- Steve Taylor
Both winners highlighted, although not directly tipped last week so let's hope some of you took advantage. Grace will always play well at that course as it suits his game and now that he is one of the world's top players a filed of that standard will always give him a big chance.
In California one of the most ridiculous passages of play resulted in Snedeker playing the round of his life in atrocious conditions to get in the clubhouse before play was suspended with the course unplayable due to the wind. It was so bad that 100 ft high trees were blown over on to the fairways and play had to resume on Monday with Snedeker safely finished.
The weather was once again awful and players were struggling to reach par fours with a driver and a wood and it was impossible to get round in par or better handing the title to Snedeker. Sometimes you just need a bit of luck!
On to this week and the European Tour is back in Dubai with The Dubai Desert Classic and Rory McIlroy defends his title. He is around about 5/2 and if you like backing favourites then he is a must for you but not for me. Henrik Stenson should also play well but Martin Kaymer at around 25/1 and George Coetzee at around 40/1 appeal more as value each way bets. I will leave out Bernd Wiesberger this week so he is sure to play well!
In the US, the tour moves to Arizona and the Phoenix Open at Scottsdale where local favourite Phil Mickelson will get huge support and there are signs that his game is coming together. His main focus will be on The Masters but he does like it here. Brooks Koepka defends his title and I like the look of Freddie Jacobsen, Ryan Moore and Charles Howell III who have all played well here before.