To be held at the Sedgefield Country Club, a Donald Ross classic design of 1929, was upgraded in 2009 by Kris Spence, a par 70 at 7127 yards, but has a slope difficulty of 75.3 due to the rolling difficult greens, the two par fives are really par fours for the tour players. Sam Snead record holder of PGA tour events won the Greater Greensboro Open the name of the prior tour event to the Wyndham classic and held at Sedgefield 8 times a Tour record.
Betfair Lays this week include Brooks Koepka ($15.5) and Paul Casey ($28).
Of the favourites I like Webb Simpson ($24 Inplay), Justin Rose ($28), Brandt Snedeker ($80) and Charles Schwartzel ($150), all good players and major winners noticeably coming back to form. I did find some real value at the other end of the market at $1000 on Betfair, Vincent Whaley, Kevin Tway, Rob Oppenheim, David Hearn, Rhein Gibson, Ryan Brehm, Peter Malnati, Matt Every, Aaron Baddeley, and Scott Brown. Also overs were KH Lee ($700), Harry Higgs ($780), Bill Haas ($920) Joseph Bramlett ($680) and Kristoffer Ventura ($410). You could back all these with 0.1 units and save on the first named above.
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 previously Joost Luiten the victor . Due to Covid 19, the European tour has convened the 2020 Welsh Open, next week at this course.
I see some value in the following (all available at Betfair), Brandon Stone (50)coming into form and a previous winner next door at Gullane, finishing with a 60., Marcus Armitage ($100) strong performer last week, Ben Stow, also played well, ($120) Grant Forrest (150),Zach Murray, very good young player from Australia who has had a very good start to his pro career (390) Dave Coupland, strong recent performer ($430) Anton Karlsson, ($450), Maverick Antcliff, ($450),Jake Mcleod ($750 Inplay) another couple of talentedyoung Australians, Jonathon Caldwell ($1000) who competed well two weeks ago and Benjamin Poke ($690) who won the qualifying tournament earlier this year. I think the leading 5 players are lays, Sullivan ($19), Joost Luiten ($22), Thomas Detry ($22), Thomas Pieters ($25) and Sam Horsfield ($32). Its worth noting that all of the players since commencing here we have suggested as lays have been beaten and many have missed the cut.
Ladies Scottish Open
The LPGA and LET sanctioned Ladies Scottish Open is scheduled for the second time at the Tom Doak designed Renaissance Club near North Berwick 30 km east of Edinburgh. The ladies Championship is played on a 6313 yard (5750m) par 71 course. As the white tees measure 6746 yards, that would be a better test for the fast improving women. However the famous old course at North Berwick from which many great designs, the Redan, The Biarritz and others have come, would be the ultimate destination for this event. Carved out of the old Archerfield wood, ever present behind the ninth tee at Muirfield, the club in a landswap did get a huge advantage in three seaside holes, giving the course a variety of heathland, forest and seaside. Beautiful surroundings and facilities and high class firm turf make conditions fun for players.
Minjee Lee is a consistent performer, The favourite at $9 is short and a lay in my opinion, as is the winner of the last two Danielle Kang ($9.4) there is little value betting any of these on Betfair, as the ladies market is traditionally very thin, If I could get these odds I would back Kristen Gillman ($150), steady improver, IK Kim ($100), Su Oh, ($60) Anne Van Damme ($150) wide fairways suit her length, Hannah Green, ($70) links courses suit Australian players and having won the LPGA major last year, she’s very tough, Esther Henseleit ($260), young talented Dutch player, Cydney Clanton ($200), a winner last year and playing well, Jasmine Sawapurna ($300), Thai player won on the tour in 2018 and 2019, Emma Talley, young American player who miked up last week had the best last three rounds, ($400), Hayley Moore ($300).
Having said that last week I suggested Lydia Ko could win and to wait for $100, and she should have won at $50!