You might expect that I’d be a little bitter and twisted after Blue Horseshoe’s main selection, Xander Schauffele, finished second and extended our run of final day leaders to place instead of win. But I’m honestly not. I’ve been watching Jason Kokrak toil on the PGA tour for ten years now and I was so happy to see him finally notch his maiden win. He’s an excellent player and it was richly deserved.
This week we head to California instead of Japan for this years Zozo Championship. The tournament is being played at the Jack Nicklaus designed, Sherwood Country Club. As a par 72 course measuring a touch over 7,000 yards it’s extremely accessible for PGA Tour pro’s. The only thing is you have to be pretty straight, as over a thousand huge old oak trees line the fairways, so trouble awaits for anyone straying off the tees. There are also a good few dog legs so shot shapers can also prosper here. The role of past winners at this venue speaks to those final two key points. Past winners here include Graham McDowell, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Luke Donald and Vijay Singh.
Blue Horseshoe Loves
Xander Schauffele – currently at 11/1 with starsports.bet
After his solid second last week I’m sticking with Schauffele. I said it last week and I’ll say it again. This guy is in great form and wins before year end.
Collin Morikawa – currently at 20/1 with starsports.bet
Morikawa played well in Vegas last week and this course will suit his accuracy and shot shaping game.
Patrick Reed – currently at 22/1 with starsports.bet
Reed is clearly timing his run to peak for the Masters. He played at the PGA Championship in the UK a couple of weeks ago and this course should also play to his strengths of shot shaping and iron play rather than sheer distance, which he does not posses.
Tyrrel Hatton – currently at 18/1 with starsports.bet
Make no bones about it, Hatton is in rude form right now, with a couple of big wins and a bunch of high leaderboard finishes this season. There is no reason to think he will slow down on a course that brings ball strikers like Hatton right into the fore.
Abraham Ancer – currently at 50/1 with starsports.bet
Ancer is one of the shorter hitters on tour and can’t quite compete at some venues. But he constantly sits near the top of the driving accuracy stats. At this venue, which prizes accuracy off the tee over distance, Ancer is right in his comfort zone. His form has been trending upwards lately and seeing Kokrak win last week might give him the belief and impetus to notch his first PGA Tour win on American soil.
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK XANDER SHAUFFELE 2pt each way at 11/1 with starsports.bet
BACK COLLIN MORIKAWA 1.5pt each way at 20/1 with starsports.bet
BACK PATRICK REED 1.5pt each way at 22/1 with starsports.bet
BACK TYRELL HATTON 2pt each way at 18/1 with starsports.bet
BACK ABRAHAM ANCER 1pt each way at 50/1 with starsports.bet
EW Terms 1/5 6 Places
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