With one week to go until the U.S. Open the PGA Tour venture’s north to the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario Canada. There is very little course form to go on as the tournament was last played at this venue in 2012, when it was one by Scott Piercy with a score of seventeen under par. Previous to that it was won in 2006 by Jim Furyk with a score of fourteen under.
The course itself is one of the shorter courses this season measuring only 6966 yards. It is an old style parkland course, which has been significantly thinned of its extensive number of tree’s throughout the property over the last few years. That should tempt the big hitters into opening their shoulders and trying to get it down there without getting into too much tree trouble.
That being said Hamilton is still a positional second ball course that will suit good ball strikers and confident putters on the Poanna greens.
Blue Horseshoe Loves that winning feeling
It was hugely satisfying to pick the winner last week in Patrick Cantlay. Blue Horseshoe had been tracking and highlighting him all season and as I stated in my Star Sports Preview last week when I made him my top pick. ‘The guy is due.’
With Cantlay’s win that makes it two wins in the last three PGA events for Blue Horseshoe, long may it continue.
This week it would be very easy to pick the two red hot favourites in Defending Champion Dustin Johnson and the on-fire Brooks Koepka. But Blue Horseshoe loves to hunt for value, so let’s just say I think Koepka will go well again this week and park him to the side to see who else offers some decent each way value and may even sneak a big odds win.
Blue Horseshoe Loves
Henrik Stenson – at around 33/1 with starsports.bet
You can never discount the big Swede from any tournament he enters. He will not really need his driver too much on a course as short as this, so he will predominately be using his trusty three wood, which is a thing of beauty when he’s in the zone. Stenson should be there or thereabouts come Sunday.
Bud Cauley – at around 50/1 with starsports.bet
Cauley played very well at The Memorial last week finishing inside the top ten. After an extended period forced out through injury, this very talented prospect is clearly in good touch and looks as though he can carry on making his comeback.
Corey Conners – at around 80/1 with starsports.bet
The Canadian will be right up for his home tournament and has the advantage of course experience. He was in good position at the Memorial before a sloppy third round undid all his hard work. The course suits his second ball striking game and he ranks inside the top twenty on tour this season in shots gained tee to green.
Ollie Schniderjans – at around 150/1 with starsports.bet
Ollie has the length to make this golf short very short, provided he keeps it relatively straight. He has been performing well all season but has been guilty of one bad round that is keeping from competing for the win come Sunday. He has employed a new, highly experienced caddie. I think he will help Ollie make the right decisions and put himself into position come Sunday.
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK HENRIK STENSON 1 pt each-way (1/4 odds 6 place) at 33/1 with starsports.bet
BACK BUD CAULEY 1 pt each-way (1/4 odds 6 place) at 50/1 with starsports.bet
BACK COREY CONNERS 1 pt each-way (1/4 odds 6 place) at 80/1 with starsports.bet
BACK OLLIE SCHNIDERJANS 1 pt each-way (1/4 odds 6 place) at 150/1 with starsports.bet
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