I found a few well over the odds on Betfair, including Jazz Janewattanond ($1000) who competed well at the PGA championship on the long Bethpage Black course, Tyler Duncan ($1000), ready to step up, Lucas Herbert ($700), Matt Jones ($520), Jason Kokrak ($470), Cameron Smith ($410) and Cameron Champ ($380). I also thought Dustin Johnson $34 and Billy Horschel ($55) have great records on this course. On the lay side, I didn’t like Rory McIlroy at $12.5 and De Chambeau ($18).
Barracuda Championship is another PGA Tour event, which due to running side by side with the WGC does not give a winner a Masters start, but gives them valuable exemptions. Played on the Jack Nicklaus design Old Greenwood course at Lake Tahoe Mountain club, measured at 7518 yards, the players in the event play for $3,500,000, which is quite a lot but does not compare with the 10.5 million of the WHC event.
Few of players have played here before and the Betfair market is very thin, but I found Jason Gore ($1000), Brian Davis ($1000) and Rob Oppenheim at ($400), to excite the longshotters. Amongst the favourites, the top 5 are all under 30/1 and probably represent value laying them all to lose an equal amount.
The European Tour plays the Hero Open at the magnificent Forest of Ardern course a 7213 yard Donald Steel design with superb conditioning, but tough gnarly rough to contend with. Magnificent ancient oaks feature in the back nine.
Perhaps one of the most interesting players is Ryder cupper, Thorbjorn Olesen who apparently went over the top on a flight and suffered an enforced holiday.
Given his time off, I don’t fancy his chances, I did find a few on Betfair I thought over the odds, Jake McLeod-$500, Jonathon Caldwell my $1000 tip who ran tenth last week is overs again at $530, Taappo Pulkinen ($340), Marcus Armitage ($250) and Shubhankar Sharma ($210) all appear great value.