To most people, cock fighting is an abhorrent activity that should be banned, forgotten and swept in to the dust bin of history. But to those of us who played on the Mexican Mini-Tour in the mid 1990s without the luxury of endorsement deals, it was a necessary and vital source of income during the off-season. In the winter of 1994 alone, my prize cock (“Dottie’s Pepper”) made more money in the cockpit than I made on the golf course in the previous three seasons combined.
Like many of you reading this right now, I was a casual observer at the first few cock fights I went to. I was content to just enjoy a cold beverage and take in the action from afar. I almost liked the “people watching” aspect of the evening more than the sport itself. It wasn’t until I started gambling on the outcome of these matches that everything began to change.
I began to feel alive! It brought me an energy that was unmatched. I realized at that moment that gambling on the outcome of a match made the other (significant) problems I was having in my life take a back seat.
You may be asking yourself why I’m sharing this story and what it has to do with Masters Week. It’s to prove to you that gambling on golf makes it so much more fun to watch. Sure, you may already enjoy watching the Masters. Sure, you may already have a rooting interest in your favorite player.
But there is nothing quite like the feeling of watching Justin Rose blow a tee ball out of bounds when you absolutely need him to, or the endorphin rush of seeing Xander Schauffele set up over a 5 foot downhill slider on 18 knowing that if he misses, your daughter will be the only girl in the big holiday dance recital wearing a “homemade” costume.
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Here are my Masters picks:
Rory McIlroy to win +1300
Scottie Scheffler to lead after round one +4500
Tiger Woods over Phil Mickelson -150
Tiger Woods Top Former Winner +550
Sungjae Im Top Asian Player +380