Why you should put money on this 57-year-old at the RSM Classic

Davis Love III looks at Steve Stricker during the 2021 FURYK & FRIENDS tournament

Fifty-seven-year-old Davis Love III has long odds to win the 2021 RSM Classic.

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A lot of betting advice in golf focuses on the top players in the field, followed by talented under-the-radar pros who are due for a breakout (and provide you with a much better return). Rarely do experts suggest betting on the bottom-of-the-barrel odds-wise, and usually for good reason.

But this week is different. For the RSM Classic at Sea Island, the final full-field event of the year, it might be worth putting some of your hard-earned cash on the player fourth-to-last in odds.

That player is 57-year-old Davis Love III.

Why should you consider going against conventional wisdom to bet on a pro who qualified for the PGA Tour Champions back in 2014? There are a few reasons.

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First of all, Love is a Hall of Famer. The 1997 PGA Championship winner has accumulated 21 PGA Tour victories in his long career. His most recent win came at the 2015 Wyndham Championship when he was 51 years old, so he’s already proven he can win at an advanced age playing against the game’s elite. He’s also still somewhat of a regular on Tour, playing in eight events in 2020, and four events so far in 2021.

Unfortunately, Love missed 10 cuts among the 12 tournaments he played in the last two years, so bettor beware. But that brings us to our next point: his odds. Because of his age and his recent track-record on Tour, Love has some of the worst odds-to-win among the entire field at the RSM Classic (you can view the full list of odds va BetMGM here). He sits at a whopping +100,000 to take home the victory. That means if you were to bet just $10 on Love to win and he somehow did the unthinkable and pulled it off, you’d collect a cool $10,000.

If you think a win is too much to ask from the captain of the victorious 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup squad, you could put your money on him to finish in the top 10 instead. At +6600 odds, a $50 bet could make you $3,300 richer.

The final reason to put your faith in Love? Sea Island Resort is his place. He lives nearby in St. Simons Island, and he’s the official tournament host. The tournament supports his charity, too, the Davis Love Foundation.

Convinced yet? If you are, you can place your bets with BetMGM right here.

Kevin Cunningham

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