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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Fairly simple strategy for me - 4 experienced sorts who come into the tournament in great-nick and importantly have real confidence off the tee and on the greens. Woods 12/1, Schauffele 28/1, Scott 33/1 and Simpson 50/1
  4. A new course after years at Glen Abbey for Canada's national Open. We see a return to Hamilton G&CC a course which was used in recent times in 2006 and 2012. An old design from Harry Colt - famous for Open Championship venues on these shores - the course is a sub 7,000 yard par 70. With little wind forecast across Thursday and Friday I expect birdies and plenty of them. Thousands of trees have been cleared since 2012, but the course relatively thin fairways, thick rough and some pretty sever Bentgrass Poa Annua green complexes. Naturally this is also the week before the U.S. Open, so it's always fascinating to see of the elite players who challenges. I have gone for Dustin Johnson win-only at 6/1 backed-up with Shane Lowry at 40s, Jason Dufner at 50s and Jonas Blixt at 100/1.
  5. We move from one classical course, to another in the form of Muirfield Village GC this week for The Memorial Tournament. 'Jack's Place,' that's right this is Jack Nicklaus' annual PGA Tour tournament - an event which Tiger Woods has dominated over the years. He plays this week after his disappointing MC at the PGA Championship, alongside the likes of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and a rejuvenated Jordan Spieth. With such quality on-show it would be easy to stick with the big names, but in winners Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Dufner, William McGirt and David Lingmerth of late, this has been far from dominated by the elite, with prices varying between 50/1 to 500/1. I'm going for a mix of price this week so Patrick Cantlay at 18/1, Matt Kuchar at 20/1; supported by Jim Furyk at 80s, Andrew Putnam and 125s and Matt Every at 175s.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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).