MY winners seem to be like buses these days, nothing for ages then two come along one after the other. Thanks to Jordan Spieth’s superb Masters win at the weekend I followed my success the previous week with an 11-1 victor.
Young Spieth didn’t show any nerves until he was walking up the 18th on Sunday when the occasion nearly overtook him.
This week the Tour heads to the Harbour Town Golf Linksfor th e RBC Heritage where Spieth will be taking part and on the Jack Nicklaus/Peter Dye designed course accuracy off the tee is paramount.
Although Spieth is the firm favourite I feel all his exertions at the weekend, both physical and mental, will take their toll this week.
So I’m going for Zach Johnson, who had a great Masters, finishing T9 with a near 79% in driving accuracy. Zach has not had a great season but has had four top-10 finishes and was second here in 2012. His GIR is over 67% and in strokes gained: tee to green he is 19th.
Ian Poulter was T6 at the weekend with his GIR nearly 82% and finished with five more GIR than any other player in the Masters. Driving accuracy was 71.43% and he played some really good golf while finishing with two rounds of 67. In March he finished T3rd in the Honda Classic but fell away over the next couple of tournaments. He has been slowly getting better and is worth an eachway bet.
Kevin Streelman has quite a good record here, in 2012 he was T17 and in 2013 T3. He also finished T12 in the Masters so is in good form. In driving accuracy he is over 69% and 70.48% in GIR which should stand him in good stead on this course.
The European Tour is over in China for the Shenzen International and it has quite a good field, including Bubba Watson.
I like the look of Kiradech Aphibanrat for this one.
The Thai has had two top-five finishes this season on the European Tour and a T6 in the Arnold Palmer last month on the PGA Tour. His GIR is over 71% which he needs with a driving accuracy around 51%. He’s got enough to win here.
Zach Johnson 1pt ew (16-1, 888sport, BetVictor)
Ian Poulter 0.75pts (22-1, 888sport, Betvictor)
Kevin Streelman 0.5pts ew (50-1, 888sport, Betfred)
Kiradech Aphibanrat 1pt ew (40-1, bet365, 888sport)