Well we did have a solitary place last week and at 30/1 I will happily take that to the bank.
This week I am writing this from not so sunny Spain (overcast, just my luck), so please forgive a lower word count than normal. I have put in the same painstaking research as I always do, but I have dinner to order and a swimming pool to acquaint myself with tomorrow morning, so straight to the selections for a change – you may even prefer it, who knows?
This week we are off to the Safeway Open (well, that’s what it used to be known as), though these days we are looking at the Fortinet Championship from the Silverado Country Club in the famous Napa Valley, redesigned in 2011 by Johnny Miller, and a 7,123 yard Par 72 course with just the two water hazards so expect some low scores – though there are enough dog-legs to make course management as key as driver length here.
Selections with reasoning:
***NOTE*** Different bookmakers are offering different each way terms so do shop around – and make sure you only partake non-runner no bet – covid has seen last minute withdrawals all season and we don’t want to be throwing money away. DO shop around for best odds and best place terms and any special offers with the bookmakers to steal the most value, and DO check the exchanges for bigger prices – I can’t put them on here as they differ by the minute. Betfair prices quoted are as indicators only and were correct at the time of writing.
1pt each way Kevin Na 18/1 Boyle Sports, top 10 places (23.0 Betfair)
For reasons beyond me, the majority of the sporting press just do not seem able to acknowledge Kevin Na for the player he now is, and why he isn’t a Ryder Cup wild-card is beyond me as well. Golfers since Tiger Woods simply do not win event after event, it is far too competitive out there, yet the 37 yare old American had a season to remember with victory in the Sony Open, second spot in the John Deer and the Wyndham, and a highly coveted third in the Tour Championship. Clearly at the top of his game he is hard to ignore, and although this is officially a new season (blame covid), there is no reason why his form cannot continue here.
1/2pt Each Way Brendan Steele 80/1 William Hill top 8 places (560.0 Betfair)
When you see a player who is a local lad and brings his “A” game to local tournaments including winning this event in its previous guise in both 2016 and 2017 and is available at a silly price, how can I not get involved? He will have the crowd on his side, putts as well as anyone on these greens that often catch out the so-called better players, and seems to come alive here if nowhere else. On the down side, he has been out of form recently hence his price, but a small each way bet could yet pay dividends and he does look a risk worth taking to pennies, if not to pounds.
1pt each way Charley Hoffman 50/1 William Hill top 8 places (110.0 Betfair) I struggled to find a third player from a shortlist of about a dozen, and even then I may be nowhere near, the field is that strong. Jon Rahm is just a ridiculous price and I cannot back him for that reason alone, so Charley will do at the prices as a bit of value if nothing else – and he has served us well in the past for those with long memories. In February he was ranked 152nd in the World but has climbed to 62nd after top twenty finishes in six of his most recent tournaments – that may not sound like much but look at the other players and his stats stack up quite nicely. He rarely sets the World alight and is thus ignored by the vast majority of punters