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Handicapping the contenders

Updated: January 6, 2007, 11:37 PM ET
By Jason Sobel
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Pat Riley owns a patent on the phrase "three-peat." I'm pretty sure Stuart Appleby never took similar action on "four-peat," and it's a good thing -- he's not going to win his fourth straight Mercedes-Benz Championship this week.

That's about all we know. Entering Sunday's final round, the overall picture remains muddled. Here are my self-prescribed odds for each contender:

Vijay Singh (-11): After shooting a 3-under 70 in the third round, Singh expressed dismay at that his ball-striking wasn't as good as he would have liked. That could be an ominous sign entering Sunday. Another one is the fact that he has yet to make birdie on the somewhat benign par-5 18th hole. Still, Singh's the prohibitive favorite entering the final day.
Odds to win: 1-to-1.

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