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  1. From the monster course at Bethpage Black, we move to the classical, short, old-style course at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Pure Bentgrass greens await a short 122-player field and that will be a huge plus point for many in this field. Take defending Colonial champion, Justin Rose, who has 7 PGA Tour Bentgrass wins to his name - the most in this field. At 7,200 yards, length off the tee is not a determining factor. Instead we need the sharpist of approach play, allied to the ever important capability to putt well. Greens are very small at 4,500 sq.ft. and finding the middle of greens still leaves a mass of 5 feet chances to convert. Course management, the ability to score well on par-4s and a level of accuracy off the tee, are all helpful here. I'm on Francesco Molinari (20/1), Paul Caset (28/1), Chez Reavie (66/1) and Brandt Snedeker (66/1).
  2. I'm going for Brooks Kopeka at 11/1. Justin Rose 20/1. Xander Schauffele 28/1 and the Major MC Machine that is Sergio Garcia at 50/1. Good luck all.
  3. Our annual visit to Quail Hollow. Loaded at the top of the field with McIlroy, Day, Fowler and Rose and the likes of Casey, Garcia, Simspon, Finau and Matsuyama also in the field. Many of these elite players will be using this stern test at Quail Hollow, to get their games honed for the PGA Championship in a fortnight. Bombers succeed at Quail which hosted the 2017 PGA Championship and although elite ball-strikers feature here, we also need players who have the all-round game to succeed here. It's a long, classical beauty of a golf course. Finau 25/1, Mickelson 25/1, Kokrak 40/1, Wise 66/1 and Burns 125/1.
  4. The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida is a brute of a par 71. Techical, tight off the tee and tree-lined, this isn't your standard Florida golf course. Elevated tees, relatively small green complexes and plenty of dogleg holes featuring water. Bogeys and doubles abound. Copperhead also traditionally plays firm as well, and as we know on the PGA Tour, give players non-receptive greens and scoring goes high. The field this year looks strong enough. No Tiger or Rose from 12 months ago, but Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Jon Rahm add the Valspar to their schedule in 2019, alongside the likes of Simpson, Garcia and last week's hero Jim Furyk. With strong breeze forecast Thursday and Friday, look for grinders this week, who can course manage and scramble. I'm on Glover 40/1, Kisner 50/1, Snedeker 66/1 and Harman 150/1.
  5. Best field of 2019 to date. Club de Golf Chapultepec a classical, old-style feel to it with its narrow, tree-lined fairways and small greens. Players have commented that it feels very much like a tight Spanish or Italian track in terms of its characteristics, however at over 7,000 feet of elevation the altitude adds another dimension to this week with balls flying anything between 10-20% further depending on the club used. So a 7,330 yardage in reality reads sub-6,500 yards. Eagles and Birdies are a therefore more than accessible. Kikuyu fairways and rough is used throughout this track which isn't that common on the PGA Tour, however we do have recent events at Riviera last week and Torrey Pines that featured that type of set-up to potentially give us a clue as to how this might play out, particularly with the emphasis seeming to fall on short-game excellence. Schauffele 28/1, Leishman 30/1, Fitzpatrick 80/1, Willett 150/1
  6. Love this tournament. TPC Scottsdale, a great golf course in the desert, with huge crowds, a unique atmosphere, tight finishes and the famous 16th Stadium Hole. This really is ball-striking heaven, where putting has little consequence and hitting greens in regulation is critical. Short players who hit metronomic GIR can go very, very close, but eventually a longer hitter, with aggressive tendancies wins here. The par-5s are gettable - especially as this is at altitude - and there are a number of short par-4s including the driveable par-4 17th. I'm going heavy on the top with Thomas win-only at 10/1 and Matsuyama e-w at 14/1. Also Champ 66/1 and Palmer 80/1.
  7. Many claim the annual visit to Torrey Pines as the real start of the golf year. This year sees a stellar field at the Farmers Insurance Open, with Justin Rose, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy. Jason Day, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and a talented supporting field all very much in-attendance. Day, Snedeker and Rahm have won 5 of the last 7 runnings of this tournament with the likes of Leishman, Rose, Howell, Holmes, Finau and Bradley consistently featuring in the each-way places. All classical golf course positive players wjo in the main, can hit the ball a very long way, when required. At 7,700 yards the South Course is the longest track on the PGA Tour and naturally this U.S. Open hosting course is no pushover. But all players have 18 holes around the easier North Course to capitalise on across either Thursday or Friday. We also see the rarity of Poa Annua greens and Kikuyugrass fairways this week in San Diego. I have gone with Tony Finau (20/1), Gary Woodland (30/1), Ryan Palmer (100/1), Keith Mitchell (125/1) and Martin Laird (175/1).
  8. Birdiefest at PGA West in the desert in La Quinta, California. You need to be hitting + 72% of Greens, convert 40% of holes to win and be tactical, especially on the host Stadium Course, where there are a number of tough holes which can become very expensive for those who attack rather than play tactical golf. Played across 3 courses, as a Pro-Am, the Desert Classic is a very open betting event, which is always difficult to pin down. However the last 3 winners have played in Hawaii and played well. Dufner was 9th at Waialae, Swafford was 12th at Waialae and Rahm last year was 2nd at Kapalua. All can drive the ball very nicely from Strokes Gained perspective and you have to place all 3 of them in the ball-striker category, although 'Rahmbo' is naturally a class above. I have gone for win only Rahm at 7/1, with supporting each-way bets on Ancer at 40/1, List at 50/1 and Conners at 66/1.
  9. Bit of a season-ending PGA Tour shoot-out on the Atlantic coast in Georgia. 2 courses with the Seaside Course par-70 hosting 3 of the 4 rounds. Full 156-man field so a bit of a lottery. Weather on Thursday will be tough in terms of the PGA Tour and cold on Friday. Then a true birdie-fest across the weekend. Players from the south-east of the United States tends to have an advantage as they play on St Simon's Island regularly, either living here or playing SEC (on this course) and Jones Cup on the course next door. I'm in on C.T. Pan 25/1, Chesson Hadley 35/1, Jim Furyk 50/1, Bud Cauley 50/1 and Kramer Hickok 100/1
  10. A shoot-out in Cancun, down Mexico way to look forward to this week. El Camaleon golf course is by the coast, although much of it is inland. Key characteristics are that is short, attackable and features Paspalam greens. Naturally this part of the world is warm and tropical, so conditions are standard soft to receptive. The courses main defence is wind, which looks light this week, so a sun -20 winning score is likely to be the magic number again. It is the PGA Tour after all! In-recent winners Patton Kizzire, Pat Perez, Graeme McDowell and Charley Hoffman, we have streaky sorts, who can be neat and tidy, to establish numerous scoring opportunities. Keeping bogeys off the card is also vital as Eagle-Birdie-Double Bogey won't win this tournament. I'm going for Aaron Wise (28/1), Scott Piercy (45/1), Sam Ryder (50/1), Sung-jae Im (60/1) and Robert Streb (125/1).
  11. Our yearly visit to Las Vegas. A players paradise and this year's field gathering at TPC Summerlin looks excellent. Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland all play on this free scoring par-71. A typical desert track, where high Greens in Regulation is required to get the job done, Summerlin is one of those rarities on the PGA Tour where relatively tight fairways are important to find. To shoot -20 or lower around here, it helps to be on the short grass. Bentgrass greens which are sizable are inviting, but those missing the greens have a job on their hands to save par. I'm with Beau Hossler (40/1), Scott Piercy (66/1), Andrew Putnam (66/1), J.J. Spaun (125/1) and Stephan Jaeger (200/1).
  12. One of these alternate events for PGA Tour journeymen, web.com graduates and veterans who can get into these based upon Past Champions status. Often a bit of a dartboard approach, but with winners averaging 225/1 over the past 4 renewals of this title, I'm not really going anywhere near the head of the market. Played at a stock par-72 in Jackson, Mississippi, weather will play it's part this week with rain, wind and northern European-type conditions for the most part. A streaky putter who goes well on Bermudagrass seems a pre-requisite - players with a web.com Tour Playoff campaign under them have a distinct advantage - as many of the PGA Tour journeymen have hardly played since start of August. Cameron Davis 45/1, Curtis Luck 80/1, Richy Werenski 80/1, Ben Silverman 100/1, Wyndham Clark 150/1.
  13. The PGA Tour visits South Korea for the second time with the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges GC on Jeju Island. Justin Thomas won here from Marc Leishman last year, where the wind caused all kinds of torments. The wind this year, looks a little easier, so we could well see lower scoring on a course which offers little in terms of defence, if tranquil. Ultimately putting made the difference 12 months ago - usually the case in windy conditions, but power ball-strikers may well have more of a say this time around. I'm going for Hideki Matsuyama (14/1), Gary Woodland (35/1), Brandt Snedeker (50/1), Kyle Stanley (50/1) and JB Holmes (66/1).
  14. The PGA Tour visits Malaysia for the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur. A short par-72 which yields birdies and eagles makes for a resort scoring test in relentless humidity and heat. The West Course this year will feature new TifEagle Bermudagrass greens for the first time - but all-in-all, expect low scoring again this week. All sorts of players can compete this week, but ultimately a top-level ball striker or an aggressive sort who can putt the lights out tends to get the job done. All winners of this since 2010 have also ranked between 22 and 64 in the OWGR. I have gone for Xander Schauffele (20/1), Gary Woodland (22/1) and Cameron Smith (40/1).
  15. The start of the new 2018/19 PGA Tour season sees the now well-established trip to Silverado Country Club in Napa, California. A mix of PGA Tour mid-range pros, low-end journeymen and a fresh group of web.com Tour grads - some with plenty of PGA Tour experience and others who are total rookies. A number of the PGA Tour events left in 2018 will look like this from a field perspective, including the Shriners, Sandersons Farms and the OHL Classic in Mexico. Silverado is a pretty stock par 72, which is tree-lined and features tight fairways and undulating greens. In standard weather it's no real challenge, but one of the nuances we need to get a grip of from a tipping perspective are the greens which feature Bentgrass Poa Annua. As we know Poa Annua doesn't suit plenty of players. The course is a ball-strikers paradise, with a set of par-5s which are all reachable, for those who can keep their drives in-play. From a field perspective, Patrick Cantlay has the natural talent to stand-out at the top of the market. He plays this tournament for the first time at Siverado, and the fact he has chosen a "home-state" tournament, says to me, he fancies the job at hand. I'll take the 14/1 on the best ball-striker in the field. I'm also covering previous Silverado champions in the form of Emiliano Grillo (33/1) and Sang-moon Bae (50/1), the latter, who arrives fresh from a win at the Boise Open in the web.com Tour Playoffs. A triple-digits I'm also in on Bronson Burgoon at 100/1, who played well here 12 months ago and seems to be acclimatising well to the PGA Tour after 6th The National, 2nd at the John Deere Classic and 11th in the stacked Northern Trust.