BROOKS KOEPKA gave us a good run for our money last week but his final round let him down. But one bad 18 holes does not a bad golfer make (well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).
I’m also sticking to Koepka again this week at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open on the TPC Summerlin course in Las Vegas.
I followed Koepka a lot on the European Tour last season and he looks worth keeping an eye on this season. So I’m backing him for a top-five finish in Vegas.
The Summerlin course isn’t the hardest, in fact it’s ranked among the easiest on the PGA Tour. Last year’s winner Webb Simpson won it with a 24-under total of 260 and stats of 86.11 per cent GIR and driving accuracy of 64.29 per cent.
This tournament looks like it’s going to be down to putting so if he can match last year’s strokes gained on the greens (2.461) he should do well.
Over in the Far East we have the Hong Kong Open taking place and this might be the beginnning of a comeback for Nicolas Colsaerts. He played really well in the monsoon-like weather in the Portugal Masters, finishing second to Alexander Levy with a 36-hole 15-under tally.
He’s had an abysmal 2014 with failing to make the cut seven times but after a T4 in the Wales Open three weeks ago and last week’s second he’s looking good again.
One man who has not a bad year on the European Tour is American David Lipsky. The 26-year-old inished T2 in the Championship at Laguna National in May and in September won the European Masters. His GIR is 72.5 per cent with driving accuracy over 62 and average putts of 29. Good each-way bet.
I haven't tipped anyone in the Volvo World Matchplay. It's a strange format and tough one to pick a winner.
The action starts today and I'd consider Henrik Stenson to beat George Coetzee and Victor Dubuisson to take care of Pablo Larrazabal. Both were brilliant in the Ryder Cup and will relish the prospect of returning to match-play action.
Stenson is the outright favourite ahead of Ireland's Graeme McDowell then come Dubuisson and America's Ryder Cup rookie Patrick Reed who performed well and annoyed the European fans. He could be one to watch in Kent.
Koepka ew (25-1, Ladbrokes)
Simpson ew (28-1, Stan James)
Colsaerts ew (16-1, Betfred)
Lipsky ew (33-1, bet365)