ZACH JOHNSON played typically gutsy links golf at the weekend and deserved his win in The Open.

The one I feel sorry for is Jason Day. He put everything into his bid for the title with three bogey-free rounds and ended up with only three bogeys. Surely he’s going to win a Major soon.

And as for Adam Scott (one of my picks) the less said the better.

From the flat links of St Andrews the European Tour moves to the beautiful mountains of Crans Montana in the Swiss Alps.

A player who had a good Open was Danny Willett and if the five-day marathon at St Andrews has not taken its toll he looks a good shout for a win here.

He had a runners-up spot at the Omega European Masters in 2012 and followed that up T5th last year. With his T6th at the weekend he has now risen to third in the Race to Dubai.

The 28-year-old Yorkshireman has improved significantly and could get his second win this season since the Nedbank in December.

My next pick is another young Englishman who had a disappointing Open.Tommy Fleetwood was one of my picks for a place but missed the cut with at one over.

He has had some good results this season with a T27 in the US Open, T11 in the BMW followed by a T10 in the Scottish. I’m not going to let that disappointment put me off backing him and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him bounce back in Switzerland.

The RBC Canadian Open takes place at the Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario with more than a dozen players who took part in the marathon at St Andrews. If the winner is to come from one of that pack it will be the one who recovers quickest from the long weekend and journey from Scotland.

It was great to see Luke Donald back to form in The Open at the weekend. He played some superb golf at St Andrews and the former world No.1 has gradually been getting back to where he was a couple of years ago.

He’s had three top-10 finishes this season including a T7 in the Travelers, followed by a similar finish at the Scottish Open and a T12 in The Open.

His stats for his four rounds were fairway hits of 75%, GIR of 67% and an average of 27. Hopefully Luke can continue his good recent form and pick up his first win of the season.

After winning his first PGA Tour tournament (Phoenix Open) in February Brooks Koepka fell away slightly but had a T3 in the FedEx Jude Classic in June. He followed that up with a T18 at Chambers Bay and a T10 at St Andrews.

After a 71 in the first round he improved every day by one stroke finishing with a fourth round 68 and had stats of fairways hit 64% and was first in GIR with 88.9%. Brooks could get close to his second win on the Tour.

Recommended Bets

Willett 2pts ew (16-1, bet365, William Hill)

Fleetwood 1pt ew (22-1, bet365, BetVictor)

Donald 1pt ew (28-1, Coral)

Koepka 1pt ew (25-1, Betfred)

Ace Venturer

  1. SWJL 6 years ago

    Marcus Fraser finished well in the Open and he looks good value at 50/1. In the RCB, there are one or two Canadians who might have an each way squeak at decent prices. I’m thinking David Hearn at 100/1 and Adam Hadwin at 200/1.

  2. nalazus 6 years ago

    Nice picking Ace.I chose Fleetwood & Donald as my 2 for a double so im glad im on your wavelength :)

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      nalazus, Ace has added Koepka to his bets. Personally, I’m trying to avoid players who went five days at St Andrews. Also fancy Monty at 6-1 for the Senior Open at Sunningdale.

  3. nalazus 6 years ago

    Mr Fixit,fair point,but with Donalds short game ,you cant ignore the course will suit him,and as for Fleetwood,he has had plenty of rest after missing the cut and will want to go out and play better.
    With odds of 25’s & 20’s or thereabouts,im on an ew dbl.Best of luck with your choices.

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      nalazus, decided to go Bubba Watson for the Canadian – one of those who missed the cut at The Open. Like Kuchar, top-four finishes last two years but played at St Andrews on Monday. For the European Masters I’m on Broberg ew at 100-1 and Monty for the seniors.

  4. HullShaker 6 years ago

    Nice write-up Ace – Donald definately getting some form and game back and also Koepke who was on my longer shortlist for the Open…certainly has the power game to figure.

    I’ll be having a very cheeky little stake on Marco Crespi e/w at 250/1…from round that area and knows the courses well – also has history of low round scores on the actual course.

    Good luck lads.

  5. leecunliffe 6 years ago

    Not a great week for me last week think kaymer was my highest finisher in 12th what really annoyed me was in picked zach Johnson week before last and he struggled to get over line despite leading half way thru back 9 then he goes on to win week later. Then again I never seem bet on same player back to back so seeing a big winner is fine onto this week’s Canadian open. Same as always 3 picks for me

    Jim Fuyrk – won me some cash earlier this year with a victory and has won here in the past and finished 2nd last year 16/1

    Graham de laet local boy so hopefully will know his way around better than most 33/1

    Luke Donald finished 12th last week and has been in good form recently finishing in top 10 previous 2 weeks he’s coming into form is lukey boy this hopefully will be his time 28/1

    Good luck

  6. linfieldaces 6 years ago

    Howell Koepka Jimenez ew tbl across all three tours.Good luck all

  7. nalazus 5 years ago

    My pre-tournament picks of Fleetwood & Donald not looking too good.Will safely say “” Beat “”….Got an EW Dbl Quarter Odds for Top 4 finish on Danny Willett at 6/1 & Bubba Watson at 12/1 this morning at 11.15am…..Willett on fire today,so hopefully Bubba comes out tonight shooting straight :)

  8. HullShaker 5 years ago

    Magic from Willett today…Marco Crespi sits 1 stroke off an e/w place in Switzerland…hope he’s thereabouts this time Sunday

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