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I MADE it back-to-back wins last week thanks to Jason Day in the Accenture Matchplay.

Day was a 20-1 2pt ew tip and followed on from Thomas Aiken winning the Africa Open at 12-1. Can I make it three in a row? Don't bank on it but I'll give it a go and hopefully earn a pay rise from Mr Fixit.

The Honda Classic is the first tournament in the Florida Swing at the PGA National where hitting the greens in regulation is paramount. That’s why I think Graeme McDowell, who is having a steady start to the season with four top-10 finishes in five starts, stands a chance.

He is 67 per cent in driving accuracy and 75 per cent in GIR so up there in stats.

In the Accenture last week he never teed off ahead in the first three rounds but won them all then in the fourth round he was two up after three and lost.

He felt like he was “robbing” the guys he beat but that’s golf. He just never seems to give up.

Sergio Garcia, second in the Race to Dubai, is another one I fancy here. In three starts on the PGA Tour he’s not been out of the top 11. On the European Tour he has four top-10s (including a win and second) in five starts.

He’s just back after a few weeks off and I am looking for him to continue his good start to the season.

Rory McIlroy, who won here in 2012, has had four top-10s in six starts on the European Tour and two from three on the PGA Tour.

He’s certainly looking a different player from last year and has that bounce back in his step. It could be a big year for Rory now he’s got a driver he’s happy with and the problems with changing clubs last year have gone.

When he won here in 2012 he went on to win the USPGA. Can history repeat itself?

Zach Johnson is having a good year with three top 10s (not counting Accenture Matchplay). He’s No.1 in driving accuracy, second in birdie average, third in GIR and fourth in scoring averages so all in all his stats are impressive.

He won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the beginning of January and could go close again this week. Very strong each-way chance.

In the Tshwane Open in South Africa, the eighth and final tournament on the European 2014 Tour schedule to be held in the country, we have a strong home presence with defending champion Dawie van der Walt and recent Tour winners George Coetzee and Aitken.

Aiken's stroke average is his best ever on tour, driving accuracy is slightly down on last year but still beats every other year, and his GIR at 79.89 is well up on his previous six years. I don’t normally pick someone to win twice in a row but in this case he looks a good bet.

Another who could have a good year on the European Tour is Jaco Van Zyl. His driving accuracy is 71.21 per cent and GIR 69.81, although not great, most of his stats are getting better year on year. Could be a good each-way bet.

20pt staking plan

Graeme McDowell (2.5pts ew) 22-1 bet365

Sergio Garcia (1.5pts ew) 22-1 bet365, Ladbrokes

Rory McIlroy (2pts ew) 10-1 Betfred

Zach Johnson (1pt ew) 25-1 Betfred, bet365

Thomas Aiken (2pts ew) 16-1 Paddy Power

Jaco Van Zyl (1pt ew) McBookie, BetVictor

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16 Comments
  1. johnb 5 years ago

    The Honda Classic

    tournament winner
    ZACH JOHNSON 25/1 various bookies

    first round leader
    ZACH JOHNSON 33/1 e/w various bookies

    Tshwane Open

    tournament winner
    TOMMY FLEETWOOD 45/1 e/w stan james

    first round leader
    TOMMY FLEETWOOD 55/1 e/w stan james

  2. Malkster 5 years ago

    Honda oleson tringale oosty
    schwane wall horne quesne bjerregard
    lpga hedwall piller mathew pressel all w/o favs wi skybet..good luck guys

  3. markb 5 years ago

    cant seem to find the last 2 guys on the list aitken and zyl.

  4. johnb 5 years ago

    Markb they are in the TSHWANE OPEN mate

    • Author
      Mr Fixit 5 years ago

      johnb, just wanted to say good luck today. Ignore the doubters – I’ll deal with them. You have 100 per cent backing from everyone on this site who is aware of the research you do and the knowledge you have. But in racing you need luck more than anything else.

  5. markb 5 years ago

    ahh ty :)

  6. simon 5 years ago

    Hi gents, great tipping last time out, had day each way, dont know much about golf how long do these tournaments last as can’t find the start and finish dates, thanks again. Simon

    • Author
      Mr Fixit 5 years ago

      simon, strokeplay events always last 4 days (4 rounds) and usually run Thursday to Sunday as they do this week.

  7. simon 5 years ago

    Cheers Mr f

  8. Ian Conway 5 years ago

    Honda Classic

    R.Mcilroy 9/1
    Z.johnson 25/1
    R.Knox 150/1

    Tshwane Open

    T.Aiken 16/1
    E.Molinari 45/1

    HSBC Championship

    P.Creamer 25/1
    S.Gal 66/1

    Anyone know why George Coetze is so short a price for Tshwane Open ?

  9. ozcjfc 5 years ago

    Got a winner last week so here goes again. All level stakes except the ew suggestion where I’ll half them.

    Honda Classic

    Graeme McDowell
    Sergio Garcia
    Keegan Bradley

    Tshwane Open
    David Howell ew
    Jaco Van Zyl

  10. Peter O'Hanrahanrahan 5 years ago

    Honda Classic

    McDowell, Fowler, Oosthuizen, Donald & Westwood
    Long shots – Jones, Cink

    Tshwane Open

    Aiken, Fichardt, Otto, Madsen,

    Long shot – Heath.

    EW Doubles

    John B’s
    Aiken & McDowell
    Coetzee & McIllroy
    Van Zyl & Oosthuizen

  11. Chris 5 years ago

    Oosthuizen has withdrawn due to back problem.

  12. smiler 5 years ago

    my golf nap this week is at ladbrokes honda classic top scottish player knox 5/6 to beat gallagher i feel knox is more suited to the american tour all the best.

  13. Bazil T 5 years ago

    Johnson after round 1 is currently tied 5th does that mean he is a winner each way for the end of round 1?

  14. PAUL 5 years ago

    these were my tips been away at work

    thwane

    madsen

    bhullar

    ahlers

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