THIS week we are at The Barclays in New Jersey for the first of four FedEx Cup Playoffs with all the big names in the hat with the exception of Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson.
Picking a winner is going to be a tough call but hopefully we can make it five in a row after taking Marc Warren at 30-1 to win last week's Made in Denmark tournament. That sure was a tip Made in Heaven!
My picks are going to be guys I’ve picked recently because I feel they are in form guys although I’m leaving out THE form guy Rory McIlroy. He’s had a week off celebrating after his US PGA win and I don’t think he’ll be at his best.
So my first pick is Rickie Fowler. His T3 at the PGA kept his record of top-five finishes in all the Majors this season and his form is only second to Rory’s so seems a logical pick.
His driving accuracy is just under 60% and GIR nearly 64% and when this tournament was played here last in 2010 the driving accuracy was 63% and GIR was 64%. So if he plays to form he’s going to be close at the end of the tournament.
In his last start at Ridgewood in 2008 Sergio Garcia lost in a play-off so he can play the course. With four top0threes in his last five tournaments he’s another golfer in top form. His accuracy off the tee is over 64% and he’s fourth in GIR with nearly 70% put that with strokes gained in putting at .322 (ranked 35) he must have a great chance.
One man who had a pretty good start to the season but has had a miserable middle season is Hunter Mahan. He looks to be returning to some kind of form with a T15 at the Bridgestone Invitational followed by T7 in the PGA.
Even although it’s not been a great season for Hunter his stats certainly hold up with driving accuracy over 65% and GIR 67%. He’s certainly worth an each-way bet.
Another player having an up and down season is Charl Schwartzel and in his last six outings he’s had three top-10s. Although his stats aren’t that great in his last 16 rounds he’s only been over 70 three times and is seventh in birdie average and eighth in scoring average, well worth an each way.
Over at the Czech Masters I’m going for fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher to follow our tip last week, Marc Warren, to take home the trophy.
Stephen is not far away from an automatic selection for the Ryder Cup spot (Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald are just above him with Ian Poulter right behind so a win here could do him now harm whatsoever).
His driving accuracy isn’t that great but GIR is over 69% and putting is under 30 per round so I’ll have a wee wager on him.
20pt staking plan
Sergio Garcia 2pts ew 20-1 (Betfred)
Hunter Mahan 1pt ew 50-1 (bet365)
Charl Schwartzel 1pt ew 50-1 (Ladbrokes, McBookie)