IT was another three places for Ace last week on either side of the Atlantic. Kristoffer Broberg hit a final-round 62 to finish joint second in the Made in Denmark tournament and at one stage looked the likely winner.
In North Carolina Paul Casey finished T3 at the Wyndham and Brooks Koepka earned a payout with bookies doing top six. So not a bad week following on from an excellent return at the USPGA.
Here’s Ace’s latest thoughts. He says: This week is the start of the FedEx play-offs at the Plainfield Country CLub, Edison, New Jersey. The weather looks to be dry with temperatures rising to upper 80s so it’s not going to be a repeat of four years ago when Hurricane Irene curtailed the competition to 54 holes.
Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day look like becoming the main men over the next few years, following in the footsteps of Palmer, Nicklaus and Player. Unfortunately Rory is sitting this one out so it could be another shoot-out between Spieth and Day.
With all the pressure Day was under in the last round of the PGA and the way he came through it all I fancy him to do the business. Although at the end he was looking completely frazzled he remained focused throughout to finish the job.
With four top-10 finishes including two wins from his last five outings don’t be surprised if he wins this weekend. His driving accuracy hasn’t been great this season but at the PGA he was hitting 73% of fairways. He is 22nd in GIR and 9th in strokes gained:putting and with the size of the greens being so large he should be be in the mix.
Brooks Koepka has three top sixes in his last three tourneys plus 9th in GIR and 8th in strokes gained:putting and with that in mind I have to select him again.
In his last 16 rounds he’s been in the 70s twice and is 52 under par in last five tournaments. He really is on fire and is going to win again before the end of the season. So I am already on him at 25-1 and at that price he’s a great price.
Twenty-eight-year-old American Robert Streb has really come to the fore over the last few months. He’s had five top-20s in his last five tournaments which included a fifth in the WGC Bridgestone followed by 10th in the USPGA. I’m giving him another chance and being 11th in GIR and 22 in strokes gained:putting a small each-way wager could turn out profitable.
Justin Thomas was going well in the Wyndham Championship last week but fell away in the final round with a 75. He’s had two top-fives in his last four tourneys and apart from the blip on Sunday his form looks to be quite solid. He is 47 under over 20 rounds and is certainly a birdies man with 393 this season, ranked third.
The European Tour is holding the D+D Real Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague. I’m only picking one from this and it has to be Broberg after his scintillating 62 last weekend. He deserves another chance.
2pts Jason Day 10-1 (Paddy Power, Coral)
1pt ew Brooks Koepka 25-1 (Ladbrokes)
1pt ew Robert Streb 60-1 (boylesports)
1pt ew Justin Thomas 80-1 (888sport)
2pts ew Broberg (18-1, Betfred)