PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson
Having been redesigned by DA Weibring in 2008 the TPC Four Seasons course hosts this event for the eighth year in succession. Ability to play the par 4s well is an asset here as is ability to play in the strong breeze which usually blows.
OUTRIGHT: Morgan Hoffman, 0.5 pts win and place 66/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Although he has knocked on the door a few times Hoffman has yet to win on Tour but this event, which has had a few first time winners in recent years, offers him a chance to draw first blood. Previous course form is encouraging as he has finished inside the top five two years ago and inside the top twenty last year, whilst his current form is sound with two top ten finishes and only one cut missed in his last six outings.
OUTRIGHT: Danny Lee, 0.5pts win and place 125/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Lee, like Hoffman, has yet to record his rookie Tour win and may also regard this event as the one which offers his best chance of a breakthrough. Currently he is enjoying his best season yet on Tour with three top ten finishes and, more recently, he has finished inside the top fifteen in consecutive events including a tied tenth place in last week’s Colonial event. With two top twenty finishes already in this event he looks very good value at these odds.
OUTRIGHT: Tony Finau, 0.5pts place only 20/1
Finau is still in his rookie year but looks like one the best prospects to make a breakthrough soon. With his prodigious hitting he has an advantage on a course like this and he arrives here in decent form on the back of consecutive top twenty finishes last week at The Colonial event and two weeks ago in The Wells Fargo event.
European Tour: The Irish Open
The Royal County Down (RCD) course hosts the Irish Open for the first time so there is no recent course form to refer to. The course is a 7,200 yards long, par 72 links course which is likely to play quite tough with some adverse weather forecast for this week.
OUTRIGHT: Shane Lowry, 0.5pts win and place 22/1 (1/4 Odds 6 places)
Lowry won this event as an amateur in 2009 at Baltray GC, a links track which is a similar length to RCD, co-incidentally in weather conditions similar to those forecast this week. On the back of some good early season form and a very respectable tied sixth place last week at Wentworth he looks a very strong contender.
OUTRIGHT: Chris Wood, 0.5pts win and place 40/1 (1/4 Odds 6 places)
Wood appears to have recovered well from a recent injury and some swing changes which set him back for a long spell. With his well-documented links pedigree including some notable Open Championship showings as well as strong showings in recent weeks, in both Morocco in March and at Wentworth last week, he looks well worthy of support this week.