LAST week our three selections all performed well with all three shooting 4 rounds in the 60’s but only Charles Howell finished in the top 10 by finishing 8th (a place paying position at Paddy Power), so small loss of 2 pts over the week.
This week the Tour returns to the mainland in California for a Pro Am with a field of 156 lining up.
In the past this has turned into a glorified putting competition and this year should be no exception. Played over 3 courses of the first three days all courses are Par 72 and all around 7,100 yards. The Stadium Course, technically the toughest, hosts the final round on Sunday.
Jon Rahm and Justin Rose head the betting but I think the value lies elsewhere in the shape of the following;
CHARLES HOWELL was a pick last week and performed very well after a slow start to finish a respectable Tied 8th
He had all four rounds in the 60’s and but for a slow start would have been well inside the top 5. In good form, a good putter, and sure to go close.
AARON WISE has plenty to work on after his first start of the year in Hawaii, finishing 27th out of 33rd in the Tornament of Champions.
But he will appear fresh this week and will soon rediscover the excellent form he had in the latter part of 2018.
He's highly regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in the world, has the putting ability to go low and has course knowledge having played twice around all the courses.
ADAM HADWIN has excellent form in this event, finishing in the Top 6 in the last three years.
He showed solid form towards the back end of last year and is keen to add to his 2017 win at Valspar. He should be thereabouts again this week.
AS normal 1 pt each way on each and 1 pt top 10 finish. Paddy Power paying 8 places.