Ever-confident Barkley gaining popularity at sportsbooks ahead of celebrity golf

He is notorious for having an unusual golf swing and overall dismal golf game, but Charles Barkley is a popular choice at sportsbooks this week.

Of course, the bet is not exactly a huge show of confidence in the former NBA star and current basketball TV announcer.

Bettors are getting 8-to-1 odds that Barkley finishes in the top 70 in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament this week at Edgewood-Tahoe. Those odds, from William Hill, started at 17-1 a couple of weeks ago.

If Barkley does finish in the top 70 in the 89-person field, a $100 bet wins $1,700.

Barkley told the media he has been working with a new swing coach, Stan Utley, and he has erased the numerous voices that were haunting his thoughts in previous golf rounds.

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