I THOUGHT I was going to pick up my first win of the season when Matt Kuchar pushed for victory in La Quinta but he was pipped by comeback man Bill Haas and only managed to place.
So it wasn't a great weekend but I'm looking forward to this week as we head back to Dubai for the star-studded Desert Classic.
There is a strong European contingent taking part including Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia. Rory’s obviously favourite but at such low odds it's not even worth looking at him.
One man who seems to be coming back to some sort of consistency is Ross Fisher. With two top-10 finishes from three hopefully this is going to be a good year for the 35-year-old.
He won the Tshwane Open last year after three barren years and is looking to get his sixth win on the European Tour under his belt. His stats this year are solid with driving accuracy at 62.86 per cent, GIR at 73.3 per cent and average putts per round 28.9 which is two putts per round better than last year. Good each-way bet.
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger has had a great start to the year with a T6 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Classic followed by third at the Qatar Masters last week. His driving accuracy isn’t up to scratch yet at 53 per cent but with GIR at 79.37 per cent and average putts at 29 he certainly is able to compensate for lack of accuracy.
Still waiting on his first European Tour win, Eddie Pepperell has started off this season well. He was T26 two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi and fourth last week in Qatar.
With driving accuracy around the 57 per cent mark he still manages GIR of 73.8 per cent and average putting at 28 so if he improves his accuracy he will certainly be challenging at the top.
One bad round doesn’t make you a bad player and one bad hole certainly doesn’t. That was the case with Ryan Palmer who had a triple-bogey seven at the weekend and finished three off the lead.
I’m going with him again at the Phoenix Open – he‘s had seven sub-70 rounds from eight and is looking very good.
My final choice is Hideki Matsuyama who T4 at his first appearance here last year. He didn’t have a good Sony Open but finished T3 at Kapalua earlier in the month. His driving accuracy is near 64 per cent and GIR is 73.23 and average putting is 29 so not bad all round.
Ryan Palmer 2pts ew (35-1, Coral)
Hideki Matsuyama 1pt ew (25-1, Ladbrokes)
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