PGA Tour

The 7,241-yard par 72 golf course is the first of three events leading to the FedExCup Final. The field is limited to the leading 125 players.

Gil Hanse, redesigned the layout in 2007, the original designed by Arnold Palmer . Hanse famous for the Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro won a number of awards for the redesign for the tour.

I’m not a fan of backing the shorties at a golf event, too many times they miss the cut and leave a bad taste in the mouth and wallet. However there is form a plenty here at this course and this event so 

Bryson de Chambeau-$13

Rory McIlroy -$16

Collin Morikawa-$27 No form here, but the best player since Tiger came out in 1990.

Dustin Johnson -$26

Jason Day -$24

Xander Schauffele-$23

Adam Scott, Tiger Woods and Paul Casey -$50

All will probably show up late in the piece.

I couldn’t therefore tip that many, so I looked for real value and remembering that almost all have won in the last years I have

Phil Mickelsen -$230 with three top tens in the last six years

Emiliano Grillo-$420 been playing well lately

Mark Hubbard-$740 a remarkably consistent newcomer

Maverick McNealy-$900 moving up the ranks

Pat Perez-$1000 when in form is not afraid to beat this class

Charley Hoffman-$950,, always plays well in the runup to his glorious ambition, the Masters.

Danny Lee, -$950, a kiwi I’ve always thought would break through at the very top level.

Beau Hossler-$1000 jumped out of the blocks early, but has been sleeping until just recently showed his early ability

Nate Lashley-$1000 steadily playing well and showed he could beat a high class field and by six strokes last year.

Robby Shelton-$1000, another newbie not afraid to foot it here.

All prices available on Betfair

For each way betting Bet 365 appears to be the best odds

European Tour, Wales Open

To be held at Celtic Manor resort.

The exclusive Terry Matthews owned resort at €300 a night is on a hillside 810 ha of land. The course plays up over the hills overlooking Wentwood escarpment.

The resort hosted the Ryder Cup. In 2010. Europe won the Cup 14½ – 13½

The Celtic Manor Tournament course, Named the Twenty -Ten it was redesigned by Ross McMurray and is a par 71 and a very long 7500 yards. Part of the old Wentwood Hills course was upgraded  for the 2010 Ryder Cup. The Wales Open has been played here and  Joost Luiten the most recent victor . Due to Covid 19, the European tour has convened the 2020 Welsh Open on the same course as last week for logistical reasons.

The markets suffer in these events , but for the first time my lays jumped up and bit me last week, so on the same course one would be bold to lay Pieters at $12, Horsfield-$16, but at the odds on Betfair I preferred 

Ryan Fox-$44

Kurt Kitayama-$50, not disgraced at the PGA Championship recently,

Wilco Neinaber-$50, this 20 year old who ran fourth two weeks ago recovered from 4 over early last week to finish 10 under, might be a rare talent

Oscar Lengden-$200, a 30 year old late bloomer who has shown previously a winning ethic 

Marcus Armitage-$180 playing well and due a win

Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez-$600, the market seems to have forgotten his strong form of a few weeks ago

Anton Karlsson-$800,only these odds because he resumed later, has some strong finishes prior to lockdown

Masahiro Kawamura-$830 very good Japanese player

Zach Murray-$1000 get on here the best bet of the year, you can get $450 each way on Betfair ten places, load up.

Women’s British Open

Royal Troon

Royal Troon featuring two 18 hole courses and a nine hole Links, was founded 1878. It lies adjacent to the Firth of ClydeGeorge Strath was appointed in 1881 as the club’s first golf professional, and together with 1882 Open champion Willie Fernie (golfer), designed the original course, expanding it to 18 holes by 1888. The two were assisted by Charlie Hunter, greenskeeper of the neighbouring Prestwick Golf Club, in Troon’s formative years.

Early pros included Willie Fernie an Open winner who helped design the first 18 hole course. Fernie also designed and assisted in producing the clubs other 18 holes, the Portland Links.

The Club is situated north east of Glasgow bordered by the Irish Sea and the railway line which pokes in on a couple of holes.

The Old Course was redesigned and lengthened by James Braid. The old course, a masterpiece is quintessentially the same as Braids alteration with some additional tees provided to keep the courses teeth in the face of ball and club improvements over time including for the 1923 Open.

Today, the Links is one of the most fearsome of the men’s Open rota and even with slightly shorter tees for the women the 6649 yards par 71 Links will present a significant challenge to the talented LPGA pros, particularly if it is as windy as it can be, being beside the Firth of Clyde. 

Danielle Kang has expressed a lack of performance at Links courses, but finished second last week. Troon is a real Links and I think she’ll be found out, a lay at $10. Potential winners include, 

Inbee Park-$20

Hannah Green-$60, Australian Players have no difficulty with Links golf

Nana Koertz Madsen-$50 rattled home last week to just miss out

Anne van Damme-$75, Dutch swing sensation who once she realises how good she is could dominate

Sophia Popov-$100 new talent who has won prolific events at the next level down

Emily Kristine Pederaen-$85 Should have won by ten last week. If she sorts out a putting method she’s unbeatable 

Kirsten Gillman-$110, slowly rising to the top level

Emma Talley-$260, very talented recent college graduate

Jasmine Swannapura-$440, Thai wunderkind a couple of years ago, the odds just too juicy

Ashleigh Buhai-$560- ditto and finished 5th last year

Haley Moore-$250 Bet365 each way, young college player with lots of game

Maria Fassi -$300 each way on bet365, starting to show the obvious ability in recent weeks.