EUROPEAN TOUR: Portugal Masters
This event has been played at The Victoria course for a number of years so course form is well established. The course is resort style and, on the basis of recent events, looks like it favours longer hitters who can shoot plenty of birdies.
OUTRIGHT: Nacho Elvira, 1 pt win and place 50/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Elvira’s form has picked up nicely in the last few weeks culminating in a top five place finish at The European Masters two weeks ago. That form sets him up nicely for one of his favourite events on the Iberian peninsula where he feels very much at home as his recent form figures of 0th in 16 and 7T in 17 attest.
OUTRIGHT: Tom Lewis, 0.5 pts pt win and place 50/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Lewis has struggled badly this year until recently when he followed up a decent finish in The Nordea masters with a sixth place finish in The Czech Masters. Not content with that he went on to win a Challenge Tour event two weeks ago so he will be brimming with confidence and hopeful of securing his 2019 playing rights with a big finish here in an event which he already has positive mental associations due to his win here in 2011.
PGA TOUR: TOUR Championship
The FedEx Cup series culminates in the Tour Championship this week which has been played on the Donald Ross designed East Lake course for a number of years so course form is well established. Generally the course favours accuracy over power but longer hitters have a definitive edge on the longer par 5's. Traditionally players with good records on Donald Ross designed courses do well here.
OUTRIGHT: Bryson DeChambeau, 0.5 pts pt win and place 20/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
DeChambeau has already bagged two of the FedEx Cup play-off events and a third win, while it would be unprecedented, does not look beyond him. He admitted himself he needed a break at The Dell Technologies event but that was understandable and the week off may have given him the recovery time he needs. As the current FedEx Cup leader a top five place finish will make him hard to beat so he has every incentive to play well. Although this will be his first time at East Lake he did win at the Donald Ross designed Ridgewood course, venue of the Northern Trust event.
OUTRIGHT: Webb Simpson, 0.5 pts pt win and place 28/1 (1/5 odds 5 places)
Simpson is a known lover of Donald Ross designed courses with his local Sedgefield course being one of his favourites. So his recent form at East Lake of 5T in 12, 4th in 13 and 13T in 17 is unsurprising. With two top six finishes in his last four outings he looks primed for another good finish this week.
OUTRIGHT: Billy Horschel, 0.5 pts pt win and place 28/1 (1/5 odds 5 places)
Horschel is playing some of his best golf since his purple patch in 2014 when he last won the FedEx Cup by winning two FedEx play-off events including the Tour Championship at East Lake. With top three finishes in two of his last three outings he has few peers in terms of current form and looks likely to finish in a place at very least.