BMW Championship

The BMW is the second event on the road to the FedEx Cup final. The field cut to 70, the course is the Olympia Fields CC, in Chicago, Illinois.

The North Course – the club’s tournament venue was designed in 1923 by Willie Park Jr., who won the Open Championship in 1887 and 1889 and  was a celebrated club designer and golf course designer of over 150 courses, his efforts recognised at Sunningdale old course, world renowned.

Olympia Fields has hosted the US Open in 1928 and 2003 and the PGA Championship in 1961.

Although Park’s work includes more than 100 golf courses worldwide, including timeless masterpieces at Sunningdale and Maidstone, Park believed the North Course at Olympia Fields was his greatest design, the land eminently suitable to good golf.

Park’s original design, has had few changes since 1915 other than some deeper bunkers and additional longer tees. The North Course is 7,353 yards, par 70 rating 76.6 and slope of 150. The course record after alterations is63, shared by Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh.

It’s very hard to repeat top performances and for that reason I’d lay Dustin Johnson at $10.

My best at the odds are

Carlos Ortiz-$800

Richie Werenski-$610

Nick Taylor-$650

Harry Higgs-$620

Tyler Duncan-$500

Lanto Griffin-$530

MacKenzie Hughes-$410

Maverick McNealy-$530

Mark Hubbard-$480

Mark Leishman-$220

All prices on Betfair

Amongst the favourites, the chances at the odds are

Russel Henley-$95

Paul Casey-$80

Tiger Woods-$48

Kevin Kisner-$55

Jason Day-$38

All prices available on Betfair

ISPS Handa English Championship

To be played at the Belfry which was specifically designed to host the Ryder Cup in 1985 by Peter Alliss, famed golfer and commentator and Dave Thomas who was beaten by Bob Charles in the 36 hole playoff for the Open in 1963.

The Belfry is a golf resort and hotel in Wishaw, Warwickshire, close to Sutton Coldfield, England.  16 British tour events and 4 Ryder Cups have been played here including the British Masters, Benson & Hedges International Open, English Open, English Classic

The tournament course the Brabazon Course is a 7,253 yard par 72 with a course record of 63, by Martin Erlandsson.

The resort has three golf courses. The Brabazon Course is the main tournament course, and the others are the PGA National and The Derby. The Professional Golfers’ Association offices  are located at the Belfry, which has another two courses and a 4-star hotel, tennis courts and spa.

In 2013, The Belfry renovated all bedrooms and public spaces particularly Sam’s Bar, so named after Scottish golfer and 2002 Ryder Cup winning Captain Sam Torrance, renamed as Sam’s Club House.

My longshot chances here include, Betfair prices unless specified

Jonathon Caldwell-$1000 seems to have had a resurgence lately

Zach Murray-$1000 burst on the scene last year at both Euro and PGA Tour level, the lay-off blues will evaporate shortly.

Gregory Havret-$680, Old timer with a lot of ability, doesn’t play often

Paul Dunne-$400 coming back to form

Zander Lombard-$250

Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez-$350 on the way up

Adrian Saddlier-$290 ditto

Dave Coupland-$450 consistent recently

The following worth a spec

Alex Levy-$110, Laurie Canter-$190, Jack Senior-$130,

Of the favourites I liked, Marcus Kinhalt-$55, Ryan Fox-$38 and Rasmussen Hojgaard-$26

LPGA Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club, Arkansas

Pinnacle Country Club’s 6,100 yard, Par 71 course for the Walmart was originally designed by Don Sechrest assisted by PGA tour player Bruce Lietzke, and then redesigned in 2009 by Randy Heckerkemper.The club has  Zorro Zoysia fairways, Tyee Bent Grass greens with firm, fast and true putting greens.  The Riviera Bermuda rough can be very punishing dependent upon the cut length.

The club has an  Island green reminiscent of the 17th at the TPC course of the Players Championship and the top LPGA players will wish to negotiate this hazard without pain.

The LPGA advent starts a day later, Friday US time and thus Betfair prices have not yet solidified. The following odds are all on Bet365 and each way for 0.1 units. Personally I would wait until tomorrow and back those players well over the B365 odds on Betfair.

The young up and comers I like include,

Maria Fassi-$400 ew

Maria Fernandez Torres-$400 ew

Na-Yeon Choi-$400 ew

Hai-Ji Kang-$276 ew

Emma Talley-$226 ew

Sarah Burnham-$200 ew

Cydney Clanton-$151 ew

Cheyenne Knight-$126

Amongst the favourites, which you can back on Betfair, I like, Morya Jutanigarn-$46, Stacy Lewis-$42, Nasa Hataoka-$40, Lydia Ko-$18 and Inbee Park-$12.

I would lay Danielle Kang at $10 and Minjee Lee who places often, but wins rarely at $9.