It may make sense to give another chance to promising Nationwide Tour recruit SCOTT PIERCY. Piercy stands out on the stats this week, and is a very big price considering his excellent form so far at the higher level. Six starts have produced five top-20 finishes to date, with 6th place at the FBR Open the highlight. That was a frustrating near-miss for this column at 125/1, but at least his price hasn’t collapsed as a consequence. He looked likely to contend again last week in Mexico, before another poor final round. Having already proven his ability to close out the deal twice last year on the Nationwide Tour, I reckon its worth persevering with this candidate for rookie of the year.
 
Finally, I reckon this course could be ideal for NICK O’HERN. I should apologise to long-term readers who are probably getting sick of me advising a bet on this very rare winner, though in fairness he probably turned a profit for us last year with one place at a big price. O’Hern only returned to action two weeks ago after a winter lay-off, and there were signs over the weekend that he had shaken off any rust, with a 68/67 finish to make the top-20. His tee to green accuracy, and quality iron play, should ensure he’s one of the dozens of players expected to be within striking distance on what promises to be an exciting, if unpredictable, weekend. Good Luck!

ADVISED BETS
 
HONDA CLASSIC
 
4pts win CAMILO VILLEGAS @ 14/1 (GENERAL, 15/1 PADDY POWER)
3pts win RORY MCILROY @ 18/1 (GENERAL)
1pt ew BRIAN GAY @ 66/1 (BOYLESPORTS, CORAL, LADBROKES)
0.5pt ew SCOTT PIERCY @ 100/1 (STAN JAMES, TOTE, 125/1 SPORTINGBET)
0.5pt ew NICK O’HERN @ 125/1 (GENERAL, 150/1 SKYBET)

LONG-TERM ALREADY ADVISED

RACE TO DUBAI

2.5pts ew ROSS FISHER @ 20/1
2.5pts ew PAUL CASEY @ 20/1

2009 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

5pts ew SERGIO GARCIA @ 16/1

2008/2009 STATS: -121pts
2007/2008 STATS: +618pts

Where next?

Equipment guide: GPS devices
Competitions: Win a dozen Srixon AD333 golf balls