I’m prepared to forgive ROBERT ALLENBY a poor US Open performance because his Congressional record is so good. Australians have repeatedly prospered around this course over the years, and none more so than Allenby. He’s finished 3rd and 6th in the last two years, plus 13th in the 2005 Booz Allen Classic. Prior to the US Open, he’d been right in the thick of it at the St Jude Classic, so I suspect that relentlessly accurate long game will ensure Allenby features on the weekend leaderboard again here.
 
As mentioned above, Australian players tend to thrive at Congressional, presumably because the course’s traditional nature holds much in common with many of the classic Australian venues. In each of the two runnings of this event, plus the 2005 Booz Allen Classic, five Aussies have made the top-20. Many of the obvious candidates are struggling for form right now; Stuart Appleby and Aaron Baddeley for example; but we can expect another strong show from Rod Pampling, Matt Goggin and JOHN SENDEN.
 
Eighteenth was a respectable result for Senden last year, but it is his recent form, plus a general liking for courses of this nature, that stand out. Senden is always worth a mention on courses that particularly reward long game accuracy, so after three top-20s, including two top-10s, from his last four events, he should be there or thereabouts again.
 
The final spot in the staking plan goes to BOO WEEKLEY, who very much took the eye with a 65/67 weekend at River Highlands. That was Boo’s first good form in three starts since returning from a short injury lay-off. Prior to pulling a muscle on the final day at Sawgrass, when on the fringes of contention, Boo had made three consecutive top-15s and looked a man to follow. That weekend form suggests all is well again now, and he can draw positive memories from his sole visit to Congressional, when finishing 12th in 2007.
 
Finally, a few words about the outsiders that came under consideration. Mark Wilson is playing some very consistent stuff right now, and scored well in the key stats. Ben Crane, 2nd in the 2005 event at Congressional, may well have been selected if he hadn’t withdrawn last week. And Pat Perez, having finished 12th and 3rd in the past two years, could be an interesting 150.0 chance on Betfair.