After being patient and believing in Patrick Reed’s ability, I was ultimately rewarded for my faith on Sunday evening. I hope some of you followed my tip and got involved as well at the fantastic opening odds of 45/1. As in horse racing, tipping short priced winners in golf is fairly simple. Tipping longer price winners is a lot harder, but it’s hugely satisfying when they do come in …..
However, there’s no time to sit around counting money and feeling pleased with oneself. The second week of the Fedex Cup is upon us in the form of the BMW Championship at the Medinah golf club in Chicago.
Medinah’s number three course is a mammoth 7,613 yard par 72. It was the scene for the famous ‘Miracle of Medinah’ where the Europeans staged a bigger comeback than Lazarus to fight their way from almost certain defeat to win the Ryder Cup in the American’s own backyard.
It’s funny, because as you look back at who has played well here it’s not always just the big long bombers as you’d think it would be on a monster course like this. Plenty of relatively short drivers such as Poulter, Weir, Furyk and Garcia have played well here too.
So I’m going for a selection of players that can send it a good long way and players who are accurate. More importantly I’m going for players who have shown good form lately and still offer some each way value.
Blue Horseshoe Loves
DUSTIN JOHNSON currently at 14/1 with starsports.bet
DJ’s train completely derailed in the last round of the Northern Trust last week. But I think that was just an anomaly. Up until that point he had been right around the lead all three days and during his post round interviews he was talking about being dialled in perfectly with his irons. The last time he was talking like that was in Mexico City earlier in the year where he gapped the field and won going away. I think DJ is near that sort of form again and I’m willing to write his last round off and put it in the ‘Too bad to be true’ column.
PATRICK CANTLAY currently at 22/1 with starsports.bet
Cantlay had a stuttering performance last week at the Northern Trust but somehow he was still not too far off the lead. He was in the middle of a hard charging last round and was rising rapidly towards the top of the leader board when he had a disastrous triple bogey seven. That basically sunk his chances but Cantlay’s performances and high leader board finishes have remained remarkably consistent. I think he will be up there again this week.
ADAM SCOTT currently at 25/1 with starsports.bet
The big Aussie came home in the Northern Trust with a wet sail, finishing fifth, only three shots off the winning score, with a superb final round six under 65 – the low score for the day. Medinah should play to Scott’s ball striking strengths and I think he’s good value to carry last week’s strong finish over to the BMW Championship this week.
PATRICK REED currently at 25/1 with starsports.bet
After a year of toiling at his game and completely remodelling his swing, the winning result finally arrived for Patrick Reed. His talent was never in doubt, after all he is still only in his twenties and is now a six time winner on the PGA Tour. Now that he has unlocked the key, I think Reed has the talent and the confidence to go well again.
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK DUSTIN JOHNSON 1pt each-way at 14/1 with starsports.bet
BACK PATRICK CANTLAY 1pt each-way at 22/1 with starsports.bet
BACK ADAM SCOTT 1pt each-way at 25/1 with starsports.bet
BACK PATRICK REED 1pt each-way at 25/1 with starsports.bet
6 places 1/5 odds
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