WELL, it was another week another second. I can’t seem to get that elusive winner but as long I get a return I’m happy. Last week it was Henrik Stenson, for the second week in a row, who earned me a small place return as he three-putted twice in the last three holes to lose by one.
This week the PGA Tour moves to San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open with 13 of the current top 30 taking part, including Dustin Johnston and Jordan Spieth, but with the short prices being offered on those two I’m going to give them a miss.
Ryan Palmer’s driving accuracy is 56% but his GIR is 70%. He is ninth on Tour for strokes gained tee to green and as it is normally windy here and he hits the ball low off the tee the Texan has the all-round game to secure the title.
Matt Kuchar has gone off the boil somewhat over the last two or three tournaments but this might be the time for him to get back in the groove. In the Valspar Open last week his driving accuracy was 69.23% which is a big improvement on his last two tournaments.
His GIR has been around the 58% mark for a few outings, down on when he was hitting around 70% earlier in the year, but I think a small each-way wager on him might might be worth it.
One man playing steady golf at the moment is Canadian Jason Kokrak. His driving accuracy and GIR improved quite a bit in the last two tournaments which led to him finishing T7 and T6. He is still looking for his first win and has had 10 top-10 finishes, including one second and one third in his four seasons.
Over on the European Tour in Morocco two players stand out for me, Ross Fisher and George Coetzee. Fisher, sitting third in the Race to Dubai has hit some consistent form of late and a win here could move him into 48th place and secure an invitation to the Masters. Of course he could win here and still not get that invite.
Coetzee is another hoping a win here will get him that elusive invite. Winner of the Tshwane Open two weeks ago, he has had his ups and downs this year but it looks like he has returned to form.
Ryan Palmer 1pt ew (35-1, 888sport)
Matt Kuchar 1pt ew (25-1, Skybet)
Jason Kokrak 1pt ew (55-1, Stan James)
Ross Fisher 1pt ew (28-1, BetVictor)
George Coetzee 2pts ew (18-1, sportingbet)