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The Odds: Vegas Unfazed By Mickelson Probe

As the PGA Tour heads to the TPC Southwind in Memphis for the final tune-up for next week’s U.S. Open, much of the attention will be focused on the off-the-course issue Phil Mickelson is dealing with. Mickelson — who, along with pro sports bettor Billy Walters and billionaire investor Carl Icahn, is reportedly being investigated for insider trading by the FBI and SEC — doesn’t expect the probe to throw off his game.

“I think that as a player, you have to be able to block out whatever is going on off the golf course and be able to focus on the golf course,” Mickelson said, per ESPN. “And it’s not going to change the way I carry myself. Honestly, I’ve done nothing wrong. I’m not going to walk around any other way.”

Based on Mickelson’s odds to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week, Las Vegas bookmakers don’t anticipate his game to suffer either.

Jeff Sherman, who sets golf odds at the LVH SuperBook, said Mickelson’s situation did not play into his thought process when coming up with this week’s numbers,

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The odds were set “based on how he’s playing and (his) relative strength to the field,” Sherman told The Linemakers on Sporting News.

Mickelson’s odds to win next week’s U.S. Open remained at 15-to-1 even after news broke of the investigation.

On the course, Dustin Johnson (12-to-1) owns the shortest price in this week’s field in the wake of Matt Kuchar’s withdrawal.

There are guys with longer prices to like, though.

Says The Linemakers’ Brian Blessing, “Jordan Speith’s consistency is impossible to ignore, so at 25-to-1, there is extreme value in playing this talented youngster.”

Blessing also recommends likes Charl Schwartzel as a long-shot play, noting that his game isn’t far from where it needs to be..

ODDS TO WIN FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSIC (LVH)
DUSTIN JOHNSON 12-1
PHIL MICKELSON 15-1
LEE WESTWOOD 15-1
ZACH JOHNSON 20-1
RYAN PALMER 20-1
HARRIS ENGLISH 25-1
JOHN SENDEN 25-1
GRAEME McDOWELL 30-1
WEBB SIMPSON 30-1
PAUL CASEY 30-1
IAN POULTER 40-1
CHARLEY HOFFMAN 40-1
DAVID TOMS 40-1
FREDDIE JACOBSON 50-1
PATRICK REED 50-1
RUSSELL HENLEY 50-1
BILLY HORSCHEL 30-1
CHARLES HOWELL III 40-1
J.B. HOLMES 50-1
DAVID HEARN 50-1
RICKIE FOWLER 50-1
MARTIN FLORES 60-1
ROBERT GARRIGUS 60-1
MICHAEL THOMPSON 60-1
KEVIN STADLER 60-1
WILL MacKENZIE 80-1
JEFF OVERTON 80-1
RUSSELL KNOX 80-1
BEN MARTIN 80-1
THORBJORN OLESEN 80-1
LUKE GUTHRIE 60-1
SHAWN STEFANI 80-1
KEVIN STREELMAN 80-1
ROBERT ALLENBY 80-1
MATT EVERY 80-1
BRIAN HARMAN 100-1
ROBERT STREB 100-1
CAMILO VILLEGAS 100-1
MORGAN HOFFMANN 100-1
BOO WEEKLEY 100-1
GEORGE McNEILL 100-1
PADRAIG HARRINGTON 100-1
RETIEF GOOSEN 100-1
BUD CAULEY 100-1
STEWART CINK 125-1
GEOFF OGILVY 125-1
CHESSON HADLEY 150-1
FIELD (all others) 7-4
MATT KUCHAR WD
SEUNG-YUL NOH WD

TOURNAMENT MATCHUPS:
DUSTIN JOHNSON -130 vs. PHIL MICKELSON +110
HARRIS ENGLISH EVEN vs. ZACH JOHNSON -120
RYAN PALMER -120 vs. JOHN SENDEN +100
GRAEME McDOWELL -120 vs. WEBB SIMPSON +100
CHARLES HOWELL III -105 vs. FREDDIE JACOBSON -115
CHARLEY HOFFMAN -110 vs. BILLY HORSCHEL -110
RUSSELL HENLEY -120 vs. KEVIN STADLER +100
DAVID HEARN -125 vs. RUSSELL KNOX +105
BRIAN HARMAN -120 vs. GEORGE McNEILL +100
MATT KUCHAR WD vs. LEE WESTWOOD XX

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