A week too late for us with Jeunghun Wang!! We tipped him to play well in Shanghai where he disappointed but travelling half way across the world seems to have done the trick as he landed his maiden win in the Trophee Hassan in Morocco. He is a young golfer to keep an eye on as he has serious talent and held his nerve to win a play-off with Nacho Elvira who had shot one of the best scores of the day to tie the lead. It was a difficult few days in Morocco with awful weather so we can discount the form of a lot of players as they never got going.
In America, James Hahn picked up his second tour win with another play-off victory, coming out best over Roberto Castro. He was impossible to find as a winner having missed the cut on his eight previous outings. One for the bookies! Justin Rose finished third and would have won but for a shocking round of putting. He needs to work hard on that before his next tournament.
This week we have The Mauritius Open but all the top players will be in America for The Players Championship, the “Fifth Major”, a tournament all players want to win. We will leave the European event alone and concentrate on The Players.
Rickie Fowler is defending champion and was in contention at the weekend but played a couple of sloppy shots and finished tied fourth. He maybe had his mind on this week but looks to be just short of his “A” game, maybe it will return at Sawgrass.
Rory, Jordan and Jason will be fancied by many and all are capable of winning but at the prices are overlooked. This is a course where players with past form can come back year after year and play well. I am not saying they will win but they could be there or thereabouts so look at Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington and Matt Kuchar. Masters Champion Danny Willett makes his first start since his win at Augusta and will surely “need the run”.
My three against the field are Sergio Garcia at around 25/1, David Lingmerth at around 100/1 and Henrik Stenson around 25/1. Garcia loves it here, is a past winner and nearly won the Spanish Open a couple of weeks ago. He is in a good place and his golf is coming back to its best. Lingmerth has some form here and played well enough last week to think he can go well at a big price and Stenson has had a break like Willett so comes here fresh after playing just two rounds at Quail Hollow to fine tune his game.