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  1. The annual trip to Bay Hill and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.Mr Palmer may no longer be with us, but his tournament on his course is still in fine fettle. A strong field are in-attendance and this is always a title that the very elite want to capture, if they are playing well enough. A longish traditional par-72, the course is a classical, in the main tree-lined affair, but as it's in Florida, there is plenty of water in-play, A hard set of par-3s and par-4s are hard to score on, so taking advantage of the par-5s is essential. Power is advantage, but the course always ranks short in-terms of All Driving Distances, highlighting that plenty of the holes, are about driving into particular areas of the fairways, which are extremely wide. The TifEagle Bermudagrass greens will be firm, and repel approach shots, and the wind looks set to be a real factor this year - over and above previous years. Watson 50/1, Hatton 50/1, Ancer 60/1, Kisner 80/1, JB Holmes 100/1
  2. Wide open Par 72 by the coast in Puerto Rico. This is an alternate event alongside the WGC Mexico Championship and provides a good opportunity for motivated players in-attendance who can effectively guarantee 2 and a half years on the PGA Tour, with winner status. Greens are large and feature Paspalum. Previous winners here include Michael Bradley (x2), Scott Brown Chesson Hadley, Alex Cejka, Tony Finau, D.A. Points, Martin Trainer. Power off the tee has to be an advantage here, where high Greens in Regulation tends to get it done. I'm going for Patrick Rodgers (33/1), Maverick McNealy (33/1), Tyler McCumber (66/1) and Xinjun Zhang (66/1).
  3. The Genesis Invitational is Tiger Woods' own tournament on the PGA Tour. With a short 120-man field, it's loaded with the very best players in the squad. Riviera is a stretching 7,322 yard, 35-36, Par 71 old-style golf course. Nicknamed ‘Hogan’s Alley’, it’s a classical course which features tight, tree-lined uneven fairways, plus fast green complexes that average 5,000 square feet and feature plenty of surrounding run-off areas for overly aggressive or wayward approach shots. Greens are a mix of Poa Annua / Bentgrass. I'm expecting firm conditions this week, which should see the course play tough. My selections are Cantlay 20/1, Watson 22/1, Finau 25/1 and Garcia 66/1.
  4. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is a full-field event played over 3 different courses to allow such a large field including amateur partners. The iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links is the host course and all competitors play the track once before the 54-hole cut is made. At this point, the best 25 Pro-Am teams play Sunday with the top 65 professionals also playing the final round.Spyglass Hill Golf Club and the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club host the other 2 rounds of play. All courses are sub-7,000 yards in length, with the Shore Course playing as a rather unique Par 71 with three par-5s on the inward half making for a lopsided 34-37 course split. All greens are pure Poa Annua. My selections all each-way are Snedeker - 22/1; Hoge 66/1, Na 70/1 and Ted Potter Jnr 250/1.
  5. 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 with Woodland 30/1, DeChambeau 33/1, Watson 33/1 and Hadwin 125/1.
  6. Freshly titled tournament on the PGA Tour, which to older readers was known as the Bob Hope Classic, latterly as the CareerBuilder Challenge Played at PGA West in California, around 3 courses this is a Pro-Am. Host course is the TPC Stadium course which is a Pete Dye design. Tournament Course and La Quinta are the other tracks. All courses are more than gettable and with no wind forecast expect -22 to -25 winning score. Birdies really are the currency. Big prices can win this with 5 of the last 10 winners at triple-digit odds. I'm on Scheffler @ 35/1, Vaughn Taylor @ 55/1, Carlos Ortiz @ 100/1 and Tom Hoge @ 200/1 - all with 8 places each-way.
  7. Niemann 33/1 Ancer 50/1 Todd 50/1 Munoz 60/1
  8. Large field set across a 2-course rota, the RSM Classic isn't a straight forward challenge. Played on Sea Island, Georgia, which is a pro golfers commune on the eastern seaboard plenty of pros like Kuchar and Zach Johnson call this home. Plantation course is a 7,000 yard par 72, which they play once. It has to be taken apart. Host course, Seaside - is a 7,000 yard Par 70, which has teeth once the wind is up. Expect low scoring on Thurs/Fri with benign conditions and a soft golf course. Stronger breeze across the weekend, will see scoring ratchet down a notch, but expect -20 or lower as the winning total. Both courses feature TifDward Bermudagrass putting surfaces. I'm going with Brian Gay (50/1), Zach Johnson (50/1), Harry Higgs (90/1), Mark Hubbard (125/1) and Robby Shelton (150/1).
  9. A second visit to Mexico of 2019 for the Mayakoba Golf Classic. This end of year tournament is played at El Camaleon at Mayakoba Resort. It's a pretty non-descript sub-7,000 yard, 36/35 format Par 71 track in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The course runs through dense tropical jungle, mangrove forests and oceanfront so players who miss fairways can be in serious trouble. It's short and often features soft conditions - as per 2019 - with it's only true defence being wind - as per all coastal tracks. With no real wind forecast, I can see another sub -20 winning total required on this course, which features Paspalum greens. I'm going with Knox (33/1), Kisner (40/1), English (55/1) and Varner III (66/1). Best of luck.
  10. Great tournament - Perez lost in a 6-man Play Off
  11. This week's venue - the 7,133 yard, par 72 Montgomerie Maxx Royal, hosted its first event of any significance in 2013 with Victor Dubuisson emerging victorious, before the Frenchman won the title again 2 years later; world number 1 Brooks Koepka took top spot the year in between as he recorded his first career success when performing as a European Tour regular. Set-up wise, 5 par-5s and 5 par-3s makes for a slightly unusual layout here and the long holes proved pivotal on all 3 occasions that the course hosted this event, with Dubuisson’s 16-under for the par 5s in 2015 underlining the point. Pine trees line most fairways and water is a feature on eight of the holes. I'm backing Perez 45/1, Aphibarnrat 45/1, Migliozzi 110/1 and Kawamura 175/1.
  12. A new alternate event - alongside a Major or World Golf Championship - on the PGA Tour. Played at the Port Royal Golf Course, which, up until very recently, has seen high-level professional golf played upon it. This course hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 2009 – 2014, organised by the PGA of America. You won't be surprised to hear that it's a coastal golf course, but it has some key elements of note. TifEagle Bermudagrass greens. Lots of undulation both uphill and down. Plus the course is incredibly short at just over 6,800 yards for a Par 71. The Grand Slam of Golf always featured thick tough here. but this week I think we will see shorter rough and a distinct lack of wind over the the final 54 holes. It's likely to be another birdie festival. It's not a great field - infact probably the worst I have seen, but somebody is going to win it! I'm on Stuard at 30/1, Redman at 33/1, Gay at 40/1 and DH Lee at 66/1.