EUROPEAN TOUR: BMW PGA Championship
A strong field has assembled this week at the revamped Wentworth track with its bent grass greens and bunkering which will test the patience and accuracy of the players especially down the closing stretch. Ability to score well on the par 5s is key here and course experience and ability to read the subtle borrows on the greens are strong assets.
OUTRIGHT: Andrew Johnston, 0.5 pts win and place 50/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Johnston has been a bit quiet of late but has a couple of notable finishes in The Spanish Open and the Hero Indian Open to bolster his appeal. He has won on a course with similar playing characteristics namely at Valderrama in 2016 and has done well here at Wentworth finishing tied seventh in 2016 despite shooting 76 in round one and tied twenty first last year.
OUTRIGHT: Matt Wallace, 0.5 pts win and place 100/1 (1/5 odds 8 places)
JAlthough he has no course form to back up his case Wallace does have pedigree and current form in abundance so looks value at three figure odds. He finished third last time out four weeks ago in China and four weeks prior to that won the Hero Indian Open, his second win on tour after winning in Portugal last year. If he can maintain the high standard of ball striking he showed in China he could comfortably net us at least a place.
PGA TOUR: Fort Worth Invitational
The Colonial Club is a traditional course which is short at only 7,000 yards with a par of 70. The fairways are fairly tight and tree-lined, the greens are small and tend to be set up fairly firm so in general accuracy is marginally favoured over power here.
OUTRIGHT: Jason Dufner, 0.5 pts win and place 35/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Dufner caught the eye at TPC Sawgrass in The Players two weeks back where a marked improvement with the flat stick propelled him to a top five place finish. So he returns to a course where his previous record reads 2nd in 12, 2nd in 14 and 6T in 16 and in fine form he looks ready to make a strong challenge.
OUTRIGHT: Danny Lee, 0.5 pts win and place 90/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Local boy Lee seems to spring to life in this event with two top ten place finishes in the last three years. So he is worthy of a punt here on the back of a recent return to some form after his tied seventh place finish in The Players two weeks ago.
OUTRIGHT: Martin Piller, 1 pt Top Ten Place only 20/1
A timely top thirty place finish last week just up the road in The Byron Nelson Classic may well herald a return to form for Fort Worth resident Piller. The local man knows this course really well and has already figured in the mix here in finishing tied sixth in 2016. He has an added incentive in that a good performance on home soil can all but guarantee his playing rights for next season.