Bamford

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  1. Genesis Open

    A visit to Hogan's Alley namely Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Open is always a highlight of the PGA Tour season. A loaded field who are undoubtedly warming to the task of getting ready for Augusta. A classical course which can be quite brutal, if conditions are fast always attracts a quality field and this year is no exception, with Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and the likes of Chappell, Leishman, Watson, Bradley, Schniederjans and Finau all in the field. Power ball-striking undoubtedly reigns here on a course which looks short, but plays very long with 6 +450 yard par-4s and I'm looking for players who arrive in Los Angeles having confidence with their ball-striking and Greens in Regulation. So for me I'm going for Phil Mickelson 28/1, Tommy Fleetwood 30/1, Alex Noren 50/1, Thomas Pieters 50/1 and Jimmy Walker 90/1.
  2. A putters paradise next to the Pacific Ocean in Carmel, California. Pebble Beach Golf Links will host the 2019 U.S. Open hence the loaded field this week which includes Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jon Rahm, Paul Casey, Branden Grace and plenty of other Major championship contenders. Played over a 3-course rota, with Spyglass and Monterrey supporting host course Pebble Beach, all courses are short and more than attackable to those who are hitting masses of greens - they are very small here - plus putting exceptionally well. In-recent champions, Johnson, Snedeker, Spieth and 3-time champion Phil Mickelson, we have some of the best putters on the planet, so I'm looking for those who are managing their games well right now and who have a track-record on west coast courses + poa annua greens. I'm backing Perez (40/1), Kuchar (40/1), Hadley (50/1), Hahn (80/1) and Tom Hoge (200/1). Best of Luck
  3. We return to the cathedral of top-class power ball-striking - TPC Scottsdale. Think desert golf, at altitude on a relatively short course, with 660,000 mad fans in attendance. Always a highlight in my mind of the domestic PGA Tour events. With Hideki Matsuyama going for the 3-peat, and the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler all going close of late, it's easy to see comparisons with the likes of Augusta. Shorter hitters can be competitive - as we saw with Webb Simpson 12 months ago, but power wins in the end. I'm going for Rickie Fowler (14/1), Justin Thomas (16/1), Scott Piercy (66/1) and Chesson Hadley (125/1).
  4. Farmers Insurance Open

    Tiger Woods and Torrey Pines. Sounds good. Classical test, which will see a return to old-fashioned scoring golf. Rahm defends with Fowler, Day, Rose and Matsuyama all in-attendance. A coastal course, where length off the tee is a real advantage, although players have to play 3 rounds around the monstrous South Course and a single round on the easier/shorter North course. I'm going with Rahm 8/1, Leishman 25/1, Schniederjans 50/1 and Vegas 50/1 - Best of luck.
  5. CareerBuilder Challenge

    Birdie-fest pro-am in Californian desert, which can numb the mind! Played over a 3-course rota to allow for 156 players, this large field event is always a challenge to nail down, with short-prices not winning this for a long period of time. I'm going for players who are hitting lots of birdies coming into the event, but who haven't been at the very summit when it comes to in your face results. So Kirk (60/1), Knox (66/1), Vegas (66/1), JJ Spaun (80/1) and a wild punt on Hossler at 300/1. These prices were on Monday. Best of luck.
  6. Sony Open

    Our annual trip to Waialae for the Sony Open. After the star studded affair last week at Kapalua we move onto the first full-field event on the PGA Tour in 2018. The tournament takes place on a pretty non-descript par 70, which the top guys can take apart again with ease, as there is no wind forecast. Greens are small, with TifDwarf Bermudagrass greens, which many cannot get on with. It's all important here to hit as many greens as possible and naturally make as many putts as possible. Pure ball-strikers will contend, but eventually a natural putter in ball-striking form will get the job done. I'm onside with Leishman (16/1), Harman (20/1), Smith (40/1) and SW Kim 60/1). Best of luck.
  7. The annual birdie-fest at Kapalua on Maui, sees in the New Year on the PGA Tour. With strong trade winds forecast the very best wind players should come to the fore, with scoring eagles and birdies still more than possible. I'm going with Fowler (8/1), Rahm (12/1) and Cam Smith (50/1).
  8. Standard birdie-fest venue in Las Vegas, but expect scoring to be down on previous levels as there will be fairly strong breezes in play from Friday afternoon onwards. A rare venue where power is negated a little and hitting fairways is important. Difficult to get the ball close enough to win, if you are continually spreading the ball from the tee and scrambling here is notoriously difficult when greens are missed. Mid-teens still likely to win this, so the balance of birdies, great wind-play and bogey avoidance will be key - as will be the standard hot putter which is always required on these Bentgrass greens. For me Simpson (22/1), Cantlay (20/1), An (40/1), Brown (80/1), and Kizzire (125/1).
  9. CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges

    A new PGA Tour event in South Korea - the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges - is a short-field 78-man field with a whopping $9.25 million purse. It's pulled out a few of the big names with Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Paul Casey and a strong midfield in attendance. Some will be moving onto Sheshan International for the WGC-HSBC Champions. The course looks fairly unique as it's set on a mountainside - Kapalua like for me, but the weather could be the star this week, with winds of up to 25 mph forecast throughout. I'm going for Rafa Cabrera Bello (35/1), Cameron Smith (45/1), Sung Kang (50/1), Russell Henley (50/1) and C.T. Pan (150/1).
  10. Safeway Open

    Opening event of the PGA Tour season - 2 weeks after the close of the previous one! - at Silverado Country Club, North California. 4th visit here and with no rain forecast this looks like being a -15 to -17 scoring mission. Tree-lined and classical, scoring across the par-4s and par-5s is more than possible for those who can hit plenty of greens and putt well on predominantly Poa Annua (with some Bentgrass) putting surfaces. As we know they aren't everybody's cup of tea. Seems to be the case that slightly underlying players tend to get a win this week - OWGR consideration + non PGA Tour winners - never a bad angle. Ball-strikers or streaky scorers have won up until this point; I'm with Lovemark (40/1), Laird (50/1), Uihlein (50/1), Glover (50/1) and Murray (70/1).
  11. Tour Championship

    The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings have reached the PGA Tour finale - the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Since 2010 the winner this week has also won the season-long FedEx Cup and a cool combined $11.5 million. East Lake is the kind of traditional course, where liberties can't be taken. So hitting fairways helps here and ball-striking really is critical. The course features Bermudagrass green surfaces - a serious change from the past 3 tournaments - and as well as strong ball-striking look for players who can also scramble well. Yes Sergio Garcia wouldn't be a bad shout! A stern Par 70, the course could be receptive after plenty of rain last week and thunderstorm potential from Wednesday onwards. If the rain misses the course though, things will firm-up majorly for the weekend. I'm going for 3 players in the 30-man field - Jordan Spieth (11/2) - in my mind he's been the winner of the FEC since the PGA Champiomship. Justin Rose (16/1) who is finding form at the right time and who has a superb course record. For a longer-shot Garcia has legs, but I have gone for Webb Simpson (50/1). 2 back-door top 10s across the Northern Trust and the BMW Championship, the 2013 U.S. Open champion has a 4th and 5th here plus finally he has got his head around the putter after seasons of struggling since the belly-putter was banned. Hitting fairways for fun, and Number 1 for Scrambling from the Rough, if he can hit enough greens, I think he can feature.
  12. BMW Championship

    The 3rd leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs namely the BMW Championship features 70 players and returns to Conway Farms where the tournament was hosted in 2013 & 2015. This tournament was played in tough winds in 2013 when Zach Johnson won and both renewals have featured soggy ground conditions. Accurate sorts thrived in 2013, with bombers including Jason Day dominating in 2015. However we should see a far faster course in 2017 with stimpmeter readings up to 12.5. With no wind though, expect resort type high double-digit scoring. Undoubtedly a warm putter is required on the pure Bentgrass greens here and most player quotes mention that the greens are a challenge. With fast stimps, that will only become more of a challenge. But it's also noticeable that both ZJ and Day came to Chicago after an excellent tee-to-green outing at TPC Boston. Following that flow, I'm going with Jordan Spieth (7/1), Marc Leishman (45/1), Patrick Cantlay (60/1) and Kevin Na (70/1) this week. The latter 2 players sit outside the top 30 in the FEC and will need a top 5 challenge to qualify for the Tour Championship next week.
  13. Dell Technolgies Championship

    We like TPC Boston. Stern enough test, but birdies and eagles are possible. Win only DJ 15/2 and Matsuyama 16/1 - EW Patrick Reed 35/1, Daniel Berger 66/1, Russell Henley 90/1
  14. The Northern Trust

    The PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs lick-off this week with The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club, close to New York. 120 players in this week's event with no-shows from Garcia and Scott amongst others. It's a new course for the PGA Tour, and won't be similar to other courses we saw played under the previous Barclays sponsorship. Saying that the greens at Glen Oaks are standard Metropolitan course construction with predominant Poa Annua with a little Bentgrass in the mix. However with wide fairways and really manicured surfaces including tight fairways and run off areas, the course has a definite GC of Houston + Augusta feel. I'm going for Jason Day 20/1, Matt Kuchar 35/1, Charley Hoffman 66/1 and Zach Johnson 70/1.
  15. Wyndham Championship

    End of the regular PGA Tour season with plenty of notables outside of the top 125 in the FEC standings. Played at Sedgefield Country Club just outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, expect plenty of birdies this week, on a short par 70, where bogeys really are the foe. Consistency is required this week to across a player's whole game to generate the number of birdies and pars required to go for the title, with a winning score of -17 to -18 looking the likely target. I have gone for Moore 25/1, Martin 55/1, Horschel 60/1, Streb 66/1 and Every 300/1