OTHER CANDIDATES

ADAM SCOTT
Scott brings some class to proceedings on his course debut. He’d take plenty of beating on the form of his Texas Open win, though that hot week with the putter is out of line with the rest of his recent efforts.

DAVID TOMS
Here’s another forty-something with excellent course form credentials. Toms was runner-up last year, and sixth in 2007. Recent form is less inspiring, though.

BEN CURTIS
After closing with 68 for his best ever US Open result, Curtis‘ course record takes the eye. He’s made the top 25 on four out of five tries here, twice inside the place payouts.

BILL HAAS
I won’t be at all surprised if Haas wins his second title of the season soon, as he’s been impressively consistent of late, making his last nine cuts. Last year’s top 20 shows he can play the course, too.

RICKIE FOWLER
The next American golfing superstar remains a winner waiting to happen, as illustrated by his sterling challenge when runner-up at the Memorial last time out. River Highlands probably isn’t ideal for a novice, although that hasn’t deterred him elsewhere.

BRIAN GAY
One might expect a short and straight hitting, brilliant putter like Gay to thrive here, so it comes as a great surprise to see he’s never made the top 25 in eight visits.

JEFF OVERTON
Recent form means Overton demands consideration having thrice finished top three in his last six starts. Huge improvement on four previous failures to make the top 50 here will be required though.

BUBBA WATSON
Top 15 finishes in the last two years give Bubba another decent chance of his breakthrough win, if for once his temperament stands the strain.

RETIEF GOOSEN
After a very disappointing missed cut at the US Open, Goosen is unbackable on his course debut. He would be hard to fancy in a putting contest anyway.

RICKY BARNES
Ricky is certainly in better form than most, with top tens on four of his last eight starts and a satisfactory top 30 at Pebble Beach. He made the short-list.

TOM PERNICE
A recent bet on Pernice came to nothing, but I was tempted to try again at 150/1 on a course where he’s made six top 25s, and where older players tend to thrive.

2010 STATS: +8pts
 
LONG-TERM ALREADY ADVISED
 
5pts MARTIN KAYMER TO WIN THE RACE TO DUBAI @ 9/1
 
20pts TIGER WOODS TO WIN EXACTLY TWO MAJORS @ 5/1
8pts TIGER WOODS TO WIN EXACTLY THREE MAJORS @ 14/1

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