IT’S back to stroke play this week thankfully with the Tournament Players Championship at Sawgrass.
With 49 of the world’s top 50 taking part and 56 of the top 60 and quite a few players in top form (McIlroy, Spieth, Rose, etc) this looks like it could be a great tournament.
With three top-fives from his last four stroke-play starts Henrik Stenson is playing steady golf. In driving accuracy he is seventh with 72% and GIR 3rd with 72.78.
He’s number one in strokes gained: tee-to-green, putting and total, second in ball striking, the list goes on. His stats are really good and it’s about time he got back to winning ways.
Justin Rose had a great April with a superb T2 at the Masters and winning the Zurich Classic. He had a tough start to the season but looks back to his best. Rose tied fourth here last year and could go close again.
With driving accuracy due to play a big part this weekend Jim Furyk must have a good chance.
He is fourth in the Tour list with 73% accuracy and with his win at the RBC Heritage and fourth in the Cadillac Match Play confidence could be returning.
Although he was beaten 6&5 by McIlroy at the weekend Hideki Matsuyama is still a class act. He’s had seven top-10 finishes this season with a fifth place at The Masters. I have high hopes for him this year and with driving accuracy of 66% and GIR of 70% don’t be surprised if he is near the top at the end of the weekend.
Another player who had a good Masters and Cadillac Match Play is Paul Casey. With four top-10 finishes since the end of February he is having a superb season.
Becoming a father recently, not flying to and fro across the Atlantic to play on both tours and being injury free seems to have had a good effect on Casey and it’s good to see him playing well again.
Henrik Stenson 2pts ew (22-1, 888sport, Coral)
Justin Rose 1.5pts ew (22-1, bet365, Coral)
Jim Furyk 1pt ew (25-1, bet365, 888sport)
Hideki Matsuyama 1pt ew (35-1, bet365)
Paul Casey 1pt ew (45-1, bet365, William Hill)