DANNY WILLETT Willett managed to hold on against a charge from Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton in the mountains at Crans-sur-Sierre on Sunday to give me a 16-1 winner.
Leading by one he hit a nervous drive which just stayed out of a bunker but he recovered to hole out for his par and take the trophy.
With Mr Fixit tipping Bubba Watson for the Canadian Open and Colin Montgomerie for the Senior Open we ended up with a 1,2,3 between us which wasn’t bad although Monty, who led going into the final round, was a win only bet.
So to this week and the Quicken Loans National is held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club which lies along the shores of Lake Manassas in Virginia. Architect Trent Jones liked the land so much he bought it and designed a world-class golf course.
Since its opening in 1991 the course has only been used in one PGA Tour event but the Presidents Cup (USA v International team) has been played four times here.
After a brilliant last-hole win over Matt Kuchar in the Scottish Open at Gullane Rickie Fowler didn’t have that great an Open. Since winning the Players Championship in May Rickie has missed two cuts then won the Scottish. His form this year has been up and down but he looks like he’s coming back to some sort of form and with a weaker field at RTC can see him doing the business.
Daniel Summerhays has only had three top-10 finishes this season and hasn’t had that great a season. After missing cuts at the Travellers and Greenbriers he bounced back with a T8 at the John Deere and T11 at the Canadian Open last week.
He has missed five cuts from his last 10 tournaments. In the missed cuts his GIR was averaging only in the mid-50s but in the last two outings it improved by around 20%, i nfact all his stats improved out of this world. Could be getting a bit of form now and I’m having a small eachway wager.
With a first and two thirds this season 25-year-old Kiwi Danny Lee has had a impressive second full season on the Tour. He is 14th in the FedEx standings and looking good at the moment.
His season has been up and down a bit so far but his win in the Greenbriers and a T3 in the John Deere Classic one shot behind wonderkid Jonathan Spieth seems to have got have back on track. He missed the cut at St Andrews but that was helped by a triple bogey at the 16th on the second day. Eachway seems a good bet.
I wasn’t going to select anyone at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay at Murcar Links because I’m useless when it comes to matchplay. But there are two who really stand out for me.
One is Paul Lawrie himself whom I watched at Gullane in the Scottish Open and he looked really solid. He followed that up with a good Open but unfortunately fell away in the last round. Lawrie has a decent matchplay record but will be tested by Romain Wattel in his opener.
The other is Hatton whose final round 62 in Switzerland at the weekend was brilliant golf to watch. He also has a good links pedigree, finishing fifth in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen last year and a top-25 finish this year at Gullane. Hatton kicks off against Darren Fichardt.
Rickie Fowler 2.5pts ew (11-1, Betfred) EW win
Daniel Summerhays 1pt ew (60-1, Betfred) lose
Danny Lee 1pt ew (40-1, Betfred, William Hill, Ladbrokes) ew win
Paul Lawrie 1pt ew (33-1, BetVictor, McBookie) lose
Tyrrell Hatton 1pt ew (22-1, Betfred, BetVictor) lose