I WAS delighted with last week’s 25-1 win in the China Open thanks to Alex Levy.
After last week’s Zurich Classic team format the US Tour returns to normality with the Wells Fargo Championship. This competition is normally held at Quail Hollow but with the course being readied for the PGA Championship in August it has been moved to Eagle Point Golf Club, North Carolina.
When I look at the contenders all I see is Dustin Johnston but at 5-1 I’ll give him a miss reluctantly.
However, I have every faith in my other each-way selections, including Kevin Kisner who has two runner-up spots to his name this year. Overall he has six top-11 spots from 10 outings and although he didn’t have a great Masters (T43) he came back well the following week at the RBC Heritage to finish T11.
I backed him last year when he won his first PGA Tour win at the RSM Classic and have followed him since. Stats: SG:off the Tee 0.361; GIR 67.72% and Putting Average 1.76.
Spaniard Jon Rahm has taken the PGA Tour by storm this year with a win and five top 10s in his last six starts in non-Majors. For a rookie at Augusta he had an okay Masters and was in contention until a final-round 75.
Great things are expected from the 22-year-old and there is no doubt he has the ability to win again on Tour and possibly figure in the Majors. Stats: SG:Off the Tee 1.05; GIR 71.25%; Putting Average 1.741
Lucas Glover won the Wells Fargo in 2011 although at a different venue and as he is 80-1 at some bookies I just can’t leave him out. He started the season well with a T5 and third at Sandersons and Shriners but struggled until March.
A T18 at the Valspar and creditable T7 at the Arnold Palmer was a small bounceback. His win in 2011 was his last one on the PGA Tour but I quite like the look of him Eagle Point. Stats: SG:Off the Tee 0.606; GIR 73.61%; Putting Average 1.779.
Not having a look at the GolfSixes as it’s a team game and although great to watch not great for betting. I will however have a wager on the Investec Royal Swazi Open, in South Africa. It’s a pro-am with 72 professionals and 108 amateurs over the Royal Swazi Sun CC.
Dean Burmester had a great run in the China Volvo Open last week but finished with an eight-over final round. I would take him this week but again at a best price 6-1 I’ll give him a miss.
I like Jbe Kruger, not just because he has a funky name, but the times I saw him last year he looked a tidy player. This is the first tournament of the year on the Sunshine Tour and a small wager might be in order.
1pt ew Jbe Kruger (Paddy Power, 33-1)
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