Oddsmakers are giving Charles Barkley a shot to win this week’s American Century celebrity golf tournament — a 6,000-to-1 shot.
Barkley has the longest odds within the area for the annual tournament, which begins Friday in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder, the three-time defending tournament champion, is the favourite at Eight-5, adopted by ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at 2-1.
The course at Edgewood Tahoe South hasn’t suited Barkley’s sport previously. He has completed final six instances in his 22 appearances, together with final 12 months.
“I’ve heard a rumor that [Barkley] is actually playing all right, right now,” Mulder instructed the Reno Gazette Journal. “I don’t know if there’s any truth to it. But we’ll see.”
The Basketball Hall of Famer, who has a one-of-a-kind golf swing, has attracted some curiosity on the betting home windows. As of Wednesday at Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino, a “handful” of bets had been positioned on Barkley.
The wagers have been “small” and like “souvenirs,” stated Harveys sportsbook supervisor Dave Cudney, who has been reserving the occasion because the mid-1990s.
“They usually are laughing when they’re making the bets,” Cudney stated. “We all laugh.”
One oddsmaker instructed ESPN that it’s inconceivable to outline Barkley’s true odds, including that his solely likelihood of profitable the tournament is “if all other players withdraw after teeing off.”
The greater cash was backing Romo, together with a $9,000 guess on the present CBS broadcaster that was positioned Wednesday and improved his odds from Four-1 to 2-1. Cudney stated it is commonplace for there to be bets within the $10,000 vary on the tournament, including that the majority of the wagers are available in Thursday.
Golden State Warriors level guard Stephen Curry is 15-1 and had attracted extra bets than every other golfer at Harveys. Romo was second in variety of bets, adopted by former MLB pitcher John Smoltz, who’s 10-1.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 30-1, whereas Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff are every 2,000-1.
Broadcaster Al Michaels is listed simply forward of Barkley at 5,000-1, the identical odds that Leicester City had to win the Premier League earlier than their storybook 2015-16 championship season.