Although I couldn’t pick last week's 400/1 winner we still managed 5 points profit thanks to R Cabrero Bello winning top continental European at 20/1 with F Molinari placed at 7/1 and E Grillo placed for top ROW. Don’t forget I suggest win bets on tournament winner as I select up to 10 players usually at big odds rather than fewer each way!! but if I bet top UK,EUROPE ETC they will be each way!!
There are two tournaments this week, the BYRON NELSON CLASSIC on the PGA Tour and the ROCCO FORTE OPEN on the European Tour.
We'll start today with just the bets over in the States (player write-ups to follow), and come back to Europe tomorrow.
Here's a preview of the action in Texas...
The Tournament - Gets its name from the legendary American golfer, and 5-time Major winner, Byron Nelson... who also won the first staging of this tournament in 1944. Now one of the top-rated events away from the Majors and WGC tournaments, the Byron Nelson usually attracts its fair share of big names, although the roll of honour in recent years includes plenty of lesser known pros (Bowditch, Bae, Todd, Wetterich, Purdy).
The Course - It's the TPC at Las Colinas this week just north of Dallas, Texas. It's a par 70 layout stretching out over 7,166 yards that was designed by Jay Morrish [in consultation with Byron Nelson and Ben Crenshaw] and should prove a good test this week. Scoring though can be good, with scores in the last few years at 13-14-18 and 15-under-par.
72-Hole Record - 261, Rory Sabbatini (2009)
18-Hole Record - 60, Keegan Bradley (2013)
Past Winners - Sergio Garcia (2016), Steven Bowditch (2015), Sang-Moon Bae (2014), Brendan Todd (2013), Jason Dufner (2012).
The Field - Standard PGA Tour numbers this week with world No.1 Dustin Johnson the 5/1 favourite.
The Weather - There's rain, and possibly thunder, forecast for all four days this week (as we enter into storm season in the US). Temperatures in the high-70's but there's likely to be rain and some gusty winds for the players to contend with.
The Bookies - Most firms offer EW terms of 1/4 odds on 5 places. SJA, BFD, SKY pay out on 6 places at 1/4 odds . WHL & BOY pay out on 6 places at 1/5 odds. COR & PPW pay out on 7 places at 1/5 odds .
Here are the details...
BYRON NELSON CLASSIC - TOURNAMENT WINNER
(starts 13:00 UK time on Thursday.
R Henley 45/1 bet fair 3 time winner on US tour,succesful last month at Houston open
B Cauley 47/1 bet fair afraid he's been tipped by racing post but he's a player I have been following and am loath to desert him!!
B Koepka 18/1 bet fair I don’t like suggesting players under 20/1 but he's a class act and will be trying to win whereas some of the favourites will use event to practice and pocket appearance money!!
C Hoffman 47/1 bet fair 2nd and 12th in this event over last 2 years, well suited by course
T Finau 40/1 bet 365 a big hitter who has already won this year, he is usually close up on final day a player I follow!!
J Huh 230/1 bet fair another player I follow, he plays well in Texas and came 9th at the Valspar championship in march and was joint top going into final round of Texas open only to take 77 and drop to 22nd!!
J Dufner 49/1 bet fair a previous winner whose form has dropped over last 2 years!!Coincided with dramatic weight loss!!! even so he's contended for top spot twice recently and h loves this course!!
O Schniederjans 64/1 bet fair top college player who has taken a year to feel he belongs on pro tour!! just a matter of time until his first win!!
K Tway 69/1 bet fair a brilliant effort 2 weeks ago to come 5th behind our 108/1 winner Brian Harman, in his last 3 events 3rd,3rd,5th!! I can't desert him now!!
Sung Kang - 70/1 bet fair managed 34th last year at his first attempt,hes regularly in top 20 which is close enough to know that he close to his maiden US tour victory!!