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  1. The Charles Schwab Challenge is played at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. This is an Invitational Status event on the PGA Tour, so it's a shorter field of 120 players, with no Monday qualifiers and the like. Colonial, is a 1930's golf course - classical in nature. It's a +7,200 yard Par 70, with a couple of difficult par-5s. Treelined and parkland in nature, it can't be simply overpowered like many tracks on the PGA Tour. So all types can win this and I see definite correlating course links with the likes of Augusta National and TPC Boston. That makes sense as the green surfaces are Bentgrass. I'm backing Patrick Reed 22/1, Charley Hoffman 45/1, Brandt Snedeker 66/1, Matt Wallace 66/1 and C.T. Pan 150/1.
  2. Schauffele 22/1 Hovland 25/1 Berger 30/1 Zalatoris 50/1 Woodland 100/1
  3. Quail Hollow is very much a classical golf course with Carolina connotations. When I say Carolina think traditionally tree-lined, with narrow sight lines from the tee and plenty of dog-legs. It's also a beat at +7,500 yards and a Par 71. The key to winning at Quail Hollow has always been to score heavily on the par-5s and play the other holes at around -3 to -4 or slightly better. So to contend this week a player will need to master the 7th, 10th and 15th holes. Greens are Champion Bermudagrass overseeded with Poa Trivialis. The course undoubtedly suits those with power off the tee. I'm backing Thomas at 11/1, Zalatoris at 28/1, Homa at 35/1, Bubba at 55/1 and Wallace at 66/1.
  4. Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed head the field as this week's Valspar Championship, played on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, Florida. This is the last Florida tournament of 2021 on the PGA Tour, but Copperhead certainly isn't your typical exposed Florida golf course. As a 7,340 yard Par 71, the course is tight off the tee but, unlike other typical Florida courses, the Larry Packard design has tree-lined fairways, plenty of elevation changes and dog-leg holes. Copperhead achieves this fairly unique layout as it contains 4 par-5s and 5 par-3s, which is highly unusual for a Par 71 course. It's the kind of course which could undoubtedly host a US Open. Tough and technical, featuring TifEagle Bermudagrass greens overseeded with Poa Trvialis, champions here since 2010 include Jim Furyk, Gary Woodland, Jordan Spieth, Charl Schwartzel and Paul Casey, who this week goes for a hat-trick of victories. My selections are Corey Conners 25/1, Sungjae Im 30/1, Justin Rose 40/1, Keith Mitchell 160/1 and Chase Seiffert 250/1.
  5. Harbour Town Golf Links is no typical coastal course, instead I categorise it as a Carolina track - i.e. sharing features with Quail Hollow, Sedgefield and Pinehurst No.2. Carolina courses are traditionally tree-lined, feature doglegs and narrow sight lines from the tee. Harbour Town itself is a Pete Dye design that also features tiny dome-shaped Bermuda TifEagle greens, Being on the Atlantic coast, the course plays as difficult as the wind. It's very much a golf course where ball-striking and creative shot-shaping are required to get close to tricky pin positions, put ultimately the winner has to putt very positively. Indeed over the past 5 renewals winners here ranked 2nd, 5th, 16th, 11th and 10th. I have gone for the following: Harman 33/1, Na 50/1, English 50/1, Kisner 66/1 and Thompson 125/1.
  6. DeChambeau 11/1 Rahm 13/1 Garcia 45/1 Scott 66/1 Wallace 100/1
  7. Valero Texas Open the week before the 2021 Masters Tournament. I always find week's before a Major a tricky task. The Oaks Course layout is undoubtedly stretching, although 2018 and 2019 renewals of the Valero have seen scoring become more than possible. I think that the Oaks Course makes you earn your rewards, with accurate driving and stellar approach play. A mixture of course length intimidating tee shots, all manner of off-fairway hazards, plus undulating green complexes, make the course a challenge. Greens are also perched up with fairway cut around them, taking errant approaches into collection areas. At 7,494 yards and a Par 72, this track is pretty long, but the likes of Landry and Conners have won here - so it's no bombers paradise. My selections are Spieth 16/1, Hoffman 30/1, Si Woo Kim 40/1, Higgs 100/1 and McDowell 160/1.
  8. Austin Country Club is a Pete Dye-designed, 7127 yard, par-71 - it's a perfect course for a Match Play event where risk and reward is definitely in-play, but where strategic accurate play both off the tee and with wedges can work equally as well. Pete Dye courses are generally no pushover think Harbour Town, TPC Sawgrass and Whistling Straits. Trends-wise going back to 2014, the last 6 winners of this had reached the quarter-finals at least once in the past prior to picking up the trophy. None of the winners going back to 2010 were making their debut in this event. Also a number of bookmakers are offering 8 places each way at 1/5 odds. That effectively means you get a return if your selection makes Saturday's QFs. 4 selections for me Justin Thomas 12/1 Tyrrell Hatton 28/1 Tommy Fleetwood 40/1 Jason Day 40/1
  9. The Honda Classic is played at the Champions Course, PGA National in Florida. A Jack Nicklaus golf course, it's a beast of a Florida-style golf course. Exposed and with water hazards everywhere. The Champions Course is best summarised by the fact that it has been the toughest non-Major Par 70 course on the PGA Tour across 5 of the past 8 seasons. Bunkering on the Champions Course is difficult and on this golf course you can add you can add 26 individual water hazards. PGA National is an exposed property allowing direct access to tee boxes, fairways and green complexes for any wind. And 15-20mph looks in-play across Thursday and Friday. A single-digit winning score will be the order of the day. Niemann 22/1 Lowry 28/1 Steele 40/1 Bradley 45/1 Furyk 125/1
  10. Squeezed by the Genesis Invitational and the WGC on one side and the Players Championship on the other, the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational isn't as stellar as it has been in the past, but boy - it's still a strong tournament - as it should be. We have defending champion Tyrrell Hatton teeing it up with Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Viktor Hovland, Tommy Fleetwood, Sungjae Im, Justin Rose, Marc Leishman, Jason Day, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari, and Rickie Fowler. And lifting the Arnold Palme Invitational still means something for the elite in world golf - it's a title they want to win. Looking back to the winners list here American's don't dominate. Yes Tiger Woods is an 8-time winner, but since 2010 Ernie Els, Martin Laird, Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari and Tyrrell Hatton have won this. 2 wins for Tiger Woods and another 2 from Matt Every are the US victories in the past 11 renewals. Bay Hill is a stretching 7,454 yard, Par 72 features a set of tough par-4s, plus 3 of the par-5s measure over 550 yards. To score around here every facet of a player’s game is tested to the maximum. Not many PGA Tour events these days feature 4″ of rough plus green complexes that can run as firm as 12 on the stimpmeter if the elements allow. Oh yes and water hazards on 9 of the 18 holes. My selections Matthew Fitzpatrick 25/1 Francesco Molinari 33/1 Sam Burns 45/1 Jason Kokrak 45/1 Wyndham Clark 110/1
  11. The alternate event at the Puerto Rico Open always takes place the same week as the WGC. Whilst the top table have 4 guaranteed rounds in Florida, some of the rank and file, go to the Grand Reserve Country Club, looking for a career changing win, which comes with a rather nice 2 year PGA Tour exemption. It's worth a few $ undoubtedly. You also get a few European Tour guys who missed out on the WGC. So 2021 sees Pieters, Thomas and Poulter heading to Rio Grande Puerto Rico, whilst Branden Grace also looks to keep his momentum moving forward. A long, Par 72, coastal golf course, we are dealing with Paspalum greens and humid, 25 degree conditions. This renewal will also see 20+ mph winds. I'm going for Lewis 28/1 Gordon 50/1 Burgoon 60/1 Brown 75/1
  12. Riviera Country Club is a classical, tree-lined affair which has received some Tom Fazio updates over the years. The 10th hole is known globally, with the par-4 18th one of the iconic holes of world golf. At 7,300 yards it doesn't seem long, but the par-4s can be stretching and the two par-5s on the backside both play at a snidge below 600 yards. A shot-makers course where strategy and patience are key - even the winners here miss a minimum of 20 greens across the 4 days. So we need players who miss on the right-side and who can scramble well. Add fast poa annua greens to the mix, and you can see why the likes of Webb Simpson stay away from Riviera. Johnson 6/1 Cantlay 18/1 Watson 45/1 Leishman 60/1 Garcia 66/1
  13. No Pro-Am this year and 2 courses in the rotation with Host Course Pebble Beach needing no introduction. This tournament can throw-up some huge winning prices, but 54 holes on the classical US Open-venue, cold conditions and wind for the final 54 holes leads me to some better names. I managed to get on prior to the odds collapsing through DJ WD. Spieth 25/1 Molinari 28/1 Norlander 60/1 Kirk 90/1 Best of luck to all.
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