There are some Ryder Cuppers in the field so let’s take a look at the form and some of the other main candidates for the McGladrey Classic:
As money-list leader and leading member of the US Ryder Cup side, anything other than the favourite’s tag would be a travesty for Kuchar, but he makes no appeal at just 12/1. Returning so quickly after the Ryder Cup will be even more problematic for Americans due to the extra travelling, and this is hardly an event to take short prices in any case.
All the same arguments can be used against backing Zach at 14/1, who also impressed at Celtic Manor. Other than that distraction, his claims are rock solid as the best of the home-based players with superior course knowledge.
This seaside layout will suit wind-specialist Allenby, who struck the best form of his career around this time last year. There were few signs of it though during the FedEx Cup series, where Allenby was returning from injury.
BO VAN PELT
After a relentlessly consistent spell, Bo’s form fell away during the FedEx Cup. He strikes me as exactly the type of higher-ranked player that tends to be eclipsed around this time of year by the money list strugglers.
Byrd is another member of Team McGladrey, which has forced the bookies to run for cover. Without denying his claims, 22/1 makes no appeal compared to the 40/1 taken last week against a weaker field, especially given that a share of fifth place never involved coping with contention.
Back-to-back winners are rare at this level, and Haas’ career profile doesn’t suggest he’ll land a third 2010 title this week. Nevertheless, he’s bigger at 25/1 than he was before that Viking Classic triumph.
BRENDON DE JONGE
De Jonge remains a first time winner-in-waiting after Sunday’s third, although his weekend scoring was rather disappointing.
Wi has quietly become one of the more consistent PGA Tour members, only twice missing a top 30 since May. He’s well capable of winning an event of this stature.
Sunday’s 11th place was Senden’s third top-15 in four starts, two of which came in elite Fedex Cup events. He always interests me on ball-striking courses, and is first reserve should any of the selections withdraw.
A short par 70 is unlikely to be ideal for the massive-hitting Holmes, who otherwise warrants respect after a consistent season.
Slocum made the shortlist, as he has the right mix of accuracy and short-game skills. Last week was disappointing though.
A top ten at Annandale confirmed Wetterich is on the way back from his injury nightmare, and not without hope of making the top 125 yet. However, this short par 70 looks less than ideal for a massive hitter.
If Gay had any recent form to recommend him, he would have been a pick. This accuracy-orientated layout looks ideal, and he’s a former Heritage winner.
Davis is the main tournament sponsor and knows this layout better than anyone. He is still capable of high-class golf, but I wonder whether the extra responsibilities will be too much of a distraction.
Durant gave us some sort of run for our money at 100/1 last week, and isn’t the worst outside bet once again. He remains below the cut line in the money list race yet apparently coming into form, and is usually very accurate.
Another plausible rank outsider, Goggin produced easily his best performance of the summer to make the top 20 at Annandale, registering impressive gir stats.
2010 STATS: -14pts
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5pts MARTIN KAYMER TO WIN THE RACE TO DUBAI @ 9/1