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  1. 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.
  2. Niemann 33/1 Ancer 50/1 Todd 50/1 Munoz 60/1
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Great tournament - Perez lost in a 6-man Play Off
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A step into the unknown this week as the PGA TOur visits Japan for the first time. A 78 man, short-field event with no cut, ZOZO are putting up a $9.75 million prize fund which has attracted a stellar field. The Narashino Country Club will provide a typically Japanese test this week to some of the World’s best golfers. The composite course is composed of 5 par-3s, 10 par-4s and 3 par-5s. Not a typical Par 70 set-up. Treelined it's conjecture how tight the actual fairways are, but wild drives are sure to be punished. Greens are moderate in size and Bentgrass. I'm going for Schauffele at 25/1, Woodland at 33/1 and Fitzpatrick at 40/1.
  9. Third time we have been to the Nine Bridges course on Jeju. It's a bombers course with the Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas winning on the first 2 renewals. I'm going for Justin Thomas 15/2, Sergio Garcia 30/1 and Matthew Wolff 40/1.
  10. The Italian Open is one of the more established events having started life in 1925 and joining the European Tour right at the start in 1972. For 2019 we switch back to Olgiata GC which hasn’t hosted the Italian Open since Ian Poulter won the 2002 edition. Olgiata GC is every inch the stereotypical Italian parkland layout. Since Ian Poulter won here in 2002, the course has seen an extensive renovation which has added over 400 yards to the scorecard, now measuring 7,523 yards for its par of 71 from its tips. Although tree-lined pretty much throughout the course, we’re not talking Wentworth in terms of a claustrophobic layout and there’s generally a fair amount of rough to miss before players run the risk of being hampered by trees. Italian Opens often play out quite similar though regardless of the track used and I’ll err on the side of accuracy over power, despite the course having been extended since it was last seen on the European Tour. Molinari 16/1, Luiten 50/1, Chesters 150/1, Zanotti 150/1.
  11. The Safeway Open takes place this week on the PGA Tour. Set at Silverado Country Club in Napa, California, this tournament often sees a number of top players at the head of the field. This year we see 4 of the top 11 in the World, with Thomas, Cantlay, Molinari, DeChambeau in Northern California. The North Course is a classical, tree-lined track that’s set up to be scoreable at the Safeway Open. It’s not overly long at just over 7,150 yards, however the Par 72 features plenty of dog-legs. In the past 4 renewals ball-strikers in the shape of Kevin Tway, Brendan Steele (x2) and Emiliano Grillo have won here at Silverado. I'm going with 4 players this week An (28/1), Frittelli (66/1), Varner III (70/1) and Kang (125/1).
  12. Whilst the BMW PGA Championship may not be classed as the European Tour’s ‘flagship event’ nowadays with the advent of the Rolex Series, it has nevertheless attracted a classy field given its Ryder Cup significance and new spot in the calendar with 20 players from the OWGR top-50 in attendance. Rory McIlroy headlines at 11/2 following his FedEx Cup triumph last month, however with the likes of Jon Rahm, Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood here, as well as a smattering of PGA Tour players including Tony Finau, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Reed and Billy Horschel, we’re looking at one of the best fields assembled here for a number of years. Hit two thirds of fairways, three quarters of greens and scramble and putt in the top dozen or so and you’ll be there or thereabouts is pretty much how recent winners since the original Els re-design have got the job done. Even when weather conditions have led to higher or lower scores, it’s still tended to be players who’ve done sufficiently well in all aspects of their game who’ve prevailed here. Traditionally this has been a strong all-round test and contenders can’t be lacking in any particular area of their game this week if they want to succeed. The top-6 finishers last year all ranked 8th or better when it came to GIR on the week. Selections are: Tommy Fleetwood (22/1), Matt Wallace (28/1), Eddie Pepperell (100/1), Guido Migliozzi (200/1) & Paul Dunne (350/1),
  13. TPC Twin Cities hosts the 3M Open in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's a new tournament on the PGA Tour, but has hosted Champions Tour events for a number of years. Winners of that event include Bernhard Langer, Joe Durant, Paul Goydos and Kenny Perry (x3). It's a typical resort style course, where birdies will be the major currency. However with 14 holes featuring water, those who are inaccurate off the tee or mis-place approaches could make some large numbers. The renovated course plays at +7,400 yards at Par 71, but should play shorter as we are dealing with 900 ft of altitude. Personally I think the course will suit resort-course specialists who can minimise mistakes and convert birdie/eagle opportunities generated. The course also features Bentgass greens. I have gone with 3 - Bryson DeChambeau at 16/1, Kevin Na at 40/1 and Mackenzie Hughes at 125/1.
  14. The annual trip to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. A risk-reward parkland, par 70, which at just over 6,800 yards yields birdies to those at the top of their games. Bombers and shorter hitters can both compete, but the ability to score well and the par-4s is the deciding factor here. Relatively small Bentgrass Poa Annua greens tend to be receptive, but this tournament tends to be won from tee-to-green, with excellent approach play unlocking birdie opportunities which need to be converted. Bogey Avoidance also important. With wind in-play this week, look for those who can play well in blustery conditions. I have gone for Justin Thomas at 20/1, Marc Leishman at 35/1, Kevin Kisner at 80/1 and C.T. Pan also at 80/1.