rankings. Spieth is far from the physically imposing golfers that Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, or Dustin Johnson are, but continually brings an overall game and specifically a dead-eye putter each week. Besides being in the top ten in putting in most categories, Spieth is second in birdie average, and consequently first in scoring average on the PGA Tour. Logic will tell you these are essential attributes to perform well at this year’s Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland.

2015 US Open Golf Odds

The 2015 US Open is taking a non-traditional turn from its typical course “type” over the years. Typically the US Open is played on a course with tight, tree-lined fairways, and feature slick treacherous greens. However, this year, the Championship will be played at Chambers Bay in the Pacific Northwest, which is a links style golf course with similarities to the courses played for the Open Championship in Scotland.

Chambers Bay is located along the coastline of the Puget Sound, a common thread among links courses, in University Place, Washington. The golf course opened in 2007, and was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. with thrilling views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

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