An early tee-time is often an advantage at Montreux so from the very earliest starting time, Scotland’s MARTIN LAIRD is no forlorn hope to land a rare British success in the States. It was with 4th place in this event last year that Laird first really emerged into the public conciousness, swiftly followed by a string of good finishes to progress through the Fedex Cup. On the basis of 10th place at Loch Lomond and a strong challenge at the recent Canadian Open, Laird could again be in for a lucrative late summer.
 
Finally, a word about a few outsiders. Jason Gore finished 8th last year and has always struck me as a capable winner in this grade. Charles Warren and Kevin Stadler have both finished runner-up at Montreux before, and showed a bit of encouragement over the weekend. Harrison Frazar clearly likes this course, having twice made the top-5 amongst five top-20s, but is impossible to back having just one Nike Tour victory 12 years ago to his name as a professional.
 
The one big outsider to make the staking plan is BRENDON DE JONGE. This Zimbabwean carried a decent reputation over from the Nationwide Tour, but his rookie season hasn’t really delivered as yet. There have been moments of promise, such as 7th in the recent US Bank Championship, and De Jonge can at least draw some inspiration from 6th place on his sole previous visit to Montreux in 2007.
 
Good Luck!
 
ADVISED BETS
 
LEGENDS RENO-TAHOE OPEN
 
1.5pts ew MARK WILSON @ 33/1 (GENERAL)
1.5pts ew STEVE FLESCH @ 33/1 (GENERAL)
1pt ew JJ HENRY @ 50/1 (PADDY POWER, EXPEKT, LADBROKES, CORAL)
1pt ew SCOTT MCCARRON @ 66/1 (CORAL, EXPEKT)
1pt ew MARTIN LAIRD @ 66/1 (80/1 EXPEKT)
0.5pt ew BRENDON DE JONGE @ 100/1 (GENERAL, 125/1 CORAL)
 
WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL
 
12pts TIGER WOODS @ 7/4 (GENERAL)
 
BETTING WITHOUT WOODS
 
2.5pts ew JIM FURYK @ 20/1 (GENERAL, 22/1 STAN JAMES)
2pts ew HUNTER MAHAN @ 25/1 (GENERAL)
2pts ew PAUL CASEY @ 28/1 (SKYBET, EXPEKT)
1.5pts ew CAMILO VILLEGAS @ 40/1 (GENERAL, 45/1 BLUESQ)
1pt ew DAVIS LOVE @ 50/1 (SKYBET, BET365)
 
LONG-TERM ALREADY ADVISED

RACE TO DUBAI

2.5pts ew ROSS FISHER @ 20/1
2.5pts ew PAUL CASEY @ 20/1
6pts win PAUL CASEY @ 8/1
1.5pts ew OLIVER WILSON @ 33/1

2008/2009 STATS: -107pts
2007/2008 STATS: +618pts

Where next?

Fergus Bisset: WGC – Bridgestone Invitational Preview
Industry news: PING Collection announce Autumn / Winter 2009 golf clothing range
Amateur news: Luke Goddard becomes English champion