IT wasn’t a bad week with two top-five finishes (Graham DeLaet and Thorbjorn Olesen). My top tip was Rory McIlroy and he looked on course for victory until being hit by food poisoning.
This week it's the AT&T at Peeble Beach with Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker among the starters.
My first pick is Dustin Johnson. Although this is his first start since the beginning of January he has had two wins and two top-10 finishes out of six appearances at this tournament.
He also finished eighth in the 2010 US Open here so seems to like the course. This season he has won the WGC HSBC Championship and finished sixth in his other start earning around $1.5million in the process.
Hunter Mahan looked good in the last two rounds last week at Scottsdale finishing fourth. He finished second here in 2011. I like Mahan, he’s a gutsy player capable of digging deep to ground out a win and he could do that this week.
For those who believe in fate, last year Mahan finished 16th at Scottsdale and then did the same at Peeble Beach. This year he was fourth at Scottsdale! So if he doesn’t win could be a top five. I’m only throwing it out there.
Another player in form is Jason Day. He finished tied second two weeks ago at Torrey Pines with some steady golf. You don’t hear much of the Aussie for ages and then he appears near the top of the leaderboard in a Major.
With three top-10 finishes in the Majors last year he’s certainly due a first PGA Tour win and this could be the one.
Chris Kirk had an awful Pheonix Open but hopefully he can get back to the form he showed earlier in the season when he won the McGladrey Classic and was second in the Sony Open in Hawaii. Well worth an each-way bet.
In South Africa at the Joburg Open the only certainty is a South African will win it, with five out of the seven previous tournaments being won by a home hero.
So with that in mind Charl Schwartzel looks a great bet. He has played four times on home soil this season with three top-10 finishes. He has also won this tournament twice before so a solid bet.
Thomas Aitken is another I like the look of. This year he’s had two top-10sand a top-20finish so worth an each-way. His stroke average and greens in regulation are the best they’ve been in the last seven years so if he can get his putter going he could get there.
20pt staking plan
Dustin Johnson 3pts ew (12-1, general)
Hunter Mahan 1.5pt ew (18-1, 888sport)
Chris Kirk 1pt ew (33-1, Ladbrokes)
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