I’VE had another bet in the Volvo World Match Play Championship and as it starts first thing in the morning I thought I’d get the ball rolling early.
The least said about today the better really but I will just touch on it. I’ve had a shocker – and yet it all started so well.
Bo Van Pelt’s match against Richard Sterne was an odd one. From two up, Van Pelt went three down but he rallied late on and tended up drawing the tie. As for Poults, well, he was just pants!
Apparently he was suffering with an upset stomach so there is an excuse but he didn’t play well at all and eventually lost to Thongchai Jaidee 3 and 2.
All three of my pre-event picks at the Madeira Islands Open played poorly and all three are out of it already and things aren’t going much better in Texas either.
Playing in the morning at the Byron Nelson Championship, Keegan Bradley has shot an impressive 10-under 60 in round one and leads by three strokes over Charl Schwartzel.
Massive outsider James Driscoll who shot a three-under 67 is the best of my pre-event picks and I wasted a few quid backing YE Yang at 100.0, when he got to -4 through 11 holes but bogeyed the next two as soon I’d backed him, so it’s not looking good there either!
I’m going to leave both those events alone for now and see what tomorrow brings but I have had one small wager at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
This course has been described as links like and it should suit Jamie Donaldson. Although he was beaten by Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano today, thanks largely to an inspired Spanish putter, with this crazy round one round-robin format, if he beats Brett Rumford in the morning the chances are he’ll progress to round two and I thought he was worth chancing.
Madeira Islands Open Pre-Event Picks
Simon Wakefield @ 110.0
Daniel Vancsik @ 150.0 (Fixed odds)
Tano Goya @ 150.0
Volvo World Match Play Championship Pre-Event Picks
Ian Poulter @ 9.8
Bo Van Pelt @ 23.0
Jamie Donaldson @ 65.0
Byron Nelson Championship Pre-Event Picks
DA Points @ 51.0 (Fixed odds)
Brian Gay @ 130.0
John Huh @ 130.0
Matt Every @ 150.0 (Fixed odds)
James Driscoll @ 260.0
Justin Hicks @ 390.0
Patrick Reed @ 500.0
Y.E Yang @ 100.0