Since Tiger Woods was forced to take time off to recover from surgery he had on his knee in mid-April, golf gamblers have taken advantage of increased betting options in recent weeks.
With more respectable odds available for a higher number of golfers, a variety of bets were made on Tiger-less events such as the Byron Nelson Championship, the Players Championship and last week's Crowne Plaza Invitational.
And with Woods still sidelined this week, the same "wide-open" betting action is expected for this weekend's Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
To take advantage of the uncertainty regarding this weekend, Sportsbetting.com has listed "the field" as a 3-1 favorite, followed by Phil Mickelson, who is coming off a one-stroke win at Colonial and is listed at 7-1.
Sergio Garcia, who won the Players Championship this month, is next at 15-1, followed by Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk and Geoff Ogilvy at 20-1. Ernie Els, who initially planned to skip the Memorial but wrote on his website on Tuesday that he'll play this weekend, was given 25-1 odds.
Boston and Detroit head into tonight's Game 5 needing two victories to reach this year's NBA Finals. The Celtics and Pistons are tied at 2-2 in the best-of-seven series with Boston listed as a 5 1/2 -point favorite to win tonight's game.
The money line for tonight's game has Boston at -260 and Detroit at +220.
What's so remarkable about the Celtics' playoff run has been their dismal 7-11 record against the point spread in the postseason.
-- Lonnie White